Raquel Welch Remembered By Hollywood After News of Her Death
At 82 years old, the longtime actress, Golden Globe winner and internationally know beauty, Raquel Welch, has died. Her manager
At 82 years old, the longtime actress, Golden Globe winner and internationally know beauty, Raquel Welch, has died. Her manager Steve Sauer confirmed to PEOPLE that Welch “passed away peacefully early this morning after a brief illness.”
The Making of An Icon
Raquel Welch played a lead role in Fantastic Voyage and One Million Years B.C., both in 1966, which became the catalyst of her successful career. The actress went on to star in dozens of films, including one that would earn her a Golden Globe award for best actress in a motion picture- 1973’s The Three Musketeers.
Welch’s name appears under many big titles, one of those being Legally Blonde. She starred as Mrs. Windham Vandermark alongside Reese Witherspoon, Jennifer Coolidge, and many others. When hearing about the stars death, Witherspoon tweeted, “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.”
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 ❤️ pic.twitter.com/FBtXhpvS25— Reese Witherspoon (@ReeseW) February 15, 2023
Welch also became well known for her outstanding beauty. However, she was more than just looks. The actress was also a hardworking single mom whose career allowed her to gracefully raise two kids after sprinting from her first husband in 1964.
In her book, Beyond the Cleavage Welch dives into “love, sex, style, health, body image, career, family, forgiveness, aging, and coming of age. Looking back on her life, she lets women in on her childhood, dominated by a volatile father; her first love, marriage, and divorce; her early struggles as a single working mother in Hollywood; her battles for roles and respect as an actress; and her daring decision never to lie about her age.” This semi-autobiography became a best seller and just another thing that people loved about her.
Hollywood Remembers Raquel Welch
With Witherspoon’s tweet came many more kind sentiments toward the death of Raquel Welch.
Paul Feig wrote on Twitter, “This is so sad. 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.”
The Muppets even paid tribute with a tweet.
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! pic.twitter.com/1Rzk9PbTwr— The Muppets (@TheMuppets) February 15, 2023
A tweet from Sandra Bernhard read, “A unique beauty who left her one of a kind groovy vibe wherever she went #raquelwelch”
Deborah Roberts tweeted “Just heard. Raquel Welch has died. She lit up movie screen for years with her beauty and charisma”
Melissa Rivers also contributed to the outpouring of love.
Gorgeous, bawdy, elegant and bright…Raquel Welch was all of these things. More than just a pretty face, she had glamour in her soul. RIP pic.twitter.com/wdMWMOGv5T— Melissa Rivers (@MelRivers) February 15, 2023
Rest in peace Raquel Welch.