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Also Known As: Bo Shane, Mary Kathleen Collins, Kathleen Collins Died:
Born: November 20, 1956 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Long Beach, California, USA Profession: actor

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A breathtaking blonde actress who was once called "the most beautiful woman in the world," Bo Derek was forever immortalized on film by that simple shot heard round the world - running in slow motion on the beach in a flesh-colored swimsuit, cornrows flapping gently behind her in Blake Edwards' comic masterpiece, "10" (1979). More a celebrity than a renowned actress, Derek nonetheless captured the imagination of the public - particularly the male set - for years, while at the same time, inspired ridicule for her and her husband, actor-turned-director John Derek's notorious, borderline X-rated feature films throughout the early 1980s.

A breathtaking blonde actress who was once called "the most beautiful woman in the world," Bo Derek was forever immortalized on film by that simple shot heard round the world - running in slow motion on the beach in a flesh-colored swimsuit, cornrows flapping gently behind her in Blake Edwards' comic masterpiece, "10" (1979). More a celebrity than a renowned actress, Derek nonetheless captured the imagination of the public - particularly the male set - for years, while at the same time, inspired ridicule for her and her husband, actor-turned-director John Derek's notorious, borderline X-rated feature films throughout the early 1980s.

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CAST: (feature film)

2.
 Boom (2003)
3.
 Malibu's Most Wanted (2003) Bess Gluckman
5.
 Horror 101 (2001) Miss James
6.
 Sunstorm (2001)
7.
 Frozen With Fear (2001) Katherine Sullivan
8.
 Life in the Balance (2001) Kathryn Garr
9.
 Murder at the Cannes Film Festival (2000) Thada Pryce
10.
 Tommy Boy (1995) Beverly
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1973:
Film debut in "Fantasies/Once Upon a Time"
1979:
Played breakthrough role of Jenny in the Blake Edwards comedy, "10"
1980:
Earliest TV appearances included an interview on the NBC special, "Tom Snyder's Celebrity Spotlight"
1981:
Producing debut, "Tarzan, the Ape Man"; also acted in the film, which marked the first time she received top billing
1992:
First non-US production, the French-made feature, "Hot Chocolate"
1994:
Made TV-movie debut in the USA Network mystery thriller, "Shattered Image"; also marked first TV acting role
1998:
TV series debut as regular in the short-lived NBC series "Wind on Water"
2001:
Was the female lead in the action feature "Sunstorm"
2003:
Played the mother to Jamie Kennedy's character in "Malibu's Most Wanted"
2003:
Appeared in several episodes of "7th Heaven" (WB) as Mrs. Kinkirk
2006:
Cast in the MyNetworkTV series "Fashion House," playing Morgan Fairchild's rival
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Notes

Some sources list Ms. Derek's birthplace as Long Beach, California

Launched a line of pet care products called Bless the Beast.

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husband:
John Derek. Actor, director, producer, writer, photographer, director of photography. Met while filming "Fantasies/Once Upon a Time" (1973); married from 1974 until his death of heart failure on May 22, 1998 at age 71.
lover:
John Corbett. Actor. Began dating in early 2002; reportedly living together as of March 2003.

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mother:
Norma Bass. Hairdresser. Born c. 1935.
brother:
Colin Collins. Younger.
sister:
Kelly Collins. Younger.
sister:
Kerry Collins. Younger.
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