Bo Derek

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Bo Derek circa 2000.

Bo Derek (born Mary Cathleen Collins on November 20, 1956) is an American film actress and model. She was born in Long Beach, California.

She was married to actor John Derek from 1974 until his death in 1998. They met during filming of a movie, and subsequently, John filed for divorce from his wife, actress Linda Evans.

Derek co-starred in the 1979 Blake Edwards film 10, in which she vied with Julie Andrews for Dudley Moore's attention. Her appearance in the popular sex farce shot her to instant stardom and status as a sex symbol, which may have had as much to do with her unusual hairstyle in the film (cornrows) as much as any acting talent.

Subsequent films have not been well-received by either the public or critics. The 1981 film Tarzan, the Ape Man was a disappointment. The producers of the film were actually sued by the Edgar Rice Burroughs Estate over the name of the film, since it focussed more on how many ways to disrobe Jane (Derek's role), than on Tarzan himself.

The sex-drenched Bolero (1984) essentially ended any possibility of a substantial film career. Her subsequent role in her husband's dreadful Ghost's Can't Do It firmly cemented her her reputation as a sex object.

Bolero and Tarzan, the Ape Man earned her the dubious honor of four Golden Raspberry Awards, as well as a nomination in 2000 as the "Worst Actress of the Century".

She campaigned for George W. Bush in 2000 and also in 2004. [1] (http://www.jerseygop.com/RepublicanBabes.html)

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