Raquel Welch’s final public sighting saw the Hollywood screen siren hit Beverly Hills for a painful-looking manicure seven months before her death.
Exclusive DailyMail.com photos taken in July 2022 show Welch – who died aged 82 at her LA home following a brief illness – hitting J&J’s nail salon and beauty lounge – a favorite among residents in the opulent neighborhood.
Although Welch’s dramatic facial expressions suggested she didn’t enjoy the beauty treatment, she looked in fine fettle at the time, and was snapped smiling broadly after the treatment was complete.
The exclusive photos gave a rare insight into the everyday life of Welch who rarely ventured out into public since her heyday having last been photographed by DailyMail.com in September 2021 which was the first time in almost two years.
During the rare encounter Welch was seen wearing glamorous gold hooped earrings and a white top with black pants as she patiently read magazines in a waiting area until her beautician was ready for her.
She walked in with a straw hat taking it off to reveal her famous features that made her a 1960s and 70s superstar in movies such as Bedazzled, The Biggest Buddle of Them All, One Million Years B.C. and Fantastic Voyage.
American actress and international sex symbol Raquel Welch who died aged 82 at her LA home following a brief illness was last spotted seven months ago in exclusive photos captured by DailyMail.com
DailyMail.com spotted the 82-year-old former actress and model going through a range of emotions during a three-hour visit to Beverly Hills nail salon J&J Beauty Lounge – a favorite among residents in the opulent neighborhood – July last year
Eventually, Welch seemed thrilled with the results and shared laughs with her beautician during the less tormenting moments
In the pictures, Welch appears to be shocked at the pain she was having to endure to keep up her glamorous nails appearances in the July 2022 nail salon visit.
Opening her mouth wide in disbelief she is seen quickly leaning to one side as her beautician serves the lashings – the result a lavish set of long opal colored nails.
The apparently painful experience, quickly turns to joy, as the Hollywood starlet smiles widely, thrilled by the results taking solace in the less tormenting moments of the appointment.
On Wednesday, it was confirmed the popular former actress and model had died in her home aged 82 following a brief illness.
Her business manager, Steve Sauer, said she left behind a notable legacy ‘starring in over 30 films and 50 television series.’
‘Her career spanned over 50 years starring in over 30 films and 50 television series and appearances,’ said Sauer.
‘The Golden Globe winner, in more recent years, was involved in a very successful line of wigs. Raquel leaves behind her two children, son Damon Welch and daughter Tahnee Welch.’
Welch rose to fame after her back-to-back roles in Fantastic Voyage and One Million Years BC in 1966, breaking the mold of the ‘blonde bombshell.’
From there, she appeared in a slew of movies and television shows, and earned a Golden Globe for her role as Constance de Bonacieux in the 1974 remake of The Three Musketeers.
‘This is so sad,’ tweeted actor Paul Feig.
‘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.’
In the pictures Welch appears to be in pain, astonished by the torment she had to endure to touch up her nails
Leaning to one side as her beautician continued to serve the lashings Welch can be seen appearing distressed as the appointment continued
The exclusive photos gave a rare insight into the everyday life of Welch who rarely ventured out into public since her heyday having last been photographed by DailyMail.com in September 2021 which was the first time in almost two years
During the rare encounter Welch was seen wearing glamorous gold hooped earrings and a white top with black pants
She walked in with a straw hat taking it off to reveal her famous features that made her a 1960s and 70s superstar in movies such as Bedazzled, The Biggest Buddle of Them All, One Million Years B.C. and Fantastic Voyage
Welch was seen patiently reading magazines in the waiting area of the Beverly Hills nail salon as she waited for her beautician
Actor Titus Welliver, 60, tweeted: ‘Raquel Welch has departed. An iconic beauty and actor. RIP.’
The estate of Ray Harryhausen – a British American animator who worked on some of the most celebrated films of the 1960s, including One Million Years BC, and died in 2013 aged 92 – expressed their condolences.
‘We are saddened to hear about the passing of legendary actress Raquel Welch, who starred as Loana in Ray Harryhausen’s 1966 classic ‘One Million Years B.C’.
‘An iconic role which spawned one of the most famous movie posters ever.
‘Our thoughts are with her family at this sad time.’
Actress Sandra Bernhardt tweeted: ‘A unique beauty who left her one of a kind groovy vibe wherever she went #raquelwelch.’
Abbott Elementary star Bruno Amato said he had met Welch not long ago, and was bewitched.
‘Raquel Welch. This was 7 years ago. She was a guest on ‘The Talk’ and I was working on the show ‘Baby Daddy.’
‘Somehow our dressing rooms were across from each other. She was so gracious and still a total bombshell and I was in complete awe.’
Welch guest-starred on The Muppets, and Miss Piggy praised her former co-star.
‘Raquel Welch was one of the most wonderful people I’ve ever worked with.
‘Performing a duet with her on The Muppet Show helped moi become the W-O-M-A-N I am today! We’ll never forget vous, Raquel!’
Welch was born Jo-Raquel Tejada on September 5, 1940 in Chicago, Illinois, to a Bolivian aeronautical engineer father, Armando Carlos Tejada Urquizo, and an American mother, Josephine Sarah Hall.
The brunette bombshell – born Jo Raquel Tejada – quickly shot to stardom in the 1960s and 70s as an international sex symbol, starring in several Hollywood classics
The brunette bombshell starred in classics such as Bedazzled, One Million Years B.C. (right) Bandolero! – among many others
Welch played the transgender titular character Myra Breckinridge in the 1970s film of the same name
She had two younger siblings, James and Gayle Tejada and the family moved to San Diego, California when Welch was two years old, while her father worked on the war effort. She regularly attended church with her mother.
Welch began studying ballet at the age of seven, but gave up on the pursuit after 10 years when her instructor told her she did not have the right body type for professional ballet companies.
At the age of 14, Welch won beauty titles such as Miss Photogenic and Miss Contour. She went on to win Miss La Jolla and the title of Miss San Diego – the Fairest of the Fair – at the San Diego County Fair.
Eventually, she was named Maid of California.
Following high school, Welch attended San Diego State College on a theater arts scholarship, and married her high school sweetheart, James Welch in 1959.
She went on to work as a weather forecaster for a local San Diego television station, and gave up on acting for a while — after only earning roles in local theater companies.
Following her separation from her first husband, Welch made a precarious living as a cocktail waitress and as a model for Neiman Marcus.
In 1963, she moved to Los Angeles to pursue her lifelong dream of becoming a movie star.
There, she met one-time child star Patrick Curtis, who became her personal and business manager — and later husband. He had suggested that she continue to use her ex-husband’s name to avoid being typecast as a Latina actress.
Her first foray into Hollywood came with small roles in two films, A House is Not a Home and Elvis Presley’s Roustabout. She also landed spots on popular television shows like Bewitched, The Virginian and McHale’s Navy.
Welch’s first featured role was in the 1965 beach film A Swingin’ Summer. That same year her photo in Life Magazine also gained her some attention, including from the wife of producer Saul David, who recommended her to a contract with 20th Century Fox.
In 1969, Welch appeared next to Frank Sinatra in the detective film Lady in Cement
Welch was named one of the 100 Sexiest Stars in Film History in 1995
Welch is pictured posing for a portrait in 1978 in Los Angeles after years of stardom
She agreed to a seven-year non-exclusive contract, for five pictures over the next five years.
The studio cast her in her first big break in Fantastic Voyage, playing a member of a medical team that is shrunk down and injected into an injured diplomat in an effort to save his life.
From there, the studio loaned her contract to Hammer Studios in the UK to produce One Million Years BC.
For that role, and the notoriously skimpy outfit, the New York Times hailed Welch’s performance as ‘a marvelous breathing monument to womankind’.
And another author said: ‘Although she had only three lines in the film, her luscious figure in a fur bikini made her a star and the dream girl of millions of young moviegoers.’
She also starred alongside Edward G Robinson in the Naples-set heist film The Biggest Bundle of Them All.
She took on roles playing the deadly sin Lust opposite Peter Cook and Dudley Moore in the 1967 British comedy Bedazzled, and played the titular secret agent in the spy comedy Fathom.
Welch also had roles in the 1969 western 100 Riles, as well as the sequel to Tony Rome, appearing next to Frank Sinatra in the detective film Lady in Cement.
Her most controversial role, though, was as transgender titular character Myra Breckinridge in the 1970 film.
That same year, CBS also released her own, short-lived television show, Raquel!
She also made the rounds on television over the next few years, appearing on Robin Williams’ comedy Mork and Mindy as his nemesis, as well as in television films The Girl’s Back in Town and Right to Die, earning a Golden Globe for the latter.
Welch’s looks and fame led her to be named the Most Desired Woman of the 1970s by Playboy — even though she refused to pose naked for the magazine or any of her films.
The star is pictured filming her workout video Body and Mind: Total Relaxation and Stress Relief Program
In 1994, Welch appeared in Naked Gun with Leslie Nielsen (pictured here on set)
In 1975, Welch appeared on The Muppet Show singing I’m a Woman with Miss Piggy
Welch is pictured here after donating $1million in wigs to the American Cancer Society for her 65th birthday
‘I’ve definitely used my body and sex appeal to advantage in my work, but always within limits,’ she said.
But, she added: ‘I reserve some things for my private life, and they are not for sale.’
Still, her career was not without its bumps, as she was set to appear in the 1982 adaption of John Steinbeck’s Cannery Row, but was abruptly fired after a few weeks of filming.
Studio executives said at the time she was not living up to her contract, by missing early morning rehearsals.
Welch sued the studio for breach of contract in response.
In testimony, MGM executives dismissed the suit by saying Welch was bitter because she was over 40, an age when actresses tend to start losing roles.
But Welch’s evidence proved there was a conspiracy to falsely blame her for the film’s budget problems and delays.
The jury ultimately sided with Welch, and she won a $10.8million verdict against MGM in 1986.
More recently, Welch made appearances on Lois & Clark, Sabrina the Teenage Witch, Seinfeld, Spin City and CSI: Miami.
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, Latanee ‘Tahnee’ and Damon Welch.
In 1994, Welch received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for her years of work, and in 2001, she was awarded the Imagen Foundation Lifetime Achievement Award for her positive promotion of Americans of Latin heritage throughout her career.
Even as she aged, Welch was still considered a legendary beauty.
Jimmy Stewart is pictured meeting Welch for the first time at the premier of The Flight of the Phoenix in 1966
Welch is pictured here with her second husband, Patrick Curtis, at a bullfight in Spain in 1968
Welch is survived by her son, Damon Welch, pictured here at the 46th annual Academy Awards in 1974 with his mother
She was named in 1995 one of the 100 Sexiest Stars in Film History, and in the same year was ranked No. 3 in Playboy’s 100 Sexiest Stars of the 20th Century, behind only Marilyn Monroe and Jayne Mansfield. Brigitte Bardot was fourth.
In 1984, Welch also released Raquel Welch Total Beauty and Fitness Program books and videos, detailing a hatha yoga fitness program, her views on healthy living and nutrition, as well as her beauty and personal style.
She also created a signature line of wigs, and began a jewelry and skincare line.
And in January 2007, Welch was named the newest face of MAC Cosmetic Beauty Icon series. Her line featured several limited-edition makeup shades in glossy black, with tiger-print packaging.
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