Raquel Welch rose to fame as a sex idol in the 1960s. She has now passed away. She was 82 years old.
Welch succumbed to a brief illness on Wednesday at her home in Los Angeles, according to her son Damon.
At the age of 82, the actress and Hollywood sex icon Raquel Welch died
He said: “She died without feeling any discomfort.” “I am incredibly proud of everything she has achieved in her job and in society. The USO tours she performed with Bob Hope in the late 1960s and early 1970s are what I am most proud of. For three years while she did that, we missed Christmas with her. That was the hardest part, according to her.”
Welch’s career began in the 1960s with appearances on television shows such as Bewitched, McHale’s Navy and The Virginian. It allowed him to land roles in Fantastic Voyage and One Million Years BC back-to-back. She was elevated to sex symbol status through her later role.
Welch continued to act in films, including The Three Musketeers (1974), for which she received a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actress in a Comedy or Musical. Welch portrayed a trans actress in the 1970 film Myra Breckinridge, in which she also appeared as a trans woman.
She is survived by her daughter Tahnee Welch and her two children Damon Welch.
Jo-Raquel Tejada, Welch’s mother, is American, while her father is Bolivian. She was born in Chicago, Illinois.
“Raquel Welch was a movie legend during a time when Latinos were rarely offered any employment in Hollywood (unless it was a stereotype), says Yolanda Machado, editor of Entertainment Weekly and film critic. She had to maintain her anonymity to succeed, but despite challenging as it may have been, she managed it with outstanding performances that provided a window into an entire generation.
Welch noted in 2002 that while she did not try to hide her Bolivian ancestry on purpose, it was not a large part of her family’s culture as her father tried to assimilate as much as possible.
She argued that certain Latino tendencies needed to be partly hidden in order for Latinos to flourish in the American system. “He never spoke Spanish at home, so he didn’t give us an accent. We never lived in a neighborhood with other Latino residents. I didn’t know any Latinos personally.”
Welch went on to say that while she disagreed with his decision to keep their past private, she understood that he was trying to protect the family from prejudice and discrimination.
However, Welch continued to fight for diversity in Hollywood 40 years into his career, just as Latinos did.
Welch’s ethnicity may have scared some people, but political cartoonist and TV writer Lalo Alcaraz said he’s glad Latinos can recognize her as a member of the community.
Alcaraz observed that there are not many stars in this region. That Raquel Welch is considered one of our stars makes me happy and proud.
Hollywood sex icon and “One Million Years BC” star Raquel Welch has passed away at the age of 82.
The honored actress also had appearances in “The Three Musketeers” and “Fantastic Voyage.”
Welch’s management and People Magazine both reported that she “passed away quietly early this morning after a brief illness.”
The statement said she had a career spanning more than 50 years and had roles in more than 30 films and 50 television shows.
In recent years, she has been linked to the wig company owned by the Golden Globe winner. Tahnee Welch and Damon Welch are Raquel’s daughter and son respectively.
Welch’s career took off in 1966 when she appeared in the film One Million Years BC in a fur bikini. Prior to that, she had spent a few seasons playing supporting roles in television series such as “Stewardess” on Bewitched. She appeared in Fantastic Voyage that year as well.
After a few seasons of minor roles in TV series such as “Stewardess” on Bewitched, Welch’s career took off. She shot to prominence in 1966 when she made an appearance in the film One Million Years BC in a fur bikini. In the same year, she rose to fame as a Hollywood actress due to her role in Fantastic Voyage.
She received so much press at the time, in fact, that her marriage to her manager, Patrick Curtis, in Paris the next year had to be postponed for 15 minutes while police removed nearly 100 paparazzi from the vicinity.
The 1973 adaptation of The Three Musketeers by filmmaker Richard Lester earned Welch a Golden Globe for her performance as Constance. For her part as an unorthodox lady with ALS who wants to be executed in the made-for-TV movie Right to Die, she was also nominated for another Oscar. In 1996, she was recognized with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
Welch, who was given the enormous task of becoming a sex symbol throughout her career in 1940 when she was born Jo Raquel Tejada. Her height and weight were given. She admitted that she originally came out on tape as a gay woman in defiance of talk show host Geraldo in 1975.