Raquel Welch, the renowned actress, international sex symbol, and Golden Globe awardee, has passed away at the age of 82, according to a confirmation from PEOPLE.
Her manager Steve Sauer informed that she peacefully passed away this morning following a brief illness. During her 50-year long career, she appeared in more than 30 movies and 50 television series and appearances, and won a Golden Globe.
In recent times, she was also actively involved in a successful wig line. Raquel is survived by her two children, Damon Welch and Tahnee Welch. TMZ was the first to report the news.
Welch made her film debut in the mid 1960s, with breakout roles in 1966’s Fantastic Voyage and One Million Years B.C. that same year.
She would go on to star in dozens of films, including 1973’s The Three Musketeers, which earned her a Golden Globe for best actress in a motion picture comedy or musical.
In addition to her notable performances in films such as 100 Rifles, The Prince and the Pauper, Chairman of the Board, Legally Blonde, and others, Raquel Welch’s final film role was in 2017’s How to Be a Latin Lover. She is also remembered for her duet with Cher, performing “I’m a Woman” on The Cher Show in 1975.
Although she gained fame as a pin-up model after her role in the 1966 camp classic One Million Years B.C., Raquel Welch (born Jo Raquel Tejada) was a hardworking single mother who relied on her sex symbol status to support her two children after separating from her first husband in 1964.
Getty Raquel Welch in One Million Years B.C. (1966)
The actress, whose book Beyond the Cleavage became a bestseller, previously told PEOPLE as she celebrated her 70th birthday in 2010, “I never thought life was going to give me something for nothing.”
Silver Screen Collection/Getty Raquel Welch in 1967
Born in Chicago to a Bolivian-born engineer and his American wife, “By age 7 I knew I wanted to be an actress,” Welch said at the time.
She continued, “My parents enrolled me in a theater program. You could get away from some of the painfulness of real life. I always had flights of fancy.”
Crediting her resilience to her mom, Josephine, she added at the time, “I’ve had a great life — and it’s not over yet!”