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Raquel Welch, Actress and ’60s Sex Symbol, Is Dead at 82


Few considered Ms. Welch as a Latina actress, but she embraced that identity late in her profession, starring as a melodramatic Mexican American aunt on “American Family,” a PBS series (2002). She learned to talk Spanish in her 60s; her father had not allowed the language to be spoken at home when she was growing up.

Her last film was “The way to Be a Latin Lover” (2017), a comic book drama about an aging gigolo, played by Eugenio Derbez. She played his latest goal — a disarming, too-glamorous-to-be-true grandmother. Her final television appearances were on “Date My Dad” (2017), a Canadian American series, in a recurring role because the leading man’s Mexican mother-in-law.

Ms. Welch was married and divorced 4 times. After Mr. Welch, her husbands were Patrick Curtis (1969-72), a producer; André Weinfeld (1980-90), a French director and producer; and Richard Palmer (1999-2008), a restaurateur.

Along with her son, Ms. Welch is survived by her daughter, Tahnee Welch, and a brother, Jimmy Tejada.

In her late 70s, Ms. Welch was still followed by photographers, and reporters were still commenting on her appearance. In 2001, she answered questions on fashion and magnificence in an interview with The Los Angeles Times.

“Style has to have substance,” she said. “It has to have fire.” Praising synergy, instinct, imagination and attitude over trendiness and fashion-magazine dictates, she concluded, “It’s about being yourself on purpose.”

Michael Levenson contributed reporting.

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