Raquel Welch, who paved the way as both an actress and international sex symbol has died ... TMZ has learned.
According to family members, Raquel died this morning after a brief illness.
One Million Years B.C.
Welch first rose to fame for her back-to-back roles in "Fantastic Voyage" and "One Million Years B.C." -- both in 1966.
Welch only had a handful of lines in 'B.C.' but it was her wardrobe -- a simple and skimpy deerskin bikini -- that catapulted her to sex symbol status.