Raquel Welch

Born: September 5, 1940

Jo Raquel Tejada was born in Chicago, Illinois. Rachel was the oldest of three children born to Armando Carlos Tejada and Josephine Sarah Hall. Her father, an aerospace engineer, was an immigrant from Bolivia of Castilian Spanish extraction and her mother was an American of Irish descent.

In 1947 Armando moved Raquel and the rest of her family to San Diego. Racquel took dancing lessons and won severa beauty pagents prior to entering San Diego State College on a theater arts scholarship. Raquel married her high school sweetheart, James Welch, a year after she started college. Life was very busy for Raquel as she became the mother of two children and took a job as a weather forecaster. Her schedule was so busy she eventually quit college.

When Raquel's marriage failed she and moved her children to Texas where she modeled for Neiman-Marcus and worked as a waitress. Though Racquel had originally planned to move to New York to start an acting career, she moved to Los Angeles and began to work as an actress in movies instead. Although most of Raquel's movies were not very successful, her beauty made her a popular acting personality in the 1960s and 1970's. She even has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

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