Tahnee Welch is an American model and actress. She is most well-known as the daughter of Hollywood actress Raquel Welch and her first husband, James Welch. Unlike her mother, Tahnee is active in European films, especially in Italian movies. Welch is recognized for her roles in Cocoon, Amarsi un po’, Disperatamente Giulia, and I Shot Andy Warhol among others.
The American-born actress got to experience her mother’s stardom from her early childhood days. Furthermore, she herself traveled to several European countries, including England, Spain, and Italy that gave her opportunities to learn about European cultures.
Even though Tahnee Welch isn’t as famous as her mother, there are a lot of things to learn about this star kid. Here’s everything you need to know about her.
Tahnee Welch Early Life, Parents and Family
Welch was born Latanne Rene Welch to Raquel Welch and her first husband, James Welch on December 26, 1961, in San Diego, California. She was born as the second child to her parents. For a fact, Welch’s Indian name belonged to her paternal grandmother.
She is an American by her nationality and belongs to mixed ethnicity as her maternal grandparents were from South American nation, Bolivia while her paternal grandparents had ancestral roots in Europe.
Tahnee’s maternal grandfather, Armando Carlos Tejada Urquizo was a well-known aeronautical engineer in Bolivia. Furthermore, Raquel’s cousin, Tahnee’s maternal aunt, Lidia Gueiler Tejada was the first female president of Bolivia. Born on August 28, 1921, in Cochabamba, Bolivia, Lidia died on May 9, 2011, in La Paz, Bolivia at the age of 89 years.
Her Parents’ Wedding and Divorce
Tahnee Welch’s parents, Raquel and James were married for a few years from the late 1950s to early 1960s. Her mother had just graduated when she married James on May 8, 1959. Meanwhile, the One Million Years B.C. actress and James were already expecting their first child, Damon Welch at the time they tied the knot.
The husband-and-wife welcomed two children, a son, and a daughter in quick succession. Not too long after they welcomed their second child, Tahnee, Raquel and James started having troubles in their marriage. The former lovebirds couldn’t resolve their issues and finally got divorced in 1964.
Tahnee Welch Mother Has Been Married Four Times
Tahnee’s mother, Raquel Welch couldn’t become as good a wife as she is an actress. Raquel has had what seems a perfect acting career, however, her married lives have been difficult for her. She has been married four times with her fourth marriage ending in 2004.
As we mentioned earlier, Raquel’s first marriage was to Tahnee’s father, James Welch from 8 May 1959, to 1964. A couple of years after her first divorce, Raquel tied the knot with Patrick Curtis on 14 February 1967. She remained married to him for nearly five years, but they didn’t welcome children. Raquel officially divorced her second hubby on January 6, 1972.
Raquel’s third marriage lasted a little longer as compared to her previous two marriages. She married Andre Weinfeld on July 5, 1980, and divorced after a decade on August 27, 1990. After her third marriage broke, Tahnee’s mother remained unmarried for nearly one decade.
She finally fell in love with Richie Palmer, with whom she tied the knot on July 17, 1999. Like her previous three marriages, the fourth one also ended in divorce in 2004. It’s been more than 17 years since Raquel separated from her fourth husband, but she has shown no interest in being a wife again.
How Many Siblings Does Tahnee Welch Have?
Tahnee has only one sibling, an elder brother, Damon Welch. Damon is two years older than Tahnee. Besides, she also has a half-brother from her father’s second marriage to a woman named Jean. As of now, we have no clue regarding her half-brother’s name and other details.
Childhood and Education
Welch was born in California, the United States, however, she spent most of her childhood days in different parts of Europe. Mainly, Tahnee spent her childhood days between Spain, England, and Italy. She returned to America during her teenage days and enrolled at an all-girls school, Westlake School for Girls. But she dropped her school at 16 and left home.
After dropping out of school, Tahnee did some odd jobs for a couple of years before she eventually decided to study acting. She then moved to New York to study acting.
Her Relationship with Her Mother Wasn’t So Good
Tahnee and her brother, Damon didn’t have a good relationship with their mother. Raquel was in the heydays of her acting career, so she was quite busy with her acting job. Due to this reason, she couldn’t give much time to her children. This very thing created a distance between Raquel and her children.
Meanwhile, the actress herself acknowledged that she couldn’t be a good mother as she had desired. In an interview with Daily Mail in 2010, Raquel admitted that she put her career over her children which was one of the biggest mistakes of her life. Raquel said she often left her kids with their nannies.
Nevertheless, Raquel and her children finally resolved their issues and remained on good terms.
Tahnee Welch Acting Career – Also Modeled for a Few Years
Welch started her acting career in Italy in the 1980s. She started her career as a lead actress in 1984’s Italian show, Amarsi un po’ in which she work alongside Virna Lisi and Claudio Amendola.
In 1984, Welch returned back to the United States after she got an offer from director Ron Howard’s blockbuster film Cocoon. Besides Tahnee Welch, the movie also starred veteran actors Jessica Tandy, Maureen Stapleton, and Hume Cronyn.
Welch gained significant recognition for her work on Cocoon, however, she moved back to Italy to continue her career there. Not only in Italy, but she also worked in German movies and TV shows. In 1989, she gained attention after she acted in the Fabio Testi and Laura Antonelli-directed Italian romance-drama mini-series Disperatamente Giulia.
Besides, Tahnee has also worked in the American film industry. Some of her works in Hollywood include Search and Destroy, I Shot Andy Warhol, and Sue among others.
She Ended Her Modeling Career Short
At the beginning of her career, Tahnee Welch did modeling, however, she didn’t continue modeling for a long time. She had kept the reason for quitting modeling so young. In July 1987, Welch revealed the reason why she quit modeling in an interview with Sun-Sentinel.
Welch said she wasn’t good at it. She said her modeling career was for “five-minute.” “I didn’t enjoy it. It was painful for me,” she added. Moreover, she also said that she felt very ugly inside and the field was humiliating. It’s “almost like the emperor has no clothes,” Welch concluded.
Tahnee Welch was Robbed in the Late Eighties
Not many of you might be aware of the fact that Tahnee Welch was actually mugged back in the ’80s. According to Associated Press, on January 20, 1988, two young men approached and knocked Welch down to the street and stole her purse. The incident took place in Manhattan, New York.
Police Sgt. Raymond O’Donnell said the robbers took away the then 26-year-old actress’ pocketbook that had $20 and some credit cards. Moreover, O’Donnell also said that a New York-native teenager named Elvin May, 17 was stopped by a witness and was later arrested by police.
On the other side, Tahnee was taken to The New York Hospital-Cornell Medical Center for treatment as she sustained minor injuries during the robbery.
Her Married Life – Who was Tahnee Welch Married To?
Welch’s current marital status is a little unclear, however, she has been through a couple of relationships in the past. She was married to an English actor, Jared Harris for around four years from 1991 to 1996.
Harris famously portrayed Lance Pryce in AMC’s Mad Man and Valery Legasov in HBO’s Chernobyl. Unfortunately, there is no info on why Tahnee and Harris ended their marriage.
Besides Harris, the American actress was seriously linked with actor and director, Luca Palanca. Even though there aren’t many details about their romance, we know for sure that they first met when Welch was working at Joe and Joe’s Pizzeria, the Palanca family’s restaurant.
Tahnee Welch’s Current Status
It’s been years since Raquel Welch’s daughter made her screen appearance. Moreover, tabloids haven’t talked much about her in the last few years, so it’s not unusual that people are eager to know her whereabouts. So, where is Tahnee Welch indeed?
Well, to be honest, it’s a little task to handle. She has been living a low-key life entirely. Moreover, she isn’t active on social sites like Facebook and Instagram. As a matter of fact, her mother had posted a picture of her and Tahnee’s on Mother’s Day 2017 on her Instagram. The picture itself was from 1993 where the mother-daughter duo can be seen posing for the cover of Interview Magazine.