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Overview (3)

Born in Queens, New York City, New York, USA
Birth NameBarbara Ann Goldbach
Height 5' 7" (1.7 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Barbara Bach was born Barbara Ann Goldbach on August 27, 1947 in Queens, New York City, to Howard I. Goldbach, a policeman, Jewish from a family from Germany, Austria and Romania, and wife Marjorie ..., Irish Catholic. She met her first husband Augusto Gregorini in New York while she worked as a model and he was visiting from Italy for business tourism in 1966. Barbara followed him to Italy to be with him and they married in 1968. They had two children, Francesca Gregorini and Gianni Gregorini. During Gianni's birth, he had the umbilical cord wrapped around his neck, nearly choking him, and was diagnosed with cerebral palsy, although a later operation improved his condition.

In 1975, Barbara and Augusto Gregorini separated when she moved to Los Angeles, California. The couple divorced in 1978, sharing custody of their two children. Barbara met Ringo Starr on the set of the comedy Caveman (1981), and they became a couple during the filming. Ringo and Barbara were on a holiday in December 1980 when her daughter called to inform them that John Lennon had been shot. Ringo and Barbara went to New York City to console Yoko Ono and Sean Lennon. Ringo and Barbara married on April 27, 1981.

Her acting career began in Italy, where she played Nausicaa in Odissea (1968), a television adaptation of Homer's epic poem "The Odyssey", directed by Franco Rossi and produced by Dino De Laurentiis. Bach co-starred with two other "Bond Girls", Claudine Auger and Barbara Bouchet in the mystery Black Belly of the Tarantula (1971) and had small roles in other Italian films. In 1977, she played Russian secret agent Anya Amasova in the James Bond film The Spy Who Loved Me (1977). The following year, she appeared in the war film Force 10 from Navarone (1978), which also starred Robert Shaw and Harrison Ford.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Pedro Borges

Spouse (2)

Ringo Starr (27 April 1981 - present)
Augusto Gregorini (1968 - 16 March 1981) ( divorced) ( 2 children)

Trivia (19)

Has two children with Augusto, Count Gregorini di Savignano di Romagna: Francesca Gregorini and Gianni Gregorini.
A published interview with her in the late 1970s proclaimed her "Queen of the B-Movies".
Attended the famous Beatles concert at Shea Stadium, 15 years before she would meet her future husband, Beatles drummer Ringo Starr. [August 1965]
Barbara's photo was featured on the cover of Playboy magazine in January 1981. Inside was also a photo spread of Barbara. She made several other appearances in Playboy related to her movie work, especially as a "Bond Girl" in The Spy Who Loved Me (1977).
Barbara was sent to Rome as model for the noted Seventeen magazine . There she fell in love with an Italian businessman, Augusto Gregorini, who was 11 years her senior. At age 18, she married Augusto and moved with him to Rome where she began her film career.
Born in Queens, she has three siblings; one older brother and a younger brother and sister. Her mother Marjorie Mary Goldbach née McKnight was Irish Catholic. Her father Howard Irwin Goldbach was Austrian Jewish and a New York City police officer. Her grandmother was Rumanian.
Has involved herself in charity work, including the Live Aid connected "Fashion Aid", and "The Rumanian Angel" appeal which was set up with Olivia Harrison and Yoko Ono, George and John's widows. Barbara worked with the "Parents For Safe Food" Campaign. In 1991, with help from Pattie Boyd (George's ex), she set up a free clinic for addicts called SHARP (Self Help Addiction Recovery Program) in London.
While traveling through England, Ringo and Barbara suffered a near-fatal car crash, miraculously surviving with few injuries. Ringo decided he never wanted to be separated from Bach again. They married less than a year later. [May 1980]
This was between Barbara and Shelley Hack to replace Kate Jackson on Charlie's Angels (1976). The New York-born Barbara was deemed too European and sophisticated for the role and Hack won the role. However, Hack was not keenly accepted as an "Angel" by audiences and left after only one season.
Stepmother of Zak Starkey and stepaunt of Lucy Walsh.
Older sister of Marjorie Bach. Sister-in-law of Joe Walsh.
Fluent in Italian and has a working knowledge of French and Spanish.
Attended and graduated from the all-girl Dominican Commercial High School in Jamaica, New York (1964).
Received her Master's degree in Psychology from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) (1993).
Her most famous film role is of a Russian spy in The Spy Who Loved Me (1977). Because she spoke with a Russian accent in that film, and because most of her other film roles were either in Italian or French, everyone assumed that she was European and refused to cast her in American roles. The truth is she was born and raised in New York, USA and speaks English with an American accent, even after her marriages to an Italian businessman and to an Englishman Ringo Starr.
Roger Moore barely mentions her in his memoir, even though he called The Spy Who Loved Me (1977) as one of the best James Bond films. John Glen later said that he believed that Moore and Bach "weren't the best of buddies" and that she might have found his humor to be juvenile. However, when Moore died in 2017, she graciously said, "It was a pleasure working with Roger, he was a kind and good man. A true gentleman. Peace, love and condolences to his wife and family.".
She recommended Grace Jones to the James Bond film producers who cast her in A View to a Kill (1985).
Her then-boyfriend Danton Rissner lobbied hard to get her cast in The Spy Who Loved Me (1977). She did a successful screen-test and beat out established stars like Catherine Deneuve, Marthe Keller and Dominique Sanda, because their agents were asking for a great deal of money, and the James Bond film producers usually cast unknown actresses, because they were inexpensive.
She is not related to actress Catherine Bach.

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