This week on Classic Hotties, we explore the life and career of one of the hottest women of the 1970s, Bo Derek. Born Mary Cathleen Collins in 1956, the 20-something starlet was the ultimate hottie in the late 70s and early 80s. Akin to today's Candice Swanepoel in body and face, Bo literally took her characteristic blond cornrow hair and ultra trim figure and made herself a star. And it only took one movie to make it happen.
Her relatively minor role as a free-spirited, sexually charged newlywed in the 1979 Blake Edwards comedy 10, was only her second role, though it won her a Golden Globe nomination for Female Star of the Year. Her breakout performance also, for a time, earned her the distinguished honor of becoming every young man's favorite wall poster. She truly embodied what it meant to be sexy in the burgeoning 80s.
Of course, like with most things, the party didn't last for Bo. For many, coasting along on a amazing figure and a pretty face can sum up their entire career, but you still have to be seen before one can make those looks pay off. Unfortunately for Bo, nobody was interested in seeing most of her follow up performances, and for good reason - they sucked. She made one sexually charged yet horrible movie after another throughout the 1980s and 1990s, earning several Razzies and little acclaim for her trouble.
There were the occasional bright spots. Most of us today probably remember her for her role as Beverly Callahan in 1995's TOMMY BOY, where she proved that her tanking career hadn't interfered with her figure.
Despite her failings as an actress, Bo still gets around. She does some TV here and there, the occasional movie. Like many an aging former pin up queen, it's her timeless beauty that provides her real longevity now. She has hung on to the best part of her glamorous former glory, existing in a state of preservation many her age only dream about. Even at 55, she's still a beautiful woman.
As a superstar hottie during a time when superstar hotties were scant, Bo burned twice as bright. She single-handedly revived the pin up phenomenon with one cornrowed jog down a beach. Sadly, burning twice as bright caused her fame to extinguish much sooner than those who came before. Thankfully, the beauty that helped propel her to such heights burns much more slowly, keeping her hotness alive much longer than most women of her generation. Even if she wasn't the most successful or famous, she's still one of the most beautiful. 2 out of 3 ain't bad.