Raquel Welch Fact Sheet: Who was Raquel Welch? The following short biography and fact sheet provides interesting facts about the life, times and history of Raquel Welch.
Raquel Welch Fact File Biography: Lifespan: 1940 - present *** Full Name: Jo Raquel Tejada *** Occupation: American Actress and Singer *** Date of Birth: Raquel Welch was born on September 5th 1940 *** Place of Birth: Raquel Welch was born in Chicago, Illinois, U.S. *** Family background: Her father was Armando Carlos Tejada Urquizo and her mother was Josephine Sarah Hall. Her father was of Spanish descent while her motherís family originated from England and as far back as the Mayflower *** Early life and childhood: She grew up with a younger brother and sister *** Education: Raquel Welch would have received an elementary and secondary education she attended La Jolla High School ***
Raquel Welch Fact 1: Raquel Welch was born on September 5th 1940 and during the 20th century period in history when there were world changing events happening including the First World War, the Second World War, the Korean War, the Vietnam War and the Cold War.
Raquel Welch Fact 2: From an early age she wanted to perform. She attend ballet classes from the age of seven years until she was seventeen when her teacher advised her that her body shape was not suitable for a career in ballet.
Raquel Welch Fact 3: During High School she was the winner of the Miss Fairest of the Fair at County Fair held in San Diego as well as Miss Photogenic and Miss Contour.
Raquel Welch Fact 4: Her parents would get divorced when the family moved to California.
Raquel Welch Fact 5: During 1958 Raquel graduated High School and having fallen in love with her high school sweetheart, James Welch, in 1959 she married and had her first child, Damon followed by her second child Latanne in 1961.
Raquel Welch Fact 6: By 1962 however, the couple had separated and divorced by 1964.
Raquel Welch Fact 7: Having decided on a career in acting when she completed her education she won a scholarship and began taking classes at San Diego State College where she studied drama. She would later appear in several productions in the local theatre.
Raquel Welch Fact 8: During 1959 in The Ramona Pageant she was chosen for the lead role.
Raquel Welch Fact 9: Next she managed to secure a job as a weather forecaster for KFMB a local television station in San Diego.
Raquel Welch Fact 10: Because her schedule at the television station was so demanding she gave up her drama classes.
Raquel Welch Fact 11: After she split from her first husband she moved with her children to Dallas, Texas where she was a cocktail waitress and model although the work was not steady.
Raquel Welch Fact 12: Having decided to move again, she had intended to go to New York but instead returned to Los Angeles where she began to pursue a career in acting and applying for auditions.
Raquel Welch Fact 13: It was at this time that she met Patrick Curtis who became her manager, business and personal. She married him in 1966 but the couple divorced in 1972.
Raquel Welch Fact 14: The next plan with regard to her career was to try and turn her into a sex symbol and Curtis also suggested keeping her first married name to stop the likelihood of being type cast as a Latina because of her maiden name.
Raquel Welch Fact 15: She would be successful in so much as she was offered small parts in such televisions series as McHaleís Navy, The Virginian and Bewitched. She was also offered work on The Hollywood Palace as a presenter and billboard girl on the variety weekly show.
Raquel Welch Fact 16: Her first film role was in A Swinginí Summer a beach film released in 1965. During that year she was also lucky enough to be seen by Saul Davidís wife, he was a producer and recommended her, with the assistance of Patrick Curtis, to 20th Century Fox who offered her a contract. She agreed to a non-exclusive contract for a seven year term which stipulated five pictures across five years and two floater.
Raquel Welch Fact 17: During 1966 she appeared as the lead in Fantastic Voyage a science fiction film. She would be the last actress that made it to stardom under the old studio system.
Raquel Welch Fact 18: 20th Century loaned Raquel out to Hammer Studios in England where she landed the lead role in One Million Years B.C. where her only costume was a bikini made of deer skin. The film was a huge success for Welch and she became a leading sex symbol as well as a pin-up girl.
Raquel Welch Fact 19: She has continued to appear in many films over the decades with some wonderful leading men. Films such as Bedazzled with Dudley Moore and Peter Cook, Bandolero with Dean Martin and James Stewart, Lady in Cement with Frank Sinatra.
Raquel Welch Fact 20: She has continued to perform in films and television shows over the years. She married again in 1980 to Andre Weinfield a journalist and director and but they were divorced by 1990. She had a further relationship and married Richard Palmer but when they separated in 2008 she said she has no intention of marrying again.
Influence & Legacy of Raquel Welch: Raquel Welch is considered one of the first female sex symbols of the 20th century. However, she was able to transitional from the type of movies that made her a sex symbol to more series roles in time. She is a mature actress today and still makes the occasional guest appearance.