In celebration of the upcoming Hispanic Heritage Month, we’re celebrating famous firsts in Latino history. Today, we’re celebrating the first Bolivian bombshell…who happens to be none other than international sex symbol Raquel Welch!
Raquel Welch (born Jo Raquel Tejada) (September 5, 1940) is an American actress and sex symbol. She first won attention for her role in Fantastic Voyage (1966), after which she won a contract with 20th Century Fox. They loaned her to a British studio where she made One Million Years B.C. (1966). Although she had only three lines in the film, the doe-skin bikini she wore became a best-selling poster that turned her into a iconic sex symbol and catapulted her to stardom. She later starred in notable films like Bedazzled (1967), Bandolero! (1968), 100 Rifles (1969) and Myra Breckinridge (1970). She made several television variety specials. Welch is as of 2013 a spokesperson for Foster Grant. Welch was born Jo Raquel Tejada in Chicago, Illinois, to Armando Carlos Tejada Urquizo (1911–1976), an aeronautical engineer from La Paz, Bolivia, and Josephine Sarah née Hall (1909–2000), daughter of architect Emery Stanford Hall and wife Clara Louise Adams.
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