Movie star Raquel Welch is planning to celebrate her upcoming 65th birthday in a generous fashion - by handing out wigs to cancer sufferers.

The stunning pensioner, who hits 65 on Monday (05SEP05), has announced plans to donate $1 million (GBP555,500) worth of Hair To Wear wigs to the American Cancer Society - to mark her big day.

The charity plans to hand the wigs out to cancer patients who have suffered hair loss during chemotherapy treatment, through its Look Good... Feel Better programme.

Welch says, "When a woman gets into this kind of life threatening situation, there is apparently a deep resource that comes to the surface and the morale, the attitude, the spirit of these women is amazing.

"It is very enriching for me to be around. I don't feel sad around them; I feel inspired."