The gorgeous and iconic actress is unrecognizable these days – her legs were once insured for a million dollars

In 1979, I was essentially devoted to CBS on the television on Friday evenings, especially when The Dukes of Hazzard started.

I was a huge “Daisy Duke” fan as a little lad. Well, I think she was the object of desire for every boy growing up in the late ’70s. Catherine Bach, who has a natural beauty, played the curvy brunette.

Try not to smile when you see the newest pictures of the 68-year-old former TV star…

Daisy Duke was portrayed by American actress Catherine Bach in the US television series “The Dukes of Hazzard” about 1985.

How many TV characters manage to influence fashion for years after the show has ended? Catherine Bach, who is best known to the public for playing Daisy Duke, has permanently etched her name into the annals of popular culture.

The stunning actress gained notoriety in the late 1970s and early 1980s thanks to her insurance-worthy legs. The native of Cleveland, Ohio, who was one of the first women to wear short shorts on television, became famous for her bold fashion choices.

Yet those who think Catherine was just an ordinary actress – and mostly pretty face – are completely mistaken.

Catherine had the morals, expertise, and bravery to create the persona that served as the cornerstone of her prosperous career.

During her role on Dukes of Hazzard, for instance, the producers requested that she wear a tight white turtleneck, go-go boots, and a poodle skirt. Catherine, however, insisted on designing her own dress. Several of the outfits she wore as Daisy Duke were her own creations, and the rest is history.

Despite without knowing anything about the TV show, cut-off denim shorts are still referred to as “Daisy Dukes,” and I believe there are still girls wearing the recognizable hotpants today. It is pretty amazing.

A Dolly Parton-lookalike

1954 saw the birth of Catherine Bach in Warren, Ohio. Her upbringing had been divided. She spent the majority of her childhood at her father’s ranch in South Dakota following her parent’s divorce. She went to see her mother in California during the summer.

Catherine attended theatre school and fell in love with the stage while on vacation in The Golden State. She hopped on a plane two days after receiving her high school diploma, ready to succeed in Hollywood.

She obtained a list of every agency in Hollywood and visited each one until she located one who would take her on as a client.

Before learning about an audition for a program called The Dukes of Hazzard, the young actress set her sights on a career in film and earned a few small roles. She was alerted by her ex-husband, David Shaw (Angela Lansbury’s stepson).

“My husband was a contractor… and he liked to hire a lot of out-of-work writers, struggling actors and producers. So he hired this fellow to paint the house and he was writing this show about an old moonshiner called ’The Dukes of Hazzard’”, Catherine told Beaver Country Times in 1981. 

Catherine claims that the casting directors were seeking for a Dolly Parton clone to fill the part of Daisy. They were looking for a female with an hourglass figure, tons of blonde hair, and large boobs. Catherine, though, showed up for the audition and nailed it. She was employed by CBS that evening.

In the late 1970s, The Dukes of Hazzard was a top-rated television series with rapid success, at one point coming in second only to Dallas. The majority of Americans adored it, despite the hatred of its detractors. The show featured all the necessary elements, including vehicle chases, cheesy jokes, and a very attractive main actress.

Catherine rose to prominence on television as the naturally stunning Daisy Duke. Many people adored her character, and Daisy was the main reason we all watched the show.

“The character is a conglomeration of many people I know. She is half the wildest girl I ever knew in high school. She is part of a couple of girls I was real close to in Georgia. Se’s a lot of Dolly Parton and she’s a lot of me when I was a waitress. She is independent. She is physical. And she can do anything the guys can do,” Catherine explained in 1979. 

Catherine represented authentic beauty in the late 1970s since she lacked implants, lip injections, Botox, and false teeth.

She did a fantastic job portraying a bit naive southern girl with upstanding values and character within the context of the TV series, and she was also always incredibly attractive.

She was just a straightforward, attractive woman; she didn’t have any strange piercings or green hair.

Yet, her legs were extremely valuable. Known for being insured for $1,000,000, it has only served to further her stardom.

Husband’s tragic passing

Catherine struggled to sustain her success when The Dukes of Hazzard concluded in 1985. Her career halted after she made a few unremarkable movie appearances.

But once she played the role of Margo Dutton in the well-known Canadian family drama series African Skies, people started to take notice of her talent once more. Some people may also be familiar with Catherine through her recurrent appearances in The Young and the Restless as Anita Lawson.

Regrettably, once her husband passed away in 2010, things got worse. In August 1990, Catherine wed entertainment lawyer Peter Lopez; the couple remained united till his terrible passing away.

“He was the love of my life,” the actress mentioned.

In the end, her husband committed suicide, leaving Catherine with more questions than answers. They had a steady financial situation, and her husband hardly ever drank.

Why did he do it, then?

“A lot of people in the music business have stress, but Peter was always calm and collected,” she mentions.

I think he did this to protect us more and more the farther I go from it. He must have experienced something that he was unable to go past.

When faced with that severe loss and excruciating sadness, Catherine concentrated on her family. She placed her career on hold in order to devote more time to Laura Esmerelda and Sophia Isabella, her daughters. They were only 11 and 14 years old at the time, quite young.

At the time, Catherine didn’t have the luxury of disintegrating; instead, she made every effort to keep her family together as well as her home. ”was overrun with reporters and the coroner’s office and all sorts of people.”

”I realize that these girls are my legacy, they are Peter’s legacy. They are a testament to our love and what we thought of family, and there’s no way that I could ever slack off on that and just think about myself, ” she explained.

In the end, the actress found strength in her faith.

“I prayed a lot. I went to church a lot. I’m Catholic. I stayed very close to my priest who I really trust… It’s what kept me alive.”

Catherine Bach today

About 40 years have passed since the final episode of The Dukes of Hazzard, and Catherine obviously looks much different now than she did then. Her stunning smile, however, hasn’t changed at all! Catherine is still a very attractive woman and has aged gracefully.

She exercised while playing Daisy Duke by “dancing three hours a day, hiking, and swimming.” She benefited from her athleticism in the job and in getting into those ridiculously small shorts.

”Keeping them zipped [was the hardest thing about wearing the shorts],” she once shared.

But things are a bit different today. She’s had some weight fluctuations, as many of us do as we get older.

“I’ve put on a little weight, but so what?,” she remarked.

The actress wasn’t seen in public for a long until 2022, when she went shopping in Los Angeles. The bombshell of the 1970s had switched out her little shorts and was sporting a cross-body phone case, a pair of big sunglasses, and some black sneakers.

Many of her fans said they could not identify the former star because so much time had passed, but I assume that’s very common.

People might age but their character and personality can become even better than before. Catherine has always been, and still is a sweetheart.

Legends all age with time, but every now and then a shining star like Catherine comes along. She will always be the true ‘Daisy Duke’ and is ageless in our eyes. Much love Catherine and God Bless!