However, this Golden Globe-winning actress who The New York Times called "a marvelous breathing monument to womankind" was never a typical starlet. Today, Raquel Welch remains unmarried and acts occasionally while remaining as vibrant as ever in the latter stage of a career that's seen her star in dozens of well-known films and receive the Imagen Foundation Lifetime Achievement Award for her positive promotion of Americans of Latin heritage. She would try for wedded bliss again — three more times, in fact. After this look at these iconic photos of Raquel Welch, see what Marilyn Monroe looked like before fame, when she was still named Norma Jeane Mortenson. On the Spanish set of the western Hannie Caulder in Then, check out some of the best quotes from Marilyn Monroe. Born Jo-Raquel Tejada in to a Bolivian father and an American mother in Chicago, actress Raquel Welch didn't initially aspire to the movie stardom and sex symbol status she ultimately achieved.
Makayla. Age: 21.
Wearing ballet shoes in her dressing room.
Kallie. Age: 31.
Happy birthday, Raquel Welch! At 75, you're still setting hearts on fire
She once said, "I am living proof that a picture speaks a thousand words. But she proved to be too free a spirit for matrimony. Spanish artist Salvador Dali kisses Welch's hand in front of his abstract portrait of her.