She established her iconic image with films like ‘10’, ‘Tarzan, the Ape Man’ and ‘Bolero’.
Born as Mary Cathleen Collins in California, USA, she became a wild child in high school and skipped classes to hitchhike to the beach.
They married in 1976, when she was 18 and he was 30 years older.
The couple began dating when she was 16 and moved to Germany until Bo turned 18 to avoid US statutory rape laws.
Derek's parents divorced, and her mother married American stunt performer Bobby Bass.
An aspiring model at 16, she met Hollywood’s John Derek in 1971.
She made the first of many appearances in Playboy, starting with the March 1980 issue.
Her first pictorial was photographed by John, on a secluded beach along an unnamed area of the Colorado River.
Though some of her films enjoyed box-office success, her performance was repetitively criticised.
WITH HIS dark, wavy hair and clean-cut handsomeness, John Derek became a favourite film star of teenagers in the early Fifties, but never fulfilled the promise as an actor that his early performances in such films as Knock on Any Door and All the King's Men suggested.
He eventually concentrated on photography and film production, and became best known as the husband and Svengali-like manager of Bo Derek.
As a hardened youth, whose dictum is to "live fast, die young and make a good-looking corpse", Derek made a favourable impression and was immediately cast in Robert Rossen's All The King's Men (1949) as the disillusioned adopted son of an initially honest politician corrupted by power.
Derek's sincere performance in the Oscar-winning film was critically praised, but Santana, having brought Dorothy Hughes' book In A Lonely Place as a vehicle for Derek, instead converted the hero to an older man so that Bogart could do it.