Bo Derek Career, Major Works, Awards and Personal Life

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Bo Derek Career, Major Works, Awards and Personal Life

Born on November 20, 1956, Bo Derek  She is a model and actress from America. Her first major motion picture role was in the love story 10 (1979). Her films Fantasies, Tarzan, the Ape Man, Bolero, and Ghosts Can’t Do It, all of which garnered unfavorable reviews, were all directed by her first husband John Derek. She became a widow in 1998, and in 2020, she wed actor John Corbett.

Bo Derek Family

Husband Name: John Corbett (as of 2002), John Derek (M. 1976–1998)
Dad: Paul Collins
Mom: Norma

Bo Derek Career

On John Derek’s low-budget love drama Fantasies, Collins started shooting in 1973. Collins was advised to tint her hair brown in order to more convincingly portray a young woman of Greek ancestry. Derek added various obscene sequences, including a brief nudity, into the movie in order to take advantage of Collins’ attractiveness. In an effort to get the attention of major studios, John Derek reedited the movie twice. The movie didn’t be released until 1981, and then it got bad reviews.
Collins, who was 19 at the time, wed John Derek in 1976. By this point, she had adopted the stage name Bo Derek, which was a combination of her previous stage name Bo Shane and her marital name Derek. In the 1977 horror movie Orca – The Killer Whale, directed by Michael Anderson, Derek was given a brief part in which the title character bites off the leg of Derek’s character. Tanya Roberts, Melanie Griffith, Heather Thomas, and Derek were all considered for the role of Jenny Hanley in the 1979 romantic comedy 10 before Derek was chosen.
Dudley Moore played a middle-aged man in the Blake Edwards-directed movie who considers Derek’s character to be the ideal woman—a perfect 10. Moore’s image as a popular sex icon was established by Derek’s entrance in a dream scene, sprinting toward Moore while wearing a form-fitting, nude-colored one-piece swimsuit. The scenario, which is emphasized by Derek’s cornrow haircut, is frequently mocked. 10 was both a commercial and critical success.
After turning 10, Derek was cast in the dramatic-comedy movie A Change of Seasons (1980), starring Shirley MacLaine and Anthony Hopkins. A college student who had an affair with her older, married professor was played by Derek. Critics gave both A Change of Seasons and Derek’s performance unfavorable reviews, saying that Miss MacLaine’s was the only one that was “appealing.” Bo was featured again in Playboy magazine in 1981, 1984, and 1994 after Derek took two photographs of her for the publication in 1980.
She made her leading picture debut as Derek in Tarzan, the Ape Man (1981), an R-rated MGM production. Her husband was the director of the movie, which included little of Tarzan and more of Derek’s portrayal of Jane Parker, as well as Derek’s physical characteristics. Along with nude scenes of Derek being bathed and body-painted, there were several scenes of Derek wearing revealing clothing. The Edgar Rice Burroughs estate sued MGM and the movie’s distributor, United Artists, before the movie came out because the Tarzan story was overshadowed by Derek’s role and physical appearance.Tarzan, the Ape Man earned over $35 million in ticket sales and ranked as the 15th highest-grossing movie of 1981 despite receiving negative reviews from many critics. Derek and Faye Dunaway, the latter of whom was recognized for her leading role as Joan Crawford in Mommie Dearest, received the Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Actress for their respective performances.
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Bo Derek Politics

Derek, who identifies as independent, worked as a campaigner for George W. Bush in 2000 and 2004 and appeared at both Republican conventions. She supported George H. W. Bush in 1988 and 1992. In 2008, she supported Barack Obama. She has shared the stage with Southern Californian Republican Congressman David Dreier.
On the episode of Fox News Sunday with Chris Wallace on April 30, 2006, when asked about his relationship with Derek, White House Chief of Staff Josh Bolten replied that she was a friend and a “strong supporter of the President.” President George W. Bush nominated her to the operations committee of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts board of trustees in 2006. Derek supported Mitt Romney for president in 2012.
When Variety asked Derek in 2020 who she was backing in the election, Derek responded: “I no longer discuss who I plan to vote for. I was a staunch supporter of Bush 43 and one of the party’s spokeswomen. However, I’m independent. I don’t want to fit into a box or have a specific identity assigned to me.” In the same interview, Derek praised President Trump and recalled his cameo in the 1989 film Ghosts Can’t Do It, saying that a scene in which Trump appeared was created especially for him and that “he was wonderful.”
Bo Derek Bigger Works
Bo Derek portrayed Jenny Hanley in the romantic comedy “10” in 1979. She became an instantly recognizable sex symbol when she appeared in a dream scene wearing a revealing skin-colored swimming suit. The movie was a commercial and critical success.
She played Jane Parker, the main character, in the 1981 film “Tarzan, the Ape Man.” Instead of Tarzan, Jane’s character was the main subject of the movie. Her career in mainstream Hollywood was begun with the movie, which featured her in exposing and nude jungle costumes. Despite being a box financial hit, her performance received harsh criticism.
She appeared in “Bolero,” which her husband John Derek directed, in 1984. She portrayed the female protagonist role, a sexually awakening heroine who travels the globe in pursuit of the ideal mate. The movie received an X-rating due to its explicit sexual and nude content. Her performance received negative reviews and the movie was panned by critics.

Bo Derek Honors & Achievements

  • For “10,” Bo Derek received a 1980 Golden Globe nomination for Best New Star.
  • Tarzan, the Ape Man (1982), Bolero (1985), and Ghosts Can’t Do It all earned her three Golden Raspberry Awards for Worst Actress (1991).
  • In 1996 for “Tommy Boy” and in 2002 for “The Master of Disguise,” she was nominated twice for the Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Supporting Actress.
  • She was up for the Golden Raspberry Worst Actress of the Century Award in March 2000, competing against Madonna, Brooke Shields, and others.

Bo Derek Personal Life

Bo and John Derek relocated to Germany after they started dating when Bo was 16 so that John wouldn’t be prosecuted for rape under California law. Soon after Bo became 18, they went back to the country. They were married from 1976 until his passing from heart failure in 1998. She has been dating actor John Corbett since 2002, and the two of them share a ranch in Santa Barbara, California. In December 2020, they got hitched.