Back in 1966, Raquel Welch unintentionally became one of the biggest sex symbols in Hollywood following her role in One Million Years B.C., and now, the actress has revealed she almost died while they were filming the hit film 50 years ago!
“We were so far from civilization,” Raquel, 77, recalled to Fox News. “I mean, there was a hotel at the bottom of the volcano near the sea. And I was at the top. And it was snowing!”
Just a reminder that Raquel’s costume for the movie was rather skimpy — and with the bad weather, she developed a bad case of tonsillitis. “I had already so much penicillin when I was wearing the fur bikini that I almost died,” she confessed. “I had to rush, turn my car around and head right back to the doctor’s office, just run upstairs, jump in the elevator and all that.”
Raquel added, “And I barely got there. They had to shoot me with an antidote. Otherwise, I would have died. It was really rough shoot, man. Really rough. And then I came to London and everybody knew who I was.”
In a previous exclusive interview with Closer Weekly, Raquel opened up about shooting the movie and revealed she felt the role was minor at the time. “I didn’t feel I was being exploited,” she said. “Sure, some of my publicity stills were sexy bathing suit shots, but my image was not overtly sexualized.”
However, it did have a challenging impact on her career. “I was trying very hard to open up my possibilities as an actress, rather than just a kind of sex symbol,” Raquel told Fox News. “I was trying really hard to do that and it was really difficult. It was very difficult to make that transition. But eventually, I did.”
But if one thing’s for sure, Raquel has no regrets! “I don’t look back,” the star told Closer. “It’s impossible to live up to your former self.”