Friday, July 3, 2009

Nerd Girl of Note #38

Fantastic Voyage, One Million Years B.C., and a two episode stint on Mork & Mindy might be enough to get you some nerd cred. Raquel Welch is also an international movie star and sex symbol who has also done other nerd-friendly work.

1967's Fathom has Welch as a stunt parachutist who gets involved in some espionage a la the "Flint" or "Matt Helm" movies of the time. It is a comedic action/spy movie that is a good bit of retro fun. Next she appeared in 1967's Bedazzled, which featured her as Lillian Lust "the babe with the bust" - one of the Devil's Seven Deadly sins.

Most notably, to me, she stared in 1970's Myra Breckinridge, based on the infamous Gore Vidal novel. This was a role that could have been difficult on a career, as Welch would be playing a gay man who had sex change and rapes a young man with an... well "implement." Mae Westappears in the film, and apparently was quite beligerent to Welch, refusing to appear in scenes with her. An scenes with both were shot separately. West apparently said that no woman with any respect would play such a role. This is somewhat odd since there is some argument that West was a drag queen; most notably from John Wayne.

Her other nerd friendly credits are too numerous to name here. You can check her out on the IMDb for a full list.


5 comments:

The Kid In The Front Row said...

I like this girl.

Rupert Alistair said...

Raquel can be my nerd any day!
Myra was an odd film but it did have the good sense to have Miss Welch cast in it. Good post.

Rupert

Darius Whiteplume said...

@KitFR - She makes me want to buy some Foster Grants :-)

@Rupert re:Myra - They did a remarkably good job translating the book to the screen, which was likely difficult since the book is all journal entries. They handled the inner monologue well. BTW: did you notice Tom Selleck in it? He had one line, IIRC.

Rupert Alistair said...

Yes, I did see Selleck! I have that film on VHS. I need to crack it out and take another look.

Rupert

Keith said...

Raquel is a goddess. I love this woman. She's incredibly gorgeous.

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