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Courtney Thorne-Smith (born November 8, 1967) is an American actress. She was born in San Francisco, California.
Her most notable television credit was playing Alison Parker on the nighttime drama Melrose Place (1992-1997). Other notable TV roles included Georgia Thomas on Ally McBeal (1997-2000) and, currently, wife Cheryl on According to Jim.
Courtney made her first movie appearance in the 1986 feature film drama, Lucas. She has also starred in movies such as Summer School (1987), Revenge of the Nerds II: Nerds in Paradise (1987), and Side Out (1990).
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She was born in San Francisco, California. She has been married to James Welch (1959)-(1962), publicist and agent; Patrick Curtis (who played the baby of Olivia de Havilland in Gone With The Wind) (1967)-(1972), writer; Andre Weinfeld (1980-1990); and Richard Palmer (1999). Courtney Thorne-Smith (born November 8, 1967) is an American actress. She has also performed in a nightclub act in Las Vegas and has starred on Broadway in Woman of the Year and in Victor/Victoria, where she replaced Julie Andrews. She has also appeared in the night time soap opera CPW and made infomercials and exercise videos. Her television appearances include the series The Hollywood Palace, the made for TV movies The Legend of Walks Far Woman and Right to Die, in which she turned in a stirring performance as a woman with Lou Gehrig's disease, and in the PBS series American Family, about a Mexican American family in East Los Angeles.
Her most memorable publicity still, where she was clad in a furry animal-skin bikini for One Million Years B.C., became a bestselling poster. Despite box office disappointments, Welch became one of the leading sex symbols of the 1960s and 1970s. But the movie turned out to be a dismal failure. Her first real starring role was in Myra Breckinridge with the one and only Mae West in the cast.
After her appearance as Lust incarnate in Bedazzled, she returned to the United States and appeared in a Western with James Stewart titled Bandolero!, which was followed by Lady in Cement with Frank Sinatra. On loan out to Hammer Studios in Britain, she starred in the remake of One Million Years B.C.. She was then cast in the Sci-fi hit Fantastic Voyage. Welch's first starring role was in A Swingin' Summer, which led to a contract with 20th Century Fox.
She was cast in bit parts in a few films, including Roustabout starring Elvis Presley. She found a place in Los Angeles and started making the rounds of the movie studios. Instead, she moved back to California. Her marriage broke up and she moved with her two children to Dallas, Texas, where she modeled for Neiman-Marcus and worked as a cocktail hostess, intending to move on to New York City from there.
Welch became a weather forecaster at a local San Diego television station. Because of her heavy schedule, she decided to leave college. In 1959, Raquel Welch played the title role in the famous Ramona Pageant, a yearly outdoor play at Hemet, California, which is based on the novel Ramona by Helen Hunt Jackson. The following year she married a high school sweetheart, James Welch. After high school she entered San Diego State College on a theater arts scholarship.
Among her titles were "Miss Photogenic," "Miss La Jolla," "Miss Contour," and "Miss San Diego." In 1957, she was named "Miss Fairest of the Fair" at the San Diego County Fair. She took dancing lessons as a child, and was winning beauty pageants by the time she was a teenager. The family moved to the suburb of La Jolla, where Raquel grew up. In 1942, Armand Tejada was transferred to San Diego, California.
Her father was an immigrant from Bolivia of Castilian Spanish extraction who was an aerospace engineer, and her mother an American of Irish descent. She was born Jo Raquel Tejada in Chicago, Illinois,
the oldest of three children born to Armando Carlos Tejada and Josephine Sarah Hall.
Raquel Welch (born September 5, 1940) is an American actress. Windham Vandermark. Mrs. Legally Blonde (2001) (MGM) ..
Hortensia. Tortilla Soup (2001) (Samuel Goldwyn Company) .. Jacqueline. Folle d'elle (1998) (UGC-Fox Distribution) ..
Grace Kosik. Chairman of the Board (1998) (Trimark Pictures) .. Herself (uncredited). The Naked Gun 33 1/3: The Final Insult (1994) (Paramount) ..
aka The Prince and the Pauper. Edith .. Crossed Swords (1977) (Warner Bros.) .. aka Stunt Woman.
Jane Gardner .. L'Animal (1977) (Analysis Film Releasing Corp.) .. Jennifer "Jugs". Mother, Jugs and Speed (1976) (20th Century Fox) ..
Queenie. The Wild Party (1975) (American International Pictures) .. Constance de Bonancieux. The Four Musketeers (1975) (20th Century Fox) ..
Constance de Bonancieux. The Three Musketeers (1973) (20th Century Fox) .. Alice. The Last of Sheila (1973) (Warner Bros.) ..
Magdalena. Bluebeard (1973) (Cinerama Releasing Corp.) .. Carr. K.C.
Kansas City Bomber (1973) (MGM) .. Eileen McHenry. Fuzz (1972) (United Artists) .. Hannie Caulder.
Hannie Caulder (1971) (Paramount Pictures) .. Elena. The Beloved (1970) (Joseph Brenner Assciates) .. Myra Breckinridge.
Myra Breckinridge (1970) (20th Century Fox) .. Priestess of the Whip. The Magic Christian (1969) (Commonwealth United Entertainment) .. Michele.
Flareup (1969) (MGM) .. Sarita. 100 Rifles (1969) (20th Century Fox) .. Kit Forrest.
Lady in Cement (1968) (20th Century Fox) .. Maria Stoner. Bandolero! (1968) (20th Century Fox) .. Juliana.
The Biggest Bundle of Them All (1967) (MGM) .. Lillian Lust. Bedazzled (1967) (20th Century Fox) .. Fathom Harvill.
Fathom (1967) (20th Century Fox) .. Nini. Le Plus vieux metier du monde (1967) (Goldstone Film Enterprises) .. Elena.
Le Fate (1966) (Royal Films International) .. aka Shoot Loud, Louder. Tania Montini .. Spara forte, piu forte, non capisco (1966) (Embassy Pictures) ..
Loana. One Million Years B.C. (1966) (20th Century Fox) .. Cora Peterson. Fantastic Voyage (1966) (20th Century Fox) ..
Jeri. A Swingin' Summer (1965) (United Screen Arts) .. Do Not Disturb (1965) (20th Century Fox) (uncredited). Call girl (uncredited).
A House Is Not A Home (1964) (Embassy Pictures) .. College girl with blue bow (uncredited). Roustabout (1964) (Paramount Pictures) ..