The existence of Hollywood for over a century means it has been home for careers that have lasted decades and it has several icons in its roster. One of those icons is Raquel Welch, a Golden Globe-winning actress who has starred in over 60 movies and TV shows since she made her first appearance in a movie in 1964.
Raquel Welch stormed onto the limelight via the film, One Million Years B.C when she established herself as a sex symbol despite playing a very minor role in the film. Since then, she has featured in several movies, TV shows, and stage plays, building a career that will be talked about long after she has passed away.
We cover some of the interesting things you should know about Raquel Welch below. Read on.
Early Life and Career Beginnings
Raquel Welch was born in Chicago, Illinois to a Spanish father, Armando Carlos Tejada Urquizo and American mother, Josephine Sarah Hall. She was born Jo Raquel Tejada on the 5th of September, 1940 and is one of three children born to her parents. Welch came from a family of historical importance that cut across architecture and politics and despite her background, she sought to pursue a career in performing arts, starting with ballet at the age of seven.
Her interest in stage performances covered a range of other ventures such as a beauty contest in her home contest in her adopted hometown, San Diego, California which her family relocated when she was two years old.
Eventually, after graduating from La Jolla High School, she began her pursuit of a career as an actress, enrolling at San Diego State College to study theatre arts. She began to act in various local theatre productions, appearing in plays like The Ramona Pageant.
While she built and sought her career, she worked as a weather forecaster for a local TV station through which she made some income to cater for her family.
Circumstances eventually forced Raquel Welch to relocate to Los Angeles (having previously taken detours living in Dallas and New York City), and thus began her journey in Hollywood.
Her first film was A House Is Not a Home and she also featured in the musical, Roustabout in the same year. She quickly became the toast of several productions, playing minor roles across a range of projects, including TV shows, appearing in Bewitched, McHale’s Navy and a couple of others.
The early days of her career eventually transitioned into a big career after a minor role in One Million Years B.C in 1966 transformed her into a national sex symbol. She went on to star in films like Fathom, Bedazzled, Lady in Cement, and several others, racking up over 60 credits in movies and TV till date.
Other works of Raquel Welch include recent appearances in shows like CSI: Miami (2012), Date My Dad (2017), and films like How to Be a Latin Lover (2017). Her career has seen her nominated for several awards, including the Golden Globe, which she won in 1975 for the film, The Three Musketeers.
Spouse and Daughter
Over the course of what has been an exciting life for Raquel Welch, she has been married four times, with the first time being to her high school sweetheart, James Welch. She got married to him on the 8th of May, 1959 and not long after, in 1962, they were separated, completing their divorce in 1964.
During their marriage, however, she gave birth to her only children, a son and a daughter named Damon and Tahnee Welch who were born in November 1959 and December 1961 respectively. Her daughter, Tahnee Welch has equally followed in her footsteps to become an actress.
Three years after her first divorce, Raquel Welch got married to Patrick Curtis in 1967 and was married to him until 1972 when they got divorced. A ten-year marriage to Andre Weinfeld began in 1980, ending in 1990 and her last marriage began in 1999 to Richard Palmer, lasting nine years before they got divorced in 2008.
Raquel Welch has had a career that saw her become an icon for multiple generations, both in film and in America’s cultural landscape and it has equally been financially rewarding for her. A career that has lasted over 60 years has earned her an estimated net worth up north of $30 million.
What is Raquel Welch’s Height?
At the peak of her youth, Raquel Welch was a sex symbol that sent mouths wagging and put bodies in cinema seats as they rushed to the movies to see the beloved actress. Although she has aged, Raquel still maintains the impeccable beauty that defined her youth.
Her body profile includes a height of 5 feet 6 inches and a body weight of 64 kg. Raquel’s beautiful body is further defined by a body measurement of 37, 24, and 36 inches for her bust, waist and hip sizes respectively. Additionally, Raquel Welch has blue coloured eyes and brown hair to complete her admirable physical profile.