"I COULDN'T stand that my husband was being unfaithful. I am Raquel Welch--understand?"
That was Miss Welch, way back when she had more illusions about men and her own image. She's much happier now. She's single.
WORD HAS wriggled out of LA that Raquel has met with the creators of TV's big hit "Modern Family." She is being wooed to make a few appearances as Sofia Vergara's mother. Sofia's hot, sexy mother, needless to say. Raquel is open to the idea, especially as it would offer her juicy
comic opportunities--as "Gloria Delgado's" mama, her character would probably be just as high-octane as the daughter. Cool as a cucumber one minute, flying off the handle the next.
The producers of "Modern Family" are said to be "ga-ga" over the possibility of Raquel appearing. Especially after her recent stint on "CSI: Miami," where she blotted out every other character with her ageless charisma. (Raquel has reversed the usual stellar process. She looks more like a movie star now than she did back in the old "Myra Breckenridge"/"Kansas City Bomber" days.)
Oh yes, Sofia Vergara idolizes Welch. That helps.
Now we hear that Sofia Coppola, who directed Miss Portman in those TV ads for Dior's "Cherie" fragrance, wants to make a movie with Portman for Paramount. Not just any movie. For years the idea of a remake of Roger Vadim's sci-fi camp-fest "Barbarella," has been batted
around. This was Jane Fonda's spectacular au revoir to her European sex-kitten years.
Barbarella was originally a French avant garde comic book heroine. Paramount Pictures wants to jump into the comic book genre that has worked so well for Warner Bros. and Disney/Marvel. Coppola, turned on to the Barbarella character by French director Michel Gondry, thinks it is time for a "Barbarella" re-boot. And she thinks Portman is just the girl to go flying into outer space, seducing the galaxies. (Jane's characterization was rather innocent,
despite the famous weightless striptease. Portman might be a less naïve Barbarella.)
Natalie already has sci-fi credit for her appearances in the "Star Wars" films, and of course as Thor's love interest.
Just to remind you, Sofia Coppola directed "Marie Antoinette" back in 2006. She made some daring choices with that one. There was criticism. But guess what? The film looks better with each passing year. It's not Norma Shearer and Tyrone Power's "Marie Antoinette" but--what ever could be?
Dolenz still wants to go on, however. And he told Hal he might try to persuade Peter Noone of Herman's Hermits fame, to stand in for Davy, or just join the remaining Monkees onstage for a '60s-themed jam fest. The other Monkees--Nesmith and Peter Tork, think nobody could or
should "replace" Davy, but that Noone might pay tribute to Davy, in a special number.
Show biz aside, Mickey has enrolled in the volunteer's sheriff's program near his home in Bell Canyon, California. He does a lot of this below the radar stuff, works on many children's projects, and enjoys celebrating his peers. He recently put out a tribute CD to Carole King, titled "King for a Day."
When I asked for the show's general theme, sets, etc, my friend demurred, but did say: "It's greater, grander, higher, more inspiring than I've seen her in years--maybe ever. She's like this tiny blonde tsunami."