Bo Derek – A Perfect 10!

By | December 21, 2017

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Actress Bo Derek circa 1979, star of the comedy film '10'. (Photo by Alan Band/Keystone/Getty Images)

Not many would argue that Bo Derek (born, Mary Cathleen Collins) is among the most beautiful women to ever grace the big screen. She was very young, only 16 when she met John Derek, her late husband. He was stricken by her beauty and hired her in 1973 to work for him while producing a low budget, drama film entitled Fantasies. From there, their relationship blossomed… the production, not so much!

Early on, John and Bo were smitten with each other. There was just one problem. At the time, he was married to actress, Linda Evans. Naturally, it wasn’t long before John and Evans divorced. At that point, he thought his troubles might be over. Not so fast… another problem arose. Bo’s parents were less than thrilled with the relationship. He was 30 years older than she was and they forbade her to see him.

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As many teenagers do, Derek thought she knew better and carried on with the relationship. To her parents’ disappointment, the couple left the country to live in Europe for a couple of years to avoid John being prosecuted for statutory sexual charges. When Bo turned 19, they moved back to the States and were married. They remained married for 22 years until his death in 1991 at the age of 71. While Derek regrets her part in breaking up John’s marriage to Evans, apparently, their love had stood the test of time.