Raquel Welch’s Daughter Followed In Her Mom’s Footsteps – And Inherited Her Gorgeous Looks Too

Raquel Welch became one of the 1960s’ biggest sex symbols thanks to her memorable role in fantasy adventure One Million Years B.C. Furthermore, the Golden Globe winner has retained her sense of glamor ever since. And it turns out that she’s passed on her attractive genes to her daughter Tahnee, too.

Following stints as a TV weather girl, model and barmaid, Raquel began her acting career with minor roles in vehicles for Elvis Presley and Doris Day. Her first significant part came in the 1965 beach party movie A Swingin’ Summer, which helped to land her a contract with 20th Century Fox. Yet Raquel’s breakthrough came when she briefly joined Hammer Studios for a new version of Man and His Mate.

Retitled One Million Years B.C., the prehistoric adventure saw Raquel sport a now-iconic furry bikini as she emerged dripping wet from the sea. This particular image was undoubtedly one of the defining shots of 1960s Hollywood and established the actress as the natural sex symbol successor to Marilyn Monroe. However, Raquel soon proved that there was more to her talents than good looks.

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Raquel held her own against Dudley Moore and Peter Cook in the devilish comedy Bedazzled. She also landed high-profile roles in westerns 100 Rifles and Bandolero! And the star impressed critics with her performances in flicks such as The Wild Party and Kansas City Bomber, too. In fact, Raquel even won a Golden Globe for her supporting turn in 1973 swashbuckler classic The Three Musketeers.

Unfortunately, Raquel’s big screen career also suffered as a result of being branded a troublemaker. She famously incurred the wrath of silver-screen legend Mae West on the cult flop Myra Breckinridge. Then in the early 1980s Raquel won a lawsuit against MGM after being abruptly dismissed from the production of Cannery Row.

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Nevertheless, Raquel continued to find work on the small screen – appearing in TV movies such as Right to Die and The Legend of Walks Far Woman. The Hollywood icon later branched out into the exercise video market and became a regular on the Las Vegas stage. Her 21st century work, meanwhile, includes Hispanic drama American Family, sitcom Date My Dad and box office smash Legally Blonde.

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Of course, Raquel has become just as renowned for her eventful love life as her Hollywood career. The sex symbol has walked down the aisle four times and sadly headed for the divorce courts on just as many occasions. She’s since vowed to stay single for the rest of her years, according to News.amomama.com.

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Raquel’s most recent husband was a man 15 years her junior: Richard Palmer. The Los Angeles restaurant owner was due to be married to another woman when he first met the Hollywood star. Though after breaking off his engagement, Palmer ended up tying the knot with Raquel instead in 1999. Sadly, the pair went their separate ways nine years later.

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But it was marriage number three that was Raquel’s longest – lasting for ten years from 1980. A French-American journalist and producer called Andre Weinfeld was the man who managed to capture the popular actress’ heart on this occasion. He later described himself as a champion in a chat with Closer Weekly for achieving such a milestone.

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Raquel had previously been wed to the film producer Patrick Curtis. But this proved to be the glamorpuss’ unhappiest marriage and she reportedly admitted to feeling manipulated by the man she once loved. After six turbulent years together, Raquel decided that she’d had enough and walked out on the relationship for good in 1972.

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Interestingly, it appears as though Raquel’s very first husband was her one true love. The star began dating James Welch while she was studying at La Jolla High School in California. And in her autobiography Beyond the Cleavage, the star recalled the incredible effect he had on her when the pair first met.

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Raquel wrote, “I’ll never forget the day I came running up the steps to my American government class and there he was. Whoa! Who’s that? He looked at me and smiled his crooked grin. It was [an] instant attraction. We were both 15… Here was a young man who didn’t ask anything much of me but showered me with the affection I was hungry for.”

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However, the pair’s relationship didn’t always run smooth. Raquel continued, “We kept breaking up and getting back together again. By our senior year, Jim – who never took much interest in his classes – dropped out of high school altogether. I was devastated! I had just become an honors student when he bailed and went off on a tuna clipper to Peru! I thought I’d never see him again.”

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Of course, Raquel did see him again, only by the time he returned from Peru, James looked very different. The actress wrote, “He was all tan and lean and muscled up from pulling those giant tuna nets aboard. He had also grown a rather dashing goatee and looked – for all the world – like John Derek in a pirate movie. Well, it was all over for me. I kept thinking what beautiful children we could make together.”

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Raquel was so smitten that she ended up dropping out of college. And in 1959 she walked down the aisle for the first, but certainly not the last time. Recalling their Las Vegas nuptials in her memoir, the star wrote, “His mother Tahnee was there with us at the ceremony. We had her blessing. My [mom] was less than thrilled. My father was furious!”

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Unfortunately, Raquel had to put her career ambitions on hold when she fell pregnant with son Damon just a few months after tying the knot. And then two years later the star gave birth to daughter Tahnee. But Raquel didn’t want to settle for a life of domesticity and by 1962 she and her husband were in very different places.

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In her autobiography, Raquel reflected, “As things evolved, opportunities did come a-knocking from Hollywood, but I wanted to go to New York and do theater. However, Jim had his own ideas, and unfortunately they didn’t include either option for me. The breach that grew between us over the next few years gave me the license to gather up my two kids and leave my hometown and my marriage behind.”

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Yet Raquel still has regrets about the decision that changed her life forever. She wrote, “My breakup with Jim remains the most painful decision of my entire life. For our children’s sake, I should have stayed.” But the actress also acknowledged that the pair were “just too damn young” to cope with the trials and tribulations of married life at the time.

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However, Raquel doesn’t have any misgivings about her regular trips to the wedding chapel. She claimed in a 2015 interview with the Daily Mirror, “I don’t regret the marriages. I had real feelings for all of them. At the time I thought it was love and we could make a great life, but it wasn’t in the cards.”

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So, why does Raquel believe that things have never worked out with any of her four husbands? Well, she told the same newspaper that her high profile was often a major factor. The star said, “They were swanning around being married to Raquel Welch. I never did get it right. And a lot of men don’t like the fact that when we go somewhere I am the one who gets focused on.”

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Yet Raquel also reiterated how much her first husband meant to her. She said, “I know that often I look back and think of all four [marriages], and the lovers in between, and I say the one with the best character and the one I was most devoted to was Jim. That will never change.”

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Raquel then continued, “I told Jim I was going to go to Hollywood. He said he wouldn’t go to that town, it’s such a phoney town. I suddenly thought, ‘Oh my gosh, I always thought he knew who I was.’ I suddenly realised I couldn’t make him go, he doesn’t do what he doesn’t want to do. It was an epiphany… It was hard but I felt I’d resent him all my life if I didn’t go.”

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Of course, James also gave Raquel something that none of the star’s three other husbands did – children. And apart from a solitary acting credit on 1971’s The Beloved, son Damon has largely stayed out of the spotlight. However, daughter Tahnee has followed in the footsteps of her famous mother in more ways than one.

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In fact, Tahnee’s mother and father reportedly did everything they could to deter her from the showbiz industry. But perhaps inevitably, their talk fell on deaf ears. Tahnee went on to quit school, leave home and spend several years holding down dead-end jobs while attempting to land her big break.

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Ultimately, Tahnee’s career only kickstarted when she relocated to Italy in the 1980s. It was there that she was cast opposite national icon Virna Lisi in the romantic comedy Amarsi Un Po. Its success subsequently gave Tahnee the impetus to further chase her dreams, and she returned to New York City with a spring in her step.

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The move to NYC paid off when Tahnee joined the likes of Hume Cronyn, Maureen Stapleton and Jessica Tandy in Ron Howard’s box office hit Cocoon. She also showed up in its sequel and added to her list of Hollywood credits with roles in Sleeping Beauty and Lethal Obsession. Tahnee enjoyed a brief stint as Shannon Taylor in the long-running soap opera Falcon Crest, too.

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Yet Tahnee didn’t forget the country that helped to give her career a boost. And in 1989 she once again showed up on Italian screens with a role in Disperatamente Giulia – a miniseries helmed by the legendary Enrico Maria Salerno. Then two years later she took top billing in another Italian comedy called La bocca.

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Tahnee then switched focus back to her homeland in the 1990s. She racked up film credits in the likes of I Shot Andy Warhol, The Criminal Mind and Night Train to Venice and also showed up in TV movie Body and Soul. Her final screen appearance of the decade, meanwhile, was in the 1999 short Pyrite.

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As Tahnee’s profile grew, increasing numbers of people began to realize just how similar she looked to her mother. Indeed, many commented on the thin lips, striking eyes and face shape she appeared to have inherited from the Hollywood icon. And Tahnee often took full advantage of what her momma gave her.

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Just like Raquel, Tahnee also enjoyed success as a model. She reportedly appeared in fashion shoots for several high-end publications such as Vogue and Interview. And in 1995 Tahnee posed for the same provocative men’s magazine that her mother had famously done no fewer than 16 years previously: Playboy.

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Unfortunately, Tahnee also appears to share her mother’s luck when it comes to love. In 1991 the actress walked down the aisle with Jared Harris, the English actor who would later achieve Golden Globe-winning success with his role in Chernobyl. Sadly, after just five years together the pair decided to split.

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And Tahnee’s break up with Harris wasn’t her first failed relationship with a fellow actor, either. Before meeting the British star, Raquel’s daughter had been romantically involved with Luca Palanca. The Italian-American first made a name for himself on the stand-up circuit but later landed movie roles in the likes of Made in Brooklyn, Break and Gerald.

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Although she’s regularly followed in her footsteps, Tahnee hasn’t always had the closest relationship with her mother. While appearing on Piers Morgan’s Life Stories in 2015, a tearful Raquel admitted that her family often played second fiddle to her career in earlier years. She told the host, “I can’t replace those times and it hurts me and it’s hurt them probably worse because that’s their childhood and I’m their mother.”

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However, in 2012 Raquel explained why she wasn’t around so much. She told AARP, “When I first came to Hollywood, other people may have thought, ‘You poor thing, you don’t have a car, you have two children, what possessed you?’ But it made me focus. I didn’t know if I did right to leave Jim and thought, ‘This thing better work for me, and I better really keep my eye on the ball and be careful.’”

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And Raquel is now doing her best to make up for the lost time. She continued, “I wasn’t impossible before but in the past ten years I’ve made a concerted effort to think about what I have to do for other people, what I owe, what my part is in whatever relationship or situation I find myself in. It’s getting older, I guess, that makes you think that way.”

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In her memoir Beyond the Cleavage, Raquel revealed that she now has a much closer bond with her two kids. She wrote, “Fortunately, my children and I have a good relationship, and they’re still my great joy. My son Damon became a computer consultant engineer, and my daughter Tahnee [is] a talented actress known for her role in Cocoon. They are a source of pride and hope to me because of the kind of people they’ve turned out to be.”

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Nonetheless, there’s still one thing that Raquel expects from them. She continued, “They have always grounded me and given me purpose, as well as the moral courage to follow my better convictions. Now if they’ll just give me grandchildren, I’ll be complete. That’s an ambition of mine only they can fulfill.”

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So, what has Tahnee been up to since appearing to lose the acting bug at the turn of the century? Well, she has shown up on screen on at least one other occasion in more recent times. However, the film in question doesn’t quite have the same cachet as the rest of her filmography.

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Yes, in 2016 Tahnee joined her Cocoon co-star Steve Guttenberg in 2 Lava 2 Lantula! As its name suggests, the TV movie is a Sharknado-esque affair in which Florida is attacked by super-sized spiders. And the role didn’t exactly stretch Tahnee’s talents; she simply played herself in the deliberately trashy B-movie.

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As for Tahnee’s mother, well, she’s also taken things easy as she approaches the age of 80. We last saw Raquel on the big screen playing Celeste in the comedy How to Be A Latin Lover. But pictures of her out and about running errands in Los Angeles that were taken in the summer of 2019 proves she remains just as glamorous as ever.

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