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Raquel Mauri

Biography

Social media marketing superstar who increased to fame because the wife of Croatian nationwide soccer player Ivan Rakitic. She fulfilled Rakitic your day before he authorized with Seville SOCCER TEAM while waitressing in a resort bar. After conference her, he mentioned to his sibling “I’ll sign the agreement tomorrow… and I’ll marry that waitress.” She’s become insanely well-known on Instagram with an increase of than devoted 470,000 followers. After marrying Rakitic in Apr 2013, their child, Althea, was created only four weeks later on. Their second child, Adara, was created in 2016. She’s become close friends with additional soccer players like Marc Bartra.

Quick Facts


Full Name Raquel Mauri
Date Of Birth December 15, 1989
Place Of Birth Seville, Spain
Height 1.68 m
Profession Family Member
Education La Jolla High School, San Diego State University
Nationality Spanish, American
Spouse Ivan Rakitić, Richard Palmer, André Weinfeld, Patrick Curtis, James Westley Welch
Children Tahnee Welch, Damon Welch
Parents Armando Carlos Tejada Urquizo, Josephine Sarah Hall
Siblings Gayle Carole Tejada, Castillo Tejada, James Tejada
Awards Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy
Nominations Golden Globe Award for Best Performance by an Actress In A Mini-series or Motion Picture Made for Television, People's Choice Award for Favorite Movie Actress, ALMA Award for Outstanding Host in a Variety/Music/Comedy Special or Series
Movies One Million Years B.C., 100 Rifles, Fantastic Voyage, Myra Breckinridge, Hannie Caulder, Kansas City Bomber, Bandolero!, Bedazzled, Lady in Cement, Legally Blonde, How to Be a Latin Lover, Mother, Jugs & Speed, Fathom, Bluebeard, The Four Musketeers, The Last of Sheila, The Three Musketeers, The Biggest Bundle of Them All, The Magic Christian, Flareup, A Swingin' Summer, Tortilla Soup, Shoot Loud, Louder... I Don't Understand, The Wild Party, The Prince and the Pauper, The Oldest Profession, Chairman of the Board, The Animal, A House Is Not a Home, Forget About It, Trouble in Paradise, Naked Gun 33?: The Final Insult, House of Versace, The Legend of Walks Far Woman, Right to Die, Tainted Blood, Torch Song, Scandal in a Small Town, Fuzz, The Beloved, Sex Quartet, The Ultimate Legacy, The World of Peter Sellers, What I Did for Love, Stuntwoman
TV Shows Welcome to The Captain, Central Park West, This Is Tom Jones, The Hollywood Palace, The Rogues, Date My Dad, American Family, Really Raquel, Hollywood Women
Star Sign Sagittarius

  • Facts
  • Filmography
  • Awards
  • Salaries
  • Quotes
  • Trademarks
  • Pictures

#Fact
1 She is the 21st great granddaughter of King Edward I.
2 After Welch starred in One Million Years B.C. (1966) for Hammer movies, they planned a vehicle for her called Mistress of the Seas, a biopic of 18th century pirate Anne Bonney, "The true story of Anne Bonney who slashed her way to fame and fortune alongside the most dreaded scourges of the Caribbean!" This was canned for financial reasons. Surviving poster artwork depicts Welch with a pistol in one hand and a cutlass in the other, very scantily clad.
3 Is one of 20 actresses who did not receive an Oscar nomination for their Best Actress in a Comedy/Musical Golden Globe-winning performance; hers being for The Three Musketeers (1973). The others, in chronological order, are: June Allyson for Too Young to Kiss (1951), Ethel Merman for Call Me Madam (1953), Jean Simmons for Guys and Dolls (1955), Taina Elg and Kay Kendall for Les Girls (1957), Marilyn Monroe for Some Like It Hot (1959), Rosalind Russell for A Majority of One (1961) and Gypsy (1962), Patty Duke for Me, Natalie (1969), Twiggy for The Boy Friend (1971), Barbra Streisand for A Star Is Born (1976), Bernadette Peters for Pennies from Heaven (1981), Kathleen Turner for Romancing the Stone (1984) and Prizzi's Honor (1985), Miranda Richardson for Enchanted April (1991), Jamie Lee Curtis for True Lies (1994), Nicole Kidman for To Die For (1995), Madonna for Evita (1996), Renée Zellweger for Nurse Betty (2000), Sally Hawkins for Happy-Go-Lucky (2008), and Amy Adams for Big Eyes (2014).
4 Was considered for the title role in Norma Rae (1979) but Sally Field was cast instead (she went on to be nominated for a Best Actress Oscar for her performance and won).
5 Her grunting in One Million Years B.C. (1966) was dubbed by Nikki Van der Zyl.
6 As of 2013, celebrity spokesperson for Foster Grant sunglasses since the 1960s.
7 She was awarded a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 7021 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California on June 8, 1996.
8 20th Century Fox wanted her to change her name to Debbie Welch, because they thought Raquel was too difficult to pronounce.
9 Has American ancestry on her mother's side, dating back to both John Quincy Adams and the Mayflower. Her father immigrated from La Paz, Bolivia at age 17. His ancestry can be traced back to Armando Carlos Tejada Urquizo, a Bolivian of Spanish ancestry.
10 Ten months after the large age gap brought her relationship with Gary Stretch to an end, she dated Los Angeles restaurateur Richard Palmer, who is 15 years her junior. Richard left his fiancée, actress Cathy Moriarty for Raquel after they met in October 1997 at Ago, the West Hollywood restaurant owned by Robert De Niro.
11 She was crowned Miss La Jolla and Miss Southern California before dropping out of college in San Diego, California where she had an acting scholarship, to get married to her high-school sweetheart, James Welch, at age 19.
12 Revealed that her first marriage was the best of her four.
13 [1996] Dated champion boxer Gary Stretch when she was 56 and he was 31. Gary was younger than her two children, Damon Welch and Tahnee Welch. Raquel was also born the same year as Gary's father, Ron Stretch. Their brief romance ended because of their age difference.
14 Her younger sister, Gail Tejada, is an ovarian cancer survivor.
15 Was named "The Worst Actress of All Time" in Harry Medved and Michael Medved's 1980 book "The Golden Turkey Awards", beating out Candice Bergen, Mamie Van Doren, and even Vera Ralston. Interestingly, her co-star in Bluebeard (1972), Richard Burton, was named "The Worst Actor of All Time" in the same book.
16 Her younger brother is Castillo Tejada.
17 Was promoted as a sex symbol by her then-husband Patrick Curtis, a film producer and Hollywood press agent.
18 [c. 1973] Ex-girlfriend of costume designer Ron Talsky, who also designed her clothes for the films Kansas City Bomber (1972) and The Last of Sheila (1973).
19 Ex-stepmother of Damon Curtis.
20 Profiled in the book "Film Fatales: Women in Espionage Films and Television, 1962-1973" by Tom Lisanti and Louis Paul (McFarland, 2002).
21 Second husband, producer Patrick Curtis, reportedly was one of several infants who took turns playing the baby of Olivia de Havilland in Gone with the Wind (1939).
22 In 1970, she accepted the Oscar for "Best Actress in a Supporting Role" on behalf of Goldie Hawn, who wasn't present at the awards ceremony
23 One of the bombshells shown in The Shawshank Redemption (1994) (The other two were Rita Hayworth and Marilyn Monroe).
24 Son Damon Welch married the daughter of England and Yorkshire cricket legend Fred Trueman.
25 Has a home on the private island of Mustique
26 Was a former cocktail waitress.
27 Her former assistant was Polly Brown.
28 Auditioned for the role of Mary Ann Summers in Gilligan's Island (1964), which went to Dawn Wells.
29 Had a notorious backstage feud with the indomitable Mae West on the set of Myra Breckinridge (1970).
30 Mentioned in the theme song of the 1980s television series The Fall Guy (1981).
31 (August 30, 2003) Broke her wrist in a car crash in Los Angeles, California.
32 Among her many beauty contest titles were "Miss Photogenic", "Miss Contour" and "Miss Maid of California" - all won while she was in her teens.
33 She was fired from Cannery Row (1982) and replaced by Debra Winger. She then sued Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer and won a $10 million judgement.
34 Husband Richard Palmer is a restaurateur. The couple are now separated.
35 Her father, Armando Carlos Tejada Urquizo (1911-1976), was Bolivian.
36 Chosen by Empire magazine as one of the 100 Sexiest Stars in film history (#18) (1995).
37 Attended and graduated from La Jolla High School in La Jolla, California in 1958.
38 Miss Fairest of the Fair in San Diego, California in 1958.
39 Mother of Tahnee Welch and Damon Welch.
40 Born at 2:40pm-CDT.
41 After Welch starred in One Million Years B.C. (1966) for Hammer movies, they planned a vehicle for her called Mistress of the Seas, a biopic of 18th century pirate Anne Bonney, "The true story of Anne Bonney who slashed her way to fame and fortune alongside the most dreaded scourges of the Caribbean!" This was canned for financial reasons. Surviving poster artwork depicts Welch with a pistol in one hand and a cutlass in the other, very scantily clad.
42 Is one of 20 actresses who did not receive an Oscar nomination for their Best Actress in a Comedy/Musical Golden Globe-winning performance; hers being for The Three Musketeers (1973). The others, in chronological order, are: June Allyson for Too Young to Kiss (1951), Ethel Merman for Call Me Madam (1953), Jean Simmons for Guys and Dolls (1955), Taina Elg and Kay Kendall for Les Girls (1957), Marilyn Monroe for Some Like It Hot (1959), Rosalind Russell for A Majority of One (1961) and Gypsy (1962), Patty Duke for Me, Natalie (1969), Twiggy for The Boy Friend (1971), Barbra Streisand for A Star Is Born (1976), Bernadette Peters for Pennies from Heaven (1981), Kathleen Turner for Romancing the Stone (1984) and Prizzi's Honor (1985), Miranda Richardson for Enchanted April (1991), Jamie Lee Curtis for True Lies (1994), Nicole Kidman for To Die For (1995), Madonna for Evita (1996), Renée Zellweger for Nurse Betty (2000), Sally Hawkins for Happy-Go-Lucky (2008), and Amy Adams for Big Eyes (2014).
43 Was considered for the title role in Norma Rae (1979) but Sally Field was cast instead (she went on to be nominated for a Best Actress Oscar for her performance and won).
44 Her grunting in One Million Years B.C. (1966) was dubbed by Nikki Van der Zyl.
45 As of 2013, celebrity spokesperson for Foster Grant sunglasses since the 1960s.
46 She was awarded a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 7021 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California on June 8, 1996.
47 20th Century Fox wanted her to change her name to Debbie Welch, because they thought Raquel was too difficult to pronounce.
48 Has American ancestry on her mother's side, dating back to both John Quincy Adams and the Mayflower. Her father immigrated from La Paz, Bolivia at age 17. His ancestry can be traced back to Armando Carlos Tejada Urquizo, a Bolivian of Spanish ancestry.
49 Ten months after the large age gap brought her relationship with Gary Stretch to an end, she dated Los Angeles restaurateur Richard Palmer, who is 15 years her junior. Richard left his fiancée, actress Cathy Moriarty for Raquel after they met in October 1997 at Ago, the West Hollywood restaurant owned by Robert De Niro.
50 She was crowned Miss La Jolla and Miss Southern California before dropping out of college in San Diego, California where she had an acting scholarship, to get married to her high-school sweetheart, James Welch, at age 19.
51 Revealed that her first marriage was the best of her four.
52 [1996] Dated champion boxer Gary Stretch when she was 56 and he was 31. Gary was younger than her two children, Damon Welch and Tahnee Welch. Raquel was also born the same year as Gary's father, Ron Stretch. Their brief romance ended because of their age difference.
53 Her younger sister, Gail Tejada, is an ovarian cancer survivor.
54 Was named "The Worst Actress of All Time" in Harry Medved and Michael Medved's 1980 book "The Golden Turkey Awards", beating out Candice Bergen, Mamie Van Doren, and even Vera Ralston. Interestingly, her co-star in Bluebeard (1972), Richard Burton, was named "The Worst Actor of All Time" in the same book.
55 Her younger brother is Castillo Tejada.
56 Was promoted as a sex symbol by her then-husband Patrick Curtis, a film producer and Hollywood press agent.
57 [c. 1973] Ex-girlfriend of costume designer Ron Talsky, who also designed her clothes for the films Kansas City Bomber (1972) and The Last of Sheila (1973).
58 Ex-stepmother of Damon Curtis.
59 Profiled in the book "Film Fatales: Women in Espionage Films and Television, 1962-1973" by Tom Lisanti and Louis Paul (McFarland, 2002).
60 Second husband, producer Patrick Curtis, reportedly was one of several infants who took turns playing the baby of Olivia de Havilland in Gone with the Wind (1939).
61 In 1970, she accepted the Oscar for "Best Actress in a Supporting Role" on behalf of Goldie Hawn, who wasn't present at the awards ceremony
62 One of the bombshells shown in The Shawshank Redemption (1994) (The other two were Rita Hayworth and Marilyn Monroe).
63 Son Damon Welch married the daughter of England and Yorkshire cricket legend Freddie Trueman.
64 Has a home on the private island of Mustique
65 Was a former cocktail waitress.
66 Her former assistant was Polly Brown.
67 Auditioned for the role of Mary Ann Summers in Gilligan's Island (1964), which went to Dawn Wells.
68 Had a notorious backstage feud with the indomitable Mae West on the set of Myra Breckinridge (1970).
69 Mentioned in the theme song of the 1980s television series The Fall Guy (1981).
70 (August 30, 2003) Broke her wrist in a car crash in Los Angeles, California.
71 Among her many beauty contest titles were "Miss Photogenic", "Miss Contour" and "Miss Maid of California" - all won while she was in her teens.
72 She was fired from Cannery Row (1982) and replaced by Debra Winger. She then sued Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer and won a $10 million judgement.
73 Husband Richard Palmer is a restaurateur. The couple are now separated.
74 Her father, Armando Carlos Tejada Urquizo (1911-1976), was Bolivian.
75 Chosen by Empire magazine as one of the 100 Sexiest Stars in film history (#18) (1995).
76 Attended and graduated from La Jolla High School in La Jolla, California in 1958.
77 Miss Fairest of the Fair in San Diego, California in 1958.
78 Mother of Tahnee Welch and Damon Welch.
79 Born at 2:40pm-CDT.


Actress

Actress

TitleYearStatusCharacter
How to Be a Latin Lover 2017 Celeste
Date My Dad 2017 TV Series Rosa
The Ultimate Legacy 2015 TV Movie Miss Sally May Anderson
House of Versace 2013 TV Movie Aunt Lucia
CSI: Miami 2012 TV Series Vina Navarro
Welcome to the Captain 2008 TV Series Charlene Van Ark / Charlene Van Ness
Forget About It 2006 Christine DeLee
8 Simple Rules 2004 TV Series Jackie
American Family 2002 TV Series Aunt Dora
Legally Blonde 2001 Mrs. Windham Vandermark
Tortilla Soup 2001 Hortensia
Spin City 1997-2000 TV Series Abby / Abby Lassiter
Folle d'elle 1998 Jacqueline
Chairman of the Board 1998 Grace Kosik
Seinfeld 1997 TV Series Raquel Welch
Sabrina, the Teenage Witch 1996 TV Series Vesta
C.P.W. 1996 TV Series Dianna Brock
Happily Ever After: Fairy Tales for Every Child 1995 TV Series La Madrasta
Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman 1995 TV Series Diana Stride
Flashbacks 2: Pop Parade 1994 Video short
Naked Gun 33 1/3: The Final Insult 1994 Raquel Welch (uncredited)
Hollyrock-a-Bye Baby 1993 TV Movie Shelly Millstone (voice)
Evening Shade 1993 TV Series Cynthia Gibson
Torch Song 1993 TV Movie Paula Eastman
Tainted Blood 1993 TV Movie Elizabeth Hayes
Trouble in Paradise 1989 TV Movie Rachel
Scandal in a Small Town 1988 TV Movie Leda Beth Vincent
Right to Die 1987 TV Movie Emily Bauer
Muppet Video: The Kermit and Piggy Story 1985 Video Raquel Welch
The Legend of Walks Far Woman 1982 TV Movie Walks Far Woman
Mork & Mindy 1979 TV Series Captain Nirvana
Animal 1977 Jane Gardner
Crossed Swords 1977 Lady Edith
Mother, Jugs & Speed 1976 Jugs
The Wild Party 1975 Queenie
The Four Musketeers: Milady's Revenge 1974 Constance de Bonancieux
The Three Musketeers 1973 Constance de Bonacieux
The Last of Sheila 1973 Alice
Bluebeard 1972 The Nun
Kansas City Bomber 1972 K.C. Carr
Fuzz 1972 Det. Eileen McHenry
Hannie Caulder 1971 Hannie Caulder
The Beloved 1971 Elena
Myra Breckinridge 1970 Myra Breckinridge
The Magic Christian 1969 Priestess of the Whip
Flareup 1969 Michele
100 Rifles 1969 Sarita
Lady in Cement 1968 Kit Forrest
Bandolero! 1968 Maria Stoner
The Biggest Bundle of Them All 1968 Juliana
Bedazzled 1967 Lust Lilian Lust
Fathom 1967 Fathom Harvill
The Oldest Profession 1967 Nini (segment "Belle époque, La")
The Queens 1966 Elena (segment "Fata Elena")
One Million Years B.C. 1966 Loana
Shoot Loud, Louder... I Don't Understand 1966 Tania Montini
Fantastic Voyage 1966 Cora
A Swingin' Summer 1965 Jeri
Do Not Disturb 1965 Woman in Lobby (uncredited)
The Baileys of Balboa 1965 TV Series Beverly
The Hollywood Palace 1964-1965 TV Series Billboard Girl / Card Girl
Wendy and Me 1965 TV Series Lila Harrison
The Rogues 1964 TV Series Miss France
Roustabout 1964 College Girl (uncredited)
Bewitched 1964 TV Series Stewardess
McHale's Navy 1964 TV Series Lt. Wilson
The Virginian 1964 TV Series Saloon Girl
A House Is Not a Home 1964 Call Girl

Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Shindig! 1965 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Dead Bullet 2016 performer: "I'm Ready To Groove feat. in A Swingin' Summer"
Sabrina, the Teenage Witch 1996 TV Series performer - 1 episode
The 38th Annual Tony Awards 1984 TV Special performer: "City Lights", "The Grass Is Always Greener"
The Muppet Show 1978 TV Series performer - 1 episode
The Wild Party 1975 performer: "Singapore Sally"
Really Raquel 1974 TV Special performer: "Let Me Entertain You", "I Am Woman", "You Light Up My Life", "It Ain't Necessarily So", "I'll Be Your Baby Tonight", "Steam Roller"
The Special London Bridge Special 1972 TV Movie performer: "Rip it up / Lucille / Tutti Frutti / Jenny, Jenny as Janey, Janey / Good Golly Miss Molly / Long Tall Sally as We're gonna have some fun tonight"
A Swingin' Summer 1965 performer: "I'm Ready to Groove"

Producer

Producer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Hannie Caulder 1971 executive producer - uncredited
The Sorcerers 1967 assistant producer - uncredited

Costume Department

Costume Department

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Sorcerers 1967 costume supervisor - uncredited

Thanks

Thanks

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Trans Am: Anthropocene 2014 Short grateful acknowledgment
The Last Circus 2010 the director wishes to thank
Sex at 24 Frames Per Second 2003 Video documentary acknowledgment
Biography 1995 TV Series documentary very special thanks - 1 episode
Flesh and Blood: The Hammer Heritage of Horror 1994 TV Movie documentary special thanks

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Access Hollywood 2017 TV Series Herself
WGN Morning News 2017 TV Series Herself
Sidewalks Entertainment 2017 TV Series Herself - Guest
The Talk 2013-2017 TV Series Herself - Guest / Herself
Made in Hollywood 2017 TV Series Herself
Entertainment Tonight 2007-2017 TV Series Herself
Extra 2017 TV Series Herself
Home & Family 2016 TV Series Herself
Good Day L.A. 2013 TV Series Herself - Guest
The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson 2008-2012 TV Series Herself - Guest
Lt. Dan Band: For the Common Good 2011 Documentary Herself
Huckabee 2010 TV Series Herself
The 64th Annual Tony Awards 2010 TV Special Herself - Presenter: Best Revival of a Musical
The Bonnie Hunt Show 2010 TV Series Herself - Guest
In the House with Peter Bart & Peter Guber 2010 TV Series Herself - Guest
Tavis Smiley 2010 TV Series Herself - Guest
Good Morning America 1978-2010 TV Series Herself - Guest
The Oprah Winfrey Show 2010 TV Series Herself - Guest
Martha 2008 TV Series Herself - Guest
Rachael Ray 2007 TV Series Herself - Guest
The View 2007 TV Series Herself - Guest
Playboy: Celebrity Centerfolds 2006 TV Movie documentary Herself
101 Sexiest Celebrity Bodies 2005 TV Movie Herself
Your World w/ Neil Cavuto 2005 TV Series Herself
The 62nd Annual Golden Globe Awards 2005 TV Special documentary Herself - Audience Member
The Best of 'So Graham Norton' 2004 Video Herself (uncredited)
Larry King Live 2004 TV Series Herself - Guest
The O'Reilly Factor 2004 TV Series Herself
Naughty Bits 2004 TV Series Herself
Playboy's 50th Anniversary Celebration 2003 TV Movie documentary Herself
Raquel Welch Promo Package 2003 TV Movie Herself
Sex at 24 Frames Per Second 2003 Video documentary Herself - Interviewee
100 Years of Hope and Humor 2003 TV Special Herself
The Bronze Screen: 100 Years of the Latino Image in American Cinema 2002 Documentary Herself
2002 ALMA Awards 2002 TV Special Herself
Jim Brown: All American 2002 TV Movie documentary Herself (Actor)
Raquel Welch in the Valley of the Dinosaurs 2002 Video documentary short Herself
Hollywood Squares 1999-2001 TV Series Herself - Panelist
2001 ALMA Awards 2001 TV Special Herself - Presenter
30 minuts 2001 TV Series documentary Herself
2000 Hispanic Heritage Awards 2000 TV Special Herself - Co-Host
Hollywood at Your Feet: The Story of the Chinese Theatre Footprints 2000 Documentary Herself - Host
FY2K: Graham Norton Live 1999 TV Special Herself
Get Bruce 1999 Documentary Herself
The 51st Annual Tony Awards 1997 TV Special Herself - Presenter
The 42nd Annual Drama Desk Awards 1997 TV Special Herself - Presenter
A Century of Science Fiction 1996 Video documentary Herself
Maury 1996 TV Series Herself
Gala de la hispanidad 1996 TV Movie Herself
Late Night with Conan O'Brien 1996 TV Series Herself - Guest
The 1996 Annual Lucy Awards 1996 TV Special Herself
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno 1995-1996 TV Series Herself - Guest
The 68th Annual Academy Awards 1996 TV Special Herself - Audience Member
100 Years of Horror 1996 TV Series documentary Herself - Actress / Herself
Oops! The World's Funniest Outtakes 4 1996 TV Movie Herself
Sex, Censorship and the Silver Screen 1996 TV Series documentary Narrator
The Beatles: All Together Now 1995 TV Movie documentary Herself (uncredited)
Legends in Light: The Photography of George Hurrell 1995 TV Movie documentary Herself - Interviewee
Biography 1995 TV Series documentary Herself
Wetten, dass..? 1994 TV Series Herself
Flesh and Blood: The Hammer Heritage of Horror 1994 TV Movie documentary Herself
Late Show with David Letterman 1994 TV Series Herself - Guest
Showbiz Today 1994 TV Series Herself
The 66th Annual Academy Awards 1994 TV Special Herself - Audience Member
Hollywood Women 1993 TV Mini-Series documentary Herself
Bob Hope: The First 90 Years 1993 TV Movie documentary Herself
Late Night with David Letterman 1986-1993 TV Series Herself - Guest
The 14th Annual CableACE Awards 1993 TV Special Herself
The 21th Annual Friends of Tel Hashomer Gala 1992 TV Movie Herself - Presenter
The 49th Annual Golden Globe Awards 1992 TV Special Herself
The 5th Annual American Comedy Awards 1991 TV Special Herself
The 48th Annual Golden Globe Awards 1991 TV Special Herself - Audience Member
The 16th Annual People's Choice Awards 1990 TV Special Herself - Presenter
Night of 100 Stars III 1990 TV Movie Herself
Live with Kelly and Ryan 1990 TV Series Herself - Guest
Raquel: Body & Mind 1989 Video Herself - Host
The 61st Annual Academy Awards 1989 TV Special Herself - Audience Member
Lose 10 Lbs. in 3 Weeks 1988 Video Herself
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson 1968-1988 TV Series Herself - Guest / Herself
The18th Annual Nosotros Golden Eagle Awards 1988 TV Special Herself
The 45th Annual Golden Globe Awards 1988 TV Special Herself - Nominee
The 39th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards 1987 TV Special Herself - Presenter
A Week with Raquel 1986 Video Herself
This Girl's Back in Town 1986 TV Movie Herself
Hour Magazine 1986 TV Series Herself
People Are Talking 1986 TV Series Herself
Evening Magazine 1986 TV Series Herself
Night of 100 Stars II 1985 TV Movie Herself
The 42nd Annual Golden Globe Awards 1985 TV Special Herself - Host
Fozzie's Muppet Scrapbook 1985 Video Herself
Raquel: Total Beauty and Fitness 1984 Video Herself - Host
Wogan 1984 TV Series Herself - Guest
The 38th Annual Tony Awards 1984 TV Special Herself - Performer
The 55th Annual Academy Awards 1983 TV Special Herself - Presenter
CBS Early Morning News 1982 TV Series Herself
The 38th Annual Golden Globe Awards 1981 TV Special Herself - Presenter
From Raquel with Love 1980 TV Movie Herself
The Muppets Go Hollywood 1979 TV Special Herself (uncredited)
The 51st Annual Academy Awards 1979 TV Special documentary Herself - Co- Presenter: Music Awards
That's Hollywood 1979 TV Series documentary Herself
The 36th Annual Golden Globes Awards 1979 TV Special Herself - Presenter
Donny and Marie 1978 TV Series Herself
Dinah! 1975-1978 TV Series Herself - Guest
The Muppet Show 1978 TV Series Herself - Special Guest Star
Hollywood's Diamond Jubilee 1978 TV Special Herself - Host
Live Wednesday 1978 TV Series Herself
A Tribute to Neil Simon 1978 TV Movie Herself
Parkinson 1972-1978 TV Series Herself - Guest
The Road to Eltham 1978 TV Movie Herself
The 50th Annual Academy Awards 1978 TV Special Herself - Co-Presenter: Documentary Feature and Documentary Short
AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to Henry Fonda 1978 TV Special documentary Herself (uncredited)
The Bob Hope Comedy Special from Palm Springs 1978 TV Movie Herself
Les rendez-vous du dimanche 1977 TV Series Herself
The 34th Annual Golden Globe Awards 1977 TV Special Herself - Presenter
Saturday Night Live 1976 TV Series Herself - Host / Jane Russell / Various
Système 2 1976 TV Series Herself
Rona Looks at Raquel, Liza, Cher and Ann-Margret 1975 TV Movie Herself
The 47th Annual Academy Awards 1975 TV Special Herself - Presenter
The 1st Annual People's Choice Awards 1975 TV Special Herself - Presenter
The Mike Douglas Show 1974 TV Series Herself - Guest
The 1974 Annual Las Vegas Entertainment Awards 1974 TV Special Herself - Presenter
The 46th Annual Academy Awards 1974 TV Special Herself - Co-Presenter Best Documentary Feature / Best Documentary Short
Really Raquel 1974 TV Special Herself
The 45th Annual Academy Awards 1973 TV Special Herself - Presenter
V.I.P.-Schaukel 1972 TV Series documentary Herself - Guest
The 44th Annual Academy Awards 1972 TV Special Herself - Presenter
Laugh-In 1971 TV Series Herself - Guest Performer
The David Frost Show 1969-1970 TV Series Herself - Guest
Night of Nights 1970 TV Movie Herself
The Dick Cavett Show 1970 TV Series Herself - Guest
Die Cowboy-Stadt 1970 TV Movie documentary Herself
Raquel! 1970 TV Movie Herself
The 42nd Annual Academy Awards 1970 TV Special Herself - Presenter: Special Visual Effects, and Accepting Supporting Actress Award for Goldie Hawn
This Is Tom Jones 1970 TV Series documentary Herself - Guest
The Bob Hope Show 1970 TV Series Herself - Guest
Will the Real Mr Sellers.....? 1969 TV Movie documentary Herself
Bracken's World 1969 TV Series Herself
The Joey Bishop Show 1967-1969 TV Series Herself - Guest
The Dean Martin Show 1969 TV Series Herself - Guest
The 41st Annual Academy Awards 1969 TV Special Herself - Audience Member
The 40th Annual Academy Awards 1968 TV Special Herself - Audience Member
The Bob Hope Christmas Special 1968 TV Special Herself
The Hollywood Palace 1967 TV Series Herself - Singer
The Eamonn Andrews Show 1966-1967 TV Series Herself
What's My Line? 1967 TV Series Herself - Mystery Guest
The 39th Annual Academy Awards 1967 TV Special Herself - Co-Presenter: Best Sound
Think Twentieth 1967 Documentary short Herself
Shindig! 1965 TV Series Herself - Singer
The Hollywood Deb Stars of 1965 1965 TV Movie Herself - Deb Star
Cinema 1965 TV Series documentary Herself

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Fabulous Allan Carr 2017 Documentary Herself
Entertainment Tonight 2016-2017 TV Series Herself
Welcome to the Basement 2013-2017 TV Series Herself / Constance de Bonacieux / Lust
A Football Life 2016 TV Series Herself
Inside Edition 2016 TV Series documentary Herself
Sinatra: All or Nothing at All 2015 TV Mini-Series documentary Herself
Pioneers of Television 2014 TV Mini-Series documentary Captain Nirvana
And the Oscar Goes To... 2014 TV Movie documentary Herself
The O'Reilly Factor 2008-2014 TV Series Herself / Loana
Whistleblowers: The Untold Stories 2013 TV Series Herself - Award Winning Actress
Top Priority: The Terror Within 2012 Documentary Herself - Award winning actress
American Masters 2012 TV Series documentary Herself
Empreintes 2011 TV Series documentary Herself
¡Feliz 2010! Cuéntame 2009 TV Movie Herself
Cuéntame 2008 TV Series Herself
A Company of Players 2008 Video documentary short Herself (uncredited)
68 2008 TV Movie documentary Herself
La rentadora 2007 TV Series Herself
Scenes from the Roundtable 2007 Video documentary short Herself
A Brief History of Merchant and Ivory 2007 Video documentary short Acting Role (uncredited)
Larry King Live: The Greatest Interviews 2007 Video Herself
Seinfeld: Inside Look 2007 TV Series documentary short Herself
Las 50 imágenes de nuestra vida 2006 TV Movie Herself
20 to 1 2006 TV Series documentary Herself
La imagen de tu vida 2006 TV Series Herself
The Dish on Dolls 2006 Video short Herself
A Bedazzled Conversation with Harold Ramis 2006 Video documentary short Lust / Lilian Lust (uncredited)
Barry Humphries on Bedazzled 2005 Video documentary short Lust / Lilian Lust (uncredited)
Retrosexual: The 80's 2004 TV Mini-Series documentary Herself
Bob Hope at 100 2003 TV Movie documentary Herself (uncredited)
The Definitive Elvis: The Hollywood Years - Part II: 1962-1969 2002 Video documentary Herself
The Kid Stays in the Picture 2002 Documentary Herself (uncredited)
Cleopatra: The Film That Changed Hollywood 2001 TV Movie documentary Herself (uncredited)
Intimate Portrait 2001 TV Series documentary Herself
72nd Annual Academy Awards Pre-Show 2000 TV Special Herself (uncredited)
Hollywood Remembers 2000 TV Series documentary
Twentieth Century Fox: The Blockbuster Years 2000 TV Movie documentary Herself Cora Loana
Hollywood Screen Tests: Take 1 1999 TV Movie documentary Herself (uncredited)
Kicking & Screaming 1995 TV Series documentary Herself
The World of Hammer 1994 TV Series documentary Loana
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson 1990-1992 TV Series Herself / Herself - from the Bob Hope NBC Special DON'T SHOOT: IT'S ONLY ME
Memories of 1970-1991 1991 TV Series documentary Herself
Happy Birthday, Bob: 50 Stars Salute Your 50 Years with NBC 1988 TV Special Herself
The Wandering Company 1984 TV Movie documentary Queenie (uncredited)
Of Muppets and Men: The Making of 'The Muppet Show' 1981 TV Movie documentary Herself
Margret Dünser, auf der Suche nach den Besonderen 1981 TV Movie documentary Herself
Fist of Fear, Touch of Death 1980 Documentary Herself, at the Academy Awards (uncredited)
Bob Hope's Overseas Christmas Tours: Around the World with the Troops - 1941-1972 1980 TV Movie documentary Herself
Un sorriso, uno schiaffo, un bacio in bocca 1975
Texaco Presents: A Quarter Century of Bob Hope on Television 1975 TV Special Herself
The Special London Bridge Special 1972 TV Movie Herself (uncredited)
The Hollywood Palace 1970 TV Series Billboard Girl
Lionpower from MGM 1967 Short Juliana (uncredited)

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2001 Lifetime Achievement Award Imagen Foundation Awards
1996 Star on the Walk of Fame Walk of Fame Motion Picture Awarded on June 8, 1996 at 7021 Hollywood Blvd.
1983 Bronze Wrangler Western Heritage Awards Fictional Television Drama The Legend of Walks Far Woman (1982) · Roger Gimbel, Lee Levinson, Evan Hunter
1975 Golden Globe Golden Globes, USA Best Motion Picture Actress - Musical/Comedy The Three Musketeers (1973)

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2001 ALMA Award ALMA Awards Outstanding Host of a Variety or Awards Special 2000 Hispanic Heritage Awards (2000) · Bobby Cannavale
1999 Razzie Award Razzie Awards Worst Supporting Actress Chairman of the Board (1998)
1988 Golden Globe Golden Globes, USA Best Performance by an Actress in a Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for TV Right to Die (1987)
1968 Golden Laurel Laurel Awards Female Star 9th place.
1967 Golden Laurel Laurel Awards Female New Face 5th place.

TitleSalary
Bluebeard (1972) $150,000
Spara forte, più forte... non capisco (1966) $60,000
Bluebeard (1972) $150,000
Spara forte, più forte... non capisco (1966) $60,000

#Quote
1 There was this perception of "Oh, she's just a sexpot. She's just a body. She probably can't walk and chew gum at the same time." In my first couple of movies, I had no dialogue. It was frustrating. And then I started to realize that it came with the territory. Look at somebody like Marilyn Monroe. I always wondered why she seemed so unhappy. Everybody worshipped her and she was so extraordinary and hypnotic on screen. But they never nominated her for any of her musicals or comedies, as good as she was. Because for some reason, somebody with her sex appeal, her indescribable attraction, is rarely taken seriously. Hollywood doesn't honor comedy and it doesn't honor sex appeal. And they definitely don't give awards to either of them. So you always feel a little insecure.
2 I think [title designer Maurice Binder] understood what was sexy and what wasn't. He knew how to be sexy without being profane about it, and without being too graphic. I'll be honest, I didn't really understand it at the time. When we were shooting that opening moment in Fathom (1967), it seemed silly to me. They had to explain it to me, and even then I was like, "Okay, fine, whatever you think.".
3 ... I remember James Coburn once said to me, "You know what's the sexiest thing of all? A little mystery." And he was so right about that. When you put it all out there, there's nothing left to the imagination. So where am I going to participate? I've said this before and I still agree with it, the most erogenous zone is the brain. It's all happening there. Otherwise, it's just body parts.
4 [In 2012] I think we've gotten to the point in our culture where we're all sex addicts, literally. We have equated happiness in life with as many orgasms as you can possibly pack in, regardless of where it is that you deposit your love interest. It's just dehumanizing. And I have to honestly say, I think this era of porn is at least partially responsible for it. Where is the anticipation and the personalization? It's all pre-fab now. You have these images coming at you unannounced and unsolicited. It just gets to be so plastic and phony to me. Maybe men respond to that. But is it really better than an experience with a real life girl that he cares about? It's an exploitation of the poor male's libidos. Poor babies, they can't control themselves. I just imagine them sitting in front of their computers, completely annihilated. They haven't done anything, they don't have a job, they barely have ambition anymore. And it makes for laziness and a not very good sex partner. Do they know how to negotiate something that isn't pre-fab and injected directly into their brain?
5 I don't care if I'm becoming one of those old fogies who says, "Back in my day we didn't have to hear about sex all the time." Can you imagine? My fantasies were all made up on my own. They're ruining us with all the explanations and the graphicness. Nobody remembers what it's like to be left to form your own ideas about what's erotic and sexual. We're not allowed any individuality. I thought that was the fun of the whole thing. It's my fantasy. I didn't pick it off the Internet somewhere. It's my fantasy.
6 You could say a lot of things about [One Million Years B.C. (1966)], but challenging isn't one of them.
7 Every day, every day. I have people that handle my fan mail, and every day tons of photos come in, with requests for autographs. The fur bikini [from One Million Years B.C. (1966)] is the perennial one. I do feel very fortunate, because I had no suspicion that a dinosaur movie would ever pay off for me as an actress. I figured, it's going to be swept under the carpet, nobody will ever see it. I had a couple of small children at the time, and I used to take them over to see Ray Harryhausen. He did all the special effects on the movie, all the stop-motion animation, and he's pretty much a science fiction legend. Ray would show my kids all the little figurines he used, all the dinosaurs. And then he'd show them how the animation was done, and they were fascinated. So that's what it seemed like to me. It was great stuff for kids, but maybe not the ideal way for an actress to enter the movie-making scene. I even complained to the studio. I was like, "Please, please don't make me do the dinosaur movie." They were like "No, Raquel, you don't understand. It's a classic. It'll live on forever." Turns out they were right.
8 Actually, there was never just one bikini. They made several of them. They were created by this wonderful costume designer, Carl Toms, and he had to do it in triplicate. Because, as he explained it to me, at one point my character would get wet, and then there was a fight scene and blood would get on it. So they had to have several versions of the same costume, and they all had to be formfitting. So he literally designed it around me. Carl just draped me in doeskin, and I stood there while he worked on it with scissors.
9 I probably did over think [my lines in One Million Years B.C. (1966)]. Not that it mattered. I went to the director, Don Chaffey, very early in the shoot and said, "Don, may I have a word with you?". And he sighed and said, "Yeah, what is it?". I could tell right away that he was not very interested. "Well, I've read the script," I said, "and I've been thinking..." And he turned to me and said, "Don't." And I thought, okay, that in a nutshell is what it's all about. They don't want to hear anything from me. Just show up in the costume and take orders. He said, "See that rock over there? That's rock A. When I say action, you run from rock A and when you get to the middle of the frame, you look up at the sky like there's a giant turtle growling down at you. You scream, run to rock B and we break for lunch.".
10 [Don Chaffey] wasn't unkind as a director. But when I wanted to possibly find ways to enhance my character, to make her more vulnerable or have some kind of backstory, he was not interested. That was the hardest part, to realize that I was really an object. Not just to Don, but to the film industry in general. I was a completely non-verbal object that wasn't allowed to talk more than necessary. And that isn't exactly my personality, as you can now hear.
11 [Myra Breckinridge (1970)] was based on a brilliant book by Gore Vidal, about sexual duality and the masculine or feminine aspects of every personality, written about in a way that really hadn't been expressed before. It wasn't traditional male and female stuff. It was talking about homosexuality or lesbianism or whatever. It was about crossing the line and breaking new ground sexually. But the problem with the movie was it had none of the fun and absurdity and truth of that exploration, which was dealt with so effectively in the book. It was just a bunch of weird scenes strung together. It became this sort of Fellini-esque crazy dream that's all over the place. It wasn't the funny adventure it should've been. It was a bizarre adventure with some offensive things in it. A lot of audiences didn't really understand what was going on.
12 I did a Q&A after one of the screenings [at Lincoln Center, New York City, in 2012 for Myra Breckinridge (1970)], with Simon Doonan, and at one point he asked me, "Is there nothing you liked about this movie?". And I said, "Well, I liked the experience of it. I enjoyed making it." But there's not much you can do as an actor when a film is falling apart. I couldn't control that the script wasn't coming together. Each rewrite got further and further from making any sense.
13 I had read the book, and I thought it was hysterically funny. I knew the studio was making it into a movie, and I heard they were talking to Anne Bancroft about doing the lead. When she turned it down, I called (producer) Richard D. Zanuck and said, "I don't know what kind of actress you're looking for, but it occurred to me after reading the book, if there was a guy who wanted to change himself into a movie star woman" - and that's what this character was about. He begins as Myron, a very gay movie critic who's totally infatuated with all of these swashbuckling heroines. He wanted to switch over and become a woman like that. So I told Dick, "If this guy wanted to become a glamorous female movie star, he might like to look like me." And he said, "Oh my God, you have a point. Let me get (co-producer) David Brown on the line.".
14 When I signed on [for Myra Breckinridge (1970)], it was understood that there was not going to be a rape scene. And then of course it suddenly appeared in the script. But it was very vague. They weren't very specific in the description. So I'm wondering if they're going to try something. (Director) Michael Sarne used to torture me on the set a lot. He would come around with this red rectangular box of a certain length and a certain width. And it was clear, you know... what might be in the box. And he'd be like, "I have something here for you." I'd just look away, wouldn't even acknowledge him. Finally, the big day arrives and we're about to shoot the scene and he says, "Well, now is the time." I turn to him and say, "Michael, just drop it! I am not strapping anything on!". And I didn't. He said, "Well, that's not fun." But I wouldn't budge.
15 He didn't even know. The poor guy who played Rusty Godowski [Roger Herren], he was like a deer in headlights. He read the script and he was like, "I don't understand this scene." I didn't have the heart to tell him. I was just like, "Yeah, it is a little vague, isn't it?". I just could not make the poor guy more nervous than he was already. When we shot it, I kind of suspended my disbelief and thought, "Well okay, I guess we're doing this. But as long as there's nothing graphic, it'll be okay. I'm just here to play the role." Everything about that movie, the good and the bad, it was if nothing else... a challenge.
16 Not everybody is comfortable with my ethnicity. When I first came along in the business, they [20th Century Fox] didn't really like the idea of my name being Raquel. I signed with them and almost immediately they wanted me to change my name. They came to me and said, "We have the solution. We figured it all out. You're going to be Debbie Welch." I think they were paranoid that Raquel sounded too ethnic. And I thought, maybe I should be more paranoid than I am. But I wasn't raised thinking of myself or my background as particularly exotic. I felt very American and middle of the road. I knew that I had a little salsa in my blood, but on my mother's side there was the whole English heritage.
17 [20th Century Fox] said it ["Raquel"] was difficult to pronounce, nobody's going to remember it. And they had a point. In school, nobody could pronounce my name. They just called me Rocky. But school kids are one thing, your career as an adult woman is another. I took it as a challenge. I was like, "Well, let's see what happens." You either embrace your identity or you let them force you into homogenizing yourself.
18 [Hollywood name-changing] was mostly an American insecurity. Americans were not sure how to deal with the exotic. I was lucky that one of my first movies, One Million Years B.C. (1966) was made in Europe by a British company. The Brits, and a lot of the rest of Europe, seemed to really love exotic women. The fact that I was American and exotic just made me more appealing to them.
19 I've always personally been color blind. Growing up, I thought Lena Horne was amazing, and Diahann Carroll was amazing, and I absolutely fell in love with Sidney Poitier. Whether they were black or white or whatever, it wasn't a big thing for me. When I was doing 100 Rifles (1969) and I found out I'd be working with Jim Brown, I was more concerned with whether he could act, because he was primarily known as a football player. But he was great.
20 [on her marriage to James Welch] I was crazy in love with him - I was sure the moment I saw him he would be the father of my children. He was beautiful, he had this surly quality, and that was it! We were foolish, we ran away and got married, had two children too quickly. It was a romantic fantasy, which I am really good at.
21 [on her daughter Tahnee Welch] She is much more beautiful than I was.
22 [on divorcing first husband James Welch] Always having to be a perfect vision can be hard. My first husband was a good person. The second (Patrick Curtis) turned into a Svengali - I felt I was being manipulated. I should never have run off with the two kids (Damon and Tahnee) - I should have been more patient. Even though Jim was being horrible I should have stuck it out. I often say to my sister, "When I look back over my four husbands, he was the best.".
23 [In 2008] I have pictures of me at 23 or 24 and I think, "Oh my God, I was really once that size!". But actually, I think my face looks better now.
24 My father was a perfectionist. We had to hop to everything and have marvelous table manners. I could only wear navy blue and gray and white. He wanted me to be interested in tennis and horses just like a little princess, but I couldn't stand such things.
25 If you have physical attractiveness, you don't have to act.
26 [on Mae West] I do think she was a spectacular talent. There's no question she was a comedic genius, but I did, in person, actually feel like she was some kind of a dockworker in drag.
27 Americans have always had sex symbols. It'a time-honored tradition and I'm flattered to have been one. But it's hard to have a long, fruitful career once you've been stereotyped that way. That's why I'm proud to say I've endured.
28 The mind is an erogenous zone.
29 [In 1973] I couldn't stand that my husband was being unfaithful. I am Raquel Welch - understand?
30 Being a sex symbol was rather like being a convict.
31 Once you get rid of the idea that you must please other people before you please yourself, and you begin to follow your own instincts - only then can you be successful. You become more satisfied, and when you are, other people will tend to be satisfied by what you do.
32 There was this perception of "Oh, she's just a sexpot. She's just a body. She probably can't walk and chew gum at the same time." In my first couple of movies, I had no dialogue. It was frustrating. And then I started to realize that it came with the territory. Look at somebody like Marilyn Monroe. I always wondered why she seemed so unhappy. Everybody worshipped her and she was so extraordinary and hypnotic on screen. But they never nominated her for any of her musicals or comedies, as good as she was. Because for some reason, somebody with her sex appeal, her indescribable attraction, is rarely taken seriously. Hollywood doesn't honor comedy and it doesn't honor sex appeal. And they definitely don't give awards to either of them. So you always feel a little insecure.
33 I think [title designer Maurice Binder] understood what was sexy and what wasn't. He knew how to be sexy without being profane about it, and without being too graphic. I'll be honest, I didn't really understand it at the time. When we were shooting that opening moment in Fathom (1967), it seemed silly to me. They had to explain it to me, and even then I was like, "Okay, fine, whatever you think.".
34 ... I remember James Coburn once said to me, "You know what's the sexiest thing of all? A little mystery." And he was so right about that. When you put it all out there, there's nothing left to the imagination. So where am I going to participate? I've said this before and I still agree with it, the most erogenous zone is the brain. It's all happening there. Otherwise, it's just body parts.
35 [In 2012] I think we've gotten to the point in our culture where we're all sex addicts, literally. We have equated happiness in life with as many orgasms as you can possibly pack in, regardless of where it is that you deposit your love interest. It's just dehumanizing. And I have to honestly say, I think this era of porn is at least partially responsible for it. Where is the anticipation and the personalization? It's all pre-fab now. You have these images coming at you unannounced and unsolicited. It just gets to be so plastic and phony to me. Maybe men respond to that. But is it really better than an experience with a real life girl that he cares about? It's an exploitation of the poor male's libidos. Poor babies, they can't control themselves. I just imagine them sitting in front of their computers, completely annihilated. They haven't done anything, they don't have a job, they barely have ambition anymore. And it makes for laziness and a not very good sex partner. Do they know how to negotiate something that isn't pre-fab and injected directly into their brain?
36 I don't care if I'm becoming one of those old fogies who says, "Back in my day we didn't have to hear about sex all the time." Can you imagine? My fantasies were all made up on my own. They're ruining us with all the explanations and the graphicness. Nobody remembers what it's like to be left to form your own ideas about what's erotic and sexual. We're not allowed any individuality. I thought that was the fun of the whole thing. It's my fantasy. I didn't pick it off the Internet somewhere. It's my fantasy.
37 You could say a lot of things about [One Million Years B.C. (1966)], but challenging isn't one of them.
38 Every day, every day. I have people that handle my fan mail, and every day tons of photos come in, with requests for autographs. The fur bikini [from One Million Years B.C. (1966)] is the perennial one. I do feel very fortunate, because I had no suspicion that a dinosaur movie would ever pay off for me as an actress. I figured, it's going to be swept under the carpet, nobody will ever see it. I had a couple of small children at the time, and I used to take them over to see Ray Harryhausen. He did all the special effects on the movie, all the stop-motion animation, and he's pretty much a science fiction legend. Ray would show my kids all the little figurines he used, all the dinosaurs. And then he'd show them how the animation was done, and they were fascinated. So that's what it seemed like to me. It was great stuff for kids, but maybe not the ideal way for an actress to enter the movie-making scene. I even complained to the studio. I was like, "Please, please don't make me do the dinosaur movie." They were like "No, Raquel, you don't understand. It's a classic. It'll live on forever." Turns out they were right.
39 Actually, there was never just one bikini. They made several of them. They were created by this wonderful costume designer, Carl Toms, and he had to do it in triplicate. Because, as he explained it to me, at one point my character would get wet, and then there was a fight scene and blood would get on it. So they had to have several versions of the same costume, and they all had to be formfitting. So he literally designed it around me. Carl just draped me in doeskin, and I stood there while he worked on it with scissors.
40 I probably did over think [my lines in One Million Years B.C. (1966)]. Not that it mattered. I went to the director, Don Chaffey, very early in the shoot and said, "Don, may I have a word with you?". And he sighed and said, "Yeah, what is it?". I could tell right away that he was not very interested. "Well, I've read the script," I said, "and I've been thinking..." And he turned to me and said, "Don't." And I thought, okay, that in a nutshell is what it's all about. They don't want to hear anything from me. Just show up in the costume and take orders. He said, "See that rock over there? That's rock A. When I say action, you run from rock A and when you get to the middle of the frame, you look up at the sky like there's a giant turtle growling down at you. You scream, run to rock B and we break for lunch.".
41 [Don Chaffey] wasn't unkind as a director. But when I wanted to possibly find ways to enhance my character, to make her more vulnerable or have some kind of backstory, he was not interested. That was the hardest part, to realize that I was really an object. Not just to Don, but to the film industry in general. I was a completely non-verbal object that wasn't allowed to talk more than necessary. And that isn't exactly my personality, as you can now hear.
42 [Myra Breckinridge (1970)] was based on a brilliant book by Gore Vidal, about sexual duality and the masculine or feminine aspects of every personality, written about in a way that really hadn't been expressed before. It wasn't traditional male and female stuff. It was talking about homosexuality or lesbianism or whatever. It was about crossing the line and breaking new ground sexually. But the problem with the movie was it had none of the fun and absurdity and truth of that exploration, which was dealt with so effectively in the book. It was just a bunch of weird scenes strung together. It became this sort of Fellini-esque crazy dream that's all over the place. It wasn't the funny adventure it should've been. It was a bizarre adventure with some offensive things in it. A lot of audiences didn't really understand what was going on.
43 I did a Q&A after one of the screenings [at Lincoln Center, New York City, in 2012 for Myra Breckinridge (1970)], with Simon Doonan, and at one point he asked me, "Is there nothing you liked about this movie?". And I said, "Well, I liked the experience of it. I enjoyed making it." But there's not much you can do as an actor when a film is falling apart. I couldn't control that the script wasn't coming together. Each rewrite got further and further from making any sense.
44 I had read the book, and I thought it was hysterically funny. I knew the studio was making it into a movie, and I heard they were talking to Anne Bancroft about doing the lead. When she turned it down, I called (producer) Richard D. Zanuck and said, "I don't know what kind of actress you're looking for, but it occurred to me after reading the book, if there was a guy who wanted to change himself into a movie star woman" - and that's what this character was about. He begins as Myron, a very gay movie critic who's totally infatuated with all of these swashbuckling heroines. He wanted to switch over and become a woman like that. So I told Dick, "If this guy wanted to become a glamorous female movie star, he might like to look like me." And he said, "Oh my God, you have a point. Let me get (co-producer) David Brown on the line.".
45 When I signed on [for Myra Breckinridge (1970)], it was understood that there was not going to be a rape scene. And then of course it suddenly appeared in the script. But it was very vague. They weren't very specific in the description. So I'm wondering if they're going to try something. (Director) Michael Sarne used to torture me on the set a lot. He would come around with this red rectangular box of a certain length and a certain width. And it was clear, you know... what might be in the box. And he'd be like, "I have something here for you." I'd just look away, wouldn't even acknowledge him. Finally, the big day arrives and we're about to shoot the scene and he says, "Well, now is the time." I turn to him and say, "Michael, just drop it! I am not strapping anything on!". And I didn't. He said, "Well, that's not fun." But I wouldn't budge.
46 He didn't even know. The poor guy who played Rusty Godowski [Roger Herren], he was like a deer in headlights. He read the script and he was like, "I don't understand this scene." I didn't have the heart to tell him. I was just like, "Yeah, it is a little vague, isn't it?". I just could not make the poor guy more nervous than he was already. When we shot it, I kind of suspended my disbelief and thought, "Well okay, I guess we're doing this. But as long as there's nothing graphic, it'll be okay. I'm just here to play the role." Everything about that movie, the good and the bad, it was if nothing else... a challenge.
47 Not everybody is comfortable with my ethnicity. When I first came along in the business, they [20th Century Fox] didn't really like the idea of my name being Raquel. I signed with them and almost immediately they wanted me to change my name. They came to me and said, "We have the solution. We figured it all out. You're going to be Debbie Welch." I think they were paranoid that Raquel sounded too ethnic. And I thought, maybe I should be more paranoid than I am. But I wasn't raised thinking of myself or my background as particularly exotic. I felt very American and middle of the road. I knew that I had a little salsa in my blood, but on my mother's side there was the whole English heritage.
48 [20th Century Fox] said it ["Raquel"] was difficult to pronounce, nobody's going to remember it. And they had a point. In school, nobody could pronounce my name. They just called me Rocky. But school kids are one thing, your career as an adult woman is another. I took it as a challenge. I was like, "Well, let's see what happens." You either embrace your identity or you let them force you into homogenizing yourself.
49 [Hollywood name-changing] was mostly an American insecurity. Americans were not sure how to deal with the exotic. I was lucky that one of my first movies, One Million Years B.C. (1966) was made in Europe by a British company. The Brits, and a lot of the rest of Europe, seemed to really love exotic women. The fact that I was American and exotic just made me more appealing to them.
50 I've always personally been color blind. Growing up, I thought Lena Horne was amazing, and Diahann Carroll was amazing, and I absolutely fell in love with Sidney Poitier. Whether they were black or white or whatever, it wasn't a big thing for me. When I was doing 100 Rifles (1969) and I found out I'd be working with Jim Brown, I was more concerned with whether he could act, because he was primarily known as a football player. But he was great.
51 [on her marriage to James Welch] I was crazy in love with him - I was sure the moment I saw him he would be the father of my children. He was beautiful, he had this surly quality, and that was it! We were foolish, we ran away and got married, had two children too quickly. It was a romantic fantasy, which I am really good at.
52 [on her daughter Tahnee Welch] She is much more beautiful than I was.
53 [on divorcing first husband James Welch] Always having to be a perfect vision can be hard. My first husband was a good person. The second (Patrick Curtis) turned into a Svengali - I felt I was being manipulated. I should never have run off with the two kids (Damon and Tahnee) - I should have been more patient. Even though Jim was being horrible I should have stuck it out. I often say to my sister, "When I look back over my four husbands, he was the best.".
54 [In 2008] I have pictures of me at 23 or 24 and I think, "Oh my God, I was really once that size!". But actually, I think my face looks better now.
55 My father was a perfectionist. We had to hop to everything and have marvelous table manners. I could only wear navy blue and gray and white. He wanted me to be interested in tennis and horses just like a little princess, but I couldn't stand such things.
56 If you have physical attractiveness, you don't have to act.
57 [on Mae West] I do think she was a spectacular talent. There's no question she was a comedic genius, but I did, in person, actually feel like she was some kind of a dockworker in drag.
58 Americans have always had sex symbols. It'a time-honored tradition and I'm flattered to have been one. But it's hard to have a long, fruitful career once you've been stereotyped that way. That's why I'm proud to say I've endured.
59 The mind is an erogenous zone.
60 [In 1973] I couldn't stand that my husband was being unfaithful. I am Raquel Welch - understand?
61 Being a sex symbol was rather like being a convict.
62 Once you get rid of the idea that you must please other people before you please yourself, and you begin to follow your own instincts - only then can you be successful. You become more satisfied, and when you are, other people will tend to be satisfied by what you do.

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2 Voluptuous figure
3 Large brown eyes
4 Strawberry blonde hair
5 Deep sultry voice
6 Voluptuous figure
7 Large brown eyes
8 Strawberry blonde hair

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