One of Hollywood’s most famous sex symbols, Raquel Welch became a movie star with her appearance in the 1966 sci-fi hit “Fantastic Voyage,” sealing the deal the next year as a skimpily clad cavewoman in “One Million Years B.C.” (which also spawned a bestselling poster of Welch).
She acted constantly up through the mid-1970s, mostly in westerns, crime dramas and offbeat comedies that often emphasized her physical assets over her acting skills. A low point was her starring role in 1970’s much-reviled sex farce “Myra Breckinridge.”
During this time, Welch also popped up as a roller derby queen in “Kansas City Bomber,” in the ensemble mystery “The Last of Sheila” and in the well-received “The Three Musketeers” (for which she won a Golden Globe Award) and its sequel.
From the 1980s on, she worked mainly in television in such movies as “The Legend of Walks Far Woman” and “Right to Die” (Golden Globe nominee), as a regular in several short-lived series and as a sitcom guest star.
In addition, Welch appeared in the 2001 feature comedies “Legally Blonde” and “Tortilla Soup.”
Her musical abilities have also taken her to Broadway and the Las Vegas stage.
Welch, who is partly of Bolivian descent, has been married four times. She has two children, Damon and actress Tahnee.
— Gary Goldstein in the Los Angeles Times