‘Dukes of Hazzard’ Star Catherine Bach Revealed How She Avoided ‘Scandal’ in Hollywood

by Samantha Whidden

She’s known for her role as Daisy Duke on Dukes of Hazzard, but despite the rise in career success and obvious Hollywood temptations, Catherine Bach knows how to stay grounded.

While discussing her career with Fox News, the Dukes of Hazzard star explains how she avoids scandal in Hollywood.

“I’m not interested in drugs,” Catherine Bach states. “Just think about where those drugs come from. It’s disgusting.”

She uses the Netflix series Narcos as a drug example. In regards to drinking, Catherine says she’ll have a drink, but won’t let anything “take over” her. “My love for my family, my children, and I, ultimately prevent that.”

Also revealing her initial reservations about playing Daisy Duke, the Dukes of Hazzard legend says the show’s creator, Gy Waldron, auditioned for the role for a year. She said they went to New York, Chicago, Atlanta, George, and California. But couldn’t find anyone for the role. 

“So I said, ‘That’s very nice of you to think of me, and I know you’re doing this as a favor to my husband [David Shaw], but you don’t have to.’ I just didn’t think I had a chance.” Waldron then said he really wanted her to come in for the role. 

Catherine goes on to recall her Dukes of Hazzard audition and after reading the role, she received an unexpected response. “Everyone, we’re talking about 30 people, got up and started clapping. They just connected with my vision of how this part should be played.” She then adds two weeks later she was on a plane to Georgia. 

Catherine Bach Talks Signature Dukes of Hazzard’s Daisy Duke Shorts 

Also during the interview, Catherine Bach discusses her outfits on Dukes of Hazzards, including her signature Daisy Duke shorts.

“[The creators] wanted me to wear a poodle skirt that matched the tablecloth,” Bach recalls. “I said, ‘You want me to match a tablecloth? That’s demeaning!’”

The creators then told her that they didn’t come with the outfit and took her across the street from Warner Brothers to an Italian restaurant and point out older woman waitresses wearing poodle skirts that matched the tablecloth. 

Catherine then reveals, “I had go-go boots, a white turtleneck, and a blonde wig because the creators loved Dolly Parton. I thought, ‘We need a costume change.’” So she found her jean shorts with cowboy boots and a little top. “They loved it,” she says about the reaction. 

The Dukes of Hazzard ran from January 1979 until February 1986. The show follows the Duke boys of Hazzard County who go on hilarious adventures throughout the entire series. The boys drove the widely known 1969 Dodge Charge that was nicknamed (The) General Lee.  Starring alongside Catherine Bach in the CBS series was Tm Wopat, John Schneider, Denver Pyle, Sorrell Brooke, and Waylon Jennings.