The movie “10” was a romantic comedy released in 1979, directed by Blake Edwards. It starred Dudley Moore as George Webber, a middle-aged man who becomes infatuated with a young woman he sees on the beach while on vacation in Mexico.
But who was the female star that captured George’s heart? Her name is Bo Derek and she played the character of Jenny Miles.
Bo Derek: A Rising Star
Bo Derek was born Mary Cathleen Collins on November 20, 1956, in Long Beach, California. She began her career in Hollywood as a model and appeared in various commercials before landing her breakthrough role in “10”.
The Role of Jenny Miles
In “10”, Bo Derek played the role of Jenny Miles, a beautiful young woman who George Webber becomes enamored with after seeing her running on the beach. Her character is carefree and adventurous, which contrasts with George’s more uptight personality.
The Iconic Beach Scene
One of the most memorable scenes from “10” features Bo Derek running along the beach while wearing a revealing swimsuit and cornrows in her hair. This scene catapulted Bo Derek to international stardom and became one of the most iconic moments in film history.
Bo Derek’s Career After “10”
After her breakout role in “10”, Bo Derek continued to act in films throughout the 1980s and 1990s. Some of her notable roles include Jane Parker in “Tarzan, the Ape Man” (1981) and Kathleen Doolittle-Stuart in “Tommy Boy” (1995).
Aside from acting, Bo Derek has also been involved in various philanthropic efforts such as animal welfare and veteran support organizations.
- Animal Welfare: In 2002, Bo Derek was appointed as a special envoy for the Secretary of State on Wildlife Trafficking. She has also been a longtime supporter of the WildAid organization, which aims to end illegal wildlife trade.
- Veteran Support: Bo Derek has also been involved with organizations that support military veterans, including the USO and the Veterans Support Foundation.
Bo Derek’s role as Jenny Miles in “10” catapulted her to international stardom and cemented her place in film history. Her career has spanned decades and she has continued to make an impact both on and off screen through her philanthropic efforts.