Happy Birthday, Raquel Welch

Hats off to an All-American sex symbol, who turns 76 today.
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Hats off to an All-American sex symbol, who turns 76 today.

Ever since she burst onto the scene wearing a skimpy fur-lined bikini in 1966's One Million Years B.C., Raquel Welch has reigned as one of cinema's most iconic sex symbols. The Chicago-born beauty stoked libidos from the mid-1960s through the 1970s and beyond, nabbing saucy film roles in Bedazzled (as lust incarnate), Myra Breckinridge (as the transsexual heroine) and Mother, Jugs, & Speed (as, you might have guessed, "Jugs").  She starred in a campy TV variety special, appeared on Mork and Mindy, and was crowned "most desired woman of the 1970s" by Playboy. And she still looks pretty damn good today. Celebrate Raquel Welch's birthday with these 18 classic photos.