Bo Derek : Biography
Bo Derek (born Mary Cathleen Collins on November 20, 1956, Long Beach, California) is an American film actress and model of Irish, German and Dutch descent.
She was married to an actor 30 years older, John Derek, from 1974 until his death in 1998. They met during filming of a movie, and subsequently, John filed for divorce from his wife, actress Linda Evans.
Her appearance in the popular sex farce shot her to instant stardom and status as a sex symbol, which may have had as much to do with her unusual hairstyle in the film (cornrows) as much as any acting talent.
The plotline of 10 involves a woman who seems better-than-perfect to the protagonist (Moore), until he actually gets to know her and realizes she cannot live up to his expectations... the role thus ironically seeming to be a metaphor for her career.
Bo Derek: Career
An aspiring model, 16-year-old Bo Derek was introduced to actor/director/cinematographer John Derek in 1971. Just as he'd done with previous "protegés" Ursula Andress and Linda Evans, Derek literally molded her into a highly desirable superstar. In her first film, the Jaws rip-off Orca, Bo showed up long enough to have her lovely leg chewed off by a killer whale. Her next film was far more rewarding: Blake Edwards' 10 (1979), in which, bouncing along the beach in slow motion to the pulsating rhythms of Ravel's Bolero, the scantily clad, cornrow-coifed Bo became the instant object of star Dudley Moore's affections. An overnight pinup favorite, Bo followed her 10 triumph with a brace of adventure films directed by her husband: Tarzan the Ape Man (1981) and Bolero (1984). After six years away from films, she returned before the cameras in another Derek/Derek co-production, the unsuccessful Ghosts Can't Do It (1990). Bo Derek has since occasionally appeared in such films as the Italian Sognando La California (1991) and the American Woman of Desire (1994)
Bo Derek: Movies
Crusader (2005), Boom (2003), Malibu's Most Wanted (2003), The Master of Disguise (2002), Horror 101 (2000), Sunstorm (2000), Shattered Image (1995), Tommy Boy (1995), Woman of Desire (1993), Hot Chocolate (1992), Ghosts Can't Do It (1990), Bolero (1984), Fantasies (1981), Tarzan, the Ape Man (1981), A Change of Seasons (1980), 10 (1979), Orca: The Killer Whale (1977)