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Raquel Welch

Highest Rated:   93% Fantastic Voyage (1966)
Lowest Rated:   13% Chairman of the Board (1997)
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Birthplace:   Chicago, Illinois, USA
More a sex goddess than an actress, the statuesque Raquel Welch was one of the most popular celebrities of the 1960s and 1970s. While she appeared in dozens of films, they earned little notice, her success depending almost exclusively on her stature as a buxom pin-up. Born Raquel Tejada on September 5, 1940, in Chicago, she began taking dancing lessons as a child and by her teens was already winning beauty contests. At the age of 18, she married high school sweetheart James Welch; the couple had two children before divorcing in 1961. After working in Dallas, TX, as a waitress and model, Welch relocated to Hollywood in 1963; within three days, she had already landed a manager, Patrick Curtis, and soon they formed a promotions company, Curtwell Enterprises. After appearing in Life magazine in a revealing bikini, she began working on the ABC series Hollywood Palace, and in 1964 made her feature debut with an unbilled appearance in the Elvis Presley vehicle Roustabout. Welch next appeared as a prostitute in 1964's A House Is Not a Home, followed by another uncredited appearance a year later in Do Not Disturb. In 1965, she scored her first lead role in the pop musical A Swingin' Summer, resulting in a contract with 20th Century Fox, which cast her in the sci-fi hit Fantastic Voyage before loaning her to the British horror studio Hammer. There she starred in a 1967 remake of One Million Years B.C.; clad in little more than strategically placed strips of fur, Welch's publicity stills appeared everywhere, and she became a major sex symbol -- still, few went to actually see the movie itself. Despite the publicity, Fox was clearly wary of her talents, and did not ask her to return to Hollywood; instead she remained in Europe, starring with Edward G. Robinson and Vittorio de Sica in 1968's The Biggest Bundle of Them All and with Monica Vitti and Claudia Cardinale in Le Fate. While in Paris, Welch and manager Curtis married, issuing a series of provocative wedding night publicity photos.After appearing as Lust incarnate in Stanley Donen's seven-deadly-sins comedy Bedazzled, Welch finally returned to the U.S. Fox used her judiciously in pictures like the 1968 James Stewart Western Bandolero! and the Frank Sinatra mystery Lady in Cement. Following in 1969 was 100 Rifles, a controversial Western which paired Welch with Jim Brown, and a year later she earned her first real starring role in the disastrous Myra Breckenridge. Her situation was unusual; she was certainly a star and a household name, yet few people ever went to see her movies -- neither 1971's Hannie Caulder nor the following year's Fuzz did anything to alter the dilemma, and when the 1973 roller-derby melodrama Kansas City Bomber also tanked at the box office, Welch divorced Curtis and returned to Europe to appear in Bluebeard. While both 1973's The Three Musketeers and its sequel The Four Musketeers were well received, she earned little credit for their success, and when the 1976 black comedy Mother, Jugs and Speed failed, Hollywood largely washed their hands of her.Welch instead turned to nightclubs, concert stages, and television; she also continued making films in Europe, including 1977's The Prince and the Pauper and L' Animal, co-starring Jean-Paul Belmondo. In 1980, she was tapped to star in Cannery Row, but was fired a month into production; she filed suit against MGM for damages, and was awarded 11 million dollars. Welch spent the entirety of the 1980s away from theaters, focusing primarily on television productions like 1982's The Legend of Walks Far Woman and 1987's Right to Die, in which she delivered one of her strongest performances as a woman suffering from Lou Gehrig's disease. After an absence of over a decade, in 1994 Welch returned to cinema in the comedy The Naked Gun 33 1/3: The Final Insult. Throughout the decade, she also made a number of infomercials and exercise videos, and in 1995 also starred in the short-lived nighttime soap opera CPW. In 1997, she too

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
38% How to Be a Latin Lover
  • Celeste
$32.1M 2017
No Score Yet The Ultimate Legacy
  • Mis Sally May Anderson
2015
No Score Yet House of Versace
  • Aunt Lucia
2013
No Score Yet Rona Barrett's Hollywood: Nothing but the Truth
  • Actor
2008
No Score Yet Forget About It
  • Christine DeLee
2006
No Score Yet Sex, Censorship and the Silver Screen
  • Actor
2006
No Score Yet Piggy Banks (Born Killers)
  • Actor
2005
No Score Yet Four Weeks in June (Fyra veckor i juni)
  • Actor
2005
57% Jim Brown: All-American
  • Actor
2002
74% Tortilla Soup
  • Hortensia
$3M 2001
68% Legally Blonde
  • Mrs. Windham Vandermark
$95.1M 2001
No Score Yet Hollywood Screen Tests
  • Actor
2000
71% Get Bruce
  • Actor
1999
No Score Yet Hollywood at Your Feet: The Story of the Chinese Theatre Footprints
  • Host
1997
13% Chairman of the Board
  • Grace Kosik
1997
No Score Yet Flesh and Blood: The Hammer Heritage of Horror
  • Actor
1994
55% The Naked Gun 33 1/3: The Final Insult
  • Herself
1994
No Score Yet Hollyrock-a-Bye Baby
  • Actor
1993
No Score Yet Torch Song
  • Paula Eastman
1993
No Score Yet Tainted Blood
  • Elizabeth
1993
No Score Yet Trouble in Paradise
  • Rachel
1989
No Score Yet Scandal in a Small Town
  • Actor
1988
No Score Yet The Legend of Walks Far Woman
  • Actor
1982
No Score Yet L'Animal (Stuntwoman)
  • Jane
1977
No Score Yet Crossed Swords (The Prince and the Pauper)
  • Lady Edith
1977
50% Mother, Jugs and Speed
  • Jugs
1976
No Score Yet The Wild Party
  • Queenie
1975
79% The Four Musketeers
  • Constance
1975
82% The Three Musketeers
  • Constance
1973
92% The Last of Sheila
  • Alice
1973
43% Bluebeard
  • Magdalena
1972
No Score Yet Fuzz
  • Detective Eileen McHenry
1972
No Score Yet Kansas City Bomber
  • K.C. Carr
1972
No Score Yet Hannie Caulder
  • Hannie Calder
  • Producer
1971
No Score Yet The World of Peter Sellers
  • Actor
1971
29% Myra Breckinridge
  • Myra Breckinridge
1970
56% The Magic Christian
  • Priestess of the Whip
1970
No Score Yet Restless
  • Elena
1970
No Score Yet Raquel!
  • Actor
1970
No Score Yet 100 Rifles
  • Sarita
1969
No Score Yet Flareup
  • Michele
1969
No Score Yet The Biggest Bundle of Them All
  • Juliana
1968
20% Bandolero
  • Maria Stoner
1968
50% Lady in Cement
  • Kit Forrest
1968
40% Fathom
  • Fathom Harvill
1967
82% Bedazzled
  • Lust / Lilian Lust
1967
64% One Million Years B.C.
  • Loana
1967
No Score Yet The Oldest Profession (Le Plus vieux métier du monde)
  • Nini
1967
93% Fantastic Voyage
  • Cora Peterson
1966
No Score Yet Shoot Loud, Louder...I Don't Understand
  • Tania Mottini
1966
No Score Yet A Swingin' Summer
  • Jeri
1965
63% Roustabout
  • College Girl
1964

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet The Talk
2010
  • Guest
  • 2017
  • 2013
  • 2011
No Score Yet CSI: Miami
2002-2012
  • Vina Navarro
  • 2012
No Score Yet Seinfeld
1989-1998
  • Raquel Welch
  • 1997
No Score Yet Saturday Night Live
1975
  • Host
  • Guest
  • 1976

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