Former ’70s kitten Bo Derek is still a “10” at age 61, thanks to an active lifestyle that includes a healthy diet, horseback riding, and swimming workouts.
Bo Derek Is Still A ’10’ At Age 61 Thanks To Healthy Diet And Swimming Workouts
Derek became a household name after starring in the hit 1979 film 10, where her sleek bikini body and wholesome good looks were celebrated as the Perfect 10, or the pinnacle of female beauty. Almost four decades later, Bo remains a beauty and fitness icon thanks to her age-defying looks.
Derek, who has lived on a 110-acre ranch in Santa Ynez, California, for years, doesn’t follow a restrictive diet or exercise obsessively. Her active lifestyle caring for her many horses and dogs keep her naturally slim and toned.
What does she say about her secret?
“Breakfast is not my favorite meal of the day, so it might be a bowl of oatmeal, boiled eggs or my favorite Danish pancakes,” Derek told WomenFitness.Net. “After morning chores and a little office work, I head to the pool at the YMCA for a mile swim, hopefully three days a week. I hate exercise and am quite expert at talking myself out of it.”
“Life around the ranch will keep you fit. Actually, cleaning your house can be a great workout. I’m not one for gyms.”
Unlike her Hollywood peers, Bo’s anti-aging beauty secrets don’t include excessive plastic surgery or Botox injections.
“I get credit on one hand for not having had a facelift, and then on the other hand it’s, ‘Oh my God, why doesn’t she do something?'” Derek told CBS News (see video). “So you’re just torn.”
Despite looking fantastic for her age, Derek admits getting older is rough. “Aging is really hard, and it’s tough,” Bo said. “Bette Davis was right: It’s not for sissies, it really isn’t.”
“I realize how artificial it is, beauty,” she said. “I realize that it doesn’t last forever. That’s for damn sure.”
Bo Derek, still a screen beauty
How about her personal life?
In 1973, at the young age of 16, Mary Cathleen Collins started dating John Derek, a married actor and director who was 30 years her senior. Eventually, John divorced his then wife, actress Linda Evans, and moved to Germany with Cathleen, to avoid controversies and prosecution for dating a minor.
Soon following her 18th birthday, the couple returned to the US and got married on 10 June 1976. Cathleen took on the name – Bo Derek and the couple remained married for 22 years till John’s death in 1998.
A few years following his death, Bo became involved with actor John Corbett. The couple happily lives together on her ranch, but has no plans to get married or have children.
Bo Derek on why she hasn’t married boyfriend John Corbett
Bo Derek and John Corbett have been together for 18 years, but don’t expect the couple to walk down the aisle any time soon.
The actress, 63, spoke with Fox News about her relationship with Corbett, 59, citing an “attraction, a comfort” with the “My Big Fat Greek Wedding” star and “Sex and the City” alum.
“When you’re beginning a young family and you’re going to have children and set up this new family tree branch, it’s obviously a wonderful commitment and it’s meaningful,” Derek said of marriage. “But for us in our lives, it hasn’t been yet.”
What’s kept their relationship going all these years?
Bo Derek and John Corbett pose on the red carpet before the closing ceremony of the 57th Monte Carlo Television Festival in 2017. The couple has been together for 18 years.
“He makes me laugh all the time,” Derek said. “He’s full of life, full of joy. I became attracted to him and I still am. We take things day by day and I think we are still there.”
Prior to her relationship with Corbett, which began in 2002, Derek had been married to actor, director and producer John Derek for nearly 22 years until his death in 1998. She was a teenager when the couple got involved and just 19 when they wed; he was 49.
Speaking to Variety in an interview published Friday, Derek reflected on the nearly 30-year age difference: “I don’t know about you, but when I was 17, I knew everything. I was so grown up and so adult. Now, when I look back at the photos of me, I was young – 17 is young.”
Bo Derek Reveals Why She Has Never Decided to Have Children
Bo Derek detailed her reasoning for abstaining from starting a family.
“I thought about it at one time, but my life was so unconventional,” the actress, now 63, told Variety in an interview posted on Friday, August 14. “I think kids deserve at least a chance to have two parents that are committed, but my life was so crazy.”
Derek then said that “there were times I wouldn’t have a dog because my life was so crazy, let alone a child.”
Do they have any children? John and Bo do not have children together. However, they’re happily married, living on a ranch in Santa Ynez with two German Shepherds and four horses. Bo has been a horse lover and riding enthusiast since she was a kid
‘Dynasty’ star Linda Evans says she’s friends with Bo Derek after ‘horrible’ John Derek affair. Actor and director John Derek was married to the “10” star from 1976 until his death in 1998.
Bo Derek (born Mary Cathleen Collins, November 20, 1956) is an American actress and model perhaps best known for her breakthrough film role in the romantic comedy 10 (1979).
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