How did Raquel Welch die? 'One Million Years BC' actress and sex symbol dies aged 82 at LA home

How did Raquel Welch die? 'One Million Years BC' actress and sex symbol dies aged 82 at LA home
Actress and international sex symbol Raquel Welch died at her home in Los Angeles, California, at the age of 82 (George Freston/Fox Photos, Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images)

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA: Raquel Welch, actress, and famed sex symbol died on Wednesday, February 15. After a brief illness, she died in her home in Los Angeles, California, at the age of 82, according to her family. In September 2021 in Beverly Hills, the actress stopped by the Heritage Auctions building and it was at that time she was seen for the first time in over two years.


The two-time Golden Globe nominee rose to popularity as an international sex symbol in the 1960s. Welch performed 'I'm a Woman' with Cher and in 1975, she also appeared on 'The Cher Show.' She is most famous for her films including 'Bedazzled', 'Fantastic Voyage,' and 'Hannie Caulder.'


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How did Raquel Welch die?

Welch died at her home after a brief illness, reported TMZ. Her interest in performing began at a young age and on a theater arts scholarship, she attended the San Diego State College. The actress who was born on September 5, 1940, worked on her interest to perform by taking part in beauty pageants and ballet.


During her time at the college, she performed in several local theater productions. In 1959, Welch married James Welch and shared two children, Damon, 63, and Latanne "Tahnee", 61 with her high school sweetheart. In 1964, the couple divorced.

Welch's career as an actress and sex symbol

For Welch's performance in 'The Three Musketeers,' she won the musical/comedy motion picture award. The actress won the award in 1975 for the film starred by Charlton Heston and Faye Dunaway. 


In 2012, Welch shared her experience at the set of 'The Three Musketeers' with the New York Post and said, “My first day on set, Faye Dunaway comes over to me all dolled up, and she was so cute. She said, ‘Darling, I just want you to know, I’m a big fan of yours. But don’t you know, they’re all just waiting for us to tear each other’s eyes out. So let’s have fun with them.' "

“Everyone on set was going, ‘Uh-oh, here they come,’ standing there watching. And Faye gets out her fan and starts fanning herself, saying, ‘Darling, I adore your work.’ And I say, ‘Everything you do is genius!’ Everyone was so disappointed,” she continued.


In 1995, the Empire magazine named the actress one of the '100 Sexiest Stars in Film History.' However, Welch had a different view of herself despite her being famous as a sex symbol. Talking about her role in 'One Million Years BC', she reflected on her sex symbol status in her memoir 'Raquel: Beyond the Cleavage' and wrote, “I was happy that I had got a break so I could have my career, but at the same time, it was like: ’This isn’t me. But this is what I have to do because this is my ticket to ride.' " The actress then added, "I’m not in a position to just say: ‘Oh, no, wait a minute. You’ve got it all wrong. I’d like to do Shakespeare.' "

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