|Was||Actor Television actor Film actor Singer Model Writer|
|From||United States of America|
|Field||Fashion Film, TV, Stage & Radio Literature Music|
|Birth||5 September 1940, Chicago, DuPage County, Illinois, USA|
|Death||15 February 2023, Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California, USA (aged 82 years)|
Jo Raquel Welch (née Tejada; September 5, 1940 – February 15, 2023) was an American actress.
Welch first won attention for her role in Fantastic Voyage (1966), after which she won a contract with 20th Century Fox. They lent her contract to the British studio Hammer Film Productions, for whom she made One Million Years B.C. (1966). Although Welch had only three lines of dialogue in the film, images of her in the doe-skin bikini became bestselling posters that turned her into an international sex symbol. She later starred in Bedazzled (1967), Bandolero! (1968), 100 Rifles (1969), Myra Breckinridge (1970), and Hannie Caulder (1971). She made several television variety specials.
Through her portrayal of strong female characters, which helped in her breaking the mold of the traditional sex symbol, Welch developed a unique film persona that made her an icon of the 1960s and 1970s. Her rise to stardom in the mid-1960s was partly credited with ending Hollywood's vigorous promotion of the blonde bombshell. She won a Golden Globe Award for Best Motion Picture Actress in a Musical or Comedy in 1974 for her performance in The Three Musketeers. She was also nominated for a Golden Globe Award for Best Actress in Television Film for her performance in the film Right to Die (1987). In 1995, Welch was chosen by Empire magazine as one of the "100 Sexiest Stars in Film History". Playboy ranked Welch No. 3 on their "100 Sexiest Stars of the Twentieth Century" list.
Welch was born Jo Raquel Tejada on September 5, 1940, in Chicago, Illinois. She was the first child of Armando Carlos Tejada Urquizo and Josephine Sarah Hall. Her father, Armando Tejada, was an aeronautical engineer from La Paz, Bolivia, son of Agustin Tejada and Raquel Urquizo. In 2010, while she was being interviewed on the talk show Tavis Smiley, Welch stated, "My father came from a country called Bolivia. He was of Spanish descent." Her cousin, Bolivian politician Lidia Gueiler Tejada, became the first female president of Bolivia and the second female non-royal head of state in the Americas. Welch was named after her paternal grandmother. Her mother, Josephine Hall, was the daughter of architect Emery Stanford Hall and his wife Clara Louise Adams; she was of English ancestry. Welch had a younger brother, James "Jim" Tejada, and a younger sister, Gayle Tejada.
The family moved from Illinois to San Diego, California, when Welch was two years old. Welch attended the Pacific Beach Presbyterian Church every Sunday with her mother. As a young girl, Welch had the desire to be a performer and entertainer. She began studying ballet at age seven, but after ten years of study, she left the art at seventeen when her instructor told her she did not have the right body type for professional ballet companies. At age 14, she won beauty titles as Miss Photogenic and Miss Contour. While attending La Jolla High School she won the title of Miss La Jolla and the title of Miss San Diego – the Fairest of the Fair – at the San Diego County Fair. This long line of beauty contests eventually led to the state title of Maid of California. Her parents divorced when she finished her school years.
Welch graduated with honors from high school in 1958. Seeking an acting career, she entered San Diego State College on a theater arts scholarship, and the following year she married her high school sweetheart, James Welch. She won several parts in local theater productions. In 1959, she played the title role in The Ramona Pageant, a yearly outdoor play at Hemet, California, which is based on the novel Ramona by Helen Hunt Jackson.
In 1960, Welch got a job as a weather presenter at KFMB, a local San Diego television station. Because her family life and television duties were so demanding she decided to give up her drama classes. After her separation from James Welch, she moved with her two children to Dallas, Texas, where she made a "precarious living" as a model for Neiman Marcus and as a cocktail waitress.
1963–1966: Early works and breakthrough
Welch initially intended to move to New York City from Dallas, but moved back to Los Angeles in 1963 and started applying for roles with film studios. During this period, she met a one-time child actor and Hollywood agent Patrick Curtis who became her personal and business manager. They developed a plan to turn Welch into a sex symbol. To avoid typecasting as a Latina, he convinced her to use her husband's last name.
She was cast in small roles in two films, A House Is Not a Home (1964) and the musical Roustabout (1964), an Elvis Presley film. She also landed small roles on the television series Bewitched, McHale's Navy and The Virginian and appeared on the weekly variety series The Hollywood Palace as a billboard girl and presenter. She was one of many actresses who auditioned for the role of Mary Ann Summers on the television series Gilligan's Island.
Welch's first featured role was in the beach film A Swingin' Summer (1965). That same year, she won the Deb Star while her photo in a Life magazine layout called "The End of the Great Girl Drought!" created a buzz around town. She was noticed by the wife of producer Saul David, who recommended her to 20th Century Fox, where with the help of Curtis she landed a contract. She agreed to a seven-year nonexclusive contract, five pictures over the next five years, and two floaters. Studio executives talked about changing her name to "Debbie". They thought "Raquel" would be hard to pronounce. She refused their request. She wanted her real name, so she stuck with "Raquel Welch". She was cast in a leading role in the sci-fi film Fantastic Voyage (1966), in which she portrayed a member of a medical team that is miniaturized and injected into the body of an injured scientist with the mission to save his life. The film was a hit and made her a star.
Fox Studio loaned Welch to Hammer Studios in Britain where she starred in One Million Years B.C. (1966), a remake of the Hal Roach film One Million B.C. (1940). Her only costume was a two-piece deer skin bikini. She was described as "wearing mankind's first bikini" and the fur bikini was described as a "definitive look of the 1960s". The New York Times hailed her in its review of the film (which was released in the U.K. in 1966 and in the U.S. in 1967), "a marvelous breathing monument to womankind". One author said, "although she had only three lines in the film, her luscious figure in a fur bikini made her a star and the dream girl of millions of young moviegoers". A publicity still of her in the bikini became a bestselling poster and turned her into an instant pin-up girl. The film raised Welch's stature as a leading sex symbol of the era. In 2011, Time magazine listed Welch's B.C. bikini in the "Top Ten Bikinis in Pop Culture".
In 1966, Welch starred with Marcello Mastroianni in the Italian film Shoot Loud, Louder... I Don't Understand for Joe E. Levine. The same year, she appeared in the film Sex Quartet as Elena in the segment "Fata Elena". She was the only American in the cast of the anthology film The Oldest Profession (1967); her segment was directed by Michael Pfleghar. In Italy, she also appeared in a heist film for MGM, The Biggest Bundle of Them All (1968). It co-starred Edward G. Robinson who said of Welch, "I must say she has quite a body. She has been the product of a good publicity campaign. I hope she lives up to it because a body will only take you so far."
1967–1979: International stardom
Her first starring vehicle, the British Modesty Blaise-style spy film Fathom (1967), was filmed in Spain for 20th Century Fox. Second unit director Peter Medak said Welch "was at that time quite inexperienced, exactly like one of those American drum majorettes. But she tried very hard and went to see the rushes each day, gradually improving. 'Who's this dumb broad?' people used to say. But I said: 'You wait. I'll bet she makes it.' I liked her very much because she was such a genuine person. And she had a beautiful body which always helps." Welch said her role was "a blown up Barbie doll". Reviewing her performance, the Los Angeles Times film critic said that "each new Raquel Welch picture brings further proof that when Maria Montez died they didn't break the mold. Like Maria, Raquel can't act from here to there, but both ladies seem to have been born to be photographed ... this sappiest of spy pictures."
At this stage, Welch owed Fox four films, at one a year. She and Curtis also established their own production company, Curtwel. Fox wanted Welch to play Jennifer in their adaptation of Valley of the Dolls but she refused, wanting to play the role of Neely O'Hara. The studio was not interested, casting Patty Duke; Sharon Tate played Jennifer North.
In England, she appeared as Lust incarnate in the Peter Cook–Dudley Moore comedy, Bedazzled (1967), a Swinging Sixties retelling of the Faust legend. It was popular, as was the Western, Bandolero! (1968), which was shot in Del Rio, Texas, at the Alamo Village. She co-starred with James Stewart and Dean Martin. "I think she's going to stack up all right," Stewart said of Welch. "No one is going to shout, 'Wow it's Anne Bancroft all over again'," said Welch of her performance, "but at least I'm not Miss Sexpot running around half naked all the time."
In 1968, Welch appeared with Frank Sinatra in the detective film Lady in Cement, a sequel to the film Tony Rome (1967). She played the socialite Kit Forrest, the romantic interest of Tony Rome. Welch later said wittily that she caught the film from time to time and realized only later that Kit Forrest was an alcoholic: "I'm watching this movie and I'm thinking, 'What the hell has she got on?' At one point, I had this epiphany: 'Oh, she's an alcoholic!' I didn't know that. How could I miss that?" She reportedly was so smitten with Sinatra that she forgot to act: "I think I was just so enamored with Frank Sinatra, you know. He's hypnotic."
Welch starred as a freedom fighter leader in 100 Rifles, a 1969 western directed by Tom Gries and filmed in Almería, Spain. It also starred Jim Brown, Burt Reynolds, and Fernando Lamas. The film provoked publicity and controversy at the time because it included a love scene between Welch and Brown that breached Hollywood's taboo against onscreen interracial intimacy. The film is remembered for the spectacular "Shower Scene" in which Welch distracts the soldiers on the train by taking a shower at a water tower along the tracks. The director, Gries, tried hard to convince Welch to do the scene naked, but she refused. It was one of the many instances Welch resisted going nude on-screen and pushed back for years against producers who wanted her to act or pose nude. In 1969, Welch also starred in the thriller Flareup and had a supporting role in the dark comedy The Magic Christian.
Welch's most controversial role came in Myra Breckinridge (1970). She took the role of the film's transsexual heroine in an attempt to be taken seriously as an actress. The production was characterized by animosity between Welch and Mae West, who walked out of the film for three days. The film was based on Gore Vidal's controversial bestseller about a man who becomes a woman through surgery. The film's producer Robert Fryer stated: "If a man were going to become a woman, he would want to become the most beautiful woman in the world. He would become Raquel Welch".
Her looks and fame led Playboy to dub her the "Most Desired Woman" of the 1970s. Welch presented at the Academy Awards ceremony several times during the 1970s due to her popularity. She accepted the Best Supporting Actress Oscar on behalf of fellow actress Goldie Hawn when Hawn could not be there to accept it.
On April 26, 1970, CBS released her television special Raquel!. On the day of the premiere, the show received a 51 percent share on the National ARB Ratings and an overnight New York Nielsen rating of 58 percent share. Also that year Welch starred in The Beloved, which she produced and filmed in Cyprus.
In 1971, Welch acted in Hannie Caulder, a Tigon and Curtwell Western shot in Spain. Welch was one of the few actresses, and one of the earliest, who had a lead role in a Western film. Hannie Caulder was a clear influence on later revenge films. Quentin Tarantino said the film was one of his inspirations for Kill Bill: Volume 1 (2003).
In 1972, Welch acted in Kansas City Bomber and had a cameo in Bluebeard. In Kansas City Bomber Welch played a hardened roller derby star and single mother who tries to balance her desire for a happy personal life and her dreams of stardom. Life magazine dubbed Welch the "hottest thing on wheels" for her role. The production of the film shut down for six weeks after Welch broke her wrist doing some of her own stunts. In the interim, she flew to Budapest and filmed a cameo in Bluebeard opposite Richard Burton. Although Kansas City Bomber was not considered a critical success, it vividly depicted gender relations in the early 1970s. In a 2012 interview, Welch reflected on the roller derby world depicted in the film: "You have all those women out there, but the men in the front office are really running it. Which I thought was a really nice metaphor for the way a lot of women felt about their lives at that time."
In 1973, Welch acted in The Last of Sheila and The Three Musketeers.
In 1974, Welch acted in The Four Musketeers.
In 1975, Welch acted in The Wild Party. That year in an interview, Welch said she thought she had been "good" in Kansas City Bomber, Myra Breckenridge, and The Last of Sheila "but being good in a bad movie doesn't do anything for your career." Also that year she sang "I'm a Woman," a duet with Cher, in the second episode of The Cher Show (original airdate February 16, 1975).
In 1977, Welch acted in Animal, filmed in France with Jean-Paul Belmondo. That year, she also starred in the British swashbuckling adventure The Prince and the Pauper.
In 1978, Welch appeared in an episode of The Muppet Show.
In 1979, for the series Mork & Mindy, Welch was featured as an alien bounty hunter pursuing Robin Williams in "Mork vs. the Necrotons".
1980–2023: Subsequent projects and later years
In 1982, Welch acted in the Western television film The Legend of Walks Far Woman. Billed as her "first TV movie dramatic debut", Welch played a 19th-century Native American woman in Montana.
Around this time, along with Elizabeth Taylor and Sophia Loren, Welch was among the candidates considered for the role of Alexis Carrington on the ABC primetime drama Dynasty which began in 1981, before the producers settled on Joan Collins.
In 1987 she played in the television drama Right to Die, in which she turned in a stirring performance as a woman stricken with Lou Gehrig's disease. That year, she flirted with a pop singing career, releasing the dance single "This Girl's Back In Town", which peaked at No. 29 on Billboard's dance club chart.
She also starred in the television films Scandal in a Small Town (1988), Trouble in Paradise (1989), and Torch Song (1993). She appeared in the night-time soap opera Central Park West (1995). As a guest, she played Sabrina's flamboyant Aunt Vesta on the American comedy series Sabrina, the Teenage Witch (1996).
In 1997, she acted in an episode of the comedy series Seinfeld, entitled "The Summer of George", Welch played a highly temperamental version of herself, assaulting series characters Kramer and Elaine, the former because he fired her from an acting job and the latter because Welch mistakenly thought Elaine was mocking her.
In 2002, she starred in the PBS series American Family, a story about a Mexican American family in East Los Angeles. She also appeared in Welcome to The Captain, which premiered on CBS television on February 4, 2008. In 2015 she played a role in The Ultimate Legacy.
More recently Welch appeared in a sitcom titled Date My Dad (2017) where she reunited with Robert Wagner on screen, four decades after starring together in The Biggest Bundle of Them All.
She was due to star in a 1982 adaptation of John Steinbeck's Cannery Row, but was abruptly fired by the producers a few weeks into production. The studio claimed she was not living up to her contract, by refusing early-morning rehearsals, and was replaced with Debra Winger. Welch sued MGM for breach of contract. Studio executives claimed in testimony the reason Welch was following through with the trial was that she was an actress over 40 and generally actresses in that age range cannot get roles anymore. Welch's evidence at trial proved there was a conspiracy to falsely blame her for the film's budget problems and delays. The jury sided with Welch and she won a $10.8 million verdict against MGM in 1986.
Despite the win, Welch wished the whole episode never had happened. "I just wanted to clear my reputation and get back to my work, my work in movies", she said. But she was blackballed by the industry and the incident affected her film career on the big screen from that moment on.
In 1994, Welch had a cameo appearance in Naked Gun 33+1⁄3: The Final Insult, in the scene where Lesley Nielsen's character crashes the Academy Awards. In 2001, she had a cameo in the comedy film Legally Blonde with Reese Witherspoon, playing a wealthy ex-wife in court.
She appeared in Tortilla Soup. Her next film was Forget About It (2006).
She played a single billionaire grandmother in the romantic comedy How to Be a Latin Lover (2017).
In December 1972, Welch made her nightclub debut at the Las Vegas Hilton; her act preceded Elvis Presley's. Over the following decade, she took her nightclub act to other venues, and starred in television specials featuring her singing and dancing.
In December 1981, Welch starred on Broadway in Woman of the Year for two weeks, filling in for Lauren Bacall in the title role while Bacall was on vacation. Critics were so enthusiastic about Welch's performance, she was invited back to perform the role again for six months in 1982.
In 1997, Welch starred on Broadway in Victor/Victoria, following Julie Andrews and Liza Minnelli in the title role. Theatre critic Jamie Portman wrote that her glamor made Welch "scarcely believable as the vulnerable Victoria and totally unbelievable as the swaggering tuxedoed Victor", but that she at least "earns high marks for valor" for attempting to breathe life into "the misbegotten musical version of Victor/Victoria".
Achievements and awards
In 1974, Welch won a Golden Globe Award for Best Motion Picture Actress in a Musical or Comedy for The Three Musketeers. She was also nominated for a Golden Globe Award for her performance in the television drama Right to Die (1987). In 1994, Welch received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 7021 Hollywood Boulevard. In 2001, she was awarded the Imagen Foundation Lifetime Achievement Award for her positive promotion of Americans of Latin heritage throughout her career. In 2012, the Film Society of Lincoln Center presented a special retrospective of the films of Welch at the Walter Reade Theater.
Beauty and business career
The Raquel Welch Total Beauty and Fitness Program book and videos were first released in 1984. The book, written by Welch with photographs by André Weinfeld, includes a hatha yoga fitness program, her views on healthy living and nutrition, as well as beauty and personal style. The Multi-Platinum collection of Fitness and Yoga videos were produced and directed by André Weinfeld. As a businesswoman, Welch succeeded with her signature line of wigs. She also began a jewelry and skincare line, although neither of those ventures compared to the success of her wig collection HAIRuWEAR.
In January 2007, Welch was selected as the newest face of MAC Cosmetics Beauty Icon series. Her line features several limited-edition makeup shades in glossy black and tiger-print packaging. The tiger print motif of the collection celebrates Welch's feline and sensuous image: "strong and wild, yet sultry and exotic".
Marriages and relationships
Welch married her high school sweetheart, James Welch, on May 8, 1959, with whom she had two children, Damon Welch (born November 6, 1959) and Latanne "Tahnee" Welch (born December 26, 1961). James and Raquel Welch separated in 1962 and divorced in 1964; she retained Welch's last name until her death.
She married producer Patrick Curtis in 1967, and divorced him in 1972. During the shooting of the film 100 Rifles in Spain in 1968, Welch had an extramarital affair with Spanish actor Sancho Gracia, who had a small role in the film. Welch's husband, upon finding out about the affair, chased Gracia at gunpoint through the hotel where they were staying in Aguadulce. Welch also had an affair with another Spanish actor, Aldo Sambrell, during the shooting.
In 1980, she married producer André Weinfeld, divorcing him in 1990. Welch wed Richard Palmer, owner of Mulberry Street Pizzeria, in 1999 but then separated from him in 2003 and later divorced. Welch said she would not remarry.
While her image in the 1960s was that of a torrid sex temptress, Welch's private life was quite different. Welch once famously said, "What I do on the screen is not to be equated with what I do in my private life. Privately, I am understated and dislike any hoopla." She also admitted, "I was not brought up to be a sex symbol, nor is it in my nature to be one. The fact that I became one is probably the loveliest, most glamorous, and fortunate misunderstanding."
Welch posed for Playboy in 1979, but she never did a fully nude shoot. Hugh Hefner later wrote, "Raquel Welch, one of the last of the classic sex symbols, came from the era when you could be considered the sexiest woman in the world without taking your clothes off. She declined to do complete nudity, and I yielded gracefully. The pictures prove her point." Welch refused to take all her clothes off on screen or pose naked throughout her career spanning five decades, saying this was the way she was brought up. Her daughter Tahnee also appeared on the cover of Playboy in the November 1995 issue and a nude pictorial inside it.
In 2014, during an appearance on The O'Reilly Factor, Welch described herself as being on the conservative side, attributing it to her mother's Midwestern values. During the Vietnam War, Welch showed her support for the troops at United Service Organizations (USO) shows often appearing with Bob Hope.
Welch died on February 15, 2023, at her home in Los Angeles, following a brief illness. She was 82.
Welch helped transform America's feminine ideal into its current state. Her beautiful looks and eroticism made her the definitive 1960s and 1970s sex icon, rather than the blonde bombshell of the late 1950s as typified by Marilyn Monroe, Jayne Mansfield, and others. Welch became a star in the mid-1960s and was exotic, brunette, and smolderingly sexual. Her countless publicity photos helped to popularize her image, dress style, and 1960s and 1970s fashion trends. Welch and other actresses also made big hair popular.
In popular culture
Welch is mentioned in the 1970 song Raquel Welch by Shel Silverstein and in the 1971 song, "One's on the Way" by country music legend Loretta Lynn. Welch is also mentioned in "Unknown Stuntman", the theme song to The Fall Guy, starring Lee Majors, who also recorded the song. She is also mentioned in the Al Jarreau song "Love Is Real" from the Grammy-winning 1980 album This Time, where Jarreau sings "Raquel and Redford are the tops".
In the 1994 film The Shawshank Redemption, the poster that Andy Dufresne had on his prison cell wall at the time of his escape was the famous pinup image of Welch in One Million Years B.C. Before Dufresne's escape being realized, the warden refers to Welch as "Miss Fuzzy Britches".
|1964||A House Is Not a Home||Polly's Girl|
|1965||A Swingin' Summer||Jeri|
|Do Not Disturb||Woman in Lobby||Uncredited|
|1966||Fantastic Voyage||Cora Peterson||First film under contract to 20th Century Fox|
|Shoot Loud, Louder... I Don't Understand||Tania Montini||Made in Italy for Joseph E. Levine|
|Sex Quartet||Elena||Segment: "Fata Elena"
Also known as The Queens
|One Million Years B.C.||Loana|
|1967||The Oldest Profession||Nini||Segment: "The Gay Nineties"|
|Bedazzled||Lust / Lilian Lust|
|1968||The Biggest Bundle of Them All||Juliana|
|Lady in Cement||Kit Forrester|
|The Magic Christian||Priestess of the Whip|
|1970||Myra Breckinridge||Myra Breckinridge|
|1971||The Beloved||Elena||Also known as Sin|
|Hannie Caulder||Hannie Caulder|
|1972||Fuzz||Det. Eileen McHenry|
|Kansas City Bomber||K.C. Carr|
|1973||The Last of Sheila||Alice Wood|
|The Three Musketeers||Constance Bonacieux||Golden Globe Award for Best Actress in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy|
|1974||The Four Musketeers||Constance Bonacieux|
|1975||The Wild Party||Queenie|
|1976||Mother, Jugs & Speed||Jennifer Jurgens a.k.a. "Jugs"|
|1977||The Prince and the Pauper||Lady Edith||Also known as Crossed Swords|
|Animal||Jane Gardner||Also known as Stuntwoman|
|1994||Naked Gun 33+1⁄3: The Final Insult||Herself||Uncredited|
|1998||Chairman of the Board||Grace Kosik||Nominated: Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Supporting Actress|
|What I Did for Love||Jacqueline|
|2001||Legally Blonde||Mrs. Windham Vandermark|
|2006||Forget About It||Christine DeLee|
|2017||How to Be a Latin Lover||Celeste Birch|
|1964–1965||The Hollywood Palace||Billboard Girl||Season one regular|
|1964||The Virginian||Saloon Girl||Episode: "Ryker"|
|McHale's Navy||Lt. Wilson||Episode: "McHale, the Desk Commando"|
|Bewitched||Stewardess||Episode: "Witch or Wife"|
|The Rogues||Miss France||Episode: "Hugger-Mugger, by the Sea"|
|1965||Wendy and Me||Lila Harrison||Episode: "Wendy Sails in the Sunset"|
|The Baileys of Balboa||Beverly||Episode: "Sam's Nephew"|
|1971||Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In||Guest Performer||Episode: "#5.1"|
|1974||Really, Raquel||Herself||Television Special|
|1976||Saturday Night Live||Host||Episode: "Raquel Welch/Phoebe Snow/John Sebastian"|
Also known as NBC's Saturday Night
|1978||The Muppet Show||Herself||Episode: "Raquel Welch"|
|1979||Mork & Mindy||Captain Nirvana||Episode: "Mork vs. the Necrotons"|
|1980||From Raquel with Love||Herself||Television Special|
|1982||The Legend of Walks Far Woman||Walks Far Woman||Television film|
Bronze Wrangler for Fictional Television Drama
|1987||Right to Die||Emily Bauer||Television film|
Nominated: Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Miniseries or Television Film
|1988||Scandal in a Small Town||Leda Beth Vincent||Television film|
|1989||Trouble in Paradise||Rachel|
|1993||Tainted Blood||Elizabeth Hayes|
|Torch Song||Paula Eastman|
|Evening Shade||Cynthia Gibson||Episode: "Small Town Girl"|
|Hollyrock-a-Bye Baby||Shelly Millstone||Voice, television special|
|1995||Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman||Diana Stride||Episode: "Top Copy"|
|1995||Happily Ever After: Fairy Tales for Every Child||La Madrasta||Voice, episode: "Cinderella"|
|1996||Central Park West||Dianna Brock||Season 2 Regular|
Also known as CPW
|Sabrina the Teenage Witch||Aunt Vesta||Episode: "Third Aunt from the Sun"|
|1997||Seinfeld||Herself||Episode: "The Summer of George"|
|1997–2000||Spin City||Abby Lassiter||3 episode|
|2002||American Family||Aunt Dora||Season 1 semi-regular|
|Jim Brown: All-American||Herself||Documentary|
|2004||8 Simple Rules||Jackie||Episode: "Vanity Unfair"|
|2008||Welcome to The Captain||Charlene Van Ark||Series regular|
|2012||CSI: Miami||Vina Navarro||Episode: "Rest in Pieces"|
|2013||House of Versace||Aunt Lucia||Television film|
|2015||The Ultimate Legacy||Miss Sally May Anderson|
|2017||Date My Dad||Rosa|
|1973–1974||Raquel and the World of Sid and Marty Krofft||Herself||Las Vegas Hilton|
Adapted into the television special Really Raquel
|1981–1983||Woman of the Year||Tess Harding||Palace Theatre|
|1995||The Millionairess||Epifania Ognisanti di Parerga||Alexandra Theatre|
|1997||Victor/Victoria||Victoria Grant/Victor Grazinski||Marquis Theatre|
|1965||"I'm Ready to Groove"||A Swingin' Summer: Music from the Original Motion Picture Soundtrack|
|Year||Title||Peak chart positions|
|1987||"This Girl's Back in Town"||29|
- Raquel Welch: Raquel: The Raquel Welch Total Beauty and Fitness Program, Publisher: Henry Holt and Company (October 1, 1984), ISBN 978-0-03069-549-0
- Raquel Welch: Raquel: Beyond the Cleavage, Publisher: Weinstein Books (March 29, 2010), ISBN 978-1-60286-097-1