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Raquel Welch was born Jo Raquel Tejada on this day September 5, 1940 in Chicago, Illinois to her father a Bolivian of Castilian Spanish descent Armando Carlos Tejada Urquizo, an aerospace engineer and his Irish -American wife Josephine Sarah Hall.  In 1942 her father was transferred to La Jolla California, where she grew up.  Raquel entered and won numerous teen beauty pageants and then in 1958 married her high school sweetheart James Welch.  They had two children, Damon in 1960 and Tahnee in 1961, who you might remember from the movie Cocoon in 1985.  Raquel started out as a TV weather girl and after a couple cross country moves following the divorce between her and her husband James, she was back in California and back in television.  She was now making guest appearances on shows such as Bewitched and McHale’s Navy,as well as appearing in an Elvis movie.  Her first big role was in the movie, A Swinging Summer in 1965.  Then came the movie that spawned the giant poster, the remake of One Million Years BC in 1966.  After a bunch of other movies she finally had her first starring role in the movie Myra Breckenridge in 1970 with Mae West.  Welch became known as a sex symbol in the 1960’s and 1970’s and was even called the “Most Desired Woman” of the 1970’s by Playboy Magazine, which she appeared on the cover of in the December 1979 issue, although she has never posed nude for any photos.  She has made a long string of movies and has become an American icon.  There are all kinds of references to her in trivia and other movies and shows such as Johnny Carson, Monty Python movies and Seinfeld episodes.  She is also referred to as “Rocky,” because she is such a Knockout!  She even has a Texas Hold ’em hand named after her, an 8 -3 starting hand.  I read it is because she continues to claim that she is 38 years old, although I’m not sure about the truth of that.  Thirty eight or not, she is still one beautiful lady.  As far as her acting is concerned, “If you have physical attractiveness you don’t have to act.” Raquel Welch

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