Raquel Welch, “Fantastic Voyage” actress and Sixties icon, is useless at 82

Raquel Welch, “Fantastic Voyage” actress and Sixties icon, is useless at 82

Raquel Welch, an actress who rose to fame within the late Sixties and have become an icon of her period, has died at 82 years previous, her supervisor instructed CBS News on Wednesday. 

“Raquel Welch, the legendary bombshell actress of movie, tv and stage, handed away peacefully early this morning after a quick sickness,” Welch’s supervisor, Steven Sauer, wrote in a press release. 

Welch first gained prominence for her position within the 1966 journey movie “Fantastic Voyage,” and her profession took off together with her subsequent movie, “One Million Years, B.C.” While she solely had just a few strains within the film, she appeared on the film’s poster in a fur bikini — a picture that turned her into a global intercourse image nearly in a single day. 

In a 2012 interview with CBS Los Angeles, Welch addressed the movie and the racy art work, saying that she felt “demeaned” on set however knew the “foolish costume” led to her “huge break.” 

“The Lord was watching over me or one thing, as a result of in any other case, why?,” she mentioned about her rise to stardom. “I imply, there was no cause for me to be on high of a volcano in that outfit taking pictures a dinosaur film and after I come again, I’m a star. It’s simply nutty.”

Raquel Welch on
Raquel Welch on “CBS This Morning” in 2012.


In the interview, Welch spoke about being appeared down within the business however determining the best way to make it work for her. 

“I used to be on the ‘One Million Years B.C.’ [set] and I used to be form of bored trigger so I went to the director, Don Chaffey, and I actually been finding out the script, so I mentioned, ‘I’ve been considering.’ He checked out me and he mentioned, ‘Don’t.’ I actually did really feel demeaned.”

“When I got here again and I noticed that foolish costume had given me my huge break, then I assumed, ‘Well, OK, then,'” Welch added. “It wasn’t my plan, but when it really works.” 

Welch would proceed to behave into the early 2000s, making an attempt her hand at TV, films and theater and incomes a Golden Globe for Best Motion Picture Actress in a Musical or Comedy for her position within the 1974 movie “The Three Musketeers.” She additionally carried out a profitable one-woman present in Las Vegas.  

In 1994, she acquired a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. 

Even earlier than her first movie roles, Welch was on TV: According to CBS Los Angeles, her very first on-screen job was as a climate caster at a CBS station in San Diego. 

“It was enjoyable and you realize, they paid me an entire $7.50 per present. I used to be so excited, I obtained to be on tv,” she instructed CBS Los Angeles in 2012. 

Welch married 4 occasions and had two youngsters, Damon and Tahnee, together with her first husband James Welch. She married James Welch in May 1959, however the two divorced in 1964. Even after their separation, she continued utilizing the final title Welch. Both of Welch’s youngsters are nonetheless alive and have had their very own appearing careers. 

In 1967, she married producer Patrick Curtis. They divorced in 1972. In 1980, she married producer André Weinfeld, they usually divorced in 1990. Finally, she wed Richard Palmer in 1999, however the pair separated in 2003 and later divorced. 

“What can I say, I’ve been married 4 occasions and I nonetheless did not get it proper. I’m studying,” she joked to CBS Los Angeles. 

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