Raquel Welch

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Raquel Welch is an actress and singer from the United States. Moreover, Raquel Welch is popular for her performances in ‘One Million Years B.C.’, ‘Bedazzled’, ‘Fathom’, ‘Legally Blonde,’ and many more movies.

Early Life

Jo Raquel Tejada best known as Raquel Welch on September 5, 1940, in Chicago, Illinois, the United States of America. According to her birth date, she is 81 years old and holds American nationality. Moreover, she has a mixed ethnicity of Bolivian- Irish-American ethnicity and her birth sign is Virgo.

In addition, she is the daughter of Armando Tejada Urquizo (father) and Josephine Sarah (mother). Professionally, her father was a Bolivian aeronautical engineer and her mother was Irish American.

When Raquel was just two years old, her parent moved to San Diego, California. She grew up with her three siblings, two brothers Castillo Tejada, and James Tejada, and one sister Gayle Carole Tejada. Unfortunately, her parent divorced.


Regarding her academic qualifications, she attended and subsequently graduated from La Jolla High School in California.

Raquel Welch – Net Worth 2022

Talking about her net worth, she has a whooping net worth of $40 million which she earns from her acting and singing career.

Career and Professional Life

At the age of 14, Raquel Welch began winning in local pageants, obtaining the titles of Miss Photogenic and Miss Contour. She won the title of “Miss Fairest of the Fair” at the San Diego County Fair while still in school. In addition, she had once dreamed of becoming a ballerina but gave up after learning from her trainer that she lacked the required physical features.

She portrayed Jeri in her first major acting role in the movie “A Swingin’ Summer.” She made her singing debut in a comedy film as well. Later, she appeared in her second important movie, the 1966 science fiction “Fantastic Voyage,” a year later.

She made an appearance in the 1966 fantasy/adventure movie “One Million Years B.C.” She played the lead in the movie, which took place in a made-up world with dinosaurs and cavemen. Her life was forever changed by this portrayal, which also made her the 1960s and 1970s sex icon of the United States. The 1967 British spy movie “Fathom” featured her as the lead.

She portrayed Fathom Harvill, the main character, a skydiver who finds an atomic triggering mechanism. She was cast in major productions throughout the following decades, including The Biggest Bundle of Them All, a 1968 criminal drama starring Robert Wagner, as well as Bedazzled, Lady in Cement, Flareup, and Bandolero!

Other movies and television appearances

Raquel played a gorgeous but dissatisfied housewife in the 1970 movie “The Beloved” (also known as “Sin”) who begins an affair and then plots her husband’s death. She was chosen to feature in and as Myra Breckinridge, a comedy movie based on the same-named novel by Gore Vidal, in the same year.

Moreover, she performed a variety of roles during this time, which attracted positive attention from the public.  She played a gang rape victim who exacts retribution on her abusers in the 1971 movie “Hannie Caulder,” in which she made her film debut. She then appeared in the 1972 movie “Bluebeard” with Richard Burton.

In the 1972 MGM film “Kansas City Bomber,” directed by Jerrold Freedman, she portrayed K.C. Carr. She appeared in the 1973–1974 film series “The Musketeers” as well. In these movies, she portrayed Constance Bonacieux, and for this role, she received numerous awards.

She appeared as Queenie in the 1975 movie “The Wild Party” opposite James Coco. Alongside Bradford Dillman, she starred in the NBC television movie “The Legend of Walks Far Woman.” She has also significantly contributed to television through roles in movies like “Right to Die,” “Scandal in a Small Town,” and “Torch Song.”

Moreover, she co-starred with Reese Witherspoon in the comedies Legally Blonde and Tortilla Soup in 2001. She portrayed a Mexican American family in East Los Angeles in the 2002 PBS drama series American Family. Forget About It (2006) was her next film. Additionally, she was a part of the Welcome to The Captain cast, which launched on CBS on February 4, 2008.

She had a part in The Ultimate Legacy in 2015. The most recent work that she appeared on Television was in the 2017 sitcom Date My Dad, where she reunited with Robert Wagner after their time as co-stars in The Biggest Bundle of Them All. How to Be a Latin Lover (2017), in which she appeared.


Raquel Welch won the 1975 Golden Globe Award for “The Three Musketeers” in the category of Best Actress in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy. She shared the 1983 Western Heritage Award for Best Fictional Television Drama with producers Lee Levinson and Roger Gimbel as well as author Evan Hunter.

In 1987, she received another Golden Globe nomination for her performance in the television movie “Right to Die.” She was awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1996, situated at 7021 Hollywood Boulevard. She was given the Imagen Foundation Lifetime Achievement Award in 2001 in recognition of her career-long efforts to promote Latin Americans.

Relationship Status

In her lifetime, she married four times and is currently a divorced woman. She first married her high school sweetheart James Welch on 8th May 1959. With the marriage, the couple has a daughter named, Latanne Welch.

But, the marriage did not last long and the couple separated in 1962 and divorced in 1964 due to unknown reasons and differences. She married producer Patrick Curtis in 1966. In 1972, the couple got a divorce. André Weinfeld, a French-American television producer, and journalist was her third marriage.

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Caption: Raquel Welch with her son and daughter (Source: Pinterest)

They got married in 1980 after meeting in 1977. Before divorcing in 1990, they were married for ten years. Raque met Los Angeles restaurateur Richard Palmer in 1997. Richard was then engaged, but he later broke off his engagement to pursue Raquel. Richard, who is 15 years her junior, married Raquel in 1999. The couple parted ways in 2008.

Body Measurements

This actress stands 5 feet 6 inches tall and weighs around 54 kg. Moreover, Raquel has dark brown eyes with light brown hair color. And, she wears a dress size of 4 US, has a waist size of 24 inches, and hips measure 36 inches.

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Caption: Raquel Welch posing for a photo (Source: Instagram)

Raquel Welch – Social Media

On her Instagram page, there are more than 42.9k followers. Likewise, there are more than 14.2k followers on Twitter and more than 4.6k followers on Facebook.