Bo Derek (born Mary Cathleen Collins; November 20th, 1956) is an American film and television actress, movie producer, and model perhaps best known for her role in the 1979 film 10. The film also launched a bestselling poster for Derek in a swimsuit, and subsequently she became one of the most popular sex symbols in the 1980s. She makes occasional film, television and documentary appearances.
In 2006, she was appointed to the Board of Trustees of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts by President George W. Bush, on the operations committee.
A horse lover and riding enthusiast since childhood, and she owns Andalusian horses. On February 5, 2002, she published her autobiography entitled Riding Lessons: Everything That Matters in Life I Learned from Horses . She serves on the California Horse Racing Board.
She is national honorary chairperson for Veterans Affairs' National Rehabilitation Special Events. In 2003, she received the VA's highest honor from Secretary of Veterans Affairs, Anthony Principi. The Special Forces Association named her an honorary Green Beret.