The actress had a strong desire to pursue acting from a young age, and her journey began at the age of 16 when she landed her first film role, thanks in part to her mother’s connection with Swedish-American actress Ann-Margret.
It was on the set of this film that Bo Derek crossed paths with her future husband, actor and director John Derek. Bo would go on to achieve fame for her role in the film “10,” captivating audiences with her timeless beauty.
Their relationship raised eyebrows due to the significant age difference between John and Bo. John, in his fifties, divorced his wife, actress Linda Evans, to be with Bo, who was only seventeen at the time.
Navigating this substantial age gap presented its challenges, but the couple was determined to make their love work.
Now at the age of 66, Bo Derek still carries the weight of the past, expressing her remorse for the role she played in ending John and Linda Evans’ marriage, all these years later.
Bo had an unexpected encounter with Linda at a charity jewelry trunk show, and she found Linda to be as gracious and beautiful as ever, a sight that stirred sadness within her.
Their romantic involvement began when Bo was still a teenager, and John was in his thirties. To avoid legal complications associated with their age difference, they spent most of their time together in Mexico and Europe.
After two years of courtship, the couple decided to tie the knot in Las Vegas in 1976.
Bo’s iconic cornrow-style blonde braids became an integral part of her distinctive image. It was John Derek who suggested this unique hairstyle as a departure from the puffy trends of the late 1970s.
He believed it would set Bo apart in photography and any future career endeavors. Bo followed his advice and showed the images to her manager, Blake, who approved of the distinctive haircut.
This signature hairstyle has since become an iconic aspect of her identity.
Bo Derek’s rise to fame came in the 1980s, starring in films directed by her then-husband, John Derek, including “Tarzan, The Ape Man” (1981), “Bolero” (1984), and “Ghosts Can’t Do It” (1990).
While Bo was initially hesitant to remarry, she eventually found love with actor John Corbett, who was 60 at the time. After 15 years of dating, they decided to marry in 2020. Tragically, John Corbett passed away in 1998 at the age of 71.
Throughout their relationship, they continued to enjoy romantic dates and spent quality time with friends, often centered around grilling.
Bo emphasized that their enduring bond was filled with laughter, and they still displayed affection by holding hands, even after all these years.
Bo’s life has been deeply intertwined with her love for horses, to the extent that she wrote her autobiography, “Riding Lessons: Everything That Matters in Life I Learned from Horses,” to articulate the profound impact these majestic creatures have had on her life.
A dedicated animal activist, Bo tirelessly advocates for the abolition of horse slaughter and works to improve animal welfare on a global scale.
Today, Bo resides in California, where, despite her status as a renowned actress, she continues to pursue her passion for horses and remains committed to advocating for their rights.
Bo credits the meaningful and purposeful existence she enjoys today to the invaluable time she has spent with horses.