Raquel Welch has died at the age of 82 on Wednesday morning.
The Hollywood star rose to fame in the 60s, when she appeared in the sci-fi movie ‘Fantastic Voyage’ and the fantasy film ‘One Million Years B.C’.
She had a minimal speaking role in One Million Years BC, but thanks to her deerskin bikini in the film she subsequently became one of the most sought-after stars in the movie business and an international sex symbol.
The actress was particularly well-known for playing strong female characters and in 1974, she won a Golden Globe Award for Best Motion Picture Actress in a Musical or Comedy for her performance in ‘The Three Musketeers’.
Welch was married to James Welch from 1959 to 1964, Patrick Curtis from 1967 to 1972, Andre Weinfeld from 1980 to 1990, and Richard Palmer from 1999 to 2004.
She had two children with her first husband, daughter Latanee ‘Tahnee’ and son Damon Welch.
The Hollywood beauty once said, ‘I am living proof that a picture speaks a thousand words.’ And these vintage pictures of Welch show precisely what she meant.
Below, DailyMail.com takes a look at Raquel Welch’s incredible life in pictures.
Iconic: Born Jo Raquel Tejada on September 5, 1940 in Chicago, Illinois, Welch’s career took off in her 20s. She rose to become an international sex symbol following her role in One Million Years B.C. (pictured) in 1966, where she wore her iconic deerskin bikini
Beauty queen: Welch started entering and winning local beauty pageants when she was in high school. She was crowned ‘Miss Fairest of the Fair’ at the San Diego County Fair in 1958; Pictured in an undated photo
First husband: Welch was married a total of four times. She wed her first husband, high school sweetheart James Westley Welch, in 1959. They had two children: son Damon Welch, 63, and daughter Tahnee Welch, 61. They split in 1964. She kept Welch’s last name until her death
Stylish: Thanks to the deerskin bikini she subsequently became one of the most sought-after stars in the movie business; Pictured arriving to the Cannes Film Festival in France on a Police officer’s motorbike in 1966. She presented an award to Orson Welles at the event
Glamorous: The glamorous star pictured at the Royal Film Performance at the Odeon, Leicester Square, London, March 14th 1966
Oscars: Welch seen attending the 39th Academy Awards at the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium in California, April 10th 1967
Rise to fame: Her first foray into Hollywood came with guest spots on popular television shows like Bewitched, The Virginian and McHale’s Navy; Pictured 1967
Sexy and strong: The actress was particularly well-known for playing strong female characters; Pictured 1967
Second husband: She married producer Patrick Curtis in 1967 and divorced him in 1972; The duo pictured attending a bullfight in Almeria, Spain, in 1968
Bikini queen: Raquel competed in various beauty pageants before finding fame in the movie business; Pictured 1968
The Big Guy: In 1968 she starred as Kit Forrest opposite Frank Sinatra (Tony Rome) in Lady in Cement; Pictured with the iconic singer in a still from the film
Busy gal: That same year she starred in 100 Rifles with Jim Brown; Pictured together during a break on set as they stroll along a shoreline road near Almeria, Spain
Handsome leading man: She followed that up with a role opposite Ringo Starr in the 1969 comedy film The Magic Christian; Pictured in a still with Ringo
Adventurous: She played the transgender titular character Myra Breckenridge in the 1970s film, based on the novel by Gore Vidal; Pictured in a 1970 promo shot for the film
Her son: Welch and son Damon Welch seen arriving to the 46th Academy Awards at Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in Los Angeles, California; 1974
Breathtaking: Welch was pictured performing at Palais Des Congrès in Paris in 1976
With Arnie: Welch mingled with Arnold Schwarzenegger at the Golden Globe Awards held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel, Beverly Hills, California, on January 30, 1977
With Miss Piggy: In 1978 she performed ‘I’m a Woman’ with puppet character Miss Piggy on the set of The Muppet Show at Elstree Studios, Hertfordshire
With Robin: She made the rounds on television over the next few years, appearing on Robin Williams’ comedy Mork and Mindy as his nemesis; Pictured in 1979 with Williams
Lady in red: The beauty was seen posing for a portrait in 1979 in Los Angeles, California
Sex symbol: Even as she aged, Welch was named one of the 100 Sexiest Stars in Film History and was ranked No. 3 in Playboy’s 100 Sexiest Stars of the 20th Century by 1995; Pictured in in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, in 1980
Third husband: In 1980, she married producer André Weinfeld, before divorcing him in 1990; The couple pictured 1984
Effortlessly striking: Raquel was also ranked as one of Empire magazine’s 100 Sexiest Stars in Film History in 1995; Pictured 1990 in Los Angeles
Fourth husband: The actress married for the last time in 1999, when she said ‘I do’ to Richard Palmer, owner of Mulberry Street Pizzeria. The duo separated in 2003 and later divorced
Forever iconic: Welch died at the age of 82 on Wednesday, following a brief illness; Pictured at Hotel Bel-Air on February 21, 2012 in Los Angeles, California