Raquel Welch, a veteran actress who rose to fame as a sex symbol in the 1960s and 70s, 

died Wednesday in Los Angeles at the age of 82 after a brief illness.

The news was confirmed to NPR by her son, Damon.

In a career spanning nearly six decades,

Welch started in the 1960s with appearances on TV shows such as The Virginian

McHale's Navy and Bewitched

These appearances paved the way for back-to-back roles in Fantastic Voyage and One Million Years B.C. in 1966.

Throughout her career, Welch was a two-time Golden Globe nominee,

winning Best Actress in a Motion Picture

Musical or Comedy, for her role in the 1973's The Three Musketeers as Constance de Bonacieux, and a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.