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Instead, she says, she was 'interested and fascinated' by him.

Derek was alone at the couple's Californian ranch when he had a fatal heart attack.

He knew what went on with leading men and ladies on set. I think I avoided a lot of pain and grief.' Bo admits that their three-decade age gap was beginning to make itself felt and acknowledges for the first time the difficulties that existed between them.

'There were things he couldn't do physically,' she says.

It is incredible that such a large part of my life has passed since then.' I wonder though, whether, as she ran along that beach with those braids, she envisaged a different life. But John had two children from a previous marriage, and it wasn't really natural for him. I think marriage is a young person's thing, when you want to make a family. I'm intelligent enough to know that my life has been embarrassingly good.

I had to consider that eventually I would be raising a child alone. We're in a different place at our age.' Much as Derek was? Okay, so some people wouldn't choose to be with a man 30 years older - but that was my choice.

'I was going to the Oscars with a girlfriend and heard from a friend that John was also going and wanted to escort me,' she says.

'I thought it would be fun to show my girlfriend the Hollywood experience if we went with someone like John, so I said yes.

The movie, she says, was a defining moment in her life; more so than any other roles, more so, too, than her extraordinary 22-year marriage to the late film director John Derek.Bo was just 16 when they began their affair in Greece, on the set of his film And Once Upon a Love.A notorious womaniser, Derek was 30 years her senior and married to Linda Evans (his previous wives, Pati Behrs and Ursula Andress, were also actresses).Okay, so, according to Bo Derek, there are women that do and those that don't. Oh, and while we're at it, she doesn't do Botox or collagen, either.There are times, she says, she's tempted to - days she sees a photograph of herself and 'gets scared'.

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