As Beyoncé said, “I’m a diva.”
Casting director Joel Thurm remembered Raquel Welch being a bit of a handful to work with in the ’70s sitcom “Mork & Mindy.”
In his memoir, “Sex, Drugs & Pilot Season: Confessions of a Casting Director,” Thurm explained that Welch had been cast as a villainess from outer space after Jane Fonda backed out of the role over a scheduling conflict.
“Welch was then on the downslide from movie stardom to TV roles,” Thurm wrote about the “One Million Years B.C.” star, who died Feb. 15 at age 82.
“This would have been an unsettling time for anyone in her position, and she acted out a bit during shooting, taking up extra time in hair and makeup, staying in her trailer a bit longer than necessary, and one day flat-out refusing to wear a certain costume.”
Despite being a nightmare to work with, Thurm acknowledged that the legendary sex symbol “look[ed] spectacular” in her main outfit: a “silver skintight cast suit.”
After filming her second and last episode, the team held a small wrap party for Welch.
Thurm claimed that, during the get-together, she slid up to him and the producers to own up to her less-than-stellar behavior.
In a moment that he described as “very funny and very true,” she allegedly told them, “‘Look, I know I was a bit of a pain in the a–, but wasn’t I worth it?”
In 1997, the “Three Musketeers” star spoofed her diva reputation when she played a mercurial version of herself in “Seinfeld.”
In the episode titled “Summer of George,” Welch physically attacks both Kramer (Michael Richards) and Elaine (Julia Louis-Dreyfus) because the latter supposedly made fun of the way the iconic sex symbol doesn’t swing her arms when she walks.