Raquel Welch Wows at Governors Awards in Red Gown at Age 73

Monday, 18 Nov 2013 12:39 PM

By Michael Mullins

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Raquel Welch defied her age once again during this weekend's 2013 Governors Awards.

The 73-year-old Chicago-born actress and model, who has been a sex symbol for over half a century and could easily pass for a woman 30 years younger, appeared at the annual award ceremony a tight-fitting red dress that accentuated her trim physique.

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Welch was in attendance for starring in the Lifetime original movie "House of Versace," which premiered this fall. The veteran actress played the role of Lucia Versace, the aunt of the late famed Italian fashion designer and mogul Gianni Versace. The film examines Gianni Versace's life through the eyes of his sister, Donatella Versace, who was played by Gina Gershon.

A prerequisite to the Oscars, the Governors Awards ceremony gives actors and other artists in the film industry the chance to receive their awards from the American Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences on stage. In the actual Academy Awards ceremony, these awards are not provided with a stage appearance.

Welch reportedly appeared on the red carpet with Jon Voight.

In Welch's memoir, The New York Times best-seller "Raquel: Beyond the Cleavage," the veteran actress discusses how she was considered too exotic-looking for many of the roles she auditioned for, despite being celebrated for her looks now. 

"I wasn't getting the romantic, lovely parts," Welch told Men's Health magazine last March. "I was kind of exotic for this country, not the girl next door. I'd go up for a role and they'd say, 'Oh, no, you look so European. What are you anyway?' I'd say, 'Well my father is from Bolivia.' 'Bolivia! Where is that?'"

In the same interview, Welch also made headlines for criticizing today's culture for being too sexual.

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"I think we've gotten to the point in our culture where we're all sex addicts, literally," Welch told Men's Health. "We have equated happiness in life with as many orgasms as you can possibly pack in."

"I think this era of porn is at least partially responsible for it," Welch added. "Nobody remembers what it's like to be left to form your own ideas about what's erotic and sexual."

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