Bo Derek Birthday & Fun Facts

Height, Age, Net Worth, Biography & More

Akinwalere Olaleye
Mar 01, 2024 By Akinwalere Olaleye
Originally Published on May 17, 2022
Bo Derek is a well-known American actress and model who still makes occasional film, television, and documentary appearances
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About Bo Derek

Bo Derek is a popular American actress and model who still makes occasional film, television, and documentary appearances.
Her career as an actress began in 1973. Since then, she has appeared in several feature films and television sitcoms.
Born Mary Cathleen Collins, Bo Derek changed to her current name when she married American actor, director and screenwriter John Derek. He was also known for helping her launch her career. Some of her best-known movies include '10' with Dudley Moore and Julie Andrews, A Change of Seasons with Anthony Hopkins and Tarzan, the Ape Man.
Bo Derek is a semi-retired film and television actress. Her first husband, John Derek, was responsible for launching her career with a romantic drama entitled 'Fantasies'. However, the movie was released many years later after Bo had already found fame as an actress. This was also the time she changed her name from Mary Cathleen Collins to Bo Derek as a combination of her stage name and her married name. John passed away in 1998 and after many years, in 2020, Bo married actor John Corbett.
A film called '10' in 1979 was her biggest success. The film opened doors to many more opportunities including, MGM's R-rated Tarzan, the Ape Man, in 1981. Her career as an actress spans over 40 films and sitcoms. Over the years, Bo has also played an active role in Presidential campaigns.

Bo Derek's Net Worth, Earnings & Spending Habits

What is Bo Derek’s net worth?

Bo Derek's net worth is approximated at $40 million.

How much does Bo Derek earn per year?

As a semi-retired actress, she does not have a known annual income.

Height, Age & Physical Attributes

How Tall is Bo Derek?

Bo Derek is 5 ft 3 in (160 cm) tall.

How Old is Bo Derek?

As of March 2022, Bo Derek is 65 years old as of 2022.

Childhood And Education

Bo Derek was born to Paul Collins and Norma on November 20, 1956. She was named Mary Cathleen Collins at birth. Her parents later divorced and her mother remarried a stunt performer named Bobby Bass. Bo was one of four children with two sisters, Kelly and Kerry Collins and a brother named Colin Johnson Collins.
She attended Narbonne High School in California. Later, she transferred from Narbonne High School to George S. Patton Continuation School.

Family, Romance And Relationships

Who is Bo Derek’s partner?

Bo Derek is currently married to actor John Corbett. He is of English, Irish, Lithuanian, and Russian-Jewish descent. The couple married in December 2020 after a long courtship that began in 2002. It is her second marriage. The couple lives in Santa Barbara.
Bo Derek was earlier married to John Derek from 1976 to 1998. Her relationship with John started when she was still a student at Narbonne High School. She changed her name to Bo Derek as an amalgam of 'Bo Shane', her former stage name and her married name. The couple’s relationship began in their young years. They resided in Germany for two years until she turned 18 years old. John Derek passed away in 1998 as a result of heart failure.

Career And Professional Highlights

Bo Derek made her first appearance on screen in a low-budget English romantic drama called 'Fantasies' directed by John Derek in 1973. She had several risqué scenes in the movie and unfortunately, it remained unreleased until 1981.
The first film that was released with Bo Derek in it was 'Orca – The Killer Whale' in 1977. In 1979, she got her first lead role in a romantic comedy, '10' directed by Blake Edwards. She starred as Jenny Hanley and shared the screen with Dudley Moore. Her next movie, 'A Change of Seasons' was a moderate success at the box office.
Her next project Tarzan, the Ape Man in 1981 received an R-rating and was surrounded by controversies. Bo was the lead actress and a film producer for this movie. Prior to its release, MGM and United Artists were sued over the film’s name as Bo Derek’s role as 'Jane Parker' overshadowed the role of 'Tarzan'. However, it made over $35 million at the box office.
She went on to act in many more feature films, television movies, and TV series, including 'Bolero, Ghosts Can't Do It', 'Hot Chocolate', 'Frozen with Fear', and the telenovela series, 'Fashion House'. She has 46 credits as an actress. She also has four credits as a film producer. She was last seen in a feature role in the 2015 horror film 'Sharknado 3: Oh Hell No!'.
Bo Derek was photographed twice and featured thrice in Playboy magazine. In February 2002, Derek published her autobiography named 'Riding Lessons: Everything That Matters in Life I Learned from Horses'.

Best Known For…

Bo Derek is best known for her roles in '10' and Tarzan, the Ape Man. In the American film '10', she portrayed the ideal woman to a middle-aged person. A scene in which she is shown running towards her co-star in a one-piece swimsuit made her a mainstream actress.
Tarzan, the Ape Man received critical reviews but was a box office success. It was the 15th highest-grossing film in 1981.

Charity Work

Bo Derek is passionate about horses and has a seat on the California Horse Racing Board. She is also a spokesperson for the Animal Welfare Institute's campaign against horse slaughter. Bo also plays an active role with an environmental agency named WildAid.
Her love for animals often takes her and her husband, John Derek to Ralph Helfer's Africa USA' Exotic Animal Ranch. Here, the couple spends time with the animals and helps out with chores.
Bo Derek’s father - Paul Collins, her stepfather, and her late husband, were military veterans. She serves as the national honorary chairperson for Veterans Affairs' National Rehabilitation Special Events and makes appearances on United Service Organizations tours. She is an honorary Green Beret and has received the VA's highest honor.

What Awards has Bo Derek Won?

Bo Derek has won two main awards counted in her net worth; the Almería Tierra de Cine Award in 2018 and the Golden Apple Award in 1984, She was nominated for a Golden Globe in the New Star of the Year in a Motion Picture – Female category in 1980 and for the Best International Actress Jupiter Award in 1980 and 1982.
Her acting in some movies like 'Tommy Boy and Bolero' have won her nominations and wins in parody awards like the Razzie Awards and the Stinkers Bad Movie Awards.

Bo Derek’s Hobbies and Interests

Bo Derek is a riding enthusiast and owns an Andalusian horse. Her love for all animals is well-known.

Other Interesting Bo Derek's Facts And Trivia

  • Along with being an actress, Bo also adds to her net worth as an entrepreneur.
  • In 2000, she entered the pet care industry with her brand 'Bless the Beasts'. The brand has a line of dog shampoos, conditioners, fur polishes and fragrances. It was later renamed Bo Derek Pet Care.

Bo Derek Birthday & Fun Facts Facts

Birth Name

Mary Cathleen Collins

Date of Birth




Place of Birth

Long Beach, California



160 cm

Eye Color


Child Star?





Narbonne High School

Net Worth



John Corbett


Paul Collins and Norma


Kelly Collins, Kerry Collins, Colin Johnson Collins
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Written by Akinwalere Olaleye

Bachelor of Arts specializing in English Literature

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Akinwalere OlaleyeBachelor of Arts specializing in English Literature

As a highly motivated, detail-oriented, and energetic individual, Olaleye's expertise lies in administrative and management operations. With extensive knowledge as an Editor and Communications Analyst, Olaleye excels in editing, writing, and media relations. Her commitment to upholding professional ethics and driving organizational growth sets her apart. She has a bachelor's degree in English Literature from the University of Benin, Edo State. 

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