In the mid-70’s there was a big press conference at the Waldorf Astoria in New York to announce that Raquel Welch was named an honorary spokesperson for the American Cancer Society.

The New York press started asking her some nasty questions like, “Now that silicone implants have been found to be cancerous, how do you feel?”

I had a long lens focused on her face and I could see she was about to burst out in tears. But instead she bolted for the exit. Everyone froze. I got to this dark hallway near a service elevator and there she was sitting on the radiator crying her eyes out.

I turned away and passed up a photo of one of the leading sex symbols of all time reduced to tears. I felt that the press was insensitive to her trying to do a good thing. Plus I knew that she is well versed in the art of karate.

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