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Raquel Welch Biography

Born in Chicago as Jo Raquel Tejada in 1940, Raquel Welch spent the next three decades solidifying herself as one of the most famed sex symbols of all time. Her father, an aerospace engineer, moved the family to the San Diego suburb of La Jolla, California in 1942. During Raquel’s teenage years she won a variety of beauty contests, but her love of acting led her to accept a theatre scholarship to San Diego State University. A year later she married her high school sweetheart, James Welch.

After landing a job as a weather girl for a local TV station, Raquel left college and began her family. However, when the marriage failed, Raquel and her two children relocated to Dallas, TX, where she did department store modeling and moonlighted as a cocktail waitress. In 1963, Raquel moved her family back to California and within days met a manager, Patrick Curtis, who jump-started her career.

Raquel earned roles in the Elvis Presley film Roustabout and 1964’s A House Is Not a Home, but it was after posing in a bikini for a Life Magazine photo shoot, and appearing in the BBC’s One Million Years B.C., where Raquel dressed as a scantily clad cavewoman, that she became a known celebrity and achieved her status of sex symbol and pin-up girl superstar. 

Raquel Welch’s varied acting, music, and modeling career has now spanned over four decades. She has recently appeared in the TV show 8 Simple Rules and in films such as Legally Blonde and Myra Breckinridge. Although Raquel never received the critical acclaim or box-office success she desired, she developed a devout following of admirers and has become one of the most enduring celebrity figures and recognizable faces of the past half-century.
Tom Jones Biography
Known in his hometown of South Wales, U.K., as “Jones the Voice,” in 1964 Tom Jones moved to London and signed a recording contract with Decca, where he released “Chills & Fever.”  The single flopped, but Decca went ahead and released a follow-up effort “It’s Not Unusual.” By year’s end, the song had not only reached #1 in the UK, but was a Top Ten hit on the America charts as well. Tom continued his success with a string of international hits, including "Delilah" and "What’s New Pussycat," as well as staring in the This Is Tom Jones television series. In addition to having sold over 30 million records by 1971, Tom’s real fame and distinction came from his electrifying stage presence that has captivated audiences around the globe throughout his entire career.