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Famous people who used to be weather forecasters

By: Matt Hickman on Jan. 16, 2012, 9:17 a.m.
Raquel Welch

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Before the bikini, there was weather: Raquel Welch

Hard-working, well-preserved 1960s and ‘70s sex goddess Raquel Welch may be known for many things — prehistoric bikinis, wig infomercials, exercise videos, “Myra Breckinridge” and some mighty impressive work with Tom Jones — but weather forecasting? Yep, before Welch became the cinematic first pin-up girl in history to don an animal-skin bikini, she was better known as Raquel Tejada, college student and weather forecaster at KFMB in San Diego. Welch’s stint as San Diego’s buxomest weather girl was short-lived as she soon moved to Dallas where she found work as a cocktail waitress and Neiman Marcus model. After that, she relocated back to Southern California where she focused on her acting career. Welch bounced around as a B-list starlet for a few years, picking up small roles in films and TV shows like “Bewitched” and “McHale’s Navy” before entering the collective cultural consciousness (and the bedroom walls of millions of teenage boys) as sexy cavewoman Loana the Fair One in the campy 1966 fantasy film, “One Million Years B.C.”