‘Dukes of Hazzard’: Why Catherine Bach Said People Get Her Confused for Ringo Starr’s Wife

by John Jamison

We all know her as the charming and sassy cousin of Bo and Luke Duke in the TV classic “Dukes of Hazzard.” But why does Ringo Starr refer to Catherine Bach as his “long-lost” wife?

Daisy Duke is one of the most iconic characters to have ever existed on American television. She singlehandedly launched a fashion craze that endures to this day. Catherine Bach, the woman responsible for it all, spent six years playing the beloved southern belle.

Bach sat down to talk about the character with Entertainment Weekly in 1997. In the interview, she discusses a number of things ranging from the impact of Daisy Duke to people mistaking her for Ringo Starr’s wife.

“Dukes of Hazzard” Star Has So Much In Common With Ringo’s Wife

The former Beatle is married to a different actor by the name of Barbara Bach. Not only do she and Catherine both act, but they share the same last name as well. To top it all off, the two actually do bear a bit of a resemblance to each other! And funny as it would be, the two are not related to each other.

Barbara Bach was born Barbara “Goldbach” and later shortened her last name. She started out her career as a model in New York. You may recognize her from her role as “Bond girl” Anya Amasova in the 1977 spy thriller “The Spy Who Loved Me.”

The “Dukes of Hazzard” star reveals that she was often mistaken for Barbara Bach.

In the 1997 interview, Catherine says, “Oh, yeah. They say, ‘You’re married to Ringo!’ He refers to me as his long-lost wife whenever we see each other.”

Now the two stars don’t exactly look like identical twins, but the combination of their names, their profession, and their success could almost make you think they’re the same person.

For the sake of comparison, the two videos below show each of them during interviews in the late 1970s and early 1980s.

Barbara Bach:

Catherine Bach:

Seeing them here, it’s hard to blame a stranger on the street for mixing the two of them up. It’s difficult to believe that the former “Dukes of Hazzard” star and Ringo’s wife are not “long-lost” sisters.