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Legendary star Raquel Welch passed away

Writer: Heidi Hsia

The Hollywood actress was an international sex symbol in the 60s
The Hollywood actress was an international sex symbol in the 60s

16 Feb – Legendary actress Raquel Welch has recently passed away.

The news of her passing was confirmed by family members, who revealed that she died from an undisclosed illness.

The star was most famous in the 1960s and '70s through works like "Fantastic Voyage", "One Million Years B.C.", and "Bedazzled". More recent credits included "Chairman of the Board", "Spin City", and "Welcome to the Captain".

Welch, real name Jo-Raquel Tejada, was born in Chicago in 1940, and started her career as a local TV weathercaster.

Raquel Welch in "One Million Years B.C." (1966)
Raquel Welch in "One Million Years B.C." (1966)
The beauty was a glamour queen
The beauty was a glamour queen

Various stars took to social media to mourn the loss, with Reese Witherspoon writing, "So sad to hear about Raquel Welch's passing. I loved working with her on Legally Blonde. She was elegant, professional and glamorous beyond belief. Simply stunning. May all her angels carry her home. Sending love to her family and her many fans."

Director Paul Feig, who played a teacher on the first season of ABC's "Sabrina the Teenage Witch", posted, "I had the great pleasure of working with Ms. Welch when I was a regular on Sabrina the Teenage Witch and she was awesome. Kind, funny and a true superstar whom I was pretty much in love with for most of my childhood. We've lost a true icon."

Even "The Muppets" team expressed their sadness over the loss, writing, "We'll never forget our remarkable friend Raquel Welch, one of our favorite guests on The Muppet Show. From dancing with a giant spider, to inspiring @FozzieBear, and duetting with @MissPiggy, Raquel could do it all!"

She was 82.

The late star on "The Muppet Show" with Miss Piggy
The late star on "The Muppet Show" with Miss Piggy
Cinema Online, 16 February 2023



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