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Who is Raquel Welch?

Born Jo Raquel Tejada on the 5th September 1940, in Chicago, Illinois USA, she is an actress and singer, known to the world from her roles in films in the late ‘60s and early ‘70s, such as “Bedazzled”, “Myra Breckinridge”, and “The Three Musketeers” (1973). She has since started a business career focused on health and beauty, with The Raquel Welch Total Beauty and Fitness Program.

Where is Raquel Welch now? Is she still alive?

Raquel is alive and well; aside from managing her beauty company, she is still an actress, despite getting closer to her ninth decade, and most recently is starring in the TV comedy-drama series “Date My Dad” (2017), and in the same year also appeared in the comedy-drama film “How to Be a Latin Lover”.

Raquel Welch Wiki: Early Life, Parents, and Education

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The eldest of three children, Raquel is the daughter of Armando Carlos Tejada Urquizo, a Bolivian aeronautical engineer, and his wife, Josephine Sarah Hill, an English woman. Rachel is an older sister to James Stanford and Gayle Carole. When Raquel turned two, the family moved to San Diego, California, where she became a part of the Pacific Beach Presbyterian Church, which she attended with her mother on Sundays. During her childhood, Rachel was a big fan of performing arts, and started taking ballet lessons when she was seven years old. This lasted for the next ten years, but her instructor told her she didn’t sport the right figure to become a professional ballet dancer. So Rachel focused on her beauty, and when she was 14 years old won the Miss Photogenic and Miss Contour titles. She went to La Jolla High School, and won the title of Miss La Jolla and the title of Miss San Diego the Fairest of the Fair at the San Diego County Fair, and ultimately became Maid of California. She finished high school in 1958.

Career Beginnings

Rachel then began pursuing an acting career, and enrolled at San Diego State College on a scholarship to study theater arts. The early years were rather fruitful as she appeared in several local theater productions, including portraying Ramona in the play “The Ramona Pageant, performed at Hemet, California.

The next several years were rather problematic; Raquel almost gave up on her acting career, mostly because of lack of financial support, actually becoming a weather forecaster at KFMB and later moving to Dallas, Texas, following divorce from her first husband, James Welch. She was waitressing to support herself, but was also a model for Neiman Marcus.

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Move to Los Angeles

Tired of everyday life in Dallas, Raquel was planning a move to New York City, but instead ended up in Los Angeles in 1963. She auditioned for various roles, and then met and befriended Patrick Curtis who would become responsible for her success. The two developed a plan for Raquel to become a sex symbol of the ‘60s, which they managed to achieve. She started with a few minor roles in such films as “A House Is Not a Home” in 1964, then “Bewitched” and “Roustabout”, both in 1964.

20th Century Fox

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Then Raquel received a contract from 20th Century Fox, and was cast in the lead role of Cora in the sci-fi film “Fantastic Voyage” in 1966, co-starring Stephen Boyd and Edmond O’Brien, which became a hit both critically and commercially, and Raquel a film star.

She was then loaned to Hammer Studios in Britain, who cast her as the lead female in the fantasy-adventure film “One Million Years B.C.” in 1966, which launched her to prominence.

Raquel continued her rise and throughout the ‘60s, and in the ‘70s dominated the film scene, winning a number of prestigious awards and becoming the sex symbol of the era. Some of her most popular films of the time include Bedazzled” in 1967, “Lady in Cement” (1968) co-starring Fran Sinatra, then the role of Myra Breckinridge in the film of the same name in 1970, which is about a transgender actress who travels to Hollywood, followed by Constance de Bonacieux in the eponymous action-adventure film “The Three Musketeers” (1973), starring next to Oliver Reed and Richard Chamberlain, for which Raquel won a Golden Globe Award in the category for the Best Actress in a Motion Picture – Comedy or Musical.

Career Decline and MGM Lawsuit

In the second half of the ‘70s, Raquel’s popularity began declining, and she appeared in only a few roles from the mid-‘70s to the mid-‘80s. In 1982 she sued MGM after she was relieved of her role as Suzy in the film “Cannery Row”, and the role was given to Debra Winger after Raquel was fired by the studio. An investigation proved that MGM had made false claims of Raquel breaching her contract, and the order was that MGM pay $10.8 million to Welch.

Later Career

Raquel never regained her popularity as an actress, but her public image remained at the top of Hollywood celebrities; her famous bikini role in the “One Million Years B.C.” was listed in the “Top Ten Bikinis in Pop Culture” by Time in 2011. She has made several appearances since the ‘90s, most notably as Diana Brock in the series “C.P.W.” in 1996, then as Aunt Lucia in the television film “House of Versace”, and most recently as Rosa in the comedy series “Date My Dad” (2017).

Television Special

Back in the ‘70s when Raquel dominated the scene, she was featured in the television special “Raquel!”, which featured song and dance by the popular actress, with scenes filmed from Paris to Mexico. She would perform popular songs of the era, and wear costumes which would really catch attention, making Raquel even more popular. She also tried herself on Broadway in musicals, starring in “Woman of the Year”, and “Victor/Victoria”, among other appearances.

Do You Know How Rich Raquel Welch Is?

Raquel has proved herself a multi-talented personality, and has found a way to profit from her talentsm but she is also a successful businesswoman. So, have you ever wondered how rich Raquel Welch is, as of mid- 2018? According to authoritative sources, it has been estimated that Welch’ net worth is as high as $30 million. Pretty impressive don’t you think?

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Do You Know About Rachel’s Personal Life, Affairs, Marriage, Spouse, Children?

Rachel has been quite open about her personal life; she has been married and divorced four times, and has two children. Her first husband was her high school sweetheart James Westley Welch, with whom she has two children – Damon Welch, and Tahnee Welch who followed her mother and is now a prominent actress and model. Raquel and James were married from 1959 until 1964, though last two years the two spent separated. She met Patrick Curtis who became her agent, and the two developed romantic feelings towards each other resulting in a marriage between 1967 until 1972.

Her third marriage was to Andre Weinfeld, which lasted for ten years from 1980 until 1990, and from 1999 until 2008 she was married to Richard Palmer.

When asked about marrying for the fifth time, she said that she wouldn’t rule out a fifth try, though said that she isn’t very good at married life.

Internet Popularity

Rachel has managed to expand her popularity to a social media platform, despite being in her eighth decade, she is quite active on social media. She can be found on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter as well, with close to 100,000 followers. She has used social media networks to promote her career, and share a few details from her personal life, all of which you can see on her official pages. So, if you aren’t already a fan of this prominent film star, then this is a fantastic opportunity for you to become one.

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