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"The whole sex-symbol thing is part of what I do as an actress. It's a kind of character I play. It's part of me, but not the whole me."

Raquel Welch (born Raquel Tejada; September 5, 1940 – February 15, 2023) was an American actress.

Welch became an overnight sensation for her role in One Million Years B.C. in 1966. Images of her in the Fur Bikini that she wore in that film became best-selling posters that turned her into a celebrity sex symbol and an icon of The '60s and The '70s. She later starred in notable films including Bedazzled (1967) and Myra Breckinridge (1970). She won a Golden Globe Award for Best Actress for her performance in The Three Musketeers (1973).

She married (and divorced) four times and had two children with her first husband James Welch. Her daughter Tahnee is an actress in her own right.

Fun fact: She was a first cousin of Lidia Gueiler Tejada, who became Bolivia's first female president from 1979 to 1980, and they met afterwards.

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