Raquel Welch

More a sex goddess than an actress, the statuesque Raquel Welch was one of the most popular celebrities of the 1960s and 1970s. While she appeared in dozens of films, they earned little notice, her success depending almost exclusively on her stature as a buxom pin-up. Born Raquel Tejada on September 5, 1940, in Chicago, she began taking dancing lessons as a child and by her teens was already winning beauty contests. At the age of 18, she married high school sweetheart James Welch; the couple had two children before divorcing in 1961. After working in Dallas, TX, as a waitress and model, Welch relocated to Hollywood in 1963; within three days, she had already landed a manager, Patrick Curtis, and soon they formed a promotions company, Curtwell Enterprises. After appearing in Life magazine in a revealing bikini, she began working on the ABC series Hollywood Palace, and in 1964 made her feature debut with an unbilled appearance in the Elvis Presley vehicle Roustabout. Welch next appeared as a prostitute in 1964's A House Is Not a Home, followed by another uncredited appearance a year later in Do Not Disturb. In 1965, she scored her first lead role in the pop musical A Swingin' Summer, resulting in a contract with 20th Century Fox, which cast her in the sci-fi hit Fantastic Voyage before loaning her to the British horror studio Hammer. There she starred in a 1967 remake of One Million Years B.C.; clad in little more than strategically placed strips of fur, Welch's publicity ...

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Bandolero! (1968)

Posing as a hangman, Mace Bishop arrives in town with the intention of freeing a gang of outlaws, including his brother, from the gallows. Mace urges his younger brother to give up crime. The sheriff chases the brothers to Mexico. They join forces, however, against ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Andrew V. McLaglen
CAST:  James Stewart  •  Dean Martin  •  Raquel Welch  •  George Kennedy

Posing as a hangman, Mace Bishop arrives in town with the intention of freeing a gang of outlaws, including his brother, from the gallows. Mace urges his younger brother to give up crime. The sheriff chases the brothers to Mexico. They join forces, however, against ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Andrew V. McLaglen
CAST:  James Stewart  •  Dean Martin  •  Raquel Welch  •  George Kennedy

Bedazzled (1967)

Stanley is infatuated with Margaret, the statuesque waitress who works with him. He meets George Spiggott AKA the devil and sells his soul for 7 wishes, which Stanley uses to try and make Margaret his own first as an intellectual, then as a rock star, then as a ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Stanley Donen
CAST:  Peter Cook  •  Dudley Moore  •  Raquel Welch  •  Eleanor Bron

Stanley is infatuated with Margaret, the statuesque waitress who works with him. He meets George Spiggott AKA the devil and sells his soul for 7 wishes, which Stanley uses to try and make Margaret his own first as an intellectual, then as a rock star, then as a ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Stanley Donen
CAST:  Peter Cook  •  Dudley Moore  •  Raquel Welch  •  Eleanor Bron

Fantastic Voyage (1966)

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In order to save an assassinated scientist, a submarine and its crew are shrunk to microscopic size and injected into his bloodstream.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Richard Fleischer
CAST:  Stephen Boyd  •  Raquel Welch  •  Edmond O'Brien  •  Donald Pleasence

In order to save an assassinated scientist, a submarine and its crew are shrunk to microscopic size and injected into his bloodstream.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Richard Fleischer
CAST:  Stephen Boyd  •  Raquel Welch  •  Edmond O'Brien  •  Donald Pleasence

Legally Blonde (2001)

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Elle Woods has it all. She's the president of her sorority, a Hawaiian Tropic girl, Miss June in her campus calendar, and, above all, a natural blonde. She dates the cutest fraternity boy on campus and wants nothing more than to be Mrs. Warner Huntington III. But, ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Robert Luketic
CAST:  Reese Witherspoon  •  Luke Wilson  •  Selma Blair  •  Matthew Davis

Elle Woods has it all. She's the president of her sorority, a Hawaiian Tropic girl, Miss June in her campus calendar, and, above all, a natural blonde. She dates the cutest fraternity boy on campus and wants nothing more than to be Mrs. Warner Huntington III. But, ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Robert Luketic
CAST:  Reese Witherspoon  •  Luke Wilson  •  Selma Blair  •  Matthew Davis

One Million Years B.C. (1966)

As the Earth wrestles with its agonising birth, the peoples of this barren and desolate world struggle to survive. Driven by animal instinct they compete against the harsh conditions, their giant predators, and warring tribes. When two people from opposing clans ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Don Chaffey
CAST:  Raquel Welch  •  John Richardson  •  Percy Herbert  •  Robert Brown

As the Earth wrestles with its agonising birth, the peoples of this barren and desolate world struggle to survive. Driven by animal instinct they compete against the harsh conditions, their giant predators, and warring tribes. When two people from opposing clans ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Don Chaffey
CAST:  Raquel Welch  •  John Richardson  •  Percy Herbert  •  Robert Brown

Naked Gun 33⅓: The Final Insult (1994)

Frank Drebin is persuaded out of retirement to go undercover in a state prison. There he is to find out what top terrorist, Rocco, has planned for when he escapes. Frank's wife, Jane, is desperate for a baby.. this adds to Frank's problems. A host of celebrities at ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Peter Segal
CAST:  Leslie Nielsen  •  Priscilla Presley  •  O.J. Simpson  •  Anna Nicole Smith

Frank Drebin is persuaded out of retirement to go undercover in a state prison. There he is to find out what top terrorist, Rocco, has planned for when he escapes. Frank's wife, Jane, is desperate for a baby.. this adds to Frank's problems. A host of celebrities at ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Peter Segal
CAST:  Leslie Nielsen  •  Priscilla Presley  •  O.J. Simpson  •  Anna Nicole Smith

The Wild Party (1975)

Loosely based on the Fatty Arbuckle scandal, an aging silent movie comic star tries for a comeback by staging a wild party that turns into a sexual free-for-all. The comic ends up killing his mistress and her latest boyfriend.  (more)

DIRECTION:  James Ivory
CAST:  James Coco  •  Raquel Welch  •  Perry King  •  Tiffany Bolling

Loosely based on the Fatty Arbuckle scandal, an aging silent movie comic star tries for a comeback by staging a wild party that turns into a sexual free-for-all. The comic ends up killing his mistress and her latest boyfriend.  (more)

DIRECTION:  James Ivory
CAST:  James Coco  •  Raquel Welch  •  Perry King  •  Tiffany Bolling

Chairman of the Board (1998)

A surfer becomes the head of a major company.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Alex Zamm
CAST:  Scott "Carrot Top" Thompson  •  Courtney Thorne-Smith  •  Larry Miller  •  Jack Warden

A surfer becomes the head of a major company.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Alex Zamm
CAST:  Scott "Carrot Top" Thompson  •  Courtney Thorne-Smith  •  Larry Miller  •  Jack Warden

100 Rifles (1969)

When half-breed Indian Yaqui Joe robs an Arizona bank, he is pursued by dogged lawman Lyedecker. Fleeing to Mexico, Joe is imprisoned by General Verdugo, who is waging a war against the Yaqui Indians. When Lyedecker attempts to intervene, he is thrown into prison ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Tom Gries
CAST:  Jim Brown  •  Raquel Welch  •  Burt Reynolds  •  Fernando Lamas

When half-breed Indian Yaqui Joe robs an Arizona bank, he is pursued by dogged lawman Lyedecker. Fleeing to Mexico, Joe is imprisoned by General Verdugo, who is waging a war against the Yaqui Indians. When Lyedecker attempts to intervene, he is thrown into prison ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Tom Gries
CAST:  Jim Brown  •  Raquel Welch  •  Burt Reynolds  •  Fernando Lamas

Hannie Caulder (1971)

Hannie enlists the aid of bounty hunter Tom Price to teach her how to be a gunfighter so she can hunt down the 3 men who killed her husband and raped her.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Burt Kennedy
CAST:  Raquel Welch  •  Robert Culp  •  Ernest Borgnine  •  Christopher Lee

Hannie enlists the aid of bounty hunter Tom Price to teach her how to be a gunfighter so she can hunt down the 3 men who killed her husband and raped her.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Burt Kennedy
CAST:  Raquel Welch  •  Robert Culp  •  Ernest Borgnine  •  Christopher Lee

Mother, Jugs & Speed (1976)

Mother, Jugs and Speed work for a ambulance company competing for a L.A. city contract.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Peter Yates
CAST:  Bill Cosby  •  Raquel Welch  •  Harvey Keitel  •  Allen Garfield

Mother, Jugs and Speed work for a ambulance company competing for a L.A. city contract.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Peter Yates
CAST:  Bill Cosby  •  Raquel Welch  •  Harvey Keitel  •  Allen Garfield

A House Is Not a Home (1964)

Story follows the life of Polly Adler, who grew to become one of New York's most successful bordello madams of the 1920s.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Russell Rouse
CAST:  Shelley Winters  •  Robert Taylor  •  Cesar Romero  •  Ralph Taeger

Story follows the life of Polly Adler, who grew to become one of New York's most successful bordello madams of the 1920s.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Russell Rouse
CAST:  Shelley Winters  •  Robert Taylor  •  Cesar Romero  •  Ralph Taeger

Right to Die (1987)

Emily Bauer (Raquel Welch) is a successful psychologist with a happy home life who is suddenly stricken with the dreaded neurological affliction ALS (aka "Lou Gehrig's Disease"). At first, she is determined to fight for her life, but as her conditions deteriorates ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Paul Wendkos
CAST:  Raquel Welch  •  Michael Gross  •  Bonnie Bartlett  •  Peter Michael Goetz

Emily Bauer (Raquel Welch) is a successful psychologist with a happy home life who is suddenly stricken with the dreaded neurological affliction ALS (aka "Lou Gehrig's Disease"). At first, she is determined to fight for her life, but as her conditions deteriorates ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Paul Wendkos
CAST:  Raquel Welch  •  Michael Gross  •  Bonnie Bartlett  •  Peter Michael Goetz

Tainted Blood (1993)

Raquel Welch is an author researching a new book, when she comes across the story of a surprising double murder-suicide. A smart, young, athletic high school student adopted by his parents at a young age had killed his well-respected family, then committed suicide. ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Matthew Patrick
CAST:  Raquel Welch  •  Kerri Green  •  Alley Mills  •  Joan Van Ark

Raquel Welch is an author researching a new book, when she comes across the story of a surprising double murder-suicide. A smart, young, athletic high school student adopted by his parents at a young age had killed his well-respected family, then committed suicide. ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Matthew Patrick
CAST:  Raquel Welch  •  Kerri Green  •  Alley Mills  •  Joan Van Ark

The Oldest Profession (1967)

A collection of sketches on prostitution through the ages. 1) "The Prehistoric Era": A caveman discovers that a cavewoman is more attractive when cave paint is applied to her face. And she can earn more seashells that way. 2) "Roman Nights": The Emperor goes out ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jean-Luc Godard  •  Philippe de Broca  •  Mauro Bolognini  •  Claude Autant-Lara  •  Franco Indovina  •  Michael Pfleghar
CAST:  Michèle Mercier  •  Jeanne Moreau  •  Raquel Welch  •  Elsa Martinelli

A collection of sketches on prostitution through the ages. 1) "The Prehistoric Era": A caveman discovers that a cavewoman is more attractive when cave paint is applied to her face. And she can earn more seashells that way. 2) "Roman Nights": The Emperor goes out ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jean-Luc Godard  •  Philippe de Broca  •  Mauro Bolognini  •  Claude Autant-Lara  •  Franco Indovina  •  Michael Pfleghar
CAST:  Michèle Mercier  •  Jeanne Moreau  •  Raquel Welch  •  Elsa Martinelli

Trouble in Paradise (1989)

Following her husband Arthur's mysterious death, Rachel Baxley packs up her life as a State Department wife in Hong Kong and boards a freighter along with her husband's casket bound for the U.S. She begins to regret this decision when she meets one of the crew ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Di Drew
CAST:  Raquel Welch  •  Jack Thompson  •  Nicholas Hammond  •  John Gregg

Following her husband Arthur's mysterious death, Rachel Baxley packs up her life as a State Department wife in Hong Kong and boards a freighter along with her husband's casket bound for the U.S. She begins to regret this decision when she meets one of the crew ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Di Drew
CAST:  Raquel Welch  •  Jack Thompson  •  Nicholas Hammond  •  John Gregg

House of Versace (2013)

Based on Wall Street Journal reporter Deborah Ball’s widely-read book "House of Versace: The Untold Story of Genius, Murder, and Survival", the movie brings to light the story of Donatella, who, following the brazen murder of her brother, world-renowned designer ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Sara Sugarman
CAST:  Gina Gershon  •  Enrico Colantoni  •  Yan England  •  Raquel Welch

Based on Wall Street Journal reporter Deborah Ball’s widely-read book "House of Versace: The Untold Story of Genius, Murder, and Survival", the movie brings to light the story of Donatella, who, following the brazen murder of her brother, world-renowned designer ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Sara Sugarman
CAST:  Gina Gershon  •  Enrico Colantoni  •  Yan England  •  Raquel Welch

The Muppets Go Hollywood (1979)

In this one-hour special, Kermit the Frog throws a glamorous party at the Cocoanut Grove nightclub to celebrate the premiere of the Muppets' first feature film, The Muppet Movie. Hosts Dick van Dyke and Rita Moreno interview the wide array of celebrities and ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Stan Harris
CAST:  Frank Oz  •  Jerry Nelson  •  Richard Hunt  •  Dave Goelz

In this one-hour special, Kermit the Frog throws a glamorous party at the Cocoanut Grove nightclub to celebrate the premiere of the Muppets' first feature film, The Muppet Movie. Hosts Dick van Dyke and Rita Moreno interview the wide array of celebrities and ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Stan Harris
CAST:  Frank Oz  •  Jerry Nelson  •  Richard Hunt  •  Dave Goelz

Scandal in a Small Town (1988)

Leda Beth Vincent lives in the small town of Shiloh and works as a cocktail waitress there. She is not too well thought of as she is nothing of a blushing virgin. But she is far from a whore and brings up her daughter Julie, a high school student, as a loving ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Anthony Page
CAST:  Raquel Welch  •  Ronny Cox  •  Christa Denton  •  Frances Lee McCain

Leda Beth Vincent lives in the small town of Shiloh and works as a cocktail waitress there. She is not too well thought of as she is nothing of a blushing virgin. But she is far from a whore and brings up her daughter Julie, a high school student, as a loving ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Anthony Page
CAST:  Raquel Welch  •  Ronny Cox  •  Christa Denton  •  Frances Lee McCain

The Queens (1966)

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Four unrelated short comedies by four different directors. "Queen Sabina"chronicles the sexual misadventures of a teenage girl on the road home. "Queen Armenia" centers on a self-serving opportunistic gypsy babysitter who uses her employer's kids for her own gain. ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Mario Monicelli  •  Antonio Pietrangeli  •  Mauro Bolognini  •  Luciano Salce
CAST:  Capucine  •  Claudia Cardinale  •  Raquel Welch  •  Monica Vitti

Four unrelated short comedies by four different directors. "Queen Sabina"chronicles the sexual misadventures of a teenage girl on the road home. "Queen Armenia" centers on a self-serving opportunistic gypsy babysitter who uses her employer's kids for her own gain. ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Mario Monicelli  •  Antonio Pietrangeli  •  Mauro Bolognini  •  Luciano Salce
CAST:  Capucine  •  Claudia Cardinale  •  Raquel Welch  •  Monica Vitti
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