March 1, 1954
|Alma mater||University of California, Los Angeles|
|Known for||Daisy Duke in The Dukes of Hazzard|
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. In 2012, she joined the cast of the CBS soap opera The Young and the Restless as Anita Lawson.
Bach was born in Cleveland, Ohio, the daughter of Norma Jean Kucera (née Verdugo), an acupuncturist, and Bernard P. Bachman, a rancher. Her mother was a daughter of Antonio L. Verdugo, of Bisbee, Arizona, a baker born in Mexico, while her father was of German ancestry. She was raised in Warren, Ohio. Her mother, born into the Verdugo family, claimed to be descended from one of California's earliest landed families.
She spent some of her childhood on a ranch in South Dakota, and she visited her grandparents in Faith, South Dakota. In 1970, Bach graduated from Stevens High School in Rapid City, South Dakota. She briefly majored in drama at UCLA, where she supplemented her income by making clothes for friends and theater groups.
Bach's 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 murder victim Natalie Claiburn. Her next role was Melody in the 1974 film Thunderbolt and Lightfoot.
Bach 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, she was hired 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 cut-off denim shorts and high heels. Bach had concerns about the appropriateness of the cut-off shorts at first, saying she could not 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!" This style of cut-off denim shorts are now popularly known as "Daisy Dukes" in reference to Bach's character of that name from the show. She starred on The Dukes of Hazzard opposite Tom Wopat, John Schneider and James Best.
At the suggestion of the show's producers, Bach posed as Daisy Duke for a poster, which sold 5 million copies. The poster once caused a stir when Nancy Reagan took a liking to it after Bach visited the White House with one as a gift for one of her former schoolteachers then working there.
After the series ended, Bach had roles in a number of low-profile films. From 1992 to 1994, she starred in the Canadian family drama series, African Skies. In 2006, she guest-starred on Monk, and in 2010 had a small cameo in the comedy film You Again. In 2012, Bach joined the cast of CBS daytime soap opera, The Young and the Restless in the recurring role of Anita Lawson.
Bach married David Shaw (stepson of Angela Lansbury) in 1976; the couple divorced in 1981. Bach married entertainment lawyer Peter Lopez in August 1990. They had two daughters. On April 30, 2010, 60-year-old Lopez was found shot dead in an apparent suicide.
Bach is Catholic.
|1974||The Midnight Man||Natalie Clayborne|
|1974||Thunderbolt and Lightfoot||Melody|
|1984||Cannonball Run II||Marcie Thatcher|
|1989||Criminal Act||Pam Weiss|
|1990||Masters of Menace||Kitty Wheeler|
|1992||The Nutt House||Benefit Reporter|
|1992||Rage and Honor||Captain Murdock|
|2004||Dragons: A Fantasy Made Real||Biologist|
|2015||The Breakup Girl||Ellen|
|2015||Book of Fire||Bibiana|
|1975||Matt Helm||Alice||Episode: "Matt Helm"|
|1975||Strange New World||Lara||Television film|
|1977||Murder in Peyton Place||Linda||Television film|
|1977–1978||Police Woman||Episodes: "Screams" and "A Shadow on the Sea"|
|1979–1985||The Dukes of Hazzard||Daisy Duke||Series regular, 145 episodes|
|1980-1983||The Love Boat||Pamela Hodgekins / Pat Bigelow||Episodes: "No Girls for Doc/Marriage of Convenience/The Caller/The Witness" and "Going to the Dogs/Putting on the Dog/Women's Best Friend/Whose Dog Is It Anyway"|
|1981||Enos||Daisy Duke||Episode: "One Daisy Per Summer"|
|1983||White Water Rebels||Trisha Parker||Television film|
|1983||The Dukes||Daisy Duke||Voice, 20 episodes|
|1992–1994||African Skies||Margo Dutton||Series regular, 52 episodes|
|1995||Space Ghost Coast to Coast||Herself||Episode: "Urges"|
|1997||The Dukes of Hazzard: Reunion!||Daisy Duke||Television film|
|2000||The Dukes of Hazzard: Hazzard in Hollywood||Daisy Duke||Television film|
|2006||Monk||Sara Jo||Episode: "Mr. Monk Meets His Dad"|
|2012-2019||The Young and the Restless||Anita Lawson||Recurring role|
|2014||Almost Royal||Herself||Episode: "Nashville"|
|2015||Hawaii Five-0||Amy Harlan||Episode: "Luapo'i"|
|2016||My Best Friend||Pearl||Television film|
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- Walstad, David (April 25, 1997). "Bach: TV easy next to rigors of motherhood". San Antonio Express-News. Retrieved June 7, 2013.
- 1940 United States census, Bisbee City, Arizona, Ward 2, Sheet 4A
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- "Catherine Bach Waits On A Special Dinner". The Sumter Daily Item. July 18, 1980. Retrieved May 1, 2010.
- Craig Shelburne (February 25, 2005). "The Original Dukes of Hazzard Stars Reminisce". CMT. Retrieved May 1, 2010.
- Dan Kane (January 22, 2009). "Daisy Duke today: 10 things you probably didn't know about Catherine Bach". The Repository. Archived from the original on July 26, 2010. Retrieved July 11, 2010.
- "Catherine Bach's Daisy poster causing quite a White House stir". Lakeland Ledger. October 12, 1981. Retrieved July 11, 2010.[permanent dead link]
- Rizzo, Monica (March 19, 2012). "Catherine Bach: Daisy Duke bounces back". People.com. Retrieved July 30, 2012.
- "With Daisy Duke Just A Memory, Catherine Bach Enjoys Africa". Chicago Tribune. July 31, 1993. Retrieved January 12, 2015.
- "Actress Catherine Bach's husband, entertainment attorney Peter Lopez dies in apparent suicide". Fox News. Associated Press. November 20, 2014 – via foxnews.com.
- Nolasco, Stephanie (July 24, 2019). "'Dukes of Hazzard' star Catherine Bach says she relied on faith after her husband's death". Fox News. Retrieved December 18, 2019 – via foxnews.com.