Raquel Welch, an iconic actress and model, known for her stunning beauty, charisma, and talent, has died at the age of 82.
Her manager, Steve Sauer, confirmed with PEOPLE that she “passed away peacefully early this morning after a brief illness.”
Born in Chicago in 1940 as Jo Raquel Tejada, she was raised in an environment that valued hard work, discipline, and education.
After graduating high school, Welch attended San Diego State University and began working as a model, appearing in several fashion magazines and commercials. In 1964, she made her film debut in the movie “A House Is Not a Home” and quickly rose to fame for her sultry performances and striking looks.
Over the years, Welch has starred in dozens of movies and television shows, including “One Million Years B.C.,” “Fantastic Voyage,” and “The Three Musketeers.” She has received numerous awards for her work, including a Golden Globe for Best Motion Picture Actress in a Musical or Comedy.
In addition to her successful acting career, Welch has also been a prominent figure in the fitness industry, releasing several workout videos and authoring a book on health and beauty.
Throughout her career, Welch has inspired countless people with her beauty, talent, and dedication to her craft. She continues to be an influential figure in the entertainment industry and a role model for women around the world. Her legacy as an actress, model, and fitness guru will always be remembered and celebrated.
Sauer also told PEOPLE, “Her career spanned over 50 years starring in over 30 films and 50 television series and appearances. The Golden Globe winner, in more recent years, was involved in a very successful line of wigs. Raquel leaves behind her two children, son Damon Welch and her daughter Tahnee Welch.”
Our thoughts and prayers are with her family, friends, and fans.