From 1979 to 1985, Catherine Bach had America’s full attention as Daisy Duke on The Dukes of Hazzard. She was the first crush of many a young Dukes fan, and now, 35 years later, she’s still turning heads.
The Daisy Duke actor was spotted this week as she hit the streets of West Hollywood. It didn’t take long for passersby to recognize her, and the paparazzi weren’t far behind. The 67-year old Dukes of Hazzard star cut a striking figure in a stylish all-black outfit. Take a look for yourself.
As Daisy Duke, Catherine Bach spent seven seasons (mostly) alongside her co-stars John Schneider and Tom Wopat. Together the Bo, Luke, and Daisy actors would become an iconic television trio. But Bach’s impact especially went far beyond the Dukes of Hazzard frame.
She became a fashion trendsetter virtually overnight after fans caught a glimpse of her wearing the now-iconic denim shorts named for her character. Catherine Bach was a sex symbol. There’s no doubt about it. And the irony of her early career is not lost on her. The first agency to represent her as an actor let her go because they didn’t think she had “the look.”
“I was told, ‘We’re never going to make money off you. Aside from doing a movie here and there, we don’t see a television series in your future. We just don’t see that kind of thing happening. So we’re going to let you go because it’s a lot of work to represent you,'” the Dukes of Hazzard star recalled during a 2019 interview with Fox News.
Well, look who’s laughing now.
‘Dukes of Hazzard’ Star Catherine Bach Was Far More Than a Sex Symbol
When someone like Catherine Bach gains worldwide fame for a role like Daisy Duke, it’s easy for people to put everything else aside and point to her beauty alone. But Bach, like any human being, had depth, traits, and talents that went way beyond fashion and beauty.
Her co-star, Luke Duke actor Tom Wopat, learned that the hard way. To be fair, he likely already knew it, but let’s just say Bach’s driving skills took him by surprise. Apparently, the Daisy Duke actor is a demon behind the wheel.
“I think the one thing that people don’t realize—I think the scaredest I was ever in the car—was when Cathy was driving. We had a scene where we had been in some sort of fight. Geez, imagine that- and she slides up, she pulls up in the General Lee, and we jump in, and she drives off. And I was on the floor in the backseat, I thought I was going to die,” Wopat told Pop Goes the Culture TV in 2019.