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John Derek's daughter by a previous marriage, Sean, saw the Evans-Derek I' ve gone through some incredible tests and come out on top. Bo Derek and John Corbett have been together for 15 years without behind their lasting relationship has been spending quality time with. Bo Derek has revealed how she still feels ashamed about the affair she had as a teenager with director John Derek that broke up his marriage.
You don't do it out of habit, a sense of duty or things like that. And we didn't have children to complicate matters. So every day we stayed together, it was because we wanted to be with each other and in each other's company.
Twenty-five years proved that it was meant to be. Becoming the "It Girl" and the object of every man's fantasies overnight was a dizzying experience, one that didn't endear her to many women, particularly feminists, who made her a target.
So I wouldn't want to criticize what they've done. My problem with the women's movement is that it's kind of a moot point if [all women] would just vote. Women are the majority, but they don't bother voting. Certainly we don't have to get together and decide we are going to vote this way or that way, but I think as women we would vote similarly. It's hard to understand why we're the majority and we're not in control.
It's really quite simple: The fact that Bo Derek has political views at all may come as a surprise to those who only recall the girl who drove Dudley Moore's character to distraction. I didn't have a preconception [of what she would be like]. The idea of '10' forces out other estimates. You only get one chance at a reputation in life--when you get a reputation for being a 'perfect 10', a beauty beyond imagination, it's hard for people to say, 'What else?
But in the case of our program [with her] they can say, 'What else? She was a treasure of a guest. Thumbing their noses at the Hollywood establishment, the couple in created their own film production company, naming it Svengali, Inc. He was very convincing that if I was going to exploit this sensation, this Bo Derek, whoever she is, that I be responsible for it so that I had no regrets or blames or bitterness, whichever way it turned out. If I should succeed I could be proud of what I'd done.
And if I should fail, it was my own doing. The film Bolero was considered by some cineastes to be the worst movie ever made, and film critic Leonard Maltin dubbed 's Ghosts Can't Do It a "standard Derek atrocity.
With the difference in their ages and their decision to remain Hollywood outsiders, the Svengali moniker stuck.
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Bo's decision to pose nude in Playboy with the photography done by her husband surely galvanized it. John did the famous one with Ursula, then with Linda.
He was friends with Hef, and Playboy was a place that appreciated his photography and really showed off the photos. They had the best format, the best compositions, the best page layouts. There was another aspect to the choice--the Dereks could use Playboy as a forum. Can we set the record straight?
I said 'Fine, that's nice. I went, I had a good time, there was no buzz about me. I had no agent at that point. I still wasn't serious about the business at all. And they [Life and Orion] wanted me to come in for the cover shot.
On the cover shot, we want you coming out of a burlap sack, like you're a gift, nude with packaging material, as our gift to America. And I said, 'No, I don't think so. I don't think so.
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That's what I enjoyed doing. So I said 'No, I'd rather not. I remember I was in a windsurfing shop in Marina Del Rey and I was tying up their phones for an hour as they're threatening that I'll never work again.
Well, who am I? I'm trying to argue with them and they don't understand that I really don't care. They assume they can threaten me, then try to cajole me, offer me a million dollars for my next picture and I keep saying, 'No, thank you. I liked it; I had fun.John Corbett and Bo Derek's Sweet Date Night - Live from the Red Carpet - E! News
And then of course," she adds with a smile, "when the film opened I got lots of nice jewelry from Orion Pictures. They have a big problem with nudity--not vulgarity and violence and cheapness, just simple nudity. I always marvel at how really uptight people are. You can have these really heavy-duty sex scenes with half-clothed actors doing really vulgar things up on a kitchen table or in a bathroom on an airplane; really heavy-duty scenes like that are OK.
But take your clothes off and suddenly it's a big problem. It's a funny, prudish side we have. And it is so silly. We spend so much of our time nude. We're born nude and it just seems like the most natural thing. It just bothers the heck out of people and I'm not sure why. It's all right for me to go off and do a nude scene and a love scene with another director and a strange actor.
But if my husband was directing, where it's more up front, more honest to our relationship, that was the 'Big No. There is this impression that somehow your husband is prostituting you in some way. He was called a pimp! It was just terrible and I never understood why it's alright for me to go do that with a strange director and a strange actor, but not in the comfort of my own marriage.
But my career was never the most important thing for me. I was really enjoying my life. If I had jumped into the business, who knows what would have happened? I was too young. I know I was too young. I was much better off doing it for myself. I felt good about my decisions and my life with John. I was completely content.
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You know, '[John] and me against the world. The quiet life that she and her husband built together in the Santa Ynez Valley sustained her more than the illusion of fame and stardom ever could.
Yet two years after his death from heart failure, she doesn't sugarcoat their union. But that was what was exciting and stimulating.
He was so true to himself and to his beliefs and he was very courageous. It takes a lot of courage to live by your beliefs. And I find that I was attracted to him. It's so easy to conform and to follow. It's very difficult to be rebellious and live by what you believe is right. And to make decisions and to take the consequences. Very few people do. We didn't have separate hobbies, separate anything. We were together all of the time.
And we were always involved in some huge battle or project or something. There was never a dull moment to the very end. But he did say that I didn't have to want it just because everybody does and it's supposed to be the best thing in the world.
Pausing for a moment as her blue eyes clear, she laughs a bit and says, "I've never really been too concerned with setting the record straight about any misconceptions about me.
Also, you learn very quickly that you may try to set the record straight, but it usually just sounds like sour grapes. I was never sensitive about my intelligence. I seem to have enough of it to do what I wanted to do and I was not out to prove otherwise. Thinking back on it, [my fame] happened so fast that I was unprepared for it. How many people at 20 years old can really articulate how they feel about things?
They've never really been asked. So all of a sudden I'm sitting there and Barbara Walters [and all of these other] people are asking me these very deep questions and I don't even know what I thought about those things.
To him, parts of me were still that year-old girl. Well, I had [teenaged] sons in that project and he never saw me as that. In the series there was a young girl who is wild and spirited, one of my son's girlfriends. And that's the way he saw me, the way he wrote parts for me. So this was a big shock to him; he expressed himself very strongly, but he always did.
I spent about a month going to the beach surfing and sunbathing while I was supposed to be in school: I started to go back to school, and I was really enjoying it, and then I went to go do this film with John in Greece Not long after the two started dating, Derek divorced his wife, actress Linda Evans.
The couple moved to Germany, where John Derek would not be subject to prosecution under California statutory rape laws due to Collins' underage association with him.
In John Derek began production on a film entitled Fantasiesa low-budget, English-language romantic drama starring Collins and several unknown German actors.
The film was shot over a day period in Greece. John Derek twice re-edited the film in an effort to sell it to major studios. The film remained unreleased untilat which time it received negative notices. By that time Derek had given his young wife a so-called Hollywood makeover: Derek's appearance in a dream sequence, racing towards Moore in a flimsy flesh-colored swimsuit, became iconic and launched her status as a mainstream sex symbol. Derek played a college student who has an affair with her older, married professor.
A Change of Seasons was only a moderate box-office success, with critics reviewing it and Derek's performance unfavorably "The only appealing performance is Miss MacLaine's". Directed by husband John Derek, the film dealt little with Tarzan and instead focused on Derek's character of Jane Parkerand specifically on Derek's physical attributes. Several scenes of Derek wearing revealing outfits were featured, along with nude scenes of Derek being bathed and body-painted.
Prior to the film's release MGM and the film's distributor, United Artistswere sued by the Edgar Rice Burroughs estate over the name of the film, as Derek's role and body overshadowed the story of Tarzan.
Derek starred in Bolero Directed by John Derek, the film explored the female protagonist's sexual awakening, and her journey around the world to find an ideal first lover to take her virginity. Its sexual nature, along with its substantial use of nudity, resulted in the film receiving an X ratingusually reserved for pornographic or extremely violent horror films.
Critical reviews for Bolero, including Derek's performance, were negative "[Bo Derek] would be a lot more appealing if she tried less assiduously to please" , and the film failed to recoup its production costs.
The film received other Golden Raspberry Awards: The final teaming of Derek with her husband as director, Ghosts Can't Do It was a failure both critically a "cinematic abomination"  and financially.