Hollywood legend and sex symbol Raquel Welch died Wednesday, Breitbart reported. The 82-year-old star of "Fantastic Voyage" and "One Million Years B.C." was called an "international movie star" of some "exceptional movies" by Breitbart author John Nolte.
"Most news outlets will probably identify her as a sex symbol," Nolte wrote of Welch. "Not me. She was so much more than that."
"Oh, she definitely was a sex symbol," Nolte continued. "In fact, she was part of my holy trinity of sex symbols, that also includes Angie Dickinson and Pam Grier," he added.
"But let’s not forget Welch starred in some exceptional movies during the 60s and 70s — you know, when movies were still exceptional," Nolte said. He went on to acknowledge that Welch was comfortable with her sex appeal but not with nudity, even for Playboy.
"She loved to entertain and understood that sex and sex appeal and sexual tension are all part of the fun, part of the joy of art. I can’t imagine what she thought of today’s bevy of uptight female neurotics," Nolte said.
Nolte named some of Welch's most notable movie roles, including "Bandolero!" in 1968, starring alongside legends like Dean Martin and Jimmy Stewart. He also shared a childhood memory of her role in "The Three Musketeers," which earned Welch a Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actress.
"Welch’s most magnificent Movie Star Turn, won her a Golden Globe for Best Actress in a Motion Picture Comedy or Musical," Nolte Wrote. "Welch is sexy, funny, tough, charming, conniving, clutzy, and delightful from A to Z — and "Z" ends with 'The Four Musketeers' (1974), which was shot at the same time," he added.
"A perfect crowd-pleaser. At six years old, I saw this at the drive-in. It was love at first sight for Raquel and me, a love that will never die," he added.
The author had high praise for the late actress and summed up what made her an enduring household name. "As a movie star and pop culture icon, Welch was perfection," Nolte wrote.
"She came to entertain, to give us bang for our buck. It was never about her," Nolte said.
"It was about pleasing the customers. That generosity and show business spirit is all but dead today, which is why the entertainment business is all but dead and despised," Nolte said of the late film star.
"Mister, we would use a star like Raquel Welch today…" Nolte concluded.
Welch is known for her film roles in a career that spanned decades. However, she also used her star power to bolster troop morale in the 1970s during the Vietnam War, touring with the USO to cheer up troops stationed overseas, Fox News reported.
Few people will ever match Welch's celebrity status. She was an icon of her time, but her enduring fame is a testament to the magnitude of her talent and beauty.