56 Facts About Raquel Welch


Raquel Welch's first won attention for her role in Fantastic Voyage, after which she won a contract with 20th Century Fox.

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Raquel Welch's won a Golden Globe Award for Best Motion Picture Actress in a Musical or Comedy in 1974 for her performance in The Three Musketeers.

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Raquel Welch's was nominated for a Golden Globe Award for Best Actress in Television Film for her performance in the film Right to Die .

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Raquel Welch's is the first child of Armando Carlos Tejada Urquizo and Josephine Sarah Hall.

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Raquel Welch has a younger brother, James "Jim" Tejada, and had a younger sister, Gayle Tejada.

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Raquel Welch attended the Pacific Beach Presbyterian Church every Sunday with her mother.

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Raquel Welch's began studying ballet at age seven, but after ten years of study, she left the art at seventeen when her instructor told her she did not have the right body type for professional ballet companies.

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Raquel Welch's got a job as a weather forecaster at KFMB, a local San Diego television station.

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Raquel 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.

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Raquel Welch's was cast in small roles in two films, A House Is Not a Home and the musical Roustabout, an Elvis Presley film.

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Raquel Welch's 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.

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Raquel Welch's was one of many actresses who auditioned for the role of Mary Ann Summers on the television series Gilligan's Island.

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Raquel Welch's first featured role was in the beach film A Swingin' Summer .

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Raquel Welch's 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.

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Raquel Welch's agreed to seven-year nonexclusive contract, five pictures over the next five years and two floaters.

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Raquel Welch's was cast in a leading role in the sci-fi film Fantastic Voyage, in which she portrayed a member of a medical team that is miniaturized and injected into the body of an injured diplomat with the mission to save his life.

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Raquel Welch's was described as "wearing mankind's first bikini" and the fur bikini was described as a "definitive look of the 1960s".

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In 1966, Raquel Welch starred with Marcello Mastroianni in the Italian film Shoot Loud, Louder.

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Raquel Welch's was the only American in the cast of the anthology film The Oldest Profession ; her segment was directed by Michael Pfleghar.

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In 1968, Raquel Welch appeared with Frank Sinatra in the detective film Lady in Cement, a sequel to the film Tony Rome .

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Raquel Welch's played the socialite Kit Forrest, the romantic interest of Tony Rome.

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Raquel Welch starred as a freedom fighter leader in 100 Rifles, a 1969 western directed by Tom Gries and filmed in Almeria, Spain.

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The film is remembered for the spectacular "Shower Scene" in which Raquel Welch distracts the soldiers on the train by taking a shower at a water tower along the tracks.

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In 1969, Raquel Welch starred in the thriller Flareup and had a supporting role in the dark comedy The Magic Christian.

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Raquel Welch's took the role as the film's transsexual heroine in an attempt to be taken seriously as an actress.

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Raquel Welch presented at the Academy Award ceremony several times during the 1970s due to her popularity.

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Raquel Welch's accepted the Best Supporting Actress Oscar on behalf of fellow actress Goldie Hawn when Hawn could not be there to accept it.

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Also that year Raquel Welch acted in The Beloved, in which she starred and produced and filmed in Cyprus.

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In 1971, Raquel Welch acted in Hannie Caulder, a Tigon and Curtwell western shot in Spain.

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In 1972, Raquel Welch acted in Kansas City Bomber and had a cameo in Bluebeard.

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In Kansas City Bomber Raquel Welch played a hardened roller-derby star and single mother who tries to balance her desire for a happy personal life and her dreams of stardom.

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In 1973, Raquel Welch acted in The Last of Sheila and The Three Musketeers.

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In 1977, Raquel Welch acted in Animal, filmed in France with Jean-Paul Belmondo.

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In 1982, Raquel Welch acted in the Western television film The Legend of Walks Far Woman.

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Around this time, along with Elizabeth Taylor and Sophia Loren, Raquel Welch was among the candidates considered for the role of Alexis Carrington on the ABC prime time drama Dynasty which began in 1981, before the producers settled on Joan Collins.

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Raquel Welch's was due to star in a 1982 adaptation of John Steinbeck's Cannery Row, but was abruptly fired by the producers a few weeks into production.

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Studio executives claimed in testimony the reason Raquel Welch was following through with the trial was because she was an actress over 40 and generally actresses in that age range cannot get roles anymore.

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Raquel Welch's starred in the television films Scandal in a Small Town, Trouble in Paradise, and Torch Song .

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Raquel Welch's appeared in the night-time soap opera Central Park West .

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That year, she acted in an episode of the comedy series Seinfeld, entitled "The Summer of George", Raquel Welch played a highly temperamental version of herself, assaulting series characters Kramer and Elaine, the former because he fired her from an acting job and the latter because Raquel Welch mistakenly thought Elaine was mocking her.

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Many years, Raquel Welch performed in a successful one-woman nightclub musical act in Las Vegas.

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In 1974, Raquel Welch won a Golden Globe Award for Best Motion Picture Actress in a Musical or Comedy for The Three Musketeers.

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Raquel Welch's was nominated for a Golden Globe Award for her performance in the television drama Right to Die .

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In 1994, Raquel Welch received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 7021 Hollywood Boulevard.

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Raquel Welch's began a jewelry and skincare line, although neither of those ventures compared to the success of her wig collection HAIRuWEAR.

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In January 2007, Raquel Welch was selected as the newest face of MAC Cosmetics Beauty Icon series.

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James and Raquel Welch separated in 1962 and divorced in 1964; she has retained Welch's last name ever since.

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Raquel Welch's married producer Patrick Curtis in 1967 and divorced him in 1972.

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Raquel Welch wed Richard Palmer, owner of Mulberry Street Pizzeria, in 1999 but then separated from him in 2003 and later divorced.

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Raquel Welch posed for Playboy in 1979, but she never did a fully nude shoot.

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Raquel Welch's declined to do complete nudity, and I yielded gracefully.

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In 2014, during an appearance on The O'Reilly Factor, Raquel Welch described herself as being on the conservative side, attributing it to her mother's midwestern values.

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Raquel Welch helped transform America's feminine ideal into its current state.

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Raquel Welch is mentioned in the 1971 song, "One's on the Way" by country music legend Loretta Lynn.

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Raquel Welch is mentioned in The Unknown Stuntman, the theme song to The Fall Guy, starring Lee Majors, who recorded the song.

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Raquel Welch is one of the few actresses, and one of the earliest, who had a lead role in a Western movie.

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