Raquel Welch

HOLLYWOOD — J.K. Rowling’s post-“Harry Potter” project (slated for 2015) is a screenplay, “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them,” for Warner Brothers. It’s planned as the first in a series of films about the titular Hogwarts textbook and the adventures of the author. As for her three “Harry Potter” stars: Daniel Radcliff had “Kill Your Darlings” (which grossed only $928,051) and is awaiting release of the Canadian film “Horns” and the British film “The F Word” in 2014. He’s currently playing Igor, the faithful assistant to Dr. Frankenstein (James McAvoy) in a new “Frankenstein” film, and has “Tokyo Vice” and “Gold,” in which he’ll play Olympic gold medalist Sebastian Coe, slated for 2015 release.

Emma Watson did “This Is the End” and “The Bling Thing,” due out in 2013, and stars as Ila, adopted daughter of “Noah” (Russell Crowe), along with Jennifer Connelly, Anthony Hopkins, Logan Lerman and Douglas Booth, hitting screens in March. Rupert Grint did “CBGB,” which grossed only $40,000, and the upcoming animated film “Postman Pat: The Movie” with former “Dr. Who” David Tennant. Grint recently appeared on the London stage in “Mojo,” to good reviews.
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Not long ago, Raquel Welch appeared with Joan Rivers on “Fashion Police.” She said she was 73 years old, yet looked as beautiful and sexy as she did when she was a sex symbol in the 1960s and ’70s. Welch has been married four times, has two children, made more than 40 films, was last seen on “CSI: Miami” in 2012 and last October in Lifetime’s “House of Versace” TV film, with Gina Gershon.

She starred with some of biggest names in film, including Elvis Presley in “Roustabout” (1964), Doris Day in “Do Not Disturb” (1965), Stephen Boyd in “Fantastic Voyage” (1966), James Stewart and Dean Martin in “Bandolaro” (1968), Robert Wagner in “The Biggest Bundle of Them All” (1968), Frank Sinatra in “Lady in Cement” (1968), Burt Reynolds in “100 Rifles” (1969), Peter Sellers and Ringo Starr in “The Magic Christian” (1969), Mae West and Farrah Fawcett in “Myra Breckinridge” (1970) and Richard Burton in “Bluebeard” (1972).

At the height of her fame, I encountered her at a Hollywood soiree. She walked up to me and asked, “Are you Tony Rizzo?” I said, “Yes.” She extended her hand, “Hi, I’m Raquel Welch.” In shock I said, “Yes I know.” She replied, “I pay clipping services a fortune, and I’ve read several things you’ve written praising my work, I just wanted to thank you, in person.” As you know from reading my column, I’m never at a loss for words, but she sure did hush my mouth with that!

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