She has appeared in the night-time soap opera Central Park West and made infomercials and exercise videos.
The show featured lavish production numbers of classic songs from the era, extravagant costumes, and notable guest performances, including John Wayne and Bob Hope in the Wild West.
The actress was due to star in an 1982 adaptation of John Steinbeck's Cannery Row, but was fired by the producers a few days into production (they claimed that the 40 year old was too old to play the character). Welch successfully sued, collecting a $11 million settlement. , her television appearances include the TV movies The Legend of Walks Far Woman and Right to Die in which she turned in a stirring performance as a woman stricken with Lou Gehrig's disease, and in the PBS series American Family, about a Mexican American family in East Los Angeles.
She was the daughter of Josephine Sarah (née Hall) with English ancestry dating back to John Quincy Adams and the Mayflower, and Armando Carlos Tejada Urquizo, a Bolivian of Spanish descent.
Her father (1911–1976), an aeronautical engineer, emigrated from La Paz, Bolivia at age 17; her mother (1909–2000) was American, the daughter of architect Emery Stanford Hall and wife Clara Louise Adams.
Welch is the mother of Damon Welch (born November 6, 1959) and actress Tahnee Welch (born Latanne Rene Welch, December 26, 1961).
Tahnee followed her mother's December 1979 example and appeared on the cover of Playboy in the November 1995 issue.
After her appearance as lust incarnate in the hit Bedazzled, she returned to the U. Her looks and fame led Playboy to dub her the "Most Desired Woman" of the 1970s.
Welch's most controversial role came in the notorious Myra Breckinridge.
On loan out to Hammer Studios in Britain, Welch starred in the remake of One Million Years B. striking an iconic pose in a prehistoric animal-skin bikini.
Her publicity still for the film became a bestselling poster, and helped her be seen as one of the leading sex symbols of the 1960s and 1970s. , with James Stewart and Dean Martin, which was followed by the private-eye drama Lady in Cement with Frank Sinatra.
In 1974, Welch won a Golden Globe for Best Motion Picture Actress in a Musical or Comedy for The Three Musketeers.