Barbara Bouchet

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Barbara Bouchet
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Bouchet at the Sonopromotion film fair, November 5, 2006,
Kerkrade, The Netherlands
Born Barbara Gutscher
(1944-08-15) 15 August 1944 (age 72)
Reichenberg, Sudetenland, Germany (present-day Liberec, Czech Republic)
Occupation Actress
Years active 1959–present
Spouse(s) Luigi Borghese (m. 1974–2006) (separated; 2 sons)

Barbara Bouchet (born Barbara Gutscher, 15 August 1944) is a German-American actress and entrepreneur who lives and works in Italy.

She has acted in more than 80 films and television episodes and founded a production company that has produced fitness videos and books. She also owns and operates a fitness studio. Some of her roles are Miss Moneypenny in Casino Royale, Kelinda in the episode "By Any Other Name" of the original Star Trek, as Patrizia in Don't Torture a Duckling and as Mrs. Schermerhorn in Martin Scorsese's Gangs of New York.

Early life[edit]

Barbara Gutscher, the eldest of 4 siblings (two boys and two girls), was born in Reichenberg, a part of Czechoslovakia that was ceded to Nazi Germany and is today part of the Czech Republic.[1] After World War II, her family was placed in a resettlement camp in the American occupation zone in Germany. They were granted permission to emigrate to the United States under the humanitarian provisions of the Displaced Persons Act of 1948.[2] After arriving in America, the Gutschers lived in Five Points, California on the west side of the Central Valley and eventually settled in San Francisco, where young Barbara was raised.

During the early 1960s San Francisco Bay Area television station KPIX-TV ran a show named The KPIX Dance Party. The station offered young Barbara the chance to become one of the "regulars" in the dance group of the show.[3]

These were teenage dancers who danced live to the hit songs of the day and became locally famous in their own right by being on television six days per week. Barbara was on the show from 1959 until 1962, when she moved to Hollywood to get into the film industry, changing her Germanic sounding surname to the French sounding Barbara Bouchet.[citation needed]


Bouchet began her career modelling for magazine covers and appearing in television commercials, before eventually becoming an actress. Her first acting role was a minor part in What a Way to Go! (1964), which led to a series of other roles in the 1960s. She appeared in the films John Goldfarb, Please Come Home (1964), In Harm's Way (1964), and Agent for H.A.R.M. (1966).[4]

She appeared, semi-clad, in two editions of Playboy magazine: May 1965 (stills from In Harm's Way) and February 1967 ("The Girls of Casino Royale").[5]

In Casino Royale (1967), she played the role of Miss Moneypenny. In 1968, she guest-starred in the Star Trek episode "By Any Other Name", and in 1969 appeared in the musical film Sweet Charity playing Ursula. Tired of being typecast and unable to get starring roles in Hollywood, she moved to Italy in 1970 and began acting in Italian films, such as Black Belly of the Tarantula and Sex with a Smile (40 gradi all'ombra del lenzuolo, 1975). She starred with Gregory Peck in The Scarlet and The Black in 1983, a successful TV movie. In 1985, she established a production company and started to produce a successful series of fitness books and videos. In addition, she opened a fitness studio in Rome. In 2002, she returned to American cinema, appearing in Gangs of New York, playing Mrs. Schermerhorn.[4]

Personal life[edit]

In 1974, Barbara Bouchet married Luigi Borghese, a producer, with whom she has two sons: Alessandro (b. 1976), a TV chef and Massimiliano (b. 1989), a bartender. Her husband subsequently produced some of her later films. They separated in 2006, citing different aspirations.[6]




  1. ^ "Barbara Bouchet",; retrieved 12 December 2014.
  2. ^ De Zayas, Alfred Maurice. A Terrible Revenge, Palgrave Macmillan, 2nd edition (2006); ISBN 1-4039-7308-3.
  3. ^ Interiano, Manny. "KPIX Dance Party". Archived from the original on 5 June 2007. Retrieved 16 July 2007. 
  4. ^ a b Barbara Bouchet at the Internet Movie Database
  5. ^ "Playboy Magazine February 1967 vol.14, no.2". Vintage Playboy Mags; retrieved 12 December 2014.
  6. ^ Boccalini, Siria. "Intervista a Barbara Bouchet" (in Italian). Archived from the original on 17 August 2007. Retrieved 1 September 2007. 

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