WASHINGTON (WUSA) -- It's hard to believe but actress Raquel Welch turns 72 years old today! She was born Jo Raquel Tejada in Chicago, Illinois on September 5, 1940.
Welch has come a long way from posing in the iconic bikini in One Million Years B.C., a 1966 remake of a 1940 film. She's also an author, business owner and mother of an actress (Tahnee Welch, who you may remember from "Cocoon").
Many people recognize Welch as a sex symbol and she's quoted as saying about it: "being a sex symbol was rather like being a convict."
A 1980 book called "the Golden Turkey Awards," named her "The Worst Actress of All Time" but you can see from her filmography on IMDB that she's never been short of acting jobs. She even has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
Welch continues to be a well-loved actress, and has appeared on television as recently as March.
We love you, Raquel, and happy birthday!