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Raquel Welch Through the Years

An appreciation in pictures

  • Raquel in New York, 1966.
    1966: JP Laffont/Corbis

    Glamour Girl

    In 1966, the year this glamorous portrait was taken, Raquel Welch was a 26-year-old actress (and divorced mother of two), newly catapulted to fame from her portrayal of a sexy cavewoman in One Million Years B.C. (Yes, the famous photo of a bikini-clad Welch is part of this slideshow.)

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  • With Elvis Presley and actresses Joan Freeman and Sue Ane Langdon in Roustabout, 1964
    1964: Sunset Boulevard/Corbis


    Can you spot Raquel? Hint: She's wearing a headband. The 1964 Elvis Presley film Roustabout was Welch's big screen debut.

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  • Raquel Welch in ONE MILLION YEARS B.C. (Courtesy Everett Collection)
    1966: Everett Collection

    The Bikini

    Although her character in One Million Years B.C. speaks but a single line, the poster of Welch in her doe-skin bikini — described by a critic as "mankind's first bikini" — became a best-seller.

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  • Raquel Welch and Dean Martin in BANDOLERO! (20th Centurty Fox/Courtesy Everett Collection)
    1968: 20th Centurty Fox/Courtesy Everett Collection


    In this western, Welch plays a woman who falls in love with her captor, a bank robber played by Rat Pack crooner Dean Martin.

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  • American actors Raquel Welch and Frank Sinatra (1915 - 1998) on the set of the film 'Lady in Cement', circa 1968. (Terry O’Neill/Getty Images)
    1968: Terry O’Neill/Getty Images

    Leading Lady

    In her 1964 movie with Elvis, Welch was just one of the girls. Four years later, she was Frank Sinatra's leading lady in the detective film Lady in Cement.

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  • Raquel Welch and Jim Brown in 100 RIFLES (20TH FOX/Ronald Grant Archive/Mary Evans/Courtesy Everett Collection)
    1969: 20th Century Fox/Ronald Grant/Mary Evan

    '100 Rifles'

    In yet another western, Welch starred opposite James Brown (pictured) and Burt Reynolds. She played Sarita, a Native American woman fighting to end the government's oppression of her people.

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  • Requel Welch (Tony Kent/Sygma/Corbis)
    1974: Courtesy of Raquel Welch

    A Star of Stage and Screen

    Raquel Welch provided this 1974 photo of herself in Paris. It was a good year for the actress, who won a best actress Golden Globe award for her sexy, swashbuckling role in The Three Musketeers.

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  • A young caucasian couple enjoy a dinner outdoors with text that reads keep life fun and your calendar full.

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  • Raquel Welch in THE FOUR MUSKETEERS (Courtesy Everett Collection)
    1974: Everett Collection

    'The Four Musketeers'

    Raquel Welch returned as Constance Bonacieux  — opposite Charlton Heston, Oliver Reed, Richard Chamberlain and Michael York — in the musketeers sequel, The Four Musketeers.

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  • Raquel Welch in MOTHER, JUGS & SPEED (20th Centurty Fox/Cortesía de Everett Collection)
    1976: 20th Centurty Fox/Courtesy Everett Collection

    'Mother, Jugs & Speed'

    Although this '70s comedy was largely ignored at the box office, it has acquired somewhat of a cult status due to its talented cast (Harvey Keitel and Bill Cosby among them) and politically incorrect humor.

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  • Raquel Welch rehearsing on Broadway (Tony Kent/Sygma/Corbis)
    1982: Tony Kent/Sygma/Corbis

    'Woman of the Year'

    Welch wowed Broadway as the star of the musical Woman of the Year, which was based on the 1942 film of the same name.

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  • Raquel welch sign autographs with her son Damon (Time & Life Pictures/Getty Images)
    1983: Time & Life Pictures/Getty Images

    Toast of Broadway

    Welch signs autographs in Times Square, accompanied by her son Damon (near left) and Andre Weinfeld, her third husband.

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  • Raquel Welch during the filming of her workout video (Bill Nation/Sygma/Corbis)
    1988: Bill Nation/Sygma/Corbis

    Let's Get Physical

    Jane Fonda wasn't the only sexy, age 40+ star making exercise videos in the 1980s.

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  • Actress Raquel Welch (R, in blonde wig) and daughter, actress Tahnee Welch (L) at a party celebrating Raquel's opening in the Broadway musical Victor/Victoria. (Robin Platzer/Twin Images/Time & Life Pictures/Getty Images)
    1997: Robin Platzer/Time & Life Pictures/Getty Images

    The Toast of Broadway (Again)

    Accompanied by her daughter Tahnee, Welch attends an opening night party for her starring role in the musical Victor/Victoria.

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  • Raquel Welch in LEGALLY BLONDE (MGM/Courtesy Everett Collection)
    2001: MGM/Courtesy Everett Collection

    Raquel Takes the Stand

    Welch appeared on the big screen (and in a courtroom scene) as haughty socialite Mrs. Windham Vandermark in the Reese Witherspoon comedy LegallyBlonde.

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