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Is Raquel Welch married? Actress 'too independent and self-motivated' to get hitched

The 81-year-old was recently seen strolling in Beverly Hills for the first time in more than two years
UPDATED SEP 23, 2021
Actress Raquel Welch was a sex symbol i (Matt Winkelmeyer and George Feston/Getty Images)
Actress Raquel Welch was a sex symbol i (Matt Winkelmeyer and George Feston/Getty Images)

Sixties sex symbol Raquel Welch was in the news again after she was seen for the first time in over two years. The 81-year-old actress was spotted while she stopped by the Heritage Auctions building in Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, on Friday, September 17. The former model looked casual yet stylish in a white top and a pair of black designer pants along with black wedge sandals.

Welch, known for Hollywood movies like ‘Bedazzled’, ‘One Million Years BC’, ‘Bandolero!’ also wore a stylish straw hat and reading glasses. She reportedly was at the auction house for about 45 minutes. Paparazzi initially caught her without a face covering, but later she was seen donning a mask due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. A number of her snaps also showed her placing her hands over her breasts as she walked through the 90210.


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The actress made the public appearance last week after a gap of around two years. In 2019, she gave her last interview to UK’s Sunday Post. At the time she said, “It is nice to be noticed. I think it is much better than not being noticed! My whole career has been about being noticed, just like any other actor or actress, so I am grateful that people are still interested.”

Actress Raquel Welch arrives at Entertainment Weekly's Pre-Emmy Party at Fig & Olive Melrose Place on September 20, 2013, in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)

Welch, who was born as Jo Raquel Tejada in Chicago, is the mother of two adult children but is reportedly living a single life after divorcing Richie Palmer in 2008. In a 2011 interview with Elle magazine, she stated: “I'm just not suited for it any longer. I love men and I love their company, but I am too independent and self-motivated.”

She added, “I'm willing to date but, quite frankly, there is a diminishing group of eligible people at my age. I don't mind the traditional roles of male and female but, as you can tell, I am a very strong minded woman. I'm sure I would be a challenge for an awful lot of men. They wouldn't want to deal with it or, if they would like to deal with it, maybe I'm just not that interested.”

Is Raquel Welch married?

Currently, Welch is reportedly single, but in the past, she had married four times. Her first marriage took place when she was just 19. She exchanged vows with James Welch in 1959, a year after she started attending San Diego State College on a theater arts scholarship. But the pair split in 1964 after having two kids - Damon (born 1959) and Tahnee Welch (born 1961).

Actress Raquel Welch attends the 16th Costume Designers Guild Awards with presenting sponsor Lacoste at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on February 22, 2014, in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Jerod Harris/Getty Images)

Later, in 1967, Welch married producer Patrick Curtis but got divorced in 1972. She was also married to American film director André Weinfeld from 1980 until 1990. Her fourth marriage was with Palmer in 1999, however, the pair got separated in 2003 and divorced each other five years later.

Talking about her life and marriages, Welch once told Piers Morgan on his show ‘Life Stories’: “I like what I do, I actually enjoy being me and I make a very good living at it and I'm happy. I don't have to have a man.” She continued, “I mean they [men] like it in the beginning, they like the whole attraction and the sort of dance that we all do, but they don't really like the fact that when we go some place together I become the person that's focused on.”

Welch added, “I had real feelings for all of those men. At the time I thought I was legitimately in love and that we could make a great life together, but it wasn't in the cards.”