Barbara Bach

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Barbara Bach
Barbara Bach - 1978.jpg
Barbara Bach 1977
Born Barbara Goldbach
(1947-08-27) August 27, 1947 (age 70)
Queens, New York, United States
Occupation Actress, model
Years active 1965–1986
Spouse(s) Count Augusto Gregorini
(m. 1966; div. 1978)

Ringo Starr
(m. 1981)
Children 2, including Francesca Gregorini

Barbara Bach, Lady Starkey (born Barbara Goldbach; August 27, 1947) is an American actress and model who played the Bond girl Anya Amasova in the James Bond film The Spy Who Loved Me (1977) as well as the spy Maritza Petrović in Force 10 from Navarone (1978). She married Ringo Starr, former member of the Beatles, in 1981.

Early life[edit]

Bach was born in Rosedale, Queens, and grew up in Jackson Heights, the daughter of Marjorie (1920–) and Howard I. Goldbach (1922–2001), a policeman. Her mother is Irish Catholic, while her father was Jewish (from a family from Germany, Austria, and Romania).[1] She graduated from the all-girl Dominican Commercial High School in Jamaica, Queens, New York in 1964.[2] A year later, in 1965, she shortened her name to Bach and began a highly successful career as a model posing for catalogs and fashion magazines. She is fluent in Italian and has a working knowledge of French and Spanish.[3]


Bach was one the most sought-after faces in the '60s, working with the Eileen Ford Agency in New York, appearing on catalogs and the front covers of several international fashion magazines such as Seventeen (1965 and 1966), Vogue USA (July 1966) photographed by Richard Avedon, ELLE France (1966), Gioia Italy (1967–1970), and Figurino Brazil (1970).[citation needed]

Her acting career started in Italy, where she played Nausicaa in L'Odissea in 1968, an eight-hour long TV adaptation of Homer's famous epic poem The Odyssey, directed by Franco Rossi and produced by Dino de Laurentiis.

In 1972, Bach co-starred with two other Bond girls, Claudine Auger and Barbara Bouchet, in the mystery La Tarantola dal ventre nero (a giallo film) and had small roles in other Italian films.[citation needed]

In 1977, Bach portrayed the Russian spy Anya Amasova in the James Bond film The Spy Who Loved Me. Bach remarked after the film that Bond is "a chauvinist pig who uses girls to shield him against bullets."[4] The following year she appeared in the movie Force 10 from Navarone. She lost a role to actress Shelley Hack when she auditioned for season four of the television series Charlie's Angels.[5] During an interview with Johnny Carson on May 9, 1979, she said that she lost the audition for Charlie's Angels because they felt she was too sophisticated in attitude and look, and thought that she was not American, even though she was born in Rosedale, Queens, and grew up in Jackson Heights, Queens, in New York City. They asked her manager if she could play an American.[3] Bach has 28 films to her credit. She was featured in a pictorial in Playboy in June 1977. She also had a cameo in a September 1987 special issue on the Bond girls.[citation needed]

Charity work[edit]

Bach started the Self Help Addiction Recovery Program (S.H.A.R.P.) with the help of George Harrison, Eric Clapton and Pattie Boyd, the former wife of both Harrison and Clapton. Bach and Starr created The Lotus Foundation, a charity with many sub-charities.

Personal life[edit]

Bach met Italian businessman Count Augusto Gregorini on a flight to Rome in 1966. They were married in 1966 and moved to Italy where they had a daughter, singer-songwriter Francesca Gregorini (born August 7, 1968) and a son Gianni (born in 1972). In 1975, Bach separated from Gregorini and moved back to the United States with her two children.[citation needed] She married Ringo Starr on 27 April 1981, after meeting him on the set of the film Caveman.[6]

According to the International Vegetarian Union, Bach and husband Ringo Starr practice vegetarianism.[7]


Year Title Role
1968 L'Odissea (a.k.a. The Adventures of Ulysses) Nausicaa
1971 Mio padre Monsignore Chiara
La Tarantola dal ventre nero (a.k.a. Black Belly of the Tarantula) Jenny
La Corta notte delle bambole di vetro (a.k.a. Paralyzed/Short Night of Glass Dolls) Mira Svoboda
Un peu de soleil dans l'eau froide (a.k.a. A Few Hours of Sunlight/A Little Sun in Cold Water) Héloïse/Elvire
1972 I Predatori si muovono all'alba Helen
1973 Paolo il caldo (a.k.a. The Sensual Man/The Sensuous Sicilian) Anna
Il maschio ruspante Rema
L' Ultima chance (a.k.a. Stateline Motel / Last Chance / Motel of Fear) Emily
1974 Il Cittadino si ribella (a.k.a. Street Law/The Citizen Rebels) Barbara
1975 Il Lupo dei mari (a.k.a. Legend of the Sea Wolf/Larsen, Wolf of the Seven Seas) Maud Brewster
1977 Ecco noi per esempio Ludovica
The Spy Who Loved Me Anya Amasova
1978 Force 10 from Navarone Maritza Petrovich
1979 L' Isola degli uomini pesce (a.k.a. Island of the Fishmen/Screamers) Amanda Marvin
L' Umanoide (a.k.a. The Humanoid) Lady Agatha
Jaguar Lives Anna Thompson
Il Fiume del grande caimano (a.k.a. Alligators/The Big Alligator River/The Great Alligator) Alice Brandt
1980 Up the Academy Bliss
1981 Caveman Lana
The Unseen Jennifer Fast
1982 The Cooler (11 min. short)
1983 Princess Daisy Vanessa Valerian
1984 Give My Regards to Broad Street Journalist
1986 To the North of Katmandu

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Carlos N. (2003-06-17). "Biography of Barbara Bach". Retrieved 2016-02-24. Biography based on information from press interviews, books and articles of newspapers & magazines from Italy, USA, Spain, France and Australia (1965-now). 
  2. ^ Barbara Bach (1984-04-18). "How Ringo has changed me". Weekend Magazine. Retrieved 2016-02-24. 
  3. ^ a b "Chevy Chase, Gallagher, Barbara Bach, Ricky Schroder". The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson. Season 17. Episode 134. May 9, 1979. NBC. 
  4. ^ Jarvis, Jeff (1983-07-18). "Bond's Beauties". 20 (3). People. Retrieved 2016-02-24. 
  5. ^ Rayl, Salley (1981-02-23). "Ringo's Star". People. 15 (7). Retrieved 2016-02-24. 
  6. ^
  7. ^ "Ringo Starr". International Vegetarian Union. 

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