The Dukes of Hazzard – despite all of it’s flaws – was one of the most popular shows on television in the late 70s and early 80s. Sure, the confederate flag was emblazoned on the ol’ General Lee and many aspects of the show would be considered misogynistic by today’s standards. But yesteryear’s audiences weren’t too concerned about such things.
One of the main characters of the series has had one long-lasting legacy. Catherine Bach, the actress who played Daisy Duke, was arguably one of the most significant reasons why the show was such a success. To this day, Daisy Duke has lived on as the namesake of a rather popular article of clothing. But that’s not Bach’s only claim to fame. The 68-year-old actress managed to do something that many of her contemporary actresses failed to accomplish – that is. She kept her career going strong for decades after the show that transformed her into a star came to an end.
And besides that, she’s looking pretty good for her age. It doesn’t even look like she’s gone under the knife that much. Sure, she might have had a little nip or tuck here and there. But if you look at Bach today, you can tell that much of her enduring beauty is au natural.
Granted, the arrow of time only moves in one direction. And the sands of the hour glass are never going to flow in the opposite direction. If you take a look back at photos of Catherine Bach in her younger years. You’ll see very clearly why she had many a fan for her looks alone. Sure, she is and always has been one heck of a performer. But it didn’t hurt that she was a perfect 10 back at the height of her career.
Join Facts Verse as we take a peek at some super saucy photos of the star who will forever be best known for her role as the one and only Daisy Duke. While you enjoy these evocative photos, which mind you are for adult eyes only, we’ll also be reflecting on the highlights of Catherine Bach’s incredible life and career.
Bach was born in Cleveland, Ohio on March 1, 1954, to parents Norma Jean Kucera and Bernard Bachman. Her mother worked as an acupuncturist, while her father was a hard-working rancher. Eventually, Bach’s family relocated to a ranch in South Dakota. After she graduated from high school, Bach majored in drama at UCLA where she worked a side hustle making clothes for her friends and various theater groups.
Bach’s first acting role was in a stage production of The Sound of Music. Her first screen appearance was in a murder mystery film titled The Midnight Man.
Before she landed her role as Daisy Duke on The Dukes of Hazzard, Bach made appearances in films like Thunderbolt and Lightfoot, which starred Clint Eastwood, and Hustle, which starred Catherine Deneuve and Burt Reynolds.
In the former, Bach played the character Melody. It wasn’t a very major role, but the film did end up becoming the 17th highest-grossing film of 1974. Critically speaking, it also fared quite well and currently holds an 87% on Rotten Tomatoes.
In the early 70s, despite having made a few appearances alongside some pretty big names, Bach was still an actress that relatively few people were familiar with. That would change, however, after she landed the role of Daisy Duke.
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An Overnight Success Story
Bach heard about the auditions for The Dukes of Hazzard through her first husband David Shaw whom she married in 1976. When she showed up, she learned from the producers that they were looking for a Dolly Parton lookalike. At first, Bach a bit discouraged as she didn’t seem to fit the bill. But as soon as she gave her audition, she hired on the spot.
Now, everyone knows that Daisy Duke’s wardrobe was one of her biggest assets. After all, you don’t get a clothing item named after you unless you look magnificent in it. Well, the producers of the show bounced around several costume ideas before finally arriving at the iconic look we all know and love.
At first, they suggested that Bach wear a white turtleneck, a pair of go-go boots, a poodle skirt. Bach, however, had something else in mind. After asking if she could bring in her own outfit to wear, the producers reluctantly gave her the go-ahead.
Bach then showed up on set wearing a homemade T-shirt, a pair of skimpy denim cut-off shorts, and high heels. Initially, she had some concerns over the appropriateness of the length of her cut-offs. She even refused to wear them in an early restaurant scene thinking them to be too revealing for such a setting.
But after visiting the restaurant across the street from the shooting location. Bach found that the waitresses there all wore little miniskirts that actually matched the tablecloths. After seeing that, she no longer felt like her cut-offs would be a problem.
On Dukes, Bach’s character Daisy was the cousin of Bo and Luke, the two main protagonists of the series. The three of them, along with their uncle Jesse, lived on a farm on the outskirts of Hazzard County, Georgia.
Although it never explicitly mentioned in the show itself, early press materials suggested that Daisy’s parents. As well as Bo and Luke’s were all tragically killed in a car crash. Even so, the show never really explained how they all ended up living with Uncle Jesse.
Daisy often found herself involved in the Duke’s famous car chases. During the first season, she drove a Plymouth Road Runner, but from the second season onward, she drove a Jeep.
Daisy worked as a waitress at a local tavern called the Boar’s Nest, which owned by the greedy, villainous Boss Hogg. Her characters other talents included songwriting, singing, and journalism.
Largely due to her undeniable sex appeal and girl-next-door charm, Daisy Duke became a fan-favorite character. As such, Catherine Bach quickly found herself famous in a way she never imagined possible. At the suggestion of the series’ producers, Bach posed in character as Daisy Duke for a poster which went on to sell 5 million copies.
Incidentally, the poster took on a life of it’s own, especially after first lady Nancy Reagon took a liking to it at after Bach invited to visit the White House. One of Bach’s former schoolteachers worked there, so she brought a copy of the poster with her to give to him as a gift.
Here’s another fun fact. While Bach was starring in The Dukes of Hazzard, the studio actually had her legs insured for $1,000,000. Join Facts Verse to know the details about the saucy photos of Catherine Bach as daisy duke in the duke of hazzard. Like and subscribe!
The Dukes of Hazzard ran from January 1979 to August 1985. After it ended, Bach had roles in several low-profile films and television shows. Between 1992 and 1994, she starred in a Canadian family adventure drama series called African Skies.
The show was about two male teens, one black one white, who lived in post-Apartheid South Africa. Bach played Margo Dutton, the mother of the white boy Rory Dutton. Throughout the series, Rory and his buddy Jam got into a series of adventures often having to rely on each other to get out of sticky situations. The show ran for two seasons and received mostly positive feedback from critics.
Bach’s next noteworthy credit was guest-starring on Monk in 2006. She followed that up with a small cameo role in the 2010 comedy film You Again.
In 2012, Bach landed the second biggest role of her career when she was cast in the recurring role of Anita Lawson on the CBS daytime soap The Young and the Restless. She retained that role for seven years..
In 2019 Bach was asked by Fox News if she felt like she had been typecast after The Dukes of Hazzard. She replied by saying that while every television star goes through that to some degree. Catherine has done her best to stay true to herself while giving her best work every time the cameras are rolling. She went on to say that she didn’t mind if people still call her Daisy Duke because she thinks it’s ‘cute and charming’.
Bach did ended up reprising her role as Daisy Duke on a few occasions. She first did so by doing voice work for The Dukes of Hazzard saturday morning cartoon, The Dukes, which was on the air for two seasons in 1983.
She later appeared in the 1997 reunion movie The Dukes of Hazard: Reunion and it’s follow-up The Dukes of Hazzard: Hazzard in Hollywood in 2000.
In addition to acting, Bach has also started her own Jewelry line and she’s opened a store called Daisy Country that sells jewelry, clothing, and memorabilia. The shop is located in Nashville and is partnered up with the nearby Dukes of Hazzard-themed store.
She Love’s Being A Mom
Catherine Bach’s first marriage to David Shaw ended in divorce in 1982. She later got married for the second time in 1990 to an entertainment lawyer named Peter Lopez. She and Lopez had two daughters together, Sophia and Laura. Tragically, Lopez took his own life in 2010.
In 2013, Bach gave an interview to the Huffington Post in which she toughed on her late-husband’s suicide. From what she shared, it sounds like his death was entirely unexpected. Bach described their family as being happy and healthy. She said that Lopez knew what was important in life and did his best to instill that in their daughters. Likewise, to Sophia and Laura, their dad meant everything to them.
At the moment, it’s unclear what Catherine Bach’s plans are for the future. We can safely assume, however, that we haven’t seen the last of her or Daisy Duke.
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