Raquel Welch

Raquel Welch

Highest Rated: 94% Fantastic Voyage (1966)

Lowest Rated: 13% Chairman of the Board (1997)

Birthday: Sep 5, 1940

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



40% 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
57% Jim Brown: All-American Actor 2002
74% Tortilla Soup Hortensia $3M 2001
70% 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
54% 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
47% Mother, Jugs and Speed Jugs 1976
No Score Yet The Wild Party Queenie 1975
76% The Four Musketeers Constance 1975
85% The Three Musketeers Constance 1973
86% The Last of Sheila Alice 1973
44% 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
59% 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
33% Fathom Fathom Harvill 1967
82% Bedazzled Lust / Lilian Lust 1967
62% One Million Years B.C. Loana 1967
No Score Yet The Oldest Profession (Le Plus vieux métier du monde) Nini 1967
94% 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
56% Roustabout College Girl 1964
No Score Yet A House Is Not a Home Polly's Girl 1964


No Score Yet The Talk
Guest 2017
No Score Yet CSI: Miami
Vina Navarro 2012
No Score Yet The Bonnie Hunt Show
Guest 2010
35% Welcome to the Captain
Charlene Van Ness Charlene Van Ark 2008
58% 8 Simple Rules
Jackie 2004
66% Spin City
Abby Lassiter 2000
88% Seinfeld
Raquel Welch 1997
86% Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman
95% Mork & Mindy
Captain Nirvana 1979
100% The Muppet Show
Guest 1978
No Score Yet Saturday Night Live
Host Guest 1976
No Score Yet Bewitched
Stewardess 1964
50% C.P.W. (Central Park West)
No Score Yet Sabrina, the Teenage Witch


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