R.I.P. Raquel Welch


Country Gent
Gold Supporting Member
Jun 11, 2015
Portland, OR
Oh no! That's so sad. If you're of a certain age (that's to say: old) she was your major crush as a kid. Who can ever forget ...


And while she's probably most famous for that loin cloth bikini, the first time I ever saw her was in 1966's Fantastic Voyage! Great sci-fi movie and best looking scientist ... Ever!


And then of course, a few years later with Ringo and Pete Sellers in The Magic Christian.


What's kind of funny is how some of those outfits - so risque at the time - seem so tame now. There's not a pop-tart starlet working today that doesn't take it further than Raquel ever did.

There were other movies too, some better than others. I still sort of enjoy Kansas City Bomber (her roller derby movie) and Myra Breckinridge (so bad it's ... good? No, it's just bad. But Raquel looks fabulous!).

Sorry to hear she's gone. She's a legend. RIP Ms Welch.
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Senior Gretsch-Talker
Double Platinum Member
May 17, 2009
Plymouth, MN
While I knew she was a sex symbol, I think her heyday was before my awareness. RIP.

Her daughter Tahnee OTOH. Loved her in Cocoon and afterwards. (Interesting fact, according to Wikipedia - Raquel, her husband James and all the children had the surname Welch. Husband takes wife's last name. Very advanced for the early 60s! (Or cynical, since Raquel's birth name was Jo Raquel Tejada.)

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Country Gent
Gold Supporting Member
Jan 17, 2020
Jack Plate, Oregon
What a woman! May she truly rest in peace. She was definitely one of my first crushes as a young lad, very talented and amazingly beautiful.


I Bleed Orange
Apr 9, 2014
Rip, ma'am. For some reason, I thought she was mostly a model from the 80s and 25 years younger. I actually only knew of her vagiely as a model and don't know anything about her acting career.


Friend of Fred
Gold Supporting Member
Aug 15, 2018
Auburn, Maine
My first exposure to Raquel was as a guest star on Sabrina the Teenage Witch in the mid-90s.
Obviously she was an “it” girl in the 60s and 70s, but I’m not afraid to admit that I thought she was SMOKING on this show!
And I was only about 14 years old! Haha

Craig Encinitas

Gold Supporting Member
May 3, 2021
This movie is from the year I was born.
Saw it randomly around age 24.
It’s an interesting flick.


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Friend of Fred
Gold Supporting Member
Feb 6, 2015
In the USA
That probably would have ended the Ginger Vs. Mary Ann debate. Ginger was formidable, but come on.
I don't think that there was room for two Ginger-type characters, but it would have been a close race, so to speak (IMO). But I like girls like Mary Ann, so I am biased.

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