Bo Derek

Bo Derek


Life Story

Bo Derek was born on November 20, 1956 in Long Beach, California, USA as Mary Cathleen Collins. She is an actress and producer, known for Ghosts Can't Do It (1989), Bolero (1984) and Tommy Boy (1995). She was previously married to John Derek.


John Derek (10 June 1976 - 22 May 1998)


Eldest of four children. Her father, Paul Collins, was a boat salesman and a Hobie Cat executive. Her mother, Norma Collins, was a make-up artist, and hairdresser to Ann-Margret.
Listed as one of twelve "Promising New Actors of 1979" in John Willis' Screen World, Vol 31.
Mentioned in the theme song of the 1980s television series The Fall Guy (1981).
Stepdaughter of stuntman Bobby Bass.
Did fund raising work for President George W. Bush during the 2000 election.
Turned down the role of "Dwan" in the remake King Kong (1976), which went to Jessica Lange.
Attended Nathaniel Narbonne High School in Harbor City, California. Did not return after completing junior year.
Photographer for the John Corbett tour. She shot his self-titled CD cover.
Friends with Diandra Douglas and Ursula Andress.
Oldest of four children: a brother and two sisters (one of whom is Kerry Perez).
Bo and her late husband, John Derek, formed "Svengali Productions".
Met her current boyfriend John Corbett on a blind date.
Bo's stepchildren, Russell Derek (1950-1999) and Sean Catherine Derek (born 1953), were older than her.

Personal Quotes 

I played a definite part in it. I guess the things that I played in films and the way the nudity and the love scenes were handled were really different.
Also there is a twist to the story as I'm being haunted and driven crazy, attacked and so on. All I seem to do is run and scream and cry in every scene.
There's an incredible fascination for that and that goes with violence and everything else in pictures.
I love Spain. I go back two or three times a year usually to visit friends and ride horses.
Glorifying violence is terrible. Simulating sex is nothing--it's something so impersonal really.
10 (1979) was amazing! I had no career before "10" and then all of a sudden I was able to do pretty much whatever I was able to do in the business.
I grew up on the beaches of Southern California surfing and sailing and I've always loved horses so it was part of my dream that I was able to fulfill to have horses.
I found my love when I was 17 years old and my love is 100% honest. We've never had any ugly, rocky things to overcome.
It's really difficult for me. Language, I am sorry that I haven't. I think I just always expected that you learn a word in place of a word and when I discovered how difficult the grammar was and learning that was very discouraging for me.


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