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Raquel Welch, the US actress who became an international sex symbol of the 1960s after appearing in a deerskin bikini in “One Million Years BC,” died on February 15 after a brief illness. She was 82. “Raquel Welch, the legendary bombshell actress of film, television and stage, passed away peacefully early this morning after a brief illness,” her manager said in a statement Wednesday.
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Raquel Welch, the US actress who became an
international sex symbol of the 1960s after Appearing in a deerskin bikini in "One Million
Years BC," died on February 15 after a brief Illness. She was 82. “Raquel Welch, the legendary bombshell actress
of film, television and stage, passed away Peacefully early this morning after a brief
illness,” her manager said in a statement Wednesday. Welch, a Golden Globe award winner, starred
in more than 30 films, including Fantastic Voyage and The Three Musketeers, as well as
some 50 television series in a career spanning Five decades. Welch was named one of the “100 Sexiest
Stars in Film History” by Empire magazine In 1995. Born Jo Raquel Tejada in 1940, Welch grew
up in California, where she won teen beauty Pageants and later became a local weather
forecaster. Welch told an interview, "By age 7 I knew
I wanted to be an actress,". She continued, "My parents enrolled me in
a theater program. You could get away from some of the painfulness
of real life. I always had flights of fancy." Crediting her resilience to her mom, Josephine,
she added at the time, "I've had a great life — and it's not over yet!" Welch’s final professional credit came in
2017, where the icon starred as Rosa, the Mother-in-law of a single dad, in UPtv’s
“Date My Dad.” Welch also dedicated time to a career as an
entrepreneur, which included jewelry, skincare And wig lines. She leaves behind a son, Damon Welch, and
daughter Latanne "Tahnee" Welch, who is also An actress.