Raquel Welch, born on September 5, 1940, started as a cheerleader and beauty queen and became an uber-successful actress and silver-screen siren. After high school, she worked as a weather forecaster at a local television station. Later, she debuted as an extra in “A House is Not a Home” but got much better roles after that. She only spoke three sentences in the movie “One million years B.C.,” but the animal skin bikini she wore in that movie made her a world-renowned sex icon. We’ll help you celebrate this fabulous star right here.
Jo Raquel Tejada
Miss La Jolla, Miss Fairest of the fair
September 5, 1940
February 15, 2023 (age 82)
Raquel Welch dominated the movie industry from the 1960s to the 1980s. Her dazzling beauty and superb acting skills dazzled millions. Welch was born on September 5, 1940, in Illinois, Chicago, and her zodiac sign is Virgo. Her parents are Armando Carlos Tejada and Josephine Sarah Hall. She has an American mother with English ancestry and a Bolivian father. Her parents moved from Chicago to San Diego when she was two years old. Welch always loved performing and entertaining, and that was why she started learning ballet at age seven.
In school, she was a cheerleader, and she won beauty pageants in her teens. She graduated high school as an honors student and got into San Diego State with a scholarship. She married her high school sweetheart, James Welch, in 1959, and gave birth to their first child in the same year. After that, she started to feature in local theater productions.
She met her future husband, Hollywood agent Patrick Curtis in 1963, and together, they hatched a plan to build Welch into a Hollywood sex icon. When Welch started acting, there was prejudice towards Hispanics in Hollywood. Curtis advised Welch to continue to use her former husband’s name as it wasn’t a Hispanic name. She started acting in movies in 1964, but “Fantastic Voyage” made her a star. In the same year, she appeared in Hammer Studio’s “One Million B.C.” in an animal-skin bikini. “One Million B.C.” finally crowned Welch as a Hollywood sex icon. Pictures of her in that bikini were made into posters, and she became a known face worldwide. In 1968, she worked with Frank Sinatra in “The Lady in Cement.” Her performances in movies and her beauty made “Playboy” magazine dub her “The most desired woman of the 1970s.”
She stars as a sex worker in “A House is Not a Home.”
She says little in the movie, but the movie puts her in the limelight.
She marries the Hollywood agent who helped her plan her rise to stardom.
Her performance in “The Three Musketeers” earns her a Golden Globe award.
She releases her beauty and fitness book and videos.
Why We Love Raquel Welch
She symbolized sexual freedom
In the past, few women could explore their sexuality. Women like Welch led the way, showing that women could live life on their terms.
She nursed her sister back to health
Her sister, Gale, battled ovarian cancer, and she was the one who took care of her. We love her dedication to her loved ones.
She encouraged healthy living
Welch encouraged people to be healthy and maintain healthy lifestyles. She even created a healthy lifestyle brand.
5 Surprising Facts
She was a professional singer
Welch was a successful nightclub singer in Las Vegas for many years.
She won a teen beauty contest
Out of 150 contestants, Welch won her first beauty contest aged 14.
She was Miss San Diego
Welch was just 15 when she was crowned Miss San Diego.
She cannot speak Spanish
Despite having an obvious Spanish-sounding name, Welch cannot speak Spanish.
She has a Walk of Fame star
Welch got her Hollywood Walk of Fame star in 1996.
Raquel Welch FAQs
Who is Raquel Welch's daughter?
Raquel Welch had her daughter, Tahnee Welch, with her first husband.
What did Raquel Welch do?
After her acting career until her death, she ventured into selling signature wigs with her brand called HairUWear.
Was Raquel Welch married?
She was married four times. But she has refused to remarry after her fourth divorce.
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