Her mother realized she had a desire to act professionally even as a seven year-old child and enlisted her at the San Diego Junior Theatre, an annex of Diego's Old Globe. Her very first role was the handsome prince in the role of "The Prince And the Caterpillar." She was insulted. She also danced ballet and was cast in similar princely male roles due to her height.
Raquel was inspired to take up ballet after seeing the 1948 motion picture "The Red Shoes" with her father.
Raquel took classical ballet for ten years, and had once planned on becoming a professional ballerina. This dream was shattered after her teacher told her she didn't have the proper body type. Raquel was heartbroken as she not only looked up to her as a mentor, but she admitted to having a romantic crush on her throughout her childhood.
Raquel was chosen as one of People Magazine's annual "100 Most Beautiful People in the World," in the Beauty Over 60 portion, in May 2007.
Raquel's various contest titles include: "Miss Photogenic", "Miss Contour" and "Miss Maid of California," which she received while she was still in her teens.
Raquel is one of the bombshells shown in the 1994 movie "The Shawshank Redemption."
Raquel once worked as a cocktail waitress.
Raquel had a notorious backstage feud with the indomitable Mae West on the set of 1970's "Myra Breckinridge."
On August 30, 2003, Raquel broke her wrist in a car crash in L.A.
1967 - 37C- 22½ -35½
1980 - 37- 23½ -35½
1985 - 37D- 26 -36
Raquel turned down the lead in 1968's Barbarella, which eventually went to Jane Fonda.
Raquel's father is Bolivian.
Raquel graduated from La Jolla High School, in La Jolla, California, in 1957.
Raquel was married four times.
Raquel was born at 2:04 pm.
Raquel ranked at #18 in Empire magazine's "100 Sexiest Stars In Film History."
Raquel's height was 5'6".
Raquel was "Miss Fairest of the Fair" of the San Diego County Fair in 1957.
Raquel has the same birthday as Freddie Mercury, Bob Newhart and Rose McGowan.
Raquel attended San Diego State College on a theatre arts scholarship.
Raquel's father was an aerospace engineer.
Raquel was a weather forecaster for a San Diego television station.
Raquel has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 7021 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood.
Raquel auditioned for the role of Mary Ann on Gilligan's Island. She had won the part until show creator Sherwood Schwartz met Dawn Wells.
Raquel: Behind every successful man is a woman holding a brush and shovel cleaning up the shit he's too full of himself to notice.
Raquel: (presenting the Oscar for Visual Effects) My name is Raquel Welch. I am here for Visual Effects. And I have two of them.
Raquel: (on Mae West) I do think she was a spectacular talent. There's no question she was a comedic genius, but I did, in person, actually feel like she was some kind of a dock worker in drag.
Raquel: The mind is an erogenous zone.
Raquel: Once you get rid of the idea that you must please other people before you please yourself, and you begin to follow your own instincts - only then can you be successful. You become more satisfied, and when you are, other people will tend to be satisfied by what you do.
Raquel: I couldn't stand that my husband was being unfaithful. I am Raquel Welch - understand?
Raquel: Americans have always had sex symbols. It'a time-honored tradition and I'm flattered to have been one. But it's hard to have a long, fruitful career once you've been stereotyped that way. That's why I'm proud to say I've endured.
Raquel: Being a sex symbol was rather like being a convict