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Raquel Welch: I attacked my dad with a poker

Raquel Welch has revealed she threatened her father with a poker after he launched an attack on her mother.

The 74-year-old Hollywood actress spoke about her upbringing during an in-depth interview on UK TV programme Piers Morgan’s Life Stories.

Revealing one particular incident when her father threw milk over her mother Josephine after complaining about a meal she had cooked, Raquel admitted she launched her own attack – heading towards him with a poker.

“I think my mum rather liked it but he was shocked,” Raquel, who was 16 at the time of the incident, said.

“He didn’t treat my mother very nicely. I picked up the poker at the fireplace and came at him and said, ‘Don’t you ever do that to mother again or I’ll…’

“He was stunned. I had never thought about confronting my father like that, it was just an instinct.

“I thought it was cruel, demeaning and totally uncalled for. She was phenomenal, she was a wonderful woman.

“I didn’t like the way that you could be with a man and he could treat you so badly and he’s your husband.”

It wasn’t only Josephine who fell victim to Armando’s temper. Raquel added in the interview that he also took things out on her.

When she returned home from the hair salon at age 13 with a new shorter cut with “curls and all pretty and girly”, her Bolivian-born father was furious.

“My father was a tough customer,” she said. “He was very strict, I was terrified of him and there were times I disliked him.

“When I came home with that haircut, he ran my head under the faucet. He didn’t like it. He said ‘Cut it, you’re not having curls like that!’ So I had very short hair.

"He didn’t want me to be too girly, I think he didn’t want me to get involved with boys too early. I just hated that he was clipping my wings.

“But at the same time I had enormous respect for him and I did want to please him.”

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