Raquel Welch Obituary – Cause of Death: US actress and model dies following brief illness.
Welch first won attention for her role in Fantastic Voyage (1966), after which she won a contract with 20th Century Fox.
American actress, Jo Raquel Welch (née Tejada) died on February 15, 2023, at her home in Los Angeles, following a brief illness. She was 82.
Welch was born Jo Raquel Tejada on September 5, 1940, in Chicago, Illinois. She was the first child of Armando Carlos Tejada Urquizo and Josephine Sarah Hall.
During a short time in Dallas, Texas, the divorced mother of two worked as a model for Neiman Marcus and as a cocktail waitress.
Soon after she moved back to California in 1964, she got cameo roles in Elvis Presley’s movies A House Is Not a Home and Roustabout. This was her big break.
Two years later, she became well-known for her roles in the science fiction movie Fantastic Voyage and the fantasy movie One Million Years B.C.
Welch only had a few lines in the latter, but promotional stills of her wearing a skimpy two-piece deerskin bikini made her a leading pin-up girl of the time.
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