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Catherine Bach

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Catherine Bach



Date of Birth: 1 March 1954
Place of Birth: Warren, Ohio, USA
Birth Name: Catherine Bachman
Height: 5' 8" (1.73 m)







Biography

Catherine Bach (born Catherine Bachman; March 1, 1954) is an American actress. She is known for playing Daisy Duke in the television series The Dukes of Hazzard and Margo Dutton in African Skies.


Career

Her professional debut was as one of the children in a production of The Sound of Music. Bach's first screen appearance was in the Burt Lancaster murder mystery, The Midnight Man, shot in Upstate South Carolina in 1973, in which she played the murdered coed, Natalie Claiburn.

Her next role was Melody in the 1974 film Thunderbolt and Lightfoot.

She heard about the audition for The Dukes of Hazzard through her husband; When she arrived there, she found the producers were looking for a Dolly Parton-lookalike; despite not looking like what they were searching for, they hired her on the spot. One of the earliest costume ideas from the producers was that she wear a tight white turtleneck, go-go boots and a poodle skirt, but Bach asked if she could bring her own outfit, which was a homemade T-shirt, a pair of unraveled denim shorts and high heels. Bach had concerns about the appropriateness of the cut-off shorts at first, saying she couldn't wear them in a restaurant scene. When prompted by the producers to visit a restaurant across the street, Bach found the waitresses were wearing "little miniskirts that matched the tablecloths!".

Bach posed for a poster as Daisy Duke at the suggestion of the show's producers, which sold 5 million copies. The poster once caused a stir when Bach visited the White House to visit one of her former schoolteacher who was then working there.

In 1985 she served as the model for the figurehead for the schooner Californian.

At one time her legs were insured for $1 million dollars.

In 2002 she launched a line of diamond jewellery at Debenhams.

Personal life

Bach was born in Cleveland, Ohio, the daughter of Norma Kucera, an acupuncturist, and Bernard Bachman, a rancher. Her maternal grandparents were Mexican and her father was of German ancestry. She is descended from the Verdugo family, one of California's earliest landed families. She grew up on a ranch in South Dakota, where she visited her grandparents in Faith, South Dakota, and graduated from high school in Rapid City, South Dakota. She studied arts at UCLA where she supplemented her income by making clothes for friends and theatre groups.

She married David Shaw (son of Angela Lansbury) in 1976; the couple divorced in 1981. Bach married entertainment lawyer Peter Lopez in August of 1990. They had two daughters, Sophia and Laura. On April 30, 2010, 60 year old Lopez was found shot dead - an apparent suicide.

Trivia

  • Cut off denim shorts are sometimes referred to as "Daisy Dukes" as often worn by her character Daisy Duke on the TV series "The Dukes of Hazzard" (1979).
  • Her first husband is Angela Lansbury's stepson.
  • She appeared in the music video and sang in the choir on the song "Voices That Care."
  • Daughters, with Lopez, Sophia Isabella (born January 1996) and Laura Esmeralda (born October 1998).
  • Measurements: 36-23-35 (Source: Celebrity Sleuth magazine)
  • Father is German and mother is Mexican.
  • Hand-made many of the costumes she wore as Daisy Duke in "The Dukes of Hazzard" (1979), particularly those seen in early episodes, including tops; the red bikini seen during the first episode, "One-Armed Bandits", that was immortalized in the opening credits; and her famous "Daisy Duke" cut-off jeans.
  • Has one brother, Philip.


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