Raquel Welch, the ultimate sex icon of the 1970s, died due to a brief illness. She was 82 years old.
Wearing an iconic deer skin bikini in the 1966 movie One Million Years B.C. brought the then 26-year-old star to an all-new height. She also got the credit for breaking the mold that came with the blonde bombshell sex symbol during the 1950s, thanks to her ability to portray strong female characters.
So, know more about Welch’s career and the net worth that she left.
Raquel Welch’s Career
The actress first got her first taste of fame when she did Fantastic Vogue in 1966, resulting in a contract with the 20th Century Fox.
Her deal was then transferred to the British studio Hammer Film Productions, where she made One Million Years B.C.
Though she only had three lines in the film, her best-selling doe-skin bikini poster was enough to make her an international sex symbol.
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She later did the films Bedazzled, Bandolero!, 100 Rifles, Myra Breckinridge, and Hannie Caulder. She also made several TV variety specials.
Welch’s unique film persona made her an icon in the 1960s and 1970s. She, too, was an award-winning star, with a Golden Globe Award for Best Motion Picture Actress in a Musical or Comedy award to her name.
She was also ranked as one of the 100 Sexiest Stars in Film History by Empire in 1995 and the third 100 Sexiest Stars of the 20th Century by Playboy.
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At the time of her death, Welch had a net worth of $40 million.
Raquel Welch Dead at 82
TMZ broke the news about Welch’s death on Wednesday, February 15.
"Welch passed away peacefully early this morning after a brief illness," her manager Steve Sauer confirmed to People.
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"Her career spanned over 50 years, starring in over 30 films and 50 television series and appearances," he continued. "The Golden Globe winner, in more recent years, was involved in a very successful line of wigs. Raquel leaves behind her two children, son Damon Welch and her daughter Tahnee Welch."
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