On this day, September 5. 1940, American actress, author and sex symbol, Jo Raquel Tejada, better known as Raquel Welch was born. Posed iconically in an animal skin bikini for the British-release One Million Years B.C. (1966), if nothing else, she captured the hearts and libidos of modern men (not to mention their teenage sons) while producing the most definitive and best-selling pin-up poster of that time.
Taking dance lessons as a youngster, she grew up to be quite a knockout and nailed a number of teen beauty titles (“Miss Photogenic,” “Miss La Jolla,” “Miss Contour,” “Miss Fairest of the Fair” and “Miss San Diego”). With her sights set on theater arts, she studied at San Diego State College on a scholarship starting in 1958 and married her first husband, high school sweetheart James Welch, the following year.
She came to attention as a “new-star” on the 20th Century-Fox lot in the mid-1960s and later starred in Bedazzled (1967), Bandolero! (1968), 100 Rifles (1969) and Myra Breckinridge (1970) The Four Musketeers (1974), Bandolero! (1968), Mother, Jugs & Speed (1976), Fantastic Voyage (1966), Naked Gun 33⅓: The Final Insult (1994).
Today, Welch is a noticeable face of television commercials for Foster Grant sunglasses and reading glasses.
1897 – Morris Carnovsky (actor: Cyrano de Bergerac, Gun Crazy, Dead Reckoning, Rhapsody in Blue, Our Vines Have Tender Grapes; cofounder of New York’s Group Theater; Shakespearean actor; died Sep 1, 1992)
1901 – Florence Eldridge (McKechnie) (actress: Inherit the Wind, Les Miserables, Mary of Scotland, Christopher Columbus; died Aug 1, 1988)
1902 – Darryl F. (Francis) Zanuck (producer: The Jazz Singer, The Grapes of Wrath, Forever Amber, The Snake Pit; cofounder of 20th Century Studios; died Dec 22, 1979)
1921 – Jack Valenti (movie executive: president of Motion Picture Association of America; died Apr 26, 2007)
1929 – Bob Newhart (actor, comedian: The Bob Newhart Show, Newhart; LP: The Button Down Mind of Bob Newhart)
1939 – William Devane (actor: Deceit, A Christmas Visitor, The X-Files: The Truth, Hollow Man, Space Cowboys, Miracle on the Mountain: The Kincaid Family Story, 24, Knots Landing, Marathon Man, McCabe & Mrs. Miller, A Woman Named Jackie, From Here to Eternity)
1946 – Dennis Dugan (actor: Happy Gilmore, Problem Child, Parenthood, The Howling, Night Moves, Night Call Nurses, Shadow Chasers, Richie Brockelman, Private Eye, Rich Man, Poor Man – Book I, Empire)
1946 – Loudon Wainwright III (songwriter, singer: Dead Skunk; actor: M*A*S*H, The Slugger’s Wife, Jackknife)
1973 – Rose McGowan (actress: The Doom Generation, Bio-Dome, Scream, Going All the Way, Charmed, Monkeybone)