Welch had a great view from the top of the world. She’d become a real-life movie star, an A-lister that commanded the roles she asked for, as well as a high price. The world over followed her every move in the tabloids, looking for the next juicy tidbit about this juicy actress.
Despite this adoration, however, not everything was going the way she would have liked. Her relationship with Patrick Curtis was cooling off. In 1972, one of Hollywood’s power couples announced they were splitting. Even back then, Hollywood was poison to long-lasting relationships. One Welch era ended, and another began.
Among the Stars
After so long taking over Europe, Welch was happy to be back on American soil. Fox put their newest star to work without delay. They put her alongside legendary actors like Frank Sinatra, acting as the female lead in “Lady in Clement.” She also had a movie with James Stewart, “Western Bandolero.”
Welch was no longer just a poster girl or a European sensation – she had the attention of the world and not just for her legs. The ultimate goal of every star – Hollywood – was hers. Yet, everything she had accomplished and gained didn't reduce the importance of heritage to this worldwide A-lister.
The Strength of Her Heritage
Now a bona fide star and an indelible part of American cinema, Welch never let her Latin heritage fade or disappear. She was quoted as saying that in a mix of Anglo-Saxon and Latino blood, the Latin side will win out.
In her memoir, Welch went on at length, saying she always felt that she was different from the other girls in school, that even her chromosomes had something different about them. She was very much her father's daughter and didn't even let Hollywood whitewash the Latin blood out of her, no matter how much they would have liked to.
Dividing her Time
Welch, now a star on multiple continents, began to split her time between Europe and the United States. At the same time as her divorce from Curtis, she began spending time with other media, appearing at nightclubs for performances, showing up on TV shows as a guest star, and was even a special guest at different concert venues.
These were all great for her career, getting more eyes on her than ever before and keeping her name in the headlines, but her next venture would be a much bigger attention-grabber than any of those other options.
In the Mag
No doubt you've noticed Welch's beauty and attractive figure. You're far from the only one – she had the world wrapped around her finger, not only with those features but thanks to her big charisma, as well.
In 1979 she appeared in the famous nudie mag “Playboy,” though she wasn't exactly the centerfold. Welch had plenty of people learn her name thanks to her status as a pin-up model, but there was much more to this beauty than what was on the surface.