Raquel Welch Biography
Raquel Welch born Jo Raquel Tejada, is an American actress and singer. She was born on September 5, 1940 in Chicago, Illinois, to Armando Carlos Tejada Urquizo, an aeronautical engineer from La Paz, Bolivia, and Josephine Sarah. She has a younger brother James Stanford and younger sister Gayle Carole.
She studied ballet from age seven to seventeen but gave it up after her instructor told her that she didn’t have the right figure. At age 14, she won beauty titles as Miss Photogenic and Miss Contour. While attending La Jolla High School she won the title of Miss La Jolla and the title of Miss San Diego – the Fairest of the Fair – at the San Diego County Fair. Welch graduated with honors from high school in 1958.
Seeking an acting career, Welch entered San Diego State College on a theater arts scholarship in 1958. In 1959, she played the title role in The Ramona Pageant, a yearly outdoor play at Hemet, California, which is based on the novel Ramona by Helen Hunt Jackson and Bob Biloe.
She got a job as a weather forecaster at KFMB, a local San Diego television station. Because her family life and television duties were so demanding she decided to give up her drama classes. After her separation from James Welch, she moved with her two children to Dallas, Texas, where she made a “precarious living” as a model for Neiman Marcus and as a cocktail waitress.
Welch initially intended to move to New York City from Dallas, but moved back to Los Angeles in 1963 and started applying for roles with the movie studios. During this period of time, she met one-time child actor and Hollywood agent Patrick Curtis who became her personal and business manager. She was cast in small roles in two films, A House Is Not a Home (1964) and the musical Roustabout (1964), an Elvis Presley film. She also landed small roles on the television series Bewitched, McHale’s Navy and The Virginian and appeared on the weekly variety series The Hollywood Palace as a billboard girl and presenter. Welch’s first featured role was in beach film A Swingin’ Summer (1965).
She was noticed by the wife of producer Saul David, who recommended her to 20th Century Fox, where with the help of Curtis she landed a contract. She was cast in a leading role in the sci-fi film Fantastic Voyage (1966). The film was a hit and made her a star.
Fox Studio loaned Welch to Hammer Studios in Britain where she starred in One Million Years B.C. (1966), a remake of the Hal Roach film, One Million B.C. (1940). The film raised Welch’s stature as a leading sex symbol of the era. In 1966, Welch starred with Marcello Mastroianni in the Italian film Shoot Loud… Louder… I Don’t Understand for Joe E. Levine. The same year, she appeared in the film Sex Quartet (1966). She was the only American in the cast of the anthology film The Oldest Profession (1967). In Italy, she also appeared in a heist movie for MGM, The Biggest Bundle of Them All (1968).
Welch did with Fox her first starring vehicle, the British Modesty Blaise-style spy movie Fathom (1967), filmed in Spain. In England, she appeared as Lust incarnate in the Peter Cook-Dudley Moore comedy, Bedazzled (1967), a Swinging ’60s retelling of the Faust legend. It was popular, as was a Western, Bandolero! (1968), which co-starred her against James Stewart and Dean Martin. In 1968, Welch appeared with Frank Sinatra in the detective film Lady in Cement, a sequel to the film Tony Rome (1967).Welch starred as a freedom fighter leader in 100 Rifles, a 1969 western directed by Tom Gries and filmed in Almeria, Spain. In 1969, Welch also starred in the thriller Flareup for MGM. Welch’s most controversial role came in Myra Breckinridge (1970).
In 1970, Welch teamed up with Tom Jones and producer/choreographer David Winters of Winters-Rosen Productions for the television special Raquel! In the early 1970s, Welch starred and produced the films The Beloved (1970), filmed in Cyprus, and Hannie Caulder (1971), a Tigon and Curtwell western shot in Spain. She followed with a series of films that included Kansas City Bomber (1972), The Last of Sheila (1973), The Three Musketeers (1973), The Four Musketeers (1974) and The Wild Party (1975). In the late 1970s, Welch appeared in the action comedies Mother, Jugs & Speed (1976) and Animal (1977), the last one filmed in France with Jean-Paul Belmondo. In 1977, she also starred in the British swashbuckling adventure The Prince and the Pauper.
Welch didn’t appear in another feature film until 1994’s Naked Gun 33⅓: The Final Insult, though she showed up frequently on television. In 2001, she had supporting roles in the comedy films Legally Blonde opposite Reese Witherspoon and Tortilla Soup. Her other recent films include Forget About It (2006) and How to Be a Latin Lover (2017).
Raquel Welch Age
She was born on September 5, 1940.
Raquel Welch Height
Raquel is 5 ft 6 (1.68 m) tall.
Raquel Welch Spouse – Raquel Welch Husband
Welch married her high school sweetheart, James Welch on May 8, 1959, but they separated in 1962 and divorced in 1964. She married producer Patrick Curtis in 1967 and divorced him in 1972. In 1980, she began a 10-year marriage to André Weinfeld, whom she divorced in 1990. Welch wed Richard Palmer in 1999 but then separated from him in 2008 and later divorced. Welch has stated that she does not intend to marry again.
Raquel Welch Children – Raquel Welch Daughter
Through her first marriage to James Welch, she is the mother of Damon Welch who was born on November 6, 1959 and actress Tahnee Welch born Latanne Rene Welch, on December 26, 1961.
Raquel Welch Grandchildren
Raquel does not have any grandchildren
Raquel Welch Net Worth
She has an estimated net worth of $30 million.
Raquel Welch Diet
Raquel Welch likes to workout by doing yoga for one and a half hours on a daily basis. Raquel also likes lifting light weights and doing cardio exercises. She does something physical every day to stay fit. She admitted that her diet secrets are sticking to a low-carb and a gluten free diet. Her diet does not have any salt, caffeine or wheat at all it always includes having three fruits on a daily basis and having lots of water. She also has a rule, according to which she never eats anything after 6 in the evening.
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Raquel Welch Movies
- A House Is Not a Home (1964)
- Roustabout (1964)
- A Swingin’ Summer (1965)
- Do Not Disturb (1965)
- Fantastic Voyage (1966)
- Shoot Loud, Louder… I Don’t Understand (1966)
- Sex Quartet (1966)
- One Million Years B.C. (1966)
- The Oldest Profession (1967)
- Fathom (1967)
- Bedazzled (1967)
- The Biggest Bundle of Them All (1968)
- Bandolero! (1968)
- Lady in Cement (1968)
- 100 Rifles (1969)
- Flareup (1969)
- The Magic Christian (1969)
- Myra Breckinridge (1970)
- The Beloved (1970)
- Hannie Caulder (1971)
- Fuzz (1972)
- Kansas City Bomber (1972)
- Bluebeard (1972)
- The Last of Sheila (1973)
- The Three Musketeers (1973)
- The Four Musketeers (1974)
- The Wild Party (1975)
- Mother, Jugs & Speed (1976)
- The Prince and the Pauper (1977)
- Animal (1977)
- Naked Gun 33⅓: The Final Insult (1994)
- Chairman of the Board (1998)
- What I Did for Love (1998)
- Get Bruce (1999)
- Legally Blonde (2001)
- Tortilla Soup (2001)
- Forget About It (2006)
- How to Be a Latin Lover (2017)