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 Warren, Ohio, the daughter of Norma Jean Kucera (née Verdugo), an acupuncturist, and Bernard Bachman, a rancher. Her mother was of Mexican descent 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
Stevens High School (1970) in Rapid City, South Dakota. She studied arts at UCLA where she supplemented her income by making clothes for friends and theatre 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 the murdered coed, 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!". She starred on that show, 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.
While she was starring on the The Dukes of Hazzard, her legs were insured for $1,000,000. In 1985, she served as the model for the figurehead for the schooner Californian.
After the series was 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 small cameo in 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.
In 2002, Bach launched a line of diamond jewellery at Debenhams.
Bach married David Shaw (step-son of Angela Lansbury) in 1976; the couple divorced in 1981. Bach married entertainment lawyer Peter Lopez in August 1990. They had two daughters, Sophia and Laura. On April 30, 2010, 60-year-old Lopez was found shot dead in an apparent suicide.
|1974||The Midnight Man||Natalie|
|1974||Thunderbolt and Lightfoot||Melody|
|1975||Strange New World||Lara||Television film|
|1977||Murder in Peyton Place||Linda||Television film|
|1983||White Water Rebels||Trisha Parker||Television film|
|1984||Cannonball Run II||Marcie|
|1989||Criminal Act||Pam Weiss|
|1990||Masters of Menace||Kitty Wheeler|
|1992||The Nutt House||Benefit Reporter|
|1992||Rage and Honor||Capt. Murdock|
|1997||The Dukes of Hazzard: Reunion!||Daisy Duke||Television film|
|2000||The Dukes of Hazzard: Hazzard in Hollywood||Daisy Duke||Television film|
|2014||Book of Fire||Bibiana|
|2015||The Breakup Girl||Ellen|
|1975||Matt Helm||Alice||Episode: "Matt Helm"|
|1977,78||Police Woman||Episodes: "Screams" and "A Shadow on the Sea"|
|1979-1985||The Dukes of Hazzard||Daisy Duke||Series regular, 145 episodes|
|1981||Enos||Daisy Duke||Episode: "One Daisy Per Summer"|
|1980, 83||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"|
|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|
|2006||Monk||Sara Jo||Episode: "Mr. Monk Meets His Dad"|
|2012–present||The Young and the Restless||Anita Lawson||Recurring role|