Hollywood mourns the loss of one of its great icons: Raquel Welch (1940-2023) died on February 15 at the age of 82, as her manager confirmed to "People" magazine. The US actress was one of the most photographed beauties in Hollywood and one of the biggest sex symbols of the '60s and '70s. No wonder that numerous celebrities such as Reese Witherspoon (46) and Paul Feig (60) are now paying tribute to the deceased American on social media.
"So sad to hear of the passing of Raquel Welch. I loved working with her on Legally Blonde. She was incredibly elegant, professional and glamorous. Just stunning," Reese Witherspoon recalled on Twitter. "May all her angels carry her home. Sending love to her family and many fans."
For US actor and director Paul Feig, the news of Welch's death is also "so sad". He also worked with her, including for the series "Sabrina – Totally Bewitched!". The actress was "amazing, kind, funny and a true superstar who I was quite in love with for most of my childhood," Feig tweeted. "We've lost a real icon."
The Twitter account of the legendary "Muppet Show", in which Raquel Welch appeared in 1978, also shared a few touching words. "We will never forget our remarkable friend Raquel Welch, one of our favorite guests on The Muppet Show." From "Dancing with a giant spider" to "Duet with Miss Piggy" - "Raquel could do everything!".
For "Titanic" star Frances Fisher (70), Raquel Welch was also an "international icon" who "fought to be taken seriously". She was "sweet, funny and friendly," the actress wrote on Twitter.
Raquel Welch has appeared in more than 30 films and 50 television series during her 50-year career. Welch gained worldwide fame in the mid-1960s for her performances in the films 'Fantastic Voyage' (1966) and 'A Million Years Before Time' (1966). In the latter work, the actress only had a few lines of dialogue, but her iconic fur bikini made her an international sex symbol. The poster motif entered pop culture.