"Commodity," she laughed. "And I've nothing to do with it. I have my mom's eyes, my father's nose. I have nothing to do with any of that!"
These days, at age 58, Bo Derek often prefers boots to a bathing suit.
Her paradise is a 110-acre ranch with spectacular views in California's Santa Ynez Valley. She shares it with her boyfriend of 13 years, actor John Corbett, and their four horses.
Derek is not just a casual rider; she was on California's Horse Racing Board for seven years (most recently as vice chair), and is involved in wildlife conservation organizations. And at this point in her life she says there is some relief in caring a little less about her looks.
"I realize how artificial it is, beauty," she told Tracy. "I realize that it doesn't last forever, that's for damn sure."
"But when you're so well-known for how you look, is aging hard?"
"Aging is really hard," she said. "And it's tough. Bette Davis was right; it's not for sissies, it really isn't.
"And there is a certain expectation. I get credit on one hand for not having had a facelift, and then on the other hand it's, 'Oh my God, why doesn't she do something?' So you're just torn. I just have to keep busy, have other interests, and try not to think about it."
Which is why she is still so drawn to the beach ... a place to reflect on her unconventional journey through Hollywood and a life that she says is still a 10.
"I don't need a lot," she said. "I never needed the adoration or the praise. I loved the work, and still do."
GALLERY: Bo Derek
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