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Catherine Bach



American actress Catherine Bach was born in Ohio, but spent most of her high school years in South Dakota with her father. As soon as she finished high school, Catherine flew to California to pursue the acting career she'd been dreaming about since seeing her actor uncle, Tony Verdugo, in a stage production. Supporting herself with various day jobs, Catherine took dancing lessons, made the audition rounds, and eventually attained a few TV bits and movie roles. Thunderbolt and Lightfoot (1973) was her most widely seen film role, principally because of what she didn't wear in it; but her best role was an all-too-brief appearance in The Midnight Man (1974), as Natalie Clayborne, the troubled college coed at the center of a mystery involving blackmail and murder.



In 1978 Bach was cast along with John Schneider and Tom Wopat as the "Dukes of Hazzard" in the weekly CBS TV series of the same name. The series was a comedy adventure about a hillbilly family, their souped-up automobile (The General Lee), and their corrupt antagonist, Boss Hogg. As Daisy Duke, Catherine spent most of her time in T-shirts and cutoffs, and thus the actress became a favorite of the young-college-boy set. Within a few months of Dukes of Hazzard's debut, the Catherine Bach poster was outselling the Farrah Fawcett and Suzanne Somers posters in quite a few cities. Catherine stayed with Dukes until its cancellation in 1985, even weathering the "siege of 1981," when her costars Schneider and Wopat left over contract differences and were briefly replaced by two lookalike actors. Like many 1970s TV stars, Catherine Bach found the movie offers, poster contracts, personal appearances and talk-show gigs slowly evaporating as her series faded from the public's memory. Though she did appear from time to time in various productions including Cannonball Run II, Criminal Act, Rage and Honor, she returned to her signature role of Daisy Duke for a handful of reunion shows. In 2006 she appeared on an episode of the USA detective series Monk.

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet My Best Friend
  • Pearl
2017
No Score Yet The Breakup Girl
  • Ellen
2015
No Score Yet Chapman
  • Water Birth Mother
2014
17% You Again
  • Daisy
2010
No Score Yet Crazed
  • Actor
2005
No Score Yet The Dukes of Hazzard: Hazzard in Hollywood
  • Actor
2000
No Score Yet Tunnels
  • Pam Weiss
1998
No Score Yet Dukes of Hazzard: Reunion!
  • Daisy Duke
1997
No Score Yet The Nutty Nut
  • Actor
1995
No Score Yet Rage and Honor
  • Capt. Murdock
1992
No Score Yet Masters of Menace
  • Kitty Wheeler
1990
No Score Yet Street Justice
  • Tamarra
1990
No Score Yet Driving Force
  • Harry
1988
No Score Yet Criminal Act
  • Pam Weiss
1988
13% Cannonball Run II
  • Marcie
1984
No Score Yet Crazed
  • Actor
1978
67% Hustle
  • Peggy Summers
1975
No Score Yet Strange New World
  • Actor
1975
87% Thunderbolt and Lightfoot
  • Melody
1974

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT
No Score Yet The Dukes of Hazzard
1979-1985
  • Daisy Duke
Monk
2002-2009
  • Sara Jo
No Score Yet Hawaii Five-0
2010
  • Amy Harlan

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