Raquel Welch

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Raquel Welch in 2010

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


  • Whatever my film work was, it was a departure from the sex symbol previously, who was blonde and more docile than the characters I portrayed as a sex symbol…I think it was a different role for women. Women watch other women, and they are affected by that.
  • A lot of times I would play a lot of roles a man would play…In One Million Years B.C.—yes, the costume was revealing. But I was outdoors all the time, I was fighting to survive, there was a girlfight. I was participating, it was physical, and I was independent. I wasn’t that pushover kind of a girl. And I think that left an impression.
  • It’s not that I wanted to go into the male mentality, but into the duality. There’s a duality in every man and every woman. And when you have a homosexual man who’s a movie critic and he wants to make himself into a woman who somehow resembles a film goddess, like the women in film from 1935-1945, and then you have to watch how she interacts with these young people who have know idea who they’re really dealing with. The film never could embrace the different layers of complications of what’s going on with Myra/Myron…


  • Bikinis, as well as being empowering, they are just so darn comfortable and practical – at the beach or for fighting dinosaurs.

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