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US Actress and Model, Raquel Welch Dies at 82

As stated by her manager, Welch passed away on Wednesday morning after a brief illness

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Hrishita Chatterjee
Hrishita Chatterjee
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UNITED STATES: Raquel Welch, known for her modern-day action heroine scenes in Hollywood films, has died at 82. As stated by her manager, Raquel Welch passed away on Wednesday morning after a brief illness.

She was born in 1940 as Jo-Raquel Tejada and grew up in California, where she won teen beauty pageants. She also became a local weather forecaster later. During her stay in Dallas, Texas, Raquel Welch modelled for the Neiman Marcus clothing store and, at the same time, worked as a cocktail waitress.

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She gained the spotlight in 1964 as she moved back to California and appeared in various cameos in A House Not a Home and The Greatest Showman with Elvis Presley. Two years later, she became a star, rising to prominence with her roles in the sci-fi film Fantastic Voyage and the fantasy movie One Million Years B.C. Despite having only a few lines in the latter, her promotional skills in wearing a two-part deerskin bikini made her an icon.

In the 1960s, Raquel Welch had already become an international sex icon, predominantly remembered for playing a bikini-clad cavewoman in One Million Years B.C., produced in 1966. In 1974, she won a Golden Globe for her role in 1974’s The Three Musketeers.

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Despite gaining sufficient attention, Raquel Welch had been extremely insecure about her body, often expressing discomfort at people sexualizing her. She said, “The fact that I became one is probably the loveliest, most glamorous, and most fortunate misunderstanding.”

In her five-decade career span, Raquel Welch appeared in more than 30 movies and 50 television shows. Later, she introduced her own signature line of wigs, jewelry, and skincare products, including a Mac Cosmetics makeup line.

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Reese Witherspoon on Twitter expressed her condolences. “She was elegant, professional, and glamorous beyond belief; simply stunning.”

She is the mother of a son, Damon Welch, and a daughter, Latanne “Tahnee” Welch, who is also an actress.

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