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Bo Derek

Bo Derek
Bo Derek 2010.jpg
Derek in 2010
Born Mary Cathleen Collins
(1956-11-20) November 20, 1956 (age 60)
Long Beach, California, U.S.
Other names Kathleen Collins
Beau C. Shane
Occupation Actress
Years active 1973–present
Notable work
Spouse(s)
Partner(s)
Relatives Sean Catherine Derek (stepdaughter)

Bo Derek (born Mary Cathleen Collins; November 20, 1956) is an American film and television actress, movie producer, and model perhaps best known for her breakthrough role in the 1979 film 10. The film also launched a bestselling poster for Derek in a swimsuit, and subsequently she became one of the most popular sex symbols of the 1980s. She was directed by husband John Derek in Tarzan, the Ape Man (1981), Bolero (1984) and Ghosts Can't Do It (1989), none of which was critically well received. A widow since 1998, she lives with actor John Corbett. She makes occasional film, television, and documentary appearances.

Derek was born Mary Cathleen Collins in Long Beach, California. Her father, Paul Collins, was a Hobie Cat executive, and her mother, Norma, was a make-up artist and hairdresser to Ann-Margret. Derek's parents divorced, and her mother married American stunt performer Bobby Bass.

Derek attended Narbonne High School and George S. Patton Continuation School, both in Harbor City, California. Derek remarked in a 1985 interview on Late Night with David Letterman,

I was 16 when I quit high school. I didn't really mean to quit. I spent about a month going to the beach surfing and sunbathing while I was supposed to be in school: when I got caught, my mom was furious. I started to go back to school, and I was really enjoying it, and then I went to go do this film with John in Greece...

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. 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.


Film Year Role Notes
Orca 1977 Annie AKA: Orca: The Killer Whale (for some releases).
10 1979 Jenny Hanley Nominated: Golden Globe Award for Best New Star
A Change of Seasons 1980 Lindsey Rutledge
Fantasies 1981 Anastasia Billed as: Kathleen Collins. Filmed in 1973; legally her "film debut".
Tarzan, the Ape Man 1981 Jane Parker Won: Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Actress
Bolero 1984 Ayre "Mac" MacGillivery
Ghosts Can't Do It 1990 Katie O'Dare Scott
Woman of Desire 1993 Christina Ford
Tommy Boy 1995 Beverly Barish-Burns Callahan Nominated: Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Supporting Actress
Sunstorm 2001 Victoria Warren
Frozen with Fear 2001 Katherine Sullivan
Horror 101 2001 Miss Allison James
The Master of Disguise 2002 Herself Cameo appearance
Nominated: Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Supporting Actress
Malibu's Most Wanted 2003 Bess Gluckman
Boom 2003 Herself Cameo appearance
Life in the Balance 2004 Kathryn Garr
Crusader 2005 Nicola Markham
Highland Park 2012 Destiny
5 Weddings 2017 Mandy Singh Dhaliwal
Program Year Role Notes
Hot Chocolate 1992 BJ Cassidy Television movie
Shattered Image 1994 Helen Allgood Television movie
Wind on Water 1998 Ciel Connolly 3 episodes
The Drew Carey Show 1999 Herself 1 episode
Family Law 2000 Camille Weller 1 episode
Queen of Swords 2000 Mary Rose 1 episode "The Witness"
Murder at the Cannes Film Festival 2000 Thada Pryce Television movie
Two Guys, a Girl and a Pizza Place 2001 Susan Bergen 3 episodes
Lucky 2003 Joan 1 episode
Still Standing 2005 Mrs. Rose Grundy 1 episode
7th Heaven 2003–05 Mrs. Kinkirk 3 episodes
Crusader 2005 Nicola Markham Television movie
Fashion House 2006 Maria Gianni 40 episodes
The Hunt for the I-5 Killer 2011 Seaver Television movie
Chuck 2012 Herself Season 5, Episode 10 "Chuck Versus Bo"
CSI: Miami 2012 Joanna Toring Season 10, Episode 14
Sharknado 3: Oh Hell No! 2015 May Wexler Television movie

  • 1980 (Nominated): Golden Globe Award for Best New Star in 10
  • 1982 (Won): Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Actress in Tarzan, the Ape Man
  • 1985 (Won): Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Actress in Bolero
  • 1991 (Won): Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Actress in Ghosts Can't Do It
  • 1996 (Nominated): Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Supporting Actress in Tommy Boy
  • 2000 (Nominated): Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Actress of the Century in Tarzan, the Ape Man, Bolero, Ghosts Can't Do It, etc.
  • 2002 (Nominated): Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Supporting Actress in The Master of Disguise
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