Iconic Latina Leading Ladies-Slide3RAQUEL WELCH
The actress, singer, entrepreneur and 60s and 70s sex symbol was born Jo Raquel Tejada to a Bolivian father, Carlos Tejada Urquizo. She later took the surname of her first husband whom she married when she was 19. In 1966 she starred in One Million Years B.C. The pin-up from the film, with Welch wearing a fur bikini, became a best-selling poster. She went on to star in dozens of movies and TV shows and earned a Golden Globe in 1974 for her role in The Three Musketeers. She never learned to speak Spanish because her father never spoke it at home. In an interview about her part in the movie Tortilla Soup, she says it was only later in life that she realized what she was missing out on by not embracing her Latino heritage.