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Bo Derek

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 swimsuit, and subsequently she became one of the most popular sex symbols in the 1980s. Her later films were not well-received, either critically or at the box office. She makes occasional film, television and documentary appearances

In 1977 she caught the eye of director Michael Anderson and was cast in a small role in Anderson's upcoming horror flick, Orca (1977), which was Anderson's answer to major success of Jaws. The film received only a minor theatrical release in July 1977 and was an ultimate box office disappointment. 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. 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 also in love with an older woman, played by Julie Andrews. Derek's presence 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 at the box office.

After 10, Derek was immediately cast in A Change of Seasons (1980), a dramedy film, alongside Shirley MacLaine and Anthony Hopkins. The film cast Derek as a young college student who has an affair with her older, married professor. Critics gave unfavorable reviews of A Change of Seasons and it became only a moderate box office success. She followed with MGM's R-rated Tarzan, the Ape Man in 1981. 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.

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 Africa on a moderate budget of $6.5 million. John Derek again wanted to showcase the physique of his wife and required her to wear risqué and controversial outfits for several scenes. In one scene Bo appeared nude while several African women were bathing her and later while they were painting 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 physique seemed to overshadow the focus on Tarzan.

Tarzan, the Ape Man did, however, become a box office success, making over $35 million in ticket sales, and becoming the 15th highest-grossing film of 1981.

Bo Derek with husband John Derek and Chandran Rutnam.In August 1980, she made her first appearance in Playboy magazine. She would again pose in September 1981. Between . She did, however, make frequent public appearances, in addition to magazine covers and television shows. In 1984, she filmed Bolero, directed by her husband. The film centered on the protagonist's sexual awakening and her journey around the world to pursue an ideal first lover who will take her virginity. The sexual nature of the film, along with substantial nude and inappropriate content, eventually led to the film being given an X-rating,

Critical reviews for Bolero the film failed to recoup its production costs at the box office. Derek's performance of the young, sexually inexperienced female lead was given moderate reviews.

After a five-year hiatus from films, Derek returned to motion pictures with the dramedy-fantasy Ghosts Can't Do It, which was filmed and released on video in foreign countries in 1989, but didn't receive a theatrical release in the United States until June 1990. It would prove to be 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.

Upon the release of Ghosts Can’t Do It, Derek and husband John took a break from acting due to John's declining health. Bo would return to acting with the 1992 television movie Hot Chocolate, which was followed by Shattered Image in 1994, another television film. She returned to theatrical films with the 1994 R-rated romance Woman of Desire. The film co-starred film legend Robert Mitchum and received only a minor theatrical release. Due to its lack of publicity, the studio released the film on VHS the same day it premiered in theaters.

In 1995, she appeared in the raunchy comedy film Tommy Boy. 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). In 1998, her 22-year marriage ended when John Derek died suddenly. Later that year she guest starred on four episodes of Wind on Water, and in 1999, appeared on The Drew Carey Show. 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.

She is national honorary chairperson for Veterans Affairs' National Rehabilitation Special Events. Derek attended the 17th annual Disabled Veterans Winter Sports Clinic in Snowmass Village, Colorado. In 2003, she received the VA's highest honor from Secretary of Veterans Affairs, Anthony Principi. Derek goes on United Service Organizations (USO) tours. The Special Forces Association named her an honorary Green Beret


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 Calahan 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
Highland Park 2012 Destiny post-production

Television[edit source | editbeta]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
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
CSI:Miami 2012 Joanna Toring Season 10, Episode 14

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