Where is Tahnee Welch now? Unraveling the life of Raquel Welch’s daughter


Tanee Welch born Le Tahn Rennee Welch is the daughter of actress Raquel Welch and her first husband, James Welch. She is known for playing in Ron Howard’s Cocoon and various European series and films such as Amarsi un po, Disperatamente Giulia, And I shot Andy Warhol. She was also a Playboy model just like her mother.

Tahnee’s mother, Raquel, is often regarded as a sex symbol of the ’60s and ’70s. Playboy took her to No. 3 on them 100 sexiest stars of the twentieth century list. Tahnee is also something of a star in her own right; although she is usually a familiar face in Europe, she has done several movies and series there.

Although she is not as famous as her mother, Tahnee still has a lot to say. From her rebellious early life to — she made it on her own, read all about her professional and personal facets in the descriptions below.

Raquel Welch’s daughter Tahnee Welch grew up mainly in Europe

Welch was born on December 26, 1961 (age 61 years) in San Diego, California. Her Indian name was from her paternal grandmother. Maternally, she is of Spanish descent from Bolivia.

Raquel Welch's daughter, Tahnee Welch grew up spending her time mostly between Spain, England and Italy. She later returned to a girls' school in the United States. Welch has an older sister, Damon Welch, also an actor.
Raquel Welch’s daughter Tahnee Welch was born on December 26, 1961 in San Diego, California
She grew up spending her time mainly between Spain, England and Italy. She later returned to the United States and studied at a girls’ school. Welch has an older sister, Damon Welch, also an actor.

Tahnee dropped out of school when she was 16 and left home. She attended Los Angeles Prep School. She had also attended Westlake School for Girls.

After leaving school, she did odd jobs for a few years before moving to New York to study acting.

Tanee Welch Is quite a remarkable star in Italy; Was also in Ron Howard’s cocoon

In the 1980s, Raquel and James’ daughter, Tahnee Welch, went to Europe where she began taking jobs as a maid and hairdresser.

After some time, she started her acting career in Italy. Welch had her first role as the lead Amarsi a po‘… (1984), opposite one of Italy’s most famous icons, Virna Lisi, and newcomer Claudio Amendola. Over the decades, the show has built a cult following in the country and is regularly broadcast on Italian television.

Raquel Welch's daughter, Tahnee Welch, returned to the US and soon after landed a role in Ron Howard's summer blockbuster Cocoon (1985).
Tahnee Welch started her acting career in Italy. She had her first role as a lead actor in Amarsi un po’…
Tahnee Welch returned to the US and soon after landed a role in Ron Howard’s summer blockbuster Cocoon (1985). She was among the cast that included veteran actors Jessica Tandy, Hume Cronyn and Maureen Stapleton.

although Cocoon became a huge success, she went back to continue her career in Italy and Germany for several years. And she enjoyed great success starring in the 1989 Italian romantic drama miniseries Spread Giulia (1989), by director and theater actor Enrico Maria Salerno. In the series, she starred alongside one of Italy’s most celebrated movie stars, Fabio Testi, and Laura Antonelli.

In the American film industry, Tahnee has appeared in some indie films such as Search and Destroy (1995), based on the play by Howard Korder; I Shot Andy Warhol (1996), from the mate, Mary Harron; And Sue (1997), by the director, Amos Kollek.

Welch’s Other Movies

After Cocoonthe San Diego native actress played Rosebud in the 1987 film, Sleeping Beauty before playing Daniela Santini in the 1987 Deadly obsession. She then started appearing as Shannon Taylor on the CBS soap opera Falcon crest.

In 1988, she reprized her role as Kitty Cocoons follow-up, Cocoon: The Return (1988). After the end of Spread GiuliaWelch played Alessandra Gentli in an Italian movie, La bocca (1991). Subsequently, she appeared in several European films, including Angel with a gun – 1992 (as Lisa), Night train to Venice – 1993 (as Vera), The criminal mind – 1993 (as Gabrielle Dupre), ed Inappropriate behavior – 1994 (as Ashley).

In 1995, Tahnee co-starred with Dennis Hopper, Christopher Walken and Griffin Dune in the action/comedy drama Search and Destroy. The following year, she starred in a biographical drama film, I shot Andy Warhol. That same year, Raquel Welch’s daughter also voiced the character Catherine Powell in the video game, Ripper. In the late 1990s, Welch did two TV movies, Johnny 2.0 and body and soul. Her last screen appearance was in a 1999 short film titled Pyrite.

Her only credit after 1999 is her role in the 2016 sci-fi/thriller 2 Lava 2 Lantula! The film was the sequel to the one from 2015 Lavalantula.

Tahnee explains why she stopped modeling

While talking to Sun Sentinel in July 1987, the Spread Giulia star revealed why she quit modeling and shifted her passion to acting.

In 1988, Tahnee reprized her role as Kitty in Cocoon's sequel, Cocoon: The Return (1988).
Tahnee said she quit modeling because she had nothing to offer for a company that was primarily concerned with beauty.
The former Playboy model said her modeling career previously lasted “five minutes”. She explained them

“wasn’t very good at it. I did not like it. It hurt for me.”

Welch reasoned that the pain stemmed from her belief that she had nothing to offer for a company primarily concerned with beauty. She admitted that she felt really ugly inside and said it didn’t matter that what she had was of value to others. To her it was humiliating – “almost as if the Emperor has no clothes.”

Tahnee Welch was robbed

On January 20, 1988, two men beat Raquel’s daughter outside her Manhattan East Side apartment. Welch returned from late-night errands around 12:40 AM EST. After pushing her to the ground, the attackers punched her in the face and snatched her bag.

However, police only picked up one of the men, a 17-year-old named Elvin May from Brooklyn. Later, the court charged him with two cases of theft based on the witnesses.

After the attack, the Cocoon actress was taken to New York Hospital-Cornell Medical Center, where she was treated for lacerations above her right eye that required several stitches. She had a bruised left eye, abrasions to her face and hand, and back pain.

Tahnee Welch was married to British actor Jared Harris

The five-foot-tall actress reportedly had a serious romance with actor/director/writer, Luca Palanca. The two met while Tahnee was working in the kitchen of Joe and Joe’s Pizzeria, the Palanca family’s restaurant.

Tahnee had a serious romance with actor/director/writer Luca Palanca. The two met while Tahnee was working in the kitchen of Joe and Joe's Pizzeria, the Palanca family's restaurant.
Tahnee Welch was in a relationship with actor, director and writer Luca Palanca
Fun fact: The eatery’s sales skyrocketed when word got out that she was Raquel Welch’s daughter.

She was also married to an English actor Jared Harris from 1991 to 1996. Tahnee Welch’s ex-husband, Harris is known for playing Lance Pryce in AMC’s Mad Men and Valery Legasov in HBO’s Chernobyl.

She did not have a good relationship with her mother, Raquel Welch

Tahnee had a difficult childhood with her mother and was not close. Raquel himself admitted in an interview with the Daily mail (October 30, 2010) that she successfully focused her career over her children. She revealed that she often left Tahnee and Damon with nannies while taking part in assignments thousands of miles away.

Raquel Welch said she would regularly sign letters to her children with her signature
Tahnee did not have a good relationship with her mother. Raquel admits that she has successfully focused her career over her children
Tahnee’s Golden Globe-winning mom also said she would regularly sign letters to her kids with her signature “Raquel” like she would to her fans, instead of “Mom.” Plus, she admitted that her kids wouldn’t give her an “A” as a parent.

Raquel’s autobiography Beyond the split also talk about the narration of their relationship.

Tahnee often abruptly stopped doing interviews for the film Cocoon (1985) because she would get tired of answering questions about her mother.

Where is Tahnee Welch now?

It’s been quite some time since the tabloids last talked about Raquel’s daughter, Tahnee Welch.

Her last appearance; something that was for the general public was in 2017 when her actress mom, Raquel, posted a TBT photo of herself and Tahnee on the occasion of Mother’s Day. The Instagram post featured images from 1993 where the mother-daughter duo pose for the cover of Interview Magazine.

Tahnee Welch appeared on the cover and nude editorial of Playboy magazine from 1995.
Tahnee Welch’s last mention was in 2017 when her actress mom, Raquel, posted a TBT photo of herself and Tahnee to mark Mother’s Day
Unlike her mother Raquel Welch, who is still occasionally spotted by paparazzi, Tahnee’s appearance has been relatively rare in recent years. Not much is known about how she fills her time now that she is no longer active on the silver screen.

It is also unclear whether she is already a mother or can simply stand on her own.

Some other facts about Tahnee Welch:

  • Welch appeared in Playboy Magazine in November 1995, cover and nude.
  • Moreover, she also appeared in American Vogue, Italian VogueBritish GK, InterviewFrench Mary ClaireItalian Fashionand German Bunte Magazines.
  • She is also the ex-stepdaughter of Patrick Curtis and André Weinfeld.
  • Before acting, Tahnee also worked as a clerk in a boutique.
  • She also starred in the 1971 film The Beloved, although she did not receive a credit.


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