Bo Derek
Actress
Bo Derek
Bo Derek is an American film and television actress, movie producer, and model perhaps best known for her role in the 1979 film 10. The film also launched a bestselling poster for Derek in a one-piece bikini, and she became one of the most popular sex symbols throughout the 1980s. However, Derek's later films were not well received by either the public or critics and her film career never recovered.
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George Kennedy, 'Cool Hand Luke' Actor, Dead At 91
Huffington Post - 12 months
George Kennedy, known for his role in "Cool Hand Luke," has died, reports TMZ. He was 91 years old.  The actor's grandson, Cory Schenkel, confirmed that Kennedy, who had been under hospice care for the last month, died early Sunday morning in Boise, Idaho. He also told TMZ that Kennedy had been dealing with health issues since his wife Joan's death just over a year ago.  Schenkel also shared a touching note about both of his grandparents on Facebook, writing, "While I am extremely sad that they are both gone ... I am grateful for the life, memories, and knowledge they shared with me."  Born in New York City to a ballet dancer and an orchestra leader, Kennedy found success in both television and film. The actor appeared in over 200 roles throughout his distinguished career.  He started out acting in TV westerns such as "Maverick" (1960) and "Colt .45" (1959). Soon after, he garnered minor roles in films like "Lonely Are the Brave" (1962) and "The Flight of the Pho ...
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The Internet's Love of Black Slang Makes Some of Us Uncomfortable
Huffington Post - about 1 year
There is an ongoing half-joke about "white people ruining" certain slang words. From "bling bling" to "basic." From "on fleek" to "f**kboy." From "yass" to "ain't nobody got time for that." The "mainstream" appropriation, and subsequent overuse, of black slang is as predictable as the tides. Portland-based Dominican artist and poet Manuel Arturo Abreu recently wrote a piece about the use of "Online Imagined Black English" for Arachne, an academic webzine that analyzes the relationship of mythology to the internet." They (Abreu's preferred pronoun) notes how the use of "Black English" has spread in recent years due to both use of the Internet - particularly, social media - and the worldwide popularity of rap, quoting linguist John McWorther's 2009 assertion that "Black English, especially the cadence, is becoming America's youth lingua franca, especially since the mainstreaming of hip-hop." "I focus on the phenomenon of non-black English speakers with no fluency using real or imagi ...
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Bo Derek: 'Aging Is Really Hard'
ABC News - almost 2 years
Star of "10," now 58, talks about growing older.
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Bo Derek, still a screen beauty
CBS News - almost 2 years
The actress who made quite an impression with a run on the beach a few decades ago in the film "10" returns to the screen in the SyFy Channel's hit TV-movie series, "Sharknado 3." Ben Tracy catches up with the actress who is still quite a 10.
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​Bo Derek: Aging is not for sissies
CBS News - almost 2 years
The screen beauty who became an international sex symbol in "10" says she gets credit from some for not having had a facelift - while others fret over why she hasn't yet
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5 Things You Should Never Wear in the Caribbean
Huffington Post - about 3 years
It's the night before your Caribbean vacation and you're packed and ready to roll. But wait! Before you close that carry-on, make sure your luggage isn't harboring one of these fashion criminals. 1.Sandals and socks I truly thought that the fashion travesty of sandals worn with mid-calf and knee-high socks was a thing of the past -- or at least reserved only for middle-aged British men. Turns out I was wrong because I saw this "look" alive and well on a couple of would-be hipsters during a trip to Montego Bay last month. But trust me, travelers: Even when worn "ironically," sandals and socks are NEVER cool. 2. Beaded Braids First, let's be clear: I'm not talking one or two plaits or cornrows or an Olsen-twin milkmaid updo. The fashion offense in question here is the head full of braids, each punctuated with a plastic bead or colorful elastic band. I know you don't want to offend the nice rotund lady at the cruise port who's offering braids for a dollar a pop. I know you think it' ...
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1970s Hair Icons That Will Make You Nostalgic
Huffington Post - over 3 years
Beyond the bell-bottoms and platform shoes in films and books, the 1970s was truly a transformative decade. Subcultures that spawned a generation of hipsters, rockers and radicals brought forth an eclectic mix of styles that we believe are best told through hair. From Farrah Fawcett's feathered cut to Debbie Harry's bleach-blonde bob to Pam Grier's Afro, these '70s hairdos echo the attitudes fueled by outspoken youth. To truly understand this great shift in society and politics, we've compiled a list of 16 hair icons whose strands tell a beautiful story. Farrah Fawcett The late "Charlie Angels" actress' flipped hairstyle remains one of the most sought-after looks, but somehow, many seem to fall flat of capturing Fawcett's big, bouncy mane. Pam Grier Grier's badass Afro commanded just as much attention and respect as the strong characters she played in blaxploitation films like "Foxy Brown" and "Coffy." Debbie Harry What impressionable young girl didn't reach for that bot ...
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Would sex symbols of yore be hot today?
Fox News - over 3 years
Frank Sinatra. Bo Derek. Mick Jagger. Would they be considered hot if they became famous today?
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BARELY RECOGNIZABLE
Huffington Post - over 3 years
Following her July 4th weekend vacation in the Bahamas (where she certainly showed off her bikini body), Heidi Klum returned to New York City sporting a serious tan and blond braids that made us feel like we were looking at Bo Derek and not the German-born model and mother of four. And now that the cornrows are out, you would think she would be back to looking like herself, but quite the opposite has happened. The 40-year-old "America's Got Talent" judge shared a shot of her hair on Instagram earlier today that most definitely does not resemble the sleek lighter look she usually rocks. But while we can barely recognize her, she seems to be loving the change from the ordinary. "I don't know if I prefer the braids or the big curls...," she captioned the photo. At least she's enjoying her post-vacation hair! See the full photo below:
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Diana Ryu: How to Deal: The Bathing Suit Edition
Huffington Post - almost 4 years
Cue the ominous music friends, because bathing suit season is nearly upon us. Sure, a glance at my calendar is enough to send me into an excited tizzy for warm weather to come, swiftly followed by the much-anticipated termination of that pesky seasonal affective disorder. The not so fun part is that Southern California summers are chock-full of beachside barbeques and pool parties and I'm woefully unprepared for the requisite itty-bitty uniform. My solution to the problem may seem contradictory, but here it is: I invest in three or four great fitting swimsuits (the hilarity isn't lost on me that I'm spending lots of hard-earned dough on a few pieces of cloth stitched together to cover my nether-regions), and the reasoning is simple. They can shave pounds off your frame, enhance your best features and stir up some Bo Derek, slow-motion-running confidence in a snap. Years ago, I would just pluck a couple of suits off the rack at the nearest discount store and make do, but whe ...
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Cheech Marin: The Night Kate Middleton Asked Me to Dance
Huffington Post - almost 4 years
There was fog on the moors and the hounds were baying in the night when I landed in Glasgow, Scotland ... or maybe it was just the sound of the jet engines dying down, along with the fog of three vodkas plus a sleeping pill I took for the transatlantic flight from L.A. Anyways, it was foggy and I was hungry. I drove around looking for someplace to eat until I found a restaurant that looked like it had typical Scottish food. A giant yellow and red sign glowed up ahead -- McDonald's! Ok, the name sounded Scottish and it had a drive-through. As I drove along, scared shitless, on the wrong side of the road wolfing down a typical Scottish "Big Mac," I wondered to myself, "Am I the first Chicano ever to set foot in the land of Braveheart?" Would they look at me and ask, "What the hell are you?" Would they ask me to mow their lawn? I was kind of let down when I got off the plane -- everyone wasn't wearing kilts and there were no bagpipes to greet us. At least, they all talked like ...
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Mark Juddery: If Marilyn Had Lived...
Huffington Post - about 4 years
On the 50th anniversary of Marilyn Monroe's death (which was back in August), Playboy's December cover features its original cover girl. This cover shows us the sexy, come-hither Marilyn, the only one that she had time to show most people. Though she was sadly mortal, she was like a goddess in at least one respect: she never got old. Had she survived, she would now be 86 years-old and... and what? Everyone likes to dream. In his novel Idlewild (1995), U.S. journalist Mark Lawson showed a world where Monroe survived her "suicide attempt," JFK survived his assassination attempt, and they continue their famous (if technically unproven) affair for another 30 years. Playwright Douglas Mendin, in a 1992 story for Entertainment Weekly, imagined that Monroe would survive, dedicate herself to serious acting, and win an Oscar in 1965, with her hair dyed brown. She would then record a hit song with Sinatra, make bad films, and give up acting in 1980 to look after her drug-addicted t ...
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Tanya Jo Miller: Ray Bradbury Said He Dated Bo Derek and Wrote Fahrenheit 451 in Nine Days
Huffington Post - over 4 years
I interviewed Ray Bradbury at his knick knack-filled home in 2010, where he spoke about his writing, among other random things, like dating Bo Derek. At the time, I was co-producing a tech segment for Southern California Public Radio. And I'd recently seen a beautiful adaptation of Bradbury's musical Wisdom 2116. It was about an older couple, married forty years, who gift each other an android of their flawless younger selves. But finally, they get sick of the perfection and decide to grow old together as humans, flaws and all. It was a classic Bradbury tale, made contemporary by the music and set. You can see a clip of the play here. Bradbury had one of those big personalities where it's hard to tell fact from fiction, and I found it didn't matter much where the line blurred, because his stories had the feeling of legend anyway. He said he wrote Fahrenheit 451 in nine days in the basement of UCLA. At 32, he had no money for an office. But he was wondering around ...
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What's Wrong With 'Lap Dances for Lap Dogs?'
Burlingame Patch - over 4 years
When it comes to promotional ideas, there’s quite a range, from brilliant, to bad, to colossally stupid.  I’ll start with a field I know well: Major League Baseball. The Giants are almost always marketing gold, but even they swing and miss occasionally. Take Photo Ball Day, a promotion they held to boost ticket sales back in the Candlestick Park days. The first 20,000 fans received a baseball with a star player’s photo on it.  Pretty nifty give-way, right?  Baseball fans can be salty and love hurling insults at opposing players and umpires.  Turned out they also liked hurling baseballs, and stadium security couldn’t control the scene.  Promotional balls rained on the field after every bad call. Believe it or not, the Giants also used to hold Bat Day - fans received actual baseball bats.  They had the good sense to cancel this event well before fan rage turned ugly in stadiums across the country. Decades ago, in 1979, the Chicago White Sox held Disco Demolition Night.  Th ...
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Trainer of Kentucky Derby Winner 'I'll Have Another' Is Suspended
Arcadia Patch - over 4 years
There was much anticipation about the California Horse Racing Board meeting at Hollywood Park Wednesday because of Doug O’Neill, the trainer of I’ll Have Another--the Santa Anita Derby, Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner going after horse racing's first Triple Crown since 1978. CNN even showed up. O'Neill was facing a suspension of as much as 180 days, or roughly six months, but instead will be suspended for only 45 days, with the additional 135 days stayed for 18 months, provided there are no further serious violations. He was also fined $15,000. The suspension will not interfere with O'Neill's work with I'll Have Another, as he attempts to become the first horse to win the Triple Crown in 34 years. The suspension will begin no sooner July 1. The Belmont, the third jewel of the Triple Crown, is June 9. The penalty against O'Neill was announced after the CHRB met in a closed session following its open meeting in the morning. O'Neill did not attend the closed session. The C ...
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Racing, and the Safety of Horses, Becomes Derek's Focus
NYTimes - almost 5 years
The actress Bo Derek discusses her love of the sport. She is a member of the California Horse Racing Board.
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Bo Derek
    FIFTIES
  • 2016
    Age 59
    Derek is set to be a part of the 2016 Comedy Central roast of Rob Lowe.
    More Details Hide Details Derek, who describes herself as Independent, supported George H. W. Bush in 1988 and 1992 and campaigned for his son George W. Bush in 2000 and 2004, and she appeared at both Republican conventions. In a January 2011 interview with The Hollywood Reporter, she said she had voted for Barack Obama in 2008. She has appeared at events with bachelor Republican Congressman David Dreier of Southern California.
  • 2015
    Age 58
    Derek had a featured role in the 2015 campy made-for-TV horror film Sharknado 3: Oh Hell No!
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  • 2012
    Age 55
    In 2012, she endorsed Mitt Romney for president.
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  • FORTIES
  • 2006
    Age 49
    In 2006, she was appointed to the Board of Trustees of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts by President George W. Bush, on the operations committee.
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    When White House Chief of Staff Josh Bolten was asked about his relationship with Derek on the edition of April 30, 2006 of Fox News Sunday with Chris Wallace, Bolten said she was a friend and a "strong supporter of the President".
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    In 2006, Derek starred in 40 episodes of the 65-episode telenovela series Fashion House, along with Morgan Fairchild.
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  • 2003
    Age 46
    In 2003, she received the VA's highest honor from Secretary of Veterans Affairs, Anthony Principi.
    More Details Hide Details Derek goes on United Service Organizations (USO) tours. The Special Forces Association named her an honorary Green Beret. Derek's father, Paul Collins, was a radio operator during the Korean war, and stepfather and her late husband, John Derek, were also veterans.
  • 2000
    Age 43
    Bo Derek appeared in several feature films, including Frozen with Fear and Malibu's Most Wanted. On March 25, 2000 at the 20th Golden Raspberry Awards, Derek was nominated for "Worst Actress of the Century."
    More Details Hide Details She shared this nomination with Madonna, Brooke Shields, Elizabeth Berkley and Pia Zadora: eventually, Madonna won the award.
  • 1999
    Age 42
    Later that year she guest starred on four episodes of Wind on Water. In 1999, she appeared on The Drew Carey Show.
    More Details Hide Details In the early 2000s, she appeared in guest roles on the shows Family Law, Queen of Swords, Two Guys, a Girl and a Pizza Place, Lucky, Still Standing, and 7th Heaven.
  • 1998
    Age 41
    In 1998, her husband of 22-years John Derek died suddenly.
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  • THIRTIES
  • 1995
    Age 38
    In 1995, Derek appeared as the evil Beverly Barish in the comedy film Tommy Boy.
    More Details Hide Details The film received mixed reviews from critics, but was a financial success. Derek was again nominated for a Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Supporting Actress but lost to Madonna (for Four Rooms).
  • 1994
    Age 37
    She returned to theatrical films with the 1994 R-rated romance Woman of Desire.
    More Details Hide Details The film co-starred film legend Robert Mitchum and received a minor theatrical release. Due to its lack of publicity, the studio released the film on VHS the same day it premiered in theaters.
  • 1989
    Age 32
    After a five-year hiatus from films, Derek returned to motion pictures with the drama/comedy/fantasy Ghosts Can't Do It, which was filmed and released on video in foreign countries in 1989.
    More Details Hide Details It did not receive a theatrical release in the United States until June 1990. It was the final teaming of Bo as lead actress and her husband John as director. The film was John Derek's imitation of the fantasy film Ghost, which was released the same year and garnered critical and financial success. Bo Derek won another "Worst Actress" award for her performance, and the film also won "Worst Picture," "Worst Director" and "Worst Supporting Actor" awards. Ghosts Can't Do It was criticized and was a box office failure. Upon the release of Ghosts Can’t Do It, Derek and her husband took a break from acting due to John's declining health. Bo returned to acting in the 1992 television movie Hot Chocolate, which was followed by Shattered Image in 1994, another television film.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1985
    Age 28
    On March 24, 1985, she again won the Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Actress.
    More Details Hide Details Bolero won other Raspberry awards, including "Worst Director", "Worst Screenplay", "Worst Picture", "Worst New Star" and "Worst Musical Score". The film was called Derek's worst screen performance, but has since become her second most popular film, after 10.
  • 1984
    Age 27
    In 1984, she filmed Bolero, directed by her husband.
    More Details Hide Details The film explored the female protagonist's sexual awakening, and her journey around the world to find an ideal first lover to take her virginity. The sexual nature of the film, along with substantial nudity and questionable content, resulted in the film being given an X rating, usually reserved for pornographic or extremely violent horror films. Critical reviews for Bolero were poor, and the film failed to recoup its production costs at the box office. Derek's performance of the young, sexually inexperienced female lead was given the worst reviews.
  • 1981
    Age 24
    Between 1981 and 1983, Derek had no film offers.
    More Details Hide Details She made frequent public appearances, and was featured on magazine covers and as a guest on television talk shows.
    She posed again for the September 1981 issue.
    More Details Hide Details By the early 1980s, Derek's film career had begun to crumble.
    On March 31, 1981, Derek (along with Faye Dunaway for Mommie Dearest) won the Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Actress. Tarzan, the Ape Man became a box office success, making over $35 million in ticket sales, and becoming the 15th highest-grossing film of 1981.
    More Details Hide Details In August 1980, Derek was first featured in Playboy magazine.
    She followed with MGM's R-rated Tarzan, the Ape Man in 1981.
    More Details Hide Details Directed by husband John Derek, the film dealt very little on the title character of Tarzan but instead focused more on Derek's character of Jane Parker, along with numerous scenes of her in revealing jungle costumes. The film gave Derek her first leading role in a mainstream Hollywood film. Due to its strong dwelling on the role of Jane, the film was originally to be entitled Me, Jane, Jane and Tarzan, or Searching for Tarzan. Filming took place on location in Sri Lanka on a moderate budget of $6.5 million. John Derek wanted to showcase his wife's physical appeal and required her to wear risqué outfits in several scenes, which generated controversy. In one scene Bo appeared nude while several African women were bathing her and later she was nude again while they painted her white. Before the film was released, John Derek and MGM were sued by the Edgar Rice Burroughs estate over the name of the film, as Derek's role and body overshadowed the story of Tarzan. The film was strongly criticized by critics.
  • 1979
    Age 22
    In 1979, Derek was selected over Melanie Griffith, Heather Thomas and several others for the role of Jenny Hanley in the romantic comedy film 10.
    More Details Hide Details Directed by Blake Edwards, the film starred Dudley Moore as a middle-aged man who finds Derek's character to be the ideal woman for him, though he is already in a relationship with another woman, played by Julie Andrews. Derek's appearance in a dream sequence, racing towards Moore in a flimsy flesh-colored swimsuit, became iconic and launched her status as a mainstream sex symbol. This sequence and Derek’s cornrow hairstyle in the film have often been parodied. 10 became a critical and financial blockbuster. After 10, Derek was immediately cast in A Change of Seasons (1980), a dramatic-comedy film, alongside Shirley MacLaine and Anthony Hopkins. She played a young college student who has an affair with her older, married professor. Critics reviewed it unfavorably and A Change of Seasons had only a moderate box office success.
  • 1977
    Age 20
    In 1977 she caught the eye of director Michael Anderson and was cast in a small role in his upcoming horror flick, Orca (1977), which was Anderson's answer to major success of Jaws. The film received a minor theatrical release in July 1977 and was an ultimate box office disappointment.
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  • TEENAGE
  • 1976
    Age 19
    John and Bo moved to Germany and returned to the United States soon after Bo's 18th birthday, and they married in 1976. They remained married until his death from heart failure in 1998.
    More Details Hide Details Since 2002, she has been involved with actor John Corbett. She continues to live in California with her sister, sister-in-law, and their two children.
    They married on June 10, 1976.
    More Details Hide Details By that time, John Derek had given his young wife a so-called Hollywood makeover. She had bleached her hair blonde and adopted the name Bo Derek.
  • 1973
    Age 16
    While attending Narbonne High School in Los Angeles at age 16 in 1973, Cathleen became romantically involved with John Derek, a married man 30 years her senior.
    More Details Hide Details Not long after the two started dating, John divorced his wife, actress Linda Evans. The couple moved to Germany where John Derek would not be subject to prosecution under California statutory rape laws due to Cathleen's illicit underage association with Derek. In 1973 in Germany, John began to pursue making a film starring Cathleen. Entitled Fantasies, he planned the film as a low-budget English-language romantic drama, and cast her alongside several unknown German actors and actresses. It was shot over a ten-day period in Greece in the summer of 1973. In an effort to capitalize on Bo's beauty, John had several risqué scenes worked into the film, which showcased the unknown Cathleen's good looks, featuring her in revealing outfits as well as some brief nudity. Due to the fierce controversy that surrounded Fantasies, Derek had it re-edited twice before trying to sell it to studios. The film went unreleased until 1981, when as Bo Derek, the actress had already achieved a sex symbol status.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1956
    Born
    Born on November 20, 1956.
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