Bo Derek Poster


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Overview (4)

Born in Long Beach, California, USA
Birth NameMary Cathleen Collins
Nickname Cathy
Height 5' 3¾" (1.62 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Bo Derek (born Mary Cathleen Collins is an American actress and model. Her breakthrough film role was in the romantic comedy 10 (1979). Her first husband John Derek directed her in Fantasies; Tarzan, the Ape Man (both 1981); Bolero (1984) and Ghosts Can't Do It (1989), all of which received negative reviews. Widowed in 1998, she married actor John Corbett in 2020. Now semi-retired, she makes occasional film, television, and documentary appearances.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Bonitao

Family (2)

Spouse John Corbett (December 2020 - present)
John Derek (10 June 1976 - 22 May 1998)  (his death)
Parents Norma Collins
Collins, Paul

Trade Mark (4)

Platinum blonde hair
Cat-like blue eyes
Prominent cheekbones
Lisp, breathless voice

Trivia (38)

Eldest of four children. Her father, Paul Collins, was a boat salesman and a Hobie Cat executive. Mother, Norma Collins, was a makeup 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 Luker and Ursula Andress.
Eldest 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 she.
Animal rights activist and supporter of the Republican Party.
Her sister, Kerry Perez, is her longtime assistant.
Member of the NRA and a regular hunter. Close friend and vocal supporter of former NRA president Charlton Heston.
Attended the Republican National Convention in New York in 2004 to show her support for President George W. Bush and the Iraq war.
Has Dutch, English, German, Irish and Welsh descent.
Lives on a family horse ranch outside of Santa Ynez, California (between Santa Barbara and Santa Maria).
Her father, Paul Collins, was the marketing and public relations director at Kawasaki Motorcycles in the early 1970s.
Has her own pampering pet care product company: "Bo Derek's Bless the Beasts", products in the range include numerous nourishing dog shampoos and conditioners, fragrances and fur polish.
She is a member of the California Horse Racing Board.
Named envoy to Fight Animal Trafficking by the United States State Department.
Was considered for the role of Stacey Sutton in A View to a Kill (1985), which ultimately went to Tanya Roberts.
Bo Derek is the International Ambassador of the Lusitano Horse (Portuguese World Champion Horse).
She has a Pure Portuguese mare, a champion named Gaiata, which she bought in 2000.
2014 Ambassador to the Breeders Cup (thoroughbred horseracing).
Was announced as a roaster for Comedy Central Roasts: Comedy Central Roast of Rob Lowe (2016) but did not appear. No explanation was given for her absence.
At one point she was in negotiations to star in a screen adaptation of Irving Wallace's novel "The Fan Club".
Bo and John Derek were of the many celebrities who liked to make weekend visits to Ralph Helfer's "Africa U.S.A." Exotic Animal Ranch in Soledad Canyon, California to play with the animals and pitch in with the chores.
C.J. the Orangutan fell in love with her at first sight as they were making the movie Tarzan the Ape Man (1981).
Was romantically linked to Ted Turner and Kiefer Sutherland in the early '00s.
Has one step-granddaughter: Alyce Isadora Derek born on June 28, 1969. (Russell's daughter).
Ex-stepmother-in-law of Lynette Derek, actually her senior by eight years.
Met John Derek at 16, in relationship at 17 and married at 19.
In order to keep the illusion that all of John Derek's wives were blonde and subject to his Svengali-like influence, Derek's first wife and mother of his children, Pati Behrs, a brunette, was omitted from the PR that was spread during Bo's peak years of fame, whereas his second and third wives, Ursula Andress and Linda Evans, were constantly mentioned whenever Bo was written about.
African lion Neal was her self-appointed bodyguard while filming the movie Tarzan the Ape Man (1981).

Personal Quotes (14)

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.
Whoever said money can't buy happiness simply didn't know where to go shopping.
We were on the island of Hawaii. I think I was there three months. It was fantastic. It is not much different than films. It depends on the television show but much of television today is as good or better than most films.
Probably some of the projects I chose to do after that had more to do with what people thought of me. The industry was very open and probably hoping that I could do anything.
It's been very nice. I haven't gotten out too much because we've been working a lot, but otherwise the people have been very nice and I've had a good time.
[on being a very conservative Republican in Hollywood] They are very adamant and almost militant in their views. It's tough to have a nice, open conversation of any kind. People get really angry and they treat me as though I'm some hateful monster.

Salary (3)

10 (1979) $35,000
Tarzan the Ape Man (1981) $1,000,000
Bolero (1984) $1,500,000

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