Born: August 27, 1947
Birthplace: Queens, New York, United States
Barbara Bach, Lady Starkey, formerly Countess Gregorini di Savignano di Romagna, (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.
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). She graduated from the all-girl Dominican Commercial High School in Jamaica, Queens, New York in 1964. 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.
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).
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 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." 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. 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. 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.
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.
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. She married Ringo Starr on 27 April 1981, after meeting him on the set of the film Caveman.
According to the International Vegetarian Union, Bach and husband Ringo Starr practice vegetarianism.
|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|
|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|