Late in the fifties and into the sixties, it seemed like everything was going Welch’s way. But, as you might be able to guess, the perfect life wasn’t. While she had a growing career, a happy marriage, and a young family, the very same year that the Welches welcomed their daughter, Tahnee, they announced their split, rocking the entertainment world.
But don’t you think for a second that this was the end of the road for Raquel’s love life or her passion for her career. Really, an early divorce was part of the drill for stars in the fifties and sixties.
It will probably come as no surprise that Raquel Welch was popular with the lads she was around. With loads of good looks and effortless charm, as well as plenty of head-turning skills, Welch had her pick of guys. And the one she picked was none other than her high-school sweetheart and someone good enough to capture the heart of one of America’s future stars, James Welch.
At the age of eighteen, these two love birds – apparently long-time beaus – tied the knot. The new Mrs. Welch thought that she had already found her happy ending, but it was really just the beginning – she had plenty of life ahead of her still.
Additions to the Family
Raquel Welch, at the height of her career, brings to mind the hedonistic Hollywood of the sixties, with plenty of parties and other wild behavior. Behind the scenes, you might be surprised to know; she was a hardworking mother of two. Not long after she got married to Mr. Welch, the happy couple welcomed a pair of children.
The first was Damon Welch, born in 1959. The second was Tahnee Welch, born in 1961. Everything seemed to be going the way it was supposed to be with Welch – but the actual truth of the matter reveals a life that’s very different from what we thought.
Getting Things Started
While she was going through her divorce, Raquel started to think hard about what she wanted out of life. She was a divorced mother of two but had plenty of her years ahead of her and all the opportunities in the world.
She had been working as a waitress in Dallas, Texas, but her true passion remained. Her first steps on the road to stardom were numerous modeling jobs on the side, helped along by her winning smile, curvaceous form, and dynamite personality. All of those combined to turn her life upside down not long after her divorce.
After spending two years in Dallas, Welch was ready to move on. She knew she had the talent to do more than just work as a waitress, get the occasional modeling gig, and take care of her children. She had dreams that just refused to get any smaller, and the bright lights of glitzville beckoned to her.
Before too long, she pulled up her roots and moved to Hollywood, stars in her eyes and fame in her head. Of course, even she had no idea just how much fame she would be able to accomplish. It was clear that nothing was going to stop her.