Name at birth: Mary Cathleen Collins
Bo Derek made a splash as Dudley Moore's lust object in the 1979 comedy 10. Two years earlier she had married director John Derek, who had taken charge of her image and delivered her to Hollywood as Bo Derek. As a sex symbol Derek was a huge success, but only briefly; 1984's Bolero left a stink that erased the pleasant memory of 10, and Bo's career never recovered. Her marriage lasted, however, and after Bo was widowed in 1998 she returned to television in NBC's Wind on the Water. Her other films include Tommy Boy (1995, with Chris Farley) and Tarzan, the Ape Man (1981).
Derek’s cornrow braids in 10 sparked a short national craze… The movie also created a renaissance for the haunting tune “Bolero” by classical composer Maurice Ravel.
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