During one interview near the end of her career, Raquel smiled about how much the culture and landscape of the industry had changed since her beginning. “There are many Raquels walking around now.” Welch made herself an inspiration for her all, using her determination, unshakable principles, and endless ambition to get to the top.
She never let anyone push her around. She also was one of the first “exotic” faces to become an international star when once it was purely Anglo-Saxon and British people. Thanks to her, we’re able to enjoy the talents of many men and women who might not have been given a chance.
Accepting the Direction
While Welch has been up-front about not setting out to become a pin-up girl, she never regretted the direction that her career took. It made it easy for the media and studio execs to bring her in since even for a lousy movie, the audience would at least have something to look at.
She even stated that she knew she was never going to get all the roles she wanted because her look was too exotic. It strikes us as odd now, but even someone gloriously beautiful and half-Spanish was considered exotic by the industry at the time.
Sticking to Her Guns
Welch's career was long and studded with incredible moments. The most incredible of them all is the fact that Welch never let anyone get her down. She retained her personal determination, driving her way through a career and personal life that had plenty of amazing moments.
She refused to change her name, and in doing so, she paved the way for people of Latin culture in Hollywood. When her name was “too exotic,” it became much more popular thanks to her, and there are plenty of people who could be forgiven for not knowing she was Spanish at all.
Keeping the Family Name Going
Thanks to Welch's influence, her children both had their chance at the Hollywood industry once they grew old enough. Her daughter, Tahnee Welch, had a more successful career, beginning in 1983 when she was twenty-two. She made appearances in movies such as “Amarsi un po'...,” “Cocoon,” “Sleeping Beauty,” and more before the eighties ended.
None of the films she appeared in got much traction, though some are known in their own right. She also had numerous appearances in magazines, and not only because of her famous mother. She was also in “Vogue,” “GQ,” and several other famous titles.
Trying his Hardest
Raquel's son Damon Welch, the older of her two children, has also worked as an actor, but he didn't gain as many roles as his mother or even his sister. He only had one role as a true actor, in “The Beloved” as “a boy,” and was uncredited.
He had a little bit of behind-the-camera work during the seventies and eighties and was a production assistant on “J-Men Forever” from 1979 and “Raquel: Total Beauty and Fitness” in 1984. He has also appeared as himself in a pair of documentaries about his mother: “Raquel Welch: Beyond the Fantasy” in 1995 and “Raquel Welch” in 2001.