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Welch, Raquel

Raquel Tejada, born 1942, actress. Fantastic Voyage (1966), One Million Years B.C. (1966)

Died February 15, 2023.

Daily Dish, February 20, 1998:

Did Raquel Draw the Blood on Dylan's Tracks?

Bob Dylan has inspired a lot of rumors in his day, but Daily Dish just heard one that takes the cake. Would you believe that Dylan's admittedly brilliant but extremely dark and bitter album, Time Out of Mind, was inspired by his failed relationship with One Million Years B.C. poster girl Raquel Welch?

Yeah, well, we found it hard to swallow, too. But Welch's spokeswoman gave us what sounds like a non-denial denial. "A lot of people have called me about this," she said, choosing her words carefully. "I'll tell you what I've told everybody: Raquel and Bob are friends. Whether or not she inspired those songs, you'll have to call him. Raquel has absolutely no idea who they're about." We guess we wouldn't admit to inspiring a song like "Love Sick" either. But we can't help wondering: Who's Bob gonna thank if the album, as expected, wins a passel of Grammys next week? Steve Simels

People article:
Some party: in one corner Johnny Depp served drinks to Bruce Springsteen.
In another, Raquel Welch greeted Bob Dylan with a kiss. (Ah, cultural
dissonance!) Somewhere over there, Roseanne chatted amiably with
socialite Barbara Davis, wife of oil-and- entertainment mogul Marvin.
And at the center of it all sat the birthday boy himself, Hoboken's own
Francis Albert Sinatra, on the cusp of 80, accepting best wishes from
celebs of every age and wattage.

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