Raquel Welch, American actress has passed away at the age of 82.
She died on Wednesday morning after a brief illness.
Welch became an international sex symbol in the 1960s, widely remembered for her role as a bikini-clad cavewoman in the 1966 film One Million Years BC.
She won a Golden Globe for his role in 1974's The Three Musketeers.
Born Raquel Tejada in 1940, Welch grew up in California, where she won
During a brief stint in Dallas, Texas, she modeled for the Neiman Marcus clothing store and worked as a cocktail waitress.
She back to California in 1964 when she made cameos in A House Is Not a Home, and Roustabout, a musical starring Elvis Presley.
She shot to prominence two years later, with her back-to-back roles in the sci-fi film Fantastic Voyage and the fantasy film One Million Years BC.
A publicity photo of her clad in skimpy skits in a reindeer skin bikini turned her into a pioneering pin-up girl of the era.
She has long expressed discomfort with the representation of her body, once stating that "she was not brought up as a sex symbol, nor is it in my nature".
In a career spanning more than five decades, Welch appeared in more than 30 films and 50 television shows.