The new House of Versace movie will star Raquel Welch as Gianni and Donatella Versace’s Aunt Lucia and also features performances from Gina Gershon as Donatella Versace, Colm Feore as Santo Versace and has Enrico Colantoni playing the part of Gianni Versace.
The screenplay is based on the book House of Versace:The Untold Story of Genius, Murder and Survival and concentrates on the Versace empire after Gianni’s untimely death in 1997.
Although Raquel had a small guest appearance in CSI:Miami last year she has not had a major part since her 2008 tv appearance in Welcome to The Captain. Her last movie role was back in 2006 when she played the part of Christine DeLee in the somewhat disappointing Forget About It.
The 4 times married movie star has not been idle since cutting back on her screen appearances as she has released the best-selling book Raquel: Beyond the Cleavage which tells some of her secrets of looking so good into her 70s. She reveals that part of the secret to her looks is good diet, exercise and yoga although she self deprecatingly says that one reason she still looks good is that it takes her 3 hours to get ready!
Raquel has managed to still look sexy without either looking plastic and artificial or looking like an old woman in a young woman’s clothes. Just last year she had a 5 day festival in New York, Cinematic Goddess: American Sex Symbol, The Films Of Raquel Welch.
Apart from being the major sex symbol for a generation (or more) of American men she has also taken on some fairly ground-breaking roles. In the 1969 movie 100 Rifles Raquel took part in cinema’s first interracial sex scene with actor Jim Brown. She also played a transsexual in the 1970 movie Myra Breckinridge based on the Gore Vidal novel. Unfortunately the movie proved to be much less popular than the novel and has appeared on a number of “worst movies ever made” lists.
The House Of Versace is due to premiere on Lifetime on Saturday 5 October this year.