Raquel Welch

Born Sep 5, 1940

Jo Raquel Tejada, better known as Raquel Welch, is a Bolivian-American actress, author and sex symbol. Welch came to attention as a "new-star" on the 20th Century Fox lot in the mid-1960s. She posed iconically in an animal skin bikini for the British-release One Million Years B.C. (1966), for which she may be best known. She later starred in Bedazzled (1967), Bandolero! (1968), 100 Rifles (1969) and Myra Breckinridge (1970).… Read More

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1940 Birth Welch was born as Jo-Raquel Tejada on September 5, 1940, in Chicago, Illinois. … Read More


1958 17 Years Old Welch graduated from high school in 1958 and a year later, after becoming pregnant, married her high school sweetheart, James Welch on May 8, 1959.
1959 18 Years Old Seeking an acting career, Welch won a scholarship in drama, took classes at San Diego State College and won several parts in local theater productions. 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. … Read More


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1966 25 Years Old She married producer Patrick Curtis in 1966 and divorced him in 1972.
1969 28 Years Old …  Welch starred in the movie, 100 Rifles, a 1969 western directed by Tom Gries. … Read More
1970 29 Years Old In 1970, Welch teamed up with Tom Jones and producer/choreographer David Winters of Winters-Rosen Productions for the television special Raquel!, considered by some viewers to be a classic pairing together of 1970s popular culture icons in their prime. … Read More


1975 34 Years Old In a 1975 interview Welch said she thought she had been "good" in Kansas City Bomber, Myra Breckenridge and The Last of Sheila "but being good in a bad movie doesn't do anything for your career."
1980 39 Years Old In 1980, she began a 10-year marriage to André Weinfeld, whom she divorced in 1990.


1981 40 Years Old Along with Elizabeth Taylor and Sophia Loren, Welch was among the candidates considered for the part of Alexis Carrington on the ABC prime time drama Dynasty which began in 1981, before the producers settled on Joan Collins. … Read More
1987 46 Years Old In 1987, she flirted with a pop singing career, thus releasing the dance single "This Girl's Back In Town". … Read More


1997 56 Years Old In a 1997 episode of the comedy series Seinfeld, entitled "The Summer of George", 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 Welch mistakenly thought that Elaine was mocking her. … Read More
1999 58 Years Old Welch wed Richard Palmer in 1999 but then separated from him in 2008. … Read More


2001 60 Years Old 1 More Event
In 2001, she had a supporting role in the hit comedy film Legally Blonde opposite Reese Witherspoon.
2007 66 Years Old In January 2007, Welch was selected as the newest face of MAC Cosmetics Beauty Icon series. … Read More
2008 67 Years Old 1 More Event
…  In late 2008, she became a spokeswoman for Foster Grant's reading glasses campaign, created by Ferrara and Company. … Read More
2011 70 Years Old 1 More Event
In 2011, Men's Health ranked her No. 2 in its "Hottest Women of All Time" list.
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