Raquel Welch is seen for the first time in two years as she steps out in Beverly Hills


Sixties movie star Raquel Welch is still living up to her claim to fame decades after  shooting to stardom as an international sex symbol, exclusive DailyMail.com photos show.

The former model, singer, and actress – who turned 81 earlier this month – was seen flaunting her iconic busty figure last week during a rare public appearance in Los Angeles.

The Hollywood veteran was spotted out and about for the first time in over two years on Friday as she stopped by the Heritage Auctions building in Beverly Hills.  

Sixties movie star Raquel Welch was seen stepping out in Los Angeles for the first time in over two years while visiting an auction house last Friday

Sixties movie star Raquel Welch was seen stepping out in Los Angeles for the first time in over two years while visiting an auction house last Friday 

The 81-year-old Hollywood veteran - who shot to fame as an international sex symbol - proved she's still got it as she flaunted her iconic busty figure

The 81-year-old Hollywood veteran – who shot to fame as an international sex symbol – proved she’s still got it as she flaunted her iconic busty figure

The former model, actress, and singer cut a casual figure in a white top and black designer pants matched with black wedge sandals

Raquel Welch out in Beverly Hills on September 17

The former model, actress, and singer looked casual and comfortable in a white top and black designer pants matched with black wedge sandals

The brunette bombshell - born Jo Raquel Tejada - quickly shot to stardom in the 1960s and 70s as an international sex symbol, starring in several Hollywood classics

The brunette bombshell – born Jo Raquel Tejada – quickly shot to stardom in the 1960s and 70s as an international sex symbol, starring in several Hollywood classics 

Welch, who made her Hollywood name starring in classics such as Bedazzled, One Million Years B.C., Bandolero!, among many others, cut a casual figure in a white top and black designer pants matched with black wedge sandals. 

She accessorized with a stylish straw hat and reading glasses – but went without a handbag. 

The four-times divorced star appeared to be in good spirits and spent about 45 minutes at the auction house. 

She initially appeared maskless but was later seen wearing a face covering outside. 

Welch, who was born in Chicago as Jo Raquel Tejada, has two adult children but no known romance since her divorce from most recent husband Richie Palmer in 2008. 

In an interview with Elle magazine in 2011, she vowed never to remarry saying: ‘I’m just not suited for it any longer. I love men and I love their company, but I am too independent and self-motivated.’  

Welch, who turned 81 in early September, was initially spotted without a mask but covered up outside the auction house

Welch, who turned 81 in early September, was initially spotted without a mask but covered up outside the auction house 

Welch has two adult children but no known romance since her divorce from most recent husband Richie Palmer in 2008

Welch has two adult children but no known romance since her divorce from most recent husband Richie Palmer in 2008

The veteran movie star was seen ditching a handbag but accessorized with a stylish straw hat and reading glasses

Raquel Welch

The veteran movie star was seen ditching a handbag but accessorized with a stylish straw hat and reading glasses 

Welch stopped by Heritage Auctions - the world's largest collectibles auctioneer -  in Beverly Hills

Welch stopped by Heritage Auctions – the world’s largest collectibles auctioneer –  in Beverly Hills

‘I’m willing to date but, quite frankly, there is a diminishing group of eligible people at my age. I don’t mind the traditional roles of male and female but, as you can tell, I am a very strong minded woman,’ she continued. 

‘I’m sure I would be a challenge for an awful lot of men. They wouldn’t want to deal with it or, if they would like to deal with it, maybe I’m just not that interested.’

Welch married first husband James Welch at the age of 19 – a year after she began attending San Diego State College on a theater arts scholarship. 

Raquel Welch Welch - born Jo Raquel Tejada - is best known for sex symbol status in the 1960s and 70s

Welch rose to fame for her roles in classics such as Bedazzled, One Million Years B.C. (pictured) Bandolero! - among many others

The brunette bombshell starred in classics such as Bedazzled, One Million Years B.C. (right)  Bandolero! – among many others 

The duo had two children Damon (born 1959) and Tahnee Welch (born 1961) – she moved to Dallas with her two kids following their separation.

She moved to Los Angeles in 1963 and had small roles in films and shows.

Her divorce was finalized by 1964.

She went on to marry three more times after James; she was married to producer Patrick Curtis from 1967 until 1972; to Andrew Weinfeld from 1980 until 1990; and to Richard Palmer from 1999 until they separated in 2003 and divorced in 2008.  

Welch became a household name as a young bombshell in the 60s and 70s but continued appearing in film and television roles as more mature characters in the 2000s. 

In 2001, she played Mrs. Windham-Vandermark, the ex-wife of a murdered wealthy man, alongside Reese Witherspoon in the hit film Legally Blonde. 

The movie star’s last projects were in 2017 – the film How To Be A Latin Lover and the show Date My Dad. 



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