She first won attention for her role in Fantastic Voyage (1966), after which she won a contract with 20th Century Fox. She had only three lines in the film, yet images of her in the doe-skin bikini which she wore became best-selling posters that turned her into a celebrity sex symbol.They lent her contract to a British studio, for whom she made One Million Years B. She later starred in notable films including Bedazzled (1967), Bandolero!In 1959, she played the title role in The Ramona Pageant, a yearly outdoor play at Hemet, California, which is based on the novel Ramona by Helen Hunt Jackson and Bob Biloe.
She has been the product of a good publicity campaign.
I hope she lives up to it because a body will only take you so far." She was the only American in the cast of the anthology film The Oldest Profession (1967); her segment was directed by Michael Pfleghar.
Welch wed Richard Palmer in 1999 but then separated from him in 2008.
Welch has stated that she does not intend to marry again.
The family moved from Illinois to San Diego, California when Raquel was two years old.
Welch attended the Pacific Beach Presbyterian Church every Sunday with her mother.That same year, she won the Deb Star and was noticed by the wife of producer Saul David, who recommended her to 20th Century Fox, where with the help of Curtis she landed a contract. She was described as "wearing mankind's first bikini" and the fur bikini was described as a "definitive look of the 1960s".She was cast in a leading role in the sci-fi film Fantastic Voyage (1966), in which she portrayed a member of a medical team that is miniaturized and injected into the body of an injured diplomat with the mission to save his life. Fox Studio loaned Welch to Hammer Studios in Britain where she starred in One Million Years B. (1966) – a remake of the 1940 Hal Roach film, One Million B. She went to Italy to appear in a heist movie for MGM, The Biggest Bundle of Them All (1968). Robinson who said of Welch, "I must say she has quite a body.(1968), 100 Rifles (1969), and Myra Breckinridge (1970). In late 2008, she became a spokeswoman for Foster Grant's reading glasses campaign, created by Ferrara and Company.Welch's unique persona on film made her into an icon of the 1960s and 1970s.Due to her demanding work schedule, she quit school.