05/31/2010 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Raquel Welch On Her New Book 'Beyond The Cleavage': The Real Story Behind The Sex Symbol (VIDEO)

Raquel Welch, the 60's and 70's icon and sex symbol, has written a new book about her life called "Raquel: Beyond the Cleavage," and was on "Good Morning America" today to talk about her career and why she wrote the book. She spoke about how little she had expected to be thrust into the life she had when she starred in the 1966 film "One Million Years B.C." She explained that at the time she was a single mother of two, something very few people realized at the time or afterwards, and that playing a sex symbol felt very incongruous to her. Welch had no idea that the movie would take off: "A caveman epic? Who cares?" she said.

Welch, who is now, she said, nearing 70, explained that she wrote her book because she wanted to show that there is more to her than the objectified icon that most people think of her as. "I'm a person, I'm not a... whatever," she said. She isn't upset with the way people think of her, though. The title of the book, "Beyond the Cleavage," is a chance to "hav[e] fun with my image," she said.

You can read an excerpt from Raquel Welch's book at the Good Morning America website, and check out a vintage GMA segment from the 80's below where Raquel gives women advice about beauty and fitness.


WATCH Raquel's 80's GMA appearance: