For its tenth anniversary, award-winning marketing agency O’Keeffe & Company requested for the presence of a celebrity who the company believed best represents the number “10.”
The celebrity was none other than actress Bo Derek, who is known most recently for her portrayal of fashion designer Maria Gianni on MyNetworkTV’s Fashion House
. The 50-year-old Golden Globe winner attended the company’s tenth-anniversary celebration on June 14th as the celebrity guest. The event was held at the Four Provinces in Falls Church, Virginia.
The memo announcing Derek’s appearance at the party was posted on the company’s website a week before the event. The end of the memo read, “Cornrows and swimsuits are not necessary but are welcome,” alluding to some of the things that made Derek one of the most popular and sought-after actresses in Hollywood.
Derek donned the cornrow hairstyle for the 1979 Blake Edwards film 10
. Her portrayal of Jenny Miles was enough to make her not only a star but also a sex symbol. She also earned a Golden Globe award nomination for New Star of the Year (female), which she lost to Bette Midler. Nevertheless, because the film launched Derek’s career, O’ Keeffe and Company deemed the Fashion House
star their “perfect 10.”
Before she became involved with 10
, Derek made her big screen debut with a role on the 1977 film, Orca: The Killer Whale
. The movie was not well-received by critics and was often compared to the Jaws
Following the success of 10
, Derek began working in more film productions, none of which beat or equaled the recognition 10
received. Among those movies are Tarzan, The Ape Man, Bolero
and Ghosts Can’t Do It
, which was written and directed by her late husband, John Derek. In 1980, she made her debut in the adult magazine, Playboy, and has since then appeared in many of the magazine’s issues.
More recently, Derek has been seen in productions like Life in the Balance, Malibu’s Most Wanted
and Frozen with Fear
. Aside from Fashion House
, Derek has also appeared on such television series as Two Guys and a Girl, Lucky, Family Law, Still Standing
and 7th Heaven
-Lisa Claustro, BuddyTV Staff Columnist
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