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Bo Derek

Bo Derek (born November 20, 1956) is an American film actress and model. 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 1974, the 48-year-old Derek capped his makeover by marrying the 18-year-old Bo. 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). Derek also appeared in Tommy Boy the 1995 comedy starring David Spade and Chris Farley. In 2003, Derek played the mother of a sheltered wannabe named B-Rad (Jamie Kennedy), and joined the Miss Universe 2004 pageant as a judge. The actress appeared in several television series including 7th Heaven, Lucky, and Queen of Swords. In 2006, she took a leading role as a ruthless businesswoman in Fashion House, a telenovela drama series following the scandals and passions found within an elite corporation. When not acting, Bo Derek participates in a number of political and social causes, including working on the behalves of disabeled veterans, serving as a spokeswoman for the Animal Welfare Institute’s campaign to put an end to the slaughter of horses. Derek is an avid equestrian and published an autobiography titled Everything That Matters in Life I Learned from Horses. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi


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Born:
Nov 20, 1956 In Long Beach, California, USA
Movie/TV Credits:
36
First Appeared:
In the movie Orca: The Killer Whale 1977-07-22
Latest Project:
Movie I Am Chris Farley 2015-07-27
Known For
Poster of Chuck
Poster of The Mrs Merton Show
Filmography
Movie I Am Chris Farley Herself 2015-07-27
Movie Sharknado 3: Oh Hell No! May Wexler 2015-07-22
Movie Electric Boogaloo: The Wild, Untold Story of Cannon Films Herself 2014-10-06
Movie On Any Sunday, The Next Chapter Herself 2014-01-01
Movie Highland Park Destiny 2013-06-08
Movie The Hunt for the I-5 Killer Seaver 2011-10-02
Series Chuck Bo Derek 2007-09-24
Series Fashion House 2006-09-05
Movie Crusader Nicola Markham 2005-08-23
Movie Frazetta: Painting with Fire Herself 2003-01-01
Movie Boom Bo Derek 2003-09-19
Movie Malibu's Most Wanted Bess Gluckman 2003-04-10
Movie Complicated Women Herself 2003-05-06
Movie Horror 101 Miss Allison James 2001-09-04
Movie Frozen With Fear 2001-06-06
Movie Sunstorm Victoria Warren 2001-01-31
Series Family Law Unknown 1999-09-20
Series Two Guys and a Girl Unknown 1998-03-10
Series So Graham Norton Unknown 1998-07-03
Movie In Search of Tarzan with Jonathan Ross Himself 1998-12-22
Series The View Unknown 1997-08-11
Series 7th Heaven Unknown 1996-08-26
Movie Tommy Boy Beverly Barish, aka Beverly Burns 1995-03-31
Series The Mrs Merton Show Unknown 1995-02-10
Movie Woman of Desire Christina Ford 1994-01-26
Movie Shattered Image Helen Allgood 1994-01-21
Movie Sognando la California Bo Derek 1992-12-18
Movie Ghosts Can't Do It Katie O'Dare Scott 1989-01-01
Movie Bolero Lida MacGillivery 1984-08-31
Series This Week Unknown 1981-11-15
Movie Tarzan, the Ape Man Jane Porter 1981-08-07
Movie Fantasies Anastasia (as Kathleen Collins) 1981-04-01
Series Wanna bet, that..? Unknown 1981-02-14
Movie A Change of Seasons Lindsey Rutledge 1980-12-01
Movie 10 Jenny Hanley 1979-10-04
Movie Orca: The Killer Whale Annie 1977-07-22