Raquel Welch

Actor, Singer, Producer
The last of the Hollywood sex symbols, Raquel Welch began appearing in films in the mid-1960s and enjoyed a run as pin-up girl after capturing the public's imagination clad in a well-tailored fur bikini in the ... Read more »
Born: 09/04/1940 in Chicago, Illinois, USA

Filmography

Actor (108)

Forget About It 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

House of Versace 2013 - 2014 (TV Show)

Actor

CSI: Miami 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

The 64th Annual Tony Awards 2009 - 2010 (TV Show)

Actor

Welcome to the Captain 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Actor

8 Simple Rules 2004 (Tv Show)

Actor

American Family 2001 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

Playboy's 50th Anniversary Celebration 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

100 Years of Hope and Humor 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

Evening at Pops 1969 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

Jim Brown: All American 2002 (Movie)

Herself (Actor)

2001 ALMA Awards 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Hispanic Heritage Awards 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Legally Blonde 2001 (Movie)

Mrs Windham Vandermark (Actor)

Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman 1993 - 1995, 1997 - 1998, 2000 - 2001 (Tv Show)

Actor

Spin City 1993 - 1994, 1997 - 1998, 2000 - 2001 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Hollywood Fashion Machine 1998 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Tortilla Soup 2001 (Movie)

Hortensia (Actor)

The 4th Annual Celebrity Weddings: In Style 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Dudley Moore: The E! True Hollywood Story 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Get Bruce 1999 (Movie)

Herself (Actor)

Raquel Welch 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Chairman of the Board 1998 (Movie)

Grace Kosik (Actor)

Hollywood Glamour Girls 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

What I Did For Love 1998 (Movie)

Jacqueline (Actor)

Oops! The World's Funniest Outtakes 4 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

Seinfeld 1997 (Tv Show)

Actor

Sex and the Silver Screen 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

The 51st Annual Tony Awards 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

The Funniest of the World's Funniest Outtakes 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

Central Park West 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

Sabrina, the Teenage Witch 1996 (Tv Show)

Actor

Legends in Light 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

The 49th Annual Tony Awards 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

Evening Shade 1993 - 1994 (Tv Show)

Actor

Hollyrock-a-Bye Baby 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Voice

Naked Gun 33 1/3: The Final Insult 1994 (Movie)

Herself (Actor)

Bob Hope: The First Ninety Years 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

Judith Krantz's "Torch Song" 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

The 14th Annual CableACE Awards 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

49th Annual Golden Globe Awards 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

The 5th Annual American Comedy Awards 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

Night of 100 Stars III 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

The 16th Annual People's Choice Awards 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

The 61st Annual Academy Awards Presentation 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

Trouble in Paradise 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

Secrets Women Never Share 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

The 39th Annual Emmy Awards 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

Fame, Fortune & Romance 1985 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

The Bob Hope Christmas Show 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

On Top All Over the World 1984 - 1985 (TV Show)

Actor

The Barbara Walters Special (05/29/85) 1984 - 1985 (TV Show)

Actor

The Night of 100 Stars II 1984 - 1985 (TV Show)

Actor

The 38th Annual Tony Awards 1983 - 1984 (TV Show)

Actor

Broadway Plays Washington! 1981 - 1982 (TV Show)

Actor

Raquel 1980 - 1981 (TV Show)

Actor

The Bob Hope Special (05/14/79) 1978 - 1979 (TV Show)

Actor

Crossed Swords 1978 (Movie)

Edith (Actor)

Mac Davis Christmas Special... When I Grow Up 1976 - 1977 (TV Show)

Actor

L' Animal 1976 (Movie)

Jane (Actor)

Mother Jugs and Speed 1976 (Movie)

Jugs (Actor)

Saturday Night Live 1976 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Bob Hope Comedy Special 1975 - 1976 (TV Show)

Actor

The McLean Stevenson Show 1975 - 1976 (TV Show)

Actor

Really Raquel 1973 - 1974 (TV Show)

Actor

The Four Musketeers 1974 (Movie)

Constance (Actor)

The Wild Party 1974 (Movie)

Queenie (Actor)

Bluebeard 1972 (Movie)

Magdelena (Actor)

Funny Papers 1971 - 1972 (TV Show)

Actor

Fuzz 1972 (Movie)

Detective McHenry (Actor)

Kansas City Bomber 1972 (Movie)

Diane 'K C' Carr (Actor)

The Last of Sheila 1972 (Movie)

Alice (Actor)

The Three Musketeers 1972 (Movie)

Constance (Actor)

Hannie Caulder 1971 (Movie)

Hannie Caulder (Actor)

Myra Breckinridge 1970 (Movie)

Myra (Actor)

Raquel 1969 - 1970 (TV Show)

Actor

The Beloved 1970 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Bob Hope Show (02/16/70) 1969 - 1970 (TV Show)

Actor

100 Rifles 1969 (Movie)

Sarita (Actor)

Flareup 1969 (Movie)

Michele (Actor)

The Magic Christian 1969 (Movie)

Slave-driver (Actor)

Bandolero! 1968 (Movie)

Maria (Actor)

Lady in Cement 1968 (Movie)

Kit Forrest (Actor)

The Bob Hope Show (01/18/68) 1967 - 1968 (TV Show)

Actor

Bedazzled 1967 (Movie)

Lillian Lust (Actor)

The Biggest Bundle of Them All 1967 (Movie)

Juliana (Actor)

Fantastic Voyage 1966 (Movie)

Cora Peterson (Actor)

Fathom 1966 (Movie)

(Actor)

One Million Years B.C. 1966 (Movie)

Loana (Actor)

Shoot Loud, Louder...I Don't Understand 1965 (Movie)

Tania Mottini (Actor)

Roustabout 1964 (Movie)

(Actor)

A House Is Not a Home 1963 (Movie)

(Actor)

Fathom (Movie)

Fathom Harvill (Actor)

Right to Die (TV Show)

Actor

Scandal in a Small Town (TV Show)

Actor

Tainted Blood (TV Show)

Actor

The Hollywood Palace (TV Show)

Actor

The World of Jim Henson (TV Show)

Actor
Producer (1)

Hannie Caulder 1971 (Movie)

(Producer)

Biography

The last of the Hollywood sex symbols, Raquel Welch began appearing in films in the mid-1960s and enjoyed a run as pin-up girl after capturing the public's imagination clad in a well-tailored fur bikini in the prehistoric fantasy "One Million Years BC" (1966). Who would have known she was a single mother of two? Her packagers never let on. They just continued to push the fantasy, creating an uphill battle for her to earn any respect as a serious actor. Welch ornamented a number of lightweight vehicles before bombing in the title role of "Myra Breckinridge" (1970--Mae West walked off with most of the publicity), then took a measure of control over her screen persona, producing and starring in "Hannie Calder" (1971), the first of her macho femme Western roles. She altered the image further with "Kansas City Bomber" (1972), insisting on doing her own stunts as good-hearted roller derby star Diane 'KC' Carr.

Relationships

Castillo Tejada

Brother

Gayle Pate

Sister

Patrick Curtis

Husband
born c. 1938 married in 1967 divorced in 1971 reportedly appeared as an infant in scenes in "Gone With the Wind" (1939)

Josephine Esterly

Mother
died on October 17, 2000 at age 91

Richard Palmer

Husband
born c. 1955 owned and managed Mulberry Street Cafe formerly involved with Cathy Moriarty divorced with one son met in 1997 announced engagement in July 1998 married on July 17, 1999 seperated as of August 2003

Richard Palmer

Step-Son
born c. 1989 father, Richard Palmer

Armand Tejada

Father
Bolivian

Andre Weinfeld

Husband
married on July 5, 1980 divorced in September 1990 French photographer seven years Welch's junior appeared in "Pacific Palisades" (1990)

James Welch

Husband
married on May 8, 1959 separated in 1961 divorced in 1965 father of two of her children

La Welch

Daughter
born on December 26, 1961 in San Diego, California

Damon Welch

Son
born in 1960, computer consultant and aspiring actor

EDUCATION

La Jolla High School

La Jolla , California 1958
was a member of the math and Spanish clubs; her "heart's desire was to have a statue of herself on Mars"

San Diego State College

San Diego , California
earned drama scholarship; dropped out upon marriage at age 19

Milestones

2008

Appeared in the CBS comedy "Welcome to the Captain"

2006

Plyayed an ex-Las Vegas showgirl opposite Burt Reynolds in the madcap comedy "Forget About It"

2002

Played Aunt Dora on the television series "American Family," also starred Edward James Olmos and Sonia Braga

2001

Co-starred with Hector Elizondo in "Tortilla Soup", a remake of "Eat Drink Man Woman" set in L.A.'s Latino community

2001

Had supporting role in "Legally Blonde"

2000

Had featured role in the TV pilot "An American Family", written and directed by Gregory Nava; series picked up for airing by PBS in 2001-2002

1998

Starred in Foxborough, Massachusetts stage production of "The Millionairess"

1998

Portrayed Grace Kosik in "Chairman of the Board"

1997

Returned to Broadway, replacing Julie Andrews in "Victor/Victoria"

1996

Received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame

1996

TV series debut as regular on the primetime CBS soap opera "CPW", a revamping of "Central Park West"; played the bitchy, wealthy ex-wife of a businessman

1995

British stage debut touring in George Bernard Shaw's "The Millionairess"; production's London booking canceled

1994

Was TV spokesperson for Equal sweetner

1993

Made frequent guest appearances on sitcoms, including "Evening Shade", "Seinfeld" "Sabrina, the Teenage Witch" and "Spin City"

1993

Headlined TV-movie "Tainted Blood" (USA Network)

1988

Starred as Leda Beth Vincent in NBC-movie, "Scandal in a Small Town"

1987

Offered a convincing turn as stricken Emily Bauer in NBC-movie, "Right to Die"

1982

TV-movie debut in title role as "The Legend of Walks Far Woman" (NBC)

1981

Broadway debut in "Woman of the Year"; succeeded Lauren Bacall in role of Tess Harding; songwriters John Jander and Fred Ebb added new material for her to sing

1980

Sued MGM over dismissal from the film "Cannery Row"; eventually won a $14 million judgment in her favor

1976

Contributed her Jugs to "Mother, Jugs, and Speed"

1975

Reprised role in Lester's "The Four Musketeers"; films were shot simultaneously

1973

Acted the part of Constance in Richard Lester's "The Three Musketeers"

1972

Portrayed Diane 'KC' Carr in "Kansas City Bomber"

1970

Produced and starred in "Hannie Caulder"

1969

Played title role in "Myra Breckinridge"

1969

Hosted first variety special, "Raquel" (CBS)

1968

First (of many) appearance on a Bob Hope TV special

1966

Indelibly entered the public's consciousness as the bikini-clad cave woman of "One Million Years B.C."

1965

Film acting and singing debut ("introducing Raquel Welch") in "A Swingin' Summer"

1964

First film appearance (as walk-on) in Elvis Presely vehicle "Roustabout"

1964

Broke into show business as billboard girl on the "Hollywood Palace" TV show

1955

Won La Jolla beauty competition at age 15 (date approximate)

1947

First taste of the stage at San Diego's Old Globe Theatre as member of a children's theater group (date approximate)

1942

Moved with family to La Jolla, California (date approximate)

Worked as a cocktail waitress and model in Dallas in early 1960s

Moved to L.A. as a single mother with two children from her first marriage; worked several jobs to support family

Bonus Trivia

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" ...I made decisions based on, What will my kids think of this? I tried not to trash myself. I felt I owed them that, because there were sacrifices of time away, and they had enough difficulty dealing with the fact that I was there mother. The compromise of being a career woman and having children is ... My failings as a mother weren't intentional--and my kids grew up to be good people--but the failings were there. And I look at things now, and I go, Hmmm, maybe that was too high a price to pay for what I got out of it." --Raquel Welch to TV Guide, June 8, 1996

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About "Myra Breckinridge" co-star Mae West: "She was a genius of sorts, but I was seeing her at a very sad moment in her life. She was frightened to be on camera with me. I thought, 'You never want to get to the point in your life when you're hanging onto this kind of thing. It's too painful.' And do you know that she never dropped her persona while on the set? It was all 'Come up and see me sometime.'" --Welch quoted in USA Today, June 26, 1997.

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"I remember a long, long time ago, George C. Scott said you can't teach acting. You know, you either have it or you don't. Well, I think that's great for him. He definitely had it. He's fabulous; he's one of my idols. But for the loads of us on the planet who are not as gifted as Mr. Scott, there are tried and true techniques that are available. Most of the time, an actor is left pretty much on his own with a script in his bedroom or hotel room to struggle it out and try to find the character. Some people do it easliy, but I'm personally not one of them. I mean, I can fake it easily enough when all I have to say is, 'Hello, goodbye.'" ... But with theater, you have to make a commitment of 2 1/2 hours of doing more than saying 'Hi.'"It's like swimming along in the deep end and you don't see the shore in sight. You just keep swimming anyway in some kind of blind faith that soon there will be land, you know?" --Welch quoted in The Boston Globe, May 24, 1998.

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Welch is president of her own production company, RWP Inc, and is currently developing projects, including her own feature-length screenplay.

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Welch has her own wig and beauty product lines.

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"Americans have always had sex symbols. It's a time-honored tradition and I'm flattered to have been one. But it's hard to have a long fruitful career once you've been sterotyped that way. That's why I'm proud to say I've endured."-- Welch Biography Magazine July 2002

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In 1994, Raquel Welch received a star on the Walk of Fame

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