Born Mary Catherine Collins in Long Beach, California, Bo Derek stumbled into acting and then fame through sheer luck and circumstance. Her first role came in an independent film directed by John Derek, a man who would forever change her life. The two fell in love despite a 30-year age difference and the fact that Derek was married to Linda Evans, a beautiful and talented star in her own right. Labelled as outlaws from the start, the two married and began a long and controversial life together. A single phone call led to Bo being cast in the film “10,” turning her into a superstar literally overnight. But fame was fickle and after John bucked the studio system and directed Bo in his own films including Tarzan and Bolero, the media scorched the couple – Bo for being talentless and John for being a Svengali. Quietly Bo became an accomplished producer always bringing in her films on time and under budget, but the media ignored her skills, harping on her physical appearance and the couples’ age difference. When John passed of a heart attack, Bo reinvented herself, continuing to act but also embracing activism on behalf of veterans and animals. She also unexpectedly found another John, the actor John Corbett, and the two have been a happily unmarried couple for nearly 20 years. Today, Bo is as beautiful as ever, aging gracefully, enjoying her beloved horses and continuing to act.