• Catherine Bach is an American actress best known for her role as Daisy Duke in “The Dukes of Hazzard”.
• She grew up in Faith, South Dakota and matriculated from Stevens High School in 1970.
• She brought her own homemade Daisy Duke outfit to the audition which later became iconic.
• She has been married twice, first to David Shaw and then to entertainment lawyer Peter Lopez who died by suicide in 2010.
• She has an estimated net worth of $10 million as of February 2020.

Known for movies

Short Info

Net Worth$3 Million
Date Of BirthMarch 1, 1954
SpousePeter Lopez (m. 1990–2010), David Shaw (m. 1976–1981)
MarkVoluptuous figure
FactStudied arts at UCLA where she supplemented her income by making clothes.


If you grew up in the ‘80s, you have probably seen her face. Or at least her legs, with nothing but ripped jean shorts and high heels. Yes, we are talking about Daisy Duke, or rather about Catherine Bach, as is her real-life name. You recognize her for her famous, sexy role in the action-filled series “The Dukes of Hazzard”, but how much do you really know about this hot brunette?

Early life and Education

Catherine Bachman was born on 1 March 1954, in Warren, Ohio USA. Her mother was an acupuncturist, Norma Jean Kucera, and her father was a rancher Bernard Bachman. She is of German-Mexican descent, and her mother comes from one of the earliest families that landed in California, the famous Verdugo family.

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Her parents met in Europe, but divorced a couple of years after Catherine was born. Catherine mostly grew up in Faith, South Dakota, USA, on her grandparents’ ranch. She matriculated from Stevens High School in Rapid City, South Dakota, in 1970, and enrolled at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), choosing drama as her major. Because her allowance wasn’t enough to pay her tuition, she made clothes for theatre groups for money, and that was her way of survival at the time, indicating that her family had a very low income, despite once being notable and famous.

Starting Her Career

She debuted her acting career at a very young age, as one of the children in a production of “The Sound of Music”.

However, her first appearance on television screens was in “The Midnight Man”, Burt Lancaster’s murder mystery that was shot in upstate South Carolina in 1973 – Bach played the small role of Natalie Claiburn, the murder victim. In the next year she landed the role of Melody in Michael Cimino’s “Thunderbolt and Lightfoot”, next to Clint Eastwood and Jeff Bridges.

Daisy Duke

The role that skyrocketed her career was that of Daisy Duke in “The Dukes of Hazzard”, that aired from 1979 to 1985. She first heard of the audition for the main role in this action-comedy TV show through her then husband, David Shaw; the producers were looking for a woman who resembled Dolly Parton, which sounded nothing like her, but she decided to try due to her love of motorcycles.

As it turned out, she charmed the casting crew and was hired instantly. She also brought numerous changes to the character’s original draft, for example, Daisy Duke was supposed to wear a white turtleneck, poodle skirt and go-go boots. Bach had other ideas, so she brought her own homemade outfit, which was a T-shirt, a pair of cut-off denim shorts and high heels – a style which later became iconic.

The poster of her posing as a Daisy Duke that she designed later sold over five million copies. In fact, her Daisy Duke character got her so much recognition, especially due to Bach’s good figure, that she decided to insure her legs for $1 million! All in all, Catherine appeared in a total of 145 episodes and stole the hearts of many, becoming the face many will remember for the age to come.

“The Dukes of Hazzard” Aftermath

Bach’s acting career continued featuring in a number of smaller films and TV shows, such as “You Again”, “Chapman”, “Hawaii Five-0” “African Skies” and “Monk”. She also did the voice acting for Daisy Duke in the 2004 video game “The Dukes of Hazzard: Return of the General Lee”, but when she was asked to cameo in the 2005 film remake of “The Dukes of Hazard” that starred Jessica Simson, she refused the offer for reasons unknown.

However, she still happily talks about her Daisy Duke days, as she once declared: ‘Sure it was a lot of fun, couldn’t you tell? It was great to come to work every day. I’m friends with everyone to this day. John Schneider is probably my best friend of all.

Catherine Bach

He’s like my brother.’ Still, she claims that she’s never seen the “Dukes of Hazzard” movie from 2005. Bach finally found her place in the acting world again when she joined the cast of “The Young and the Restless”, the CBS daytime soap opera, in the 2012. She plays the recurring role of Anita Lawson to the present day. Bach also launched her own independent diamond jewelry line at Debenhams in 2002.


In 1976 Bach married David Shaw, who is the step-son of the actress and singer Angela Lansbury. The marriage lasted until 1981, when the couple filed for divorce for unknown reasons,  but apparently there was never any drama involved.

In 1990 Bach remarried, and her new spouse was entertainment lawyer Peter Lopez, the founder of the law firm “Kleinberg Lopez Lange Cuddy and Klein”. Lopez worked with many famous names, most notably pop star Michael Jackson, even saving Jackson from bankruptcy at one point! His other clients included Julio Iglesias, Michael Buble, Andrea Bocelli and The Eagles.

The marriage seemed to be a happy one, and the couple had two daughters, Sophia and Laura. However, everything changed on 30th of April 2010, when the 60-year-old Lopez was found shot dead. His death was proclaimed suicide, which shocked everyone in and out of the family, as Lopez never even hinted towards depression.

In an interview, Bach said that ‘Peter was happy to the very last second. Something terrible happened to him – I just know him so well. He did this to protect my daughters and myself. There must have been some bad business, and he saw this as his only way out of my life and the daughters that we created together.’ To this day, Bach holds the same belief about her late husband and misses him dearly, often going to church to pray for him. She had a few relationships after his death, but so far she hasn’t tied the knot again and claims she doesn’t plan to.

Personal Life

Bach is fond of hot rods, growing-up with the car culture of South Dakota. She thoroughly enjoys watching car shows, and loves playing with her own motorcycles in the garage during the cold winter days.

She even visits the Midlands often so she could open the Motorhome and Caravan Shows at the NEC. Apparently her models cost somewhere between $350,000 and $500,000. She is best friends with ex-Beatle member Ringo Starr and his wife Barbara Bach (despite the surname, the two are unrelated, as Barbara was born a Goldbach), as well as Barbara’s sister Marjorie, and the trio helped her tremendously after the passing of her husband.

Net worth

It’s said that she makes around $2,000 per episode from “The Young and the Restless”. Bach’s net worth is estimated at around $10 million as of February 2020, a big leap forward from the time when she had to hand-sew clothes to survive and get through college.

Physical characteristics

Bach has a height of 5ft 8ins (1.75m), her weight is around 150lbs (68kgs), and her vital statistics are 38-28-37. Her hair is light brunette and her eyes are brown. She is considered a very beautiful woman, who is rarely seen without a smile on her face.

General Info

Full NameCatherine Bach
Net Worth$3 Million
Date Of BirthMarch 1, 1954
Height1.73 m
ProfessionPin-up model, Actor
EducationUniversity of California, Los Angeles


SpousePeter Lopez (m. 1990–2010), David Shaw (m. 1976–1981)
ChildrenSophia Isabella Lopez, Laura Esmeralda Lopez
ParentsBernard Bachman, Norma Jean Kucera Verdugo
SiblingsPhilip Bachman


MoviesThunderbolt and Lightfoot, Cannonball Run II, The Dukes of Hazzard: Reunion!, Rage and Honor, The Dukes of Hazzard: Hazzard in Hollywood!, Masters of Menace, The Nutt House, You Again, Strange New World, The Midnight Man, Criminal Act, The Breakup Girl, Murder in Peyton Place, Hustle, Driving Force,...
TV ShowsAfrican Skies, The Dukes of Hazzard, The Dukes

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#Marks / Signs
1Deep sultry voice
2Voluptuous figure
3Natural brunette hair


1I was at a party in London when I met Bond producer Barbara Broccoli. She introduced herself, and I didn't believe her name. So I just replied: "Yeah, and I'm Cathy Carrot." I think maybe I got off on the wrong foot!
2A perfect dinner for me is being with people I really want to be with. It starts and stops with my company and my family.


1Revealed that she had a wonderful working relationship with James Best on The Dukes of Hazzard (1979).
2Remains close to James Best. She even visits his website dedicated to Best's painting.
3Has two daughters: Sophia Isabella (born January 1996) and Laura Esmeralda (born October 1998).
4Best known by the public for her role as Daisy Duke on The Dukes of Hazzard (1979).
5Acting protégée of James Best.
6Studied arts at UCLA where she supplemented her income by making clothes.
7Attended and graduated from Stevens High School in Rapid City, South Dakota (1970).
8Parents are Bernard Bachman and Norma Jean Kucera; has one brother, Philip Bachman.
9Handmade many of the costumes she wore as Daisy Duke on The Dukes of Hazzard (1979), particularly those seen in early episodes, including tops; the red bikini seen during the first episode, "One-Armed Bandits", that was immortalized in the opening credits; and her famous "Daisy Duke" cut-off jeans.
10Her father had German ancestry and her mother had Mexican ancestry.
11Descended from the Verdugo family, one of California's earliest landed families.
12Her first husband is Angela Lansbury's stepson David Shaw.
13Cut-off denim shorts are sometimes referred to as "Daisy Dukes" as often worn by her character Daisy Duke on the television series The Dukes of Hazzard (1979).




My Best Friend2016TV MoviePearl
The Young and the Restless2012-2015TV SeriesAnita Lawson / Anita
Book of Fire2015Bibiana
The Breakup Girl2015Ellen
Hawaii Five-02015TV SeriesAmy Harlan
You Again2010Daisy
Monk2006TV SeriesSara Jo
The Dukes of Hazzard: Return of the General Lee2004Video GameDaisy Duke (voice)
The Dukes of Hazzard: Hazzard in Hollywood2000TV MovieDaisy Duke
The Dukes of Hazzard: Reunion!1997TV MovieDaisy Duke
African Skies1992-1994TV SeriesMargo Dutton
Rage and Honor1992Capt. Murdock
The Nutt House1992Benefit Reporter
Masters of Menace1990Kitty Wheeler
Driving Force1989Harry
Criminal Act1989Pam Weiss
Trying Times1987TV SeriesActress
Street Justice1987Tamarra
The Dukes of Hazzard1979-1985TV SeriesDaisy Duke
Cannonball Run II1984Marcie, Lamborghini Babe
The Dukes1983TV SeriesDaisy Duke
The Love Boat1980-1983TV SeriesPamela Hodgekins / Pat Bigelow
White Water Rebels1983TV MovieTrisha Parker
Enos1981TV SeriesDaisy Duke
Nicole1978Sue (as Kathy Bach)
Police Woman1977-1978TV Series
Murder in Peyton Place1977TV MovieLinda
Hustle1975Peggy Summers
Strange New World1975TV MovieLara - the Guide
Matt Helm1975TV SeriesAlice
Thunderbolt and Lightfoot1974Melody
The Midnight Man1974Natalie


Voices that Care1991TV Movie documentary performer: "Voices that Care"
The Dukes of Hazzard1983TV Series performer - 1 episode


Teens Wanna Know2014TV SeriesHerself - Guest
Marie2013TV Series documentary
The 40th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards2013TV SpecialHerself
The 39th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards2012TV SpecialHerself
The Graham Norton Show2007TV SeriesHerself - Guest
My First Time2006TV SeriesHerself
CMT Insider2006TV SeriesHerself
TV Land's Top Ten2005TV Series documentaryHerself
Bo, Luke & Daisy: Just Good Ole Friends2005Video documentary shortHerself
The CMT Music Awards2005TV SpecialHerself
Inside Fame2005TV Series documentaryHerself
The 20th Anniversary Hazzard County BBQ2004Video documentary shortHerself
TV Road Trip2002TV Movie documentaryHerself (The Dukes of Hazzard)
Entertainment Tonight Presents: The Dukes of Hazzard - The Untold Story1999TV Movie documentaryHerself
Top Ten1998TV Series documentaryHerself - Host
Space Ghost Coast to Coast1995TV SeriesHerself
15th Annual Tejano Music Awards1995VideoHerself - Host
The 9th Annual Genesis Awards1995TV SpecialHerself - Presenter
The 16th Annual CableACE Awards1994TV SpecialHerself - Winner
Voices that Care1991TV Movie documentaryHerself - Choir Member
The 19th Annual Nosotros Golden Eagle Awards1989TV SpecialHerself
Stand-up Comics Take a Stand1988TV Special documentaryHerself
The18th Annual Nosotros Golden Eagle Awards1988TV SpecialHerself
The 5th Annual American Cinema Awards1988TV SpecialHerself
Hour Magazine1988TV SeriesHerself
Farm Aid '871987TV SpecialHerself
Star Search1984TV SeriesHerself - Introducer
CBS All-American Thanksgiving Day Parade1984TV SpecialHerself
The Annual American Image Awards1984TV SpecialHerself - Presenter
The 19th Academy of Country Music Awards1984TV SpecialHerself
Bob Hope's Merry Christmas Show1983TV MovieHerself
The 40th Annual Golden Globe Awards1983TV SpecialHerself - Presenter
Battle of the Network Stars XII1982TV SpecialHerself - CBS Team
Night of 100 Stars1982TV SpecialHerself
The Regis Philbin Show1981TV SeriesHerself
Circus of the Stars #61981TV SpecialHerself
The Magic of David Copperfield IV: The Vanishing Airplane1981TV SpecialHerself - Special Guest
The Midnight Special1981TV SeriesHerself
The Nashville Palace1980TV SeriesHerself
Battle of the Network Stars VIII1980TV SpecialHerself - CBS Team
The Mike Douglas Show1979-1980TV SeriesHerself - Actress
Battle of the Network Stars VI1979TV SpecialHerself - CBS Team
Look Magazine Gala Party1979TV MovieHerself
All-Star Family Feud Special1979TV SeriesHerself - Celebrity Contestant
Family Feud1976TV SeriesHerself - Contestant / Herself
Almost Royal2014TV SeriesHerself - Daisy Duke

Archive Footage

Saucy 70's Volume 22010Video documentary
CMT: The Greatest - 20 Greatest Country Comedy Shows2006TV SpecialDaisy Duke
Joe Bob's Drive-In Theater1994TV SeriesCapt. Murdock
Sei un fenomeno1991TV Mini-SeriesHerself
Reel Horror1985Sue
Bob Hope's Unrehearsed Antics of the Stars1984DocumentaryHerself

Source: IMDb, Wikipedia

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