Iconic Sex Symbol and Actress Raquel Welch Dies at 82

Legendary Hollywood actress and sex symbol of the 1960s, Raquel Welch, has passed away at the age of 82. Welch’s son, Damon, confirmed the news, stating that she passed away on Wednesday at her home in Los Angeles following a brief illness. Despite the loss, Damon expressed pride in his mother’s contributions to society and her illustrious career.

Welch’s career began with appearances on popular TV shows of the 1960s, including The Virginian, McHale’s Navy, and Bewitched. These paved the way for her back-to-back performances in the classic films, Fantastic Voyage and One Million Years B.C., which propelled her to sex symbol status. Subsequently, Welch starred in several notable films, including the groundbreaking 1970’s film, Myra Breckinridge, where she portrayed a trans actress, and The Three Musketeers, which earned her a prestigious Golden Globe award in 1974 for Best Actress in a Motion Picture Comedy or Musical.

Notably, Welch also participated in USO tours with the legendary Bob Hope during the late 1960s and early 1970s. Although it meant missing Christmas with her family for three years, Welch considered it the hardest and most rewarding experience of her life, as she helped to entertain and uplift American troops stationed overseas. Raquel Welch will be remembered as one of Hollywood’s greatest icons, whose contributions to the film industry and society at large will always be celebrated.

Born Jo Raquel Tejada in Chicago in 1940, Welch rose to fame in the 1960s with breakout roles in films such as “One Million Years B.C.” and “Fantastic Voyage.” She became known for her striking looks and undeniable screen presence, quickly establishing herself as one of the most iconic actresses of her generation.

Over the years, Welch has continued to captivate audiences with memorable performances in films like “Myra Breckinridge,” “The Four Musketeers,” and “Legally Blonde.” She has also appeared on television shows such as “Hollywood Squares” and “Seinfeld,” and has made guest appearances on a number of other popular programs.

In addition to her work in front of the camera, Welch has also written several books, including a memoir titled “Raquel: Beyond the Cleavage,” and has developed her own line of skincare products.

Welch has received numerous honors over the course of her career, including a Golden Globe for her performance in the 1974 film “The Three Musketeers,” and a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

The Lifetime Achievement Award from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences represents a crowning achievement in Welch’s career, and is a fitting tribute to her enduring contributions to the world of film.

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