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Raquel Welch

An actress and beauty icon, the statuesque Raquel Welch was one of the most popular celebrities of the 1960s and 1970s. Born Raquel Tejada on September 5, 1940, in Chicago, she began taking dancing lessons as a child and by her teens was already winning beauty contests. After working as a waitress and model, Welch relocated to Hollywood in 1963; within three days, she had already landed a manager, Patrick Curtis, and soon they formed a promotions company, Curtwell Enterprises. After appearing in Life magazine, she began working on the ABC series Hollywood Palace, and in 1964 made her feature debut with an unbilled appearance in the Elvis Presley vehicle Roustabout. In 1965, she scored her first lead role in the pop musical A Swingin' Summer, resulting in a contract with 20th Century Fox, which cast her in the sci-fi hit Fantastic Voyage before loaning her to the British horror studio Hammer. There she starred in a 1967 remake of One Million Years B.C. Despite the publicity, Fox was clearly wary of her talents, and did not ask her to return to Hollywood; instead she remained in Europe, starring with Edward G. Robinson and Vittorio de Sica in 1968's The Biggest Bundle of Them All and with Monica Vitti and Claudia Cardinale in Le Fate. After appearing as Lust in Stanley Donen's seven-deadly-sins comedy Bedazzled, Welch finally returned to the U.S. She had roles in pictures like Bandolero! and Lady in Cement. Following in 1969 was 100 Rifles, a controversial Western which paired Welch with Jim Brown, and a year later she earned her first real starring role in the disastrous Myra Breckenridge. Her situation was unusual; she was certainly a star and a household name, yet few people ever went to see her movies -- neither 1971's Hannie Caulder nor the following year's Fuzz did anything to alter the dilemma. While both 1973's The Three Musketeers and its sequel The Four Musketeers were well received, she earned little credit for their success, and when the 1976 black comedy Mother, Jugs and Speed did not do as well as expected, Welch ended her Hollywood career. Welch instead turned to nightclubs, concert stages, and television; she also continued making films in Europe, including 1977's The Prince and the Pauper and L' Animal, co-starring Jean-Paul Belmondo. In 1980, she was tapped to star in Cannery Row, but was fired a month into production; she filed suit against MGM for damages, and was awarded 11 million dollars. Welch spent the 1980s focusing primarily on television productions like 1982's The Legend of Walks Far Woman and 1987's Right to Die, in which she delivered one of her strongest performances as a woman suffering from Lou Gehrig's disease. In 1994 Welch returned to cinema in the comedy The Naked Gun 33 1/3: The Final Insult. Throughout the decade, she also made a number of infomercials and exercise videos, and in 1995 also starred in the nighttime soap opera CPW. In 1997, she took over for Julie Andrews in the Broadway musical Victor/Victoria.

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Sep 5, 1940 In Chicago, Illinois, USA
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the series Today 1952-01-14
Latest Project:
Series Date My Dad 2017-06-02
Known For
Poster of How to Be a Latin Lover
Poster of Legally Blonde
Poster of Naked Gun 33⅓: The Final Insult
Poster of Electric Blue 005
Movie How to Be a Latin Lover Celeste 2017-03-06
Series Date My Dad Rosa 2017-06-02
Movie The Ultimate Legacy Sally May Anderson 2015-12-04
Movie And the Oscar Goes To... Unknown 2014-02-01
Movie House of Versace Lucia 2013-10-04
Movie Lt. Dan Band: For the Common Good Self 2011-07-29
Movie The World of Peter Sellers Unknown 2009-09-15
Series Welcome to the Captain Charlene Van Ark 2008-02-04
Movie Forget About It Christine DeLee 2006-10-14
Movie Sex at 24 Frames Per Second Herself - Interviewee 2003-09-23
Movie Jim Brown: All-American Herself 2002-01-01
Series 8 Simple Rules... for Dating My Teenage Daughter Unknown 2002-09-17
Movie Tortilla Soup Hortensia 2001-08-24
Movie Cleopatra: The Film That Changed Hollywood Herself (archive footage) 2001-01-01
Movie Legally Blonde Mrs. Windham Vandermark 2001-07-13
Movie Hollywood at Your Feet: The Story of the Chinese Theatre Footprints Self - Hostess 2000-01-01
Movie Get Bruce! Herself 1999-01-01
Series The Early Show Unknown 1999-11-01
Movie Chairman of the Board Grace Kosik 1998-03-13
Series The View Unknown 1997-08-11
Series E! True Hollywood Story Unknown 1996-03-29
Movie Sex, Censorship and the Silver Screen Narrator 1996-01-01
Series Spin City Unknown 1996-09-17
Series Sabrina, the Teenage Witch Vesta 1996-09-27
Series Central Park West Unknown 1995-09-13
Movie Fertile La Toyah Video Magazine #2: The Kinky Issue! Unknown 1994-01-01
Movie Naked Gun 33⅓: The Final Insult Raquel Welch 1994-03-18
Movie Flesh and Blood: The Hammer Heritage of Horror Herself 1994-08-06
Movie Torch Song Paula Eastman 1993-05-23
Movie The Flintstones : Hollyrock a Bye Baby Shelly Millstone (voice) 1993-12-05
Movie Tainted Blood Elizabeth Hayes 1993-08-24
Movie Trouble in Paradise Rachel Baxley 1989-05-16
Series Seinfeld Unknown 1989-07-05
Movie Scandal in a Small Town Leda Beth Vincent 1988-01-01
Movie Right to Die Emily Bauer 1987-08-12
Movie Muppet Video: The Kermit and Piggy Story Herself 1985-01-01
Series Wogan Self 1982-05-04
Movie The Legend of Walks Far Woman Walks Far Woman 1982-05-30
Movie Electric Blue 005 Herself (archive footage) 1981-01-01
Series Wanna bet, that..? Unknown 1981-02-14
Movie From Raquel with Love Herself 1980-11-23
Movie The Muppets Go Hollywood Herself 1979-05-16
Series Mork & Mindy Unknown 1978-09-14
Movie The Prince and the Pauper Lady Edith 1977-06-03
Movie Stuntwoman Jane Gardner 1977-10-05
Series Donny & Marie Unknown 1976-01-23
Movie Mother, Jugs & Speed Jugs 1976-01-01
Series The Muppet Show Unknown 1976-09-05
Series Cher Unknown 1975-02-16
Movie The Wild Party Queenie 1975-03-01
Series Saturday Night Live Self - Host 1975-10-11
Movie The Four Musketeers Constance de Bonancieux 1974-10-31
Movie The Last of Sheila Alice 1973-06-14
Movie The Three Musketeers Constance de Bonancieux 1973-12-11
Movie Fuzz Det. Eileen McHenry 1972-07-14
Movie Kansas City Bomber K.C. Carr 1972-08-02
Movie Bluebeard Magdalena 1972-09-01
Movie Sin Elena 1971-01-01
Series V.I.P. Schaukel Unknown 1971-05-09
Movie Hannie Caulder Hannie Caulder 1971-11-08
Movie Raquel! Herself 1970-04-26
Movie Myra Breckinridge Myra Breckinridge 1970-06-24
Series Bracken's World Unknown 1969-09-19
Movie Flareup Michele 1969-11-10
Movie 100 Rifles Sarita 1969-03-26
Movie The Magic Christian Priestess of the Whip 1969-12-12
Movie Will the Real Mr. Sellers... Self 1969-12-18
Movie Bandolero! Maria Stoner 1968-06-01
Movie The Biggest Bundle of Them All Juliana 1968-01-17
Series Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In Unknown 1968-01-22
Series The Dick Cavett Show Self - Guest 1968-06-06
Movie Lady in Cement Kit Forrest 1968-11-19
Movie The Oldest Profession Nini 1967-04-05
Movie Fathom Fathom Harvill 1967-08-25
Movie Bedazzled Lust/Lilian Lust 1967-10-30
Movie Salvador Dalí's Fantastic Dream Unknown 1966-07-06
Movie The Queens Elena 1966-04-21
Movie Fantastic Voyage Cora 1966-08-24
Movie One Million Years B.C. Loana 1966-11-28
Movie Shoot Loud, Louder... I Don't Understand Tania Montini 1966-10-26
Movie A Swingin' Summer Jeri Mason 1965-01-01
Series Shindig! Unknown 1964-09-16
Series Wendy and Me Unknown 1964-09-14
Movie A House Is Not a Home Call Girl 1964-08-12
Series Bewitched Stewardess 1964-09-17
Movie Roustabout College Girl in Blue 1964-11-11
Series The Baileys of Balboa Unknown 1964-09-19
Series The Virginian Unknown 1962-09-19
Series The Oscars Unknown 1953-03-18
Series Today Unknown 1952-01-14