Happy birthday, Raquel Welch! At 75, you're still setting hearts on fire

/ Source: TODAY
By Randee Dawn

Raquel Welch may not have appeared in Hollywood's award-winningest films of all time. But the actress, who turns 75 on Sept. 5, should win a trophy for just being herself for more than 50 years in movies like "One Million Years B.C." and TV shows like "Spin City."

With her flowing auburn hair, wide smile and, let's face it, incredible curvy shape, she's been wowing audiences for decades ... and she's still doing it!

In honor of her platinum anniversary on this planet, we'd like to look back at some of those amazing looks and films and say thank you, Raquel Welch: You're solid gold to us!

"One Million Years B.C." (1966)

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Welch had been acting in movies for a couple of years before she took on the prehistoric role that really got her noticed (it came out the same year as "Fantastic Voyage," and the two films propelled her to stardom). But this iconic picture may look familiar to fans of "The Shawshank Redemption": It's on a poster that's hanging up in Andy's cell when his escape from prison is discovered.

"Myra Breckinridge" (1970)

MYRA BRECKINRIDGE, Raquel Welch, 1970. TM and Copyright (c) 20th Century Fox Film Corp. All rights reserved.Everett Collection

Talk about being ahead of her time! Yes, "Myra" was not considered a great movie (and it's pretty explicit), but she was starring as a superhot transgender character who, let's say, got lost along the way. And with Welch in the role, she looked good the whole time.

"Mork & Mindy" (1979)

MORK & MINDY, from left: Raquel Welch, Robin Williams in 'Mork vs. the Necrotons: Parts 1 and 2' (Season 2, Episodes 11 and 12, aired November 18, 1979), 1978-82.Everett Collection

Out of this world: Welch played Captain Nirvana, a warrior from the planet Necroton, whose minions were named Kama and Sutra. Subtle!

"Naked Gun 33 1/3: The Final Insult" (1994)

NAKED GUN 33 1/3: THE FINAL INSULT, Leslie Nielsen, Raquel Welch, 1994, (c)Paramount Pictures/courtesy Everett CollectionEverett Collection

If you've got Raquel Welch, just let her play herself! The goofball, corny movie series was known for its cameos, and Welch spiced things up just by being there.

"Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman" (1995)

LOIS & CLARK: THE NEW ADVENTURES OF SUPERMAN, Raquel Welch, Dean Cain, 1993-97, episode 'Top Copy' aired 2/19/95, (c)Warner Bros. Television/courtesy Everett CollectionEverett Collection

One job isn't enough for Welch's character; as a guest on the show she battled Superman as both a TV news reporter ... and an assassin! Just look at how Supe is eyeing her in that picture. We understand; he's not made of steel or anything. Er ...

"Legally Blonde" (2001)

LEGALLY BLONDE, Raquel Welch, 2001.Everett Collection

Welch wasn't a major player in the film in a role that cast her as the ex-wife of a murdered man, but if anyone could help our heroine Elle with some style points just by showing up, it's Welch, who looked amazing.

And from 2014:

BEVERLY HILLS, CA - OCTOBER 11: Actress Raquel Welch attends Mercedes-Benz presents the Carousel of Hope Ball benefitting Barbara Davis Center for Diabetes on October 11, 2014 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Chelsea Lauren/Getty Images for Mercedes-Benz)Chelsea Lauren / Getty Images for Mercedes-Benz

Yep, that's Welch these days, continuing to delight us all by looking as great as she did way back when. Happy 75th!

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