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Raquel Welch nearly died making One Million Years B.C.

Raquel Welch almost died while making her classic movie One Million Years B.C. due to extreme weather conditions.
The Fantastic Voyage actress initially didn’t want to take on the role of Loana the Fair One in the film, because her character wore such a skimpy costume and she also wasn’t a fan of the idea of a film that was set in prehistoric times.
“I told (Fox’s studio head) Dick Zanuck I didn’t think I was going to do it because it was a dinosaur movie and I didn’t want to be caught dead in a dinosaur movie,” she told Fox News. “And he was not sympathetic to that. He said, ‘No, you’re going to do it Raquel. And listen Raqui, you’re going to become a huge star!’ I said, ‘What? What am I even going to wear? What happened in dinosaur time?…’ He said, ‘Don’t worry, they’ll figure something out’. And they sure did.”
The 77-year-old shot the movie in The Canary Islands, where severe weather conditions proved to be a big issue. During the shoot, Welch developed tonsillitis and had to take penicillin. However, she grew sicker and had to rush to her doctor.
“I had already so much penicillin when I was wearing the fur bikini that I almost died,” she said. “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.”
“And I barely got there,” she added. “They had to shoot me with an antidote. Otherwise, I would have died. It was really rough shoot, man. Really rough.:
But it was worth it: “Then I came to London and everybody knew who I was,” Welch smiled.

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