Bo Derek

Bo Derek or Mary Cathleen Collins was born on November 20, 1956, and is a famous American actress and model. She achieved global fame with “10” in 1979 and also “Fantasies” and “Tarzan, the Ape Man,” both of which were released in 1981. They were directed by John Derek, her first husband. She also appeared in several other movies and was unfortunately widowed in 1998. She later married John Corbett in 2020. She is semi-retired at present and makes occasional appearances every now and then. We’ll help you celebrate her birthday right here.

Fast Facts

Full Name:

Mary Cathleen Collins


Bo Derek

Birth date:

November 20, 1956



Zodiac Sign:



5' 4"

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Net Worth:

$40 million

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Mary Cathleen Collins, known as Bo Derek, was born on November 20, 1956. She was born to executive Paul Collins and hairdresser-makeup artist Norma in Long Beach, California. Her mother remarried later, after her parent’s divorce, to Bobby Bass, a stunt performer. She has a brother and two sisters. She attended Narbonne High School as well as the George S. Patton Continuation School. With a movie role under her belt, she dropped out of high school at age 16.

At 16 years old, Derek got into a relationship with John Derek, who was 30 years older than her and a married man. John eventually divorced his spouse, Linda Evans, an actress. To avoid controversy, the couple relocated to Germany. Derek then worked on “Fantasies,” directed by John in 1973. The movie had several controversial scenes. However, the movie was only released in 1981. Derek and John got married in 1976 and the name ‘Bo Derek’ was slowly getting established in Tinseltown. After receiving a role offer for “Orca” in 1977, she was cast in “10” in 1979, and this turned out to be her big break, especially for the well-known scene when she sprints in a swimsuit. She then appeared in the 1980 film “Change of Seasons” and was photographed for “Playboy Magazine” in 1980 by her husband. Then came Derek’s “Tarzan, the Ape Man” in 1981. The movie was controversial but made huge profits. With his wife playing the lead, John produced the contentious film “Bolero” in 1984, earning an ‘X’ rating in the process. Derek was given a part in “A Knight of Love,” a 1987 film that was never released. In 1989, she contributed to “Ghosts Can’t Do It,” the final project she collaborated on with her husband as the director. She also appeared on T.V. in “Hot Chocolate” and “Shattered Image” in 1992 and 1994, along with the “Woman of Desire.” Between 1998 and 2000 and thereafter, she made several guest appearances on T.V. programs about movies. She also appeared in “The Master of Disguise” and “Frozen with Fear” in the 2000s, as well as the 2015 film “Sharknado 3: Oh Hell No! ”

Derek is an Andalusian horse owner and a passionate activist for several campaigns. She also published an autobiography in 2002, titled “Riding Lessons: Everything That Matters in Life I Learned from Horses.” She is the national honorary chairperson at the Veterans Affairs National Rehabilitation Special Events. She received an honorary Green Beret, the highest honor, in 2003. She has also been actively supporting WildAid for many years. She married Derek in 1976, and they remained together until he died in 1998. Then after, she wed John Corbett, with whom she had been seeing since 2002. The couple lives on a Santa Barbara ranch in California. They got married in 2020.

Career timeline

Her First Film Work

Derek is cast in “Fantasies,” which is directed by Derek.

Her Breakout Role

She gets her first major role in the movie “10” which establishes her in the industry.

Her Greatest Professional Achievement

She appears in the controversial yet financially successful “Tarzan, the Ape Man.”

Her Last Movie Role

She is seen in “Sharknado 3: Oh Hell No!,” her most recent film.

Why We Love Bo Derek

  1. She carved her own path

    From running to Germany with John at 16 to building a successful movie career, she has done it all. Her life is indeed ‘crazy’ as it is!

  2. She has a dazzling personality

    One can say that she has it all. From her appearance to her personality, voice, thoughts, and charisma, Derek has charmed us all!

  3. She is a great activist

    Derek has volunteered for both horse welfare and other causes. She has worked for the betterment of army veterans as well.

5 Surprising Facts

  1. She was born in the Monkey Year

    According to the Chinese zodiac, people born in the Year of the Monkey are smart, lively, quick-witted, and enthusiastic, especially in career and wealth, just like Derek.

  2. She was nominated for the worst actress

    Derek received a nomination for the Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Actress of the Century for her appearances in “Tarzan, the Ape Man,” “Bolero,” and “Ghosts Can’t Do It.”

  3. She changed her name

    Her name ‘Bo Derek’ is a fusion of her married name and stage name ‘Bo Shane.’

  4. She never had children

    Derek considered having children at one point but decided that since her life is already ‘crazy,’ children wouldn't fit in.

  5. She is a horse lover

    Derek is a member of the California Horse Racing Board.

Bo Derek FAQs

How old was Bo Derek when “10” was filmed?

The movie “10” was filmed when Derek was 23 years old.

How old is Bo Derek and what is her net worth?

Derek is presently 65 years old and her net worth is $40 million.

What is Bo Derek most famous for?

She is famous for her roles in “10” and “Tarzan, the Ape Man.”

Bo Derek’s birthday dates

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