She Played Daisy Duke on "The Dukes of Hazzard." See Catherine Bach at 67. — Best Life (2024)

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The actor has been starring on a daytime soap in recent years.

By Lia Beck

December 15, 2021

By Lia Beck

December 15, 2021

She Played Daisy Duke on "The Dukes of Hazzard." See Catherine Bach at 67. — Best Life (3)

While some aspects of the show are more widely considered to be offensive today—just look at its "General Lee" car—in the late '70s and '80s, The Dukes of Hazzard was one of the most popular shows on television. And one of the main characters from the show has really had a lasting legacy. Catherine Bach played Daisy Duke on The Dukes of Hazzard, and not only was her character a big part of the show's success, Daisy Duke also lives on as the namesake of a popular item of clothing.

But, playing Daisy and popularizing skimpy denim shorts are not Bach's only claims to fame. Now 67 years old, she kept her acting career going after The Dukes of Hazzard, started a family, and tried out some new endeavors. Read on to learn more about Bach today.

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She's still acting and is currently a soap star.

She Played Daisy Duke on "The Dukes of Hazzard." See Catherine Bach at 67. — Best Life (4)

Bach had appeared in a few other projects before The Dukes of Hazzard—including the films Thunderbolt and Lightfoot, which starred Clint Eastwood, and Hustle, which starred Burt Reynolds and Catherine Deneuve—but it was definitely her breakout role. Following The Dukes of Hazzard, Bach stayed in the business and played characters on the TV series African Skies, Monk, and Hawaii Five-0. Since 2012, she has had recurring role on The Young and the Restless as Anita Lawson.

"There is a certain amount of typecasting, sure," Bach told Fox News in 2019 of her career post-Dukes of Hazzard. "Everybody goes through that… But I know I'm an actress. And I have not played that part since I finished Dukes of Hazzard … I know who I am and I'm not worried about it. And everything can't be the biggest hit. You can get the biggest part every single time. All I can do as an actress is deliver the work the best way I can. And I don't mind if people still call me Daisy Duke or associate me with her. I think it's cute and charming."

She founded a jewelry line and store.

She Played Daisy Duke on "The Dukes of Hazzard." See Catherine Bach at 67. — Best Life (5)

Bach started her own jewelry line and also has a store called Daisy Country that sells her jewelry, plus clothes and memorabilia. It's in Nashville and is partnered with a Dukes of Hazzard-themed store. "We've got everything from denim to t-shirts to dog collars and leashes. I have coffee cups, and a little smattering of everything. There's purses, make up bags, and we're just getting started," she told Sounds Like Nashville in 2016.

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She's been married twice and has two daughters.

She Played Daisy Duke on "The Dukes of Hazzard." See Catherine Bach at 67. — Best Life (6)

Overlapping with the run of The Dukes of Hazzard, she was married to David Shaw from 1976 to 1981. Then, she married Peter Lopez, an entertainment lawyer, in 1990. Lopez and Bach had two daughters, Laura and Sophia. Sadly, Lopez died by suicide in 2010.

Bach opened up about her husband's death to HuffPost in 2013. "We were so devastated," she said. "When you are part of a happy family unit, you lose part of that… I mean, we were completely insulated and happy with our family. Peter and I really knew what was important in life and I think we instilled that in our daughters. Their dad was everything to them, and that will always be a loss no matter what happens in our lives, no matter how great it is. It is always going to be bittersweet because our little circle of light and family was everything to us."

She Played Daisy Duke on "The Dukes of Hazzard." See Catherine Bach at 67. — Best Life (7)

Bach looks back fondly on her time on The Dukes of Hazzard and has participated in fan events over the years.

"I'm just so proud of this legacy," she told Fox News in 2019. "We've managed to entertain people after all this time. And now it's a hit on Amazon. It's just wonderful. This is what the show was about—entertaining people. I've done a lot of different things since that show, but this part somehow continues to connect with people."

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Lia Beck

Lia Beck is a writer living in Richmond, Virginia. In addition to Best Life, she has written for Refinery29, Bustle, Hello Giggles, InStyle, and more.Read more

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FAQs

How many actresses played Daisy Duke? ›

Daisy Duke
First appearance"One Armed Bandits", first episode of The Dukes of Hazzard
Created byGy Waldron
Portrayed byCatherine Bach – 1979–1985, 1997, 2000 Jessica Simpson – 2005 April Scott – 2007
In-universe information
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How old was Catherine Bach when she played Dukes of Hazzard? ›

Chemistry. Catherine Bach's age distinction with her co-stars, Tom Wopat and John Schneider, was once a key issue in creating a believable on-screen chemistry between the 3 actors. Bach was 23 years previous when she used to be forged in "The Dukes of Hazzard," while Wopat and Schneider had been each in their early 30s ...

What happened to Catherine Bach from Dukes of Hazzard? ›

After the series ended, Bach had roles in a number of low-profile films. From 1992 to 1994, she starred in the Canadian family drama series, African Skies. In 2006, she guest-starred on Monk, and in 2010 had a small cameo in the comedy film You Again.

Who played Daisy Duke in the second Dukes of Hazzard? ›

Catherine Bach is an American actress. She is known for playing Daisy Duke in the television series The Dukes of Hazzard and Margo Dutton in African Skies. In 2012, she joined the cast of the CBS soap opera The Young and the Restless as Anita Lawson.

How old is the original Daisy Duke? ›

(WKRG/BIKER DAD) — March 1st has a special meaning for fans of the 80s show Dukes of Hazard. It's Catherine Bach's birthday. Bach, whose role as Daisy Duke is still legendary today, turns 67 on March 1, 2021.

Did Daisy Duke have a car? ›

Daisy's yellow 1974 Plymouth Road Runner lasted only the first 26 complete episodes of The Dukes of Hazzard (1979)'s 146 episodes. It was destroyed & replaced in the 27th, The Runaway (1980). The last 119 episodes, Daisy Duke drove the 1980 Jeep CJ7.

Was Daisy Duke Hispanic? ›

Her father had German ancestry and her mother had Mexican ancestry. Cut-off denim shorts are sometimes referred to as "Daisy Dukes" as often worn by her character Daisy Duke on the television series The Dukes of Hazzard (1979). Descended from the Verdugo family, one of California's earliest landed families.

Where was Dukes of Hazzard filmed? ›

The first several episodes of the series were filmed in Covington before production moved to California. The famous shot of the airborne General Lee, the Duke cousins' muscle car, was filmed at nearby Oxford College. Courtesy of Georgia Department of Economic Development.

When was Dukes of Hazzard banned? ›

In 2015, after Dylann Roof murdered nine Black congregants in a South Carolina church, TV Land, the only network airing the series at the time, took the show off the air. (It hasn't returned to broadcast TV since, but currently streams on Amazon.) The war over the General Lee has even pitted Duke against Duke.

Why did Bo and Luke Duke leave The Dukes of Hazzard? ›

Coy Duke (Byron Cherry) is another blonde-haired cousin who moves to Uncle Jesse's farm along with his cousin Vance after Bo and Luke left Hazzard to join the NASCAR circuit in season 5.

Why was Dukes of Hazzard pulled from TV? ›

In June 2015, TV Land announced it would pull reruns of the series from its lineup because of controversy surrounding the flag atop the Dukes' car. Warner Brothers also announced it would no longer sell products featuring the Confederate flag — including "Dukes of Hazzard" merchandise.

Is Daisy from Dukes of Hazzard still alive? ›

Daisy Duke

After Dukes of Hazzard ended, she appeared on a few shows including Monk and Hawaii Five-O. She hasn't worked since before the pandemic so hopefully, we will see her in something soon! She recently reunited with Wopat and Schneider at the 2023 Gallatin Comic Con in Tennessee.

Did Enos marry Daisy? ›

Status Quo Is God: At the end of the episode Enos is cleared but Daisy still intends to go through with the wedding. However, Enos breaks out in hives (he says this always happens when something good happens to him) so they postpone the wedding indefinitely — or at least until the Reunion Show.

How old was Catherine Bach during Dukes of Hazzard? ›

Catherine Bach's age difference with her co-stars, Tom Wopat and John Schneider, was a key factor in creating a believable on-screen chemistry between the three actors. Bach was 23 years old when she was cast in "The Dukes of Hazzard," while Wopat and Schneider were both in their early 30s.

Who auditioned for Daisy Duke? ›

It was Jessica Simpson Vs Britney Spears in the audition room battle of the blonde pop stars. Both were desperate to play Daisy Duke, but just one would be selected to slip into a skimpy pair of denim shorts and star in the Hollywood re-make of the 1970-80s hit TV show, The Dukes of Hazzard. Simpson, of course, won.

What other actresses were considered for the role of Daisy? ›

Here's the early word on 7 contenders:
  • Rebecca Hall. When Luhrmann recently workshopped his Gatsby screenplay, Hall (The Town) read the part of Daisy, earning buzz. ...
  • Natalie Portman. ...
  • Keira Knightley. ...
  • Michelle Williams.
  • Blake Lively.
  • Scarlett Johansson.
  • Amanda Seyfried.
Jan 8, 2015

Who made Daisy Dukes popular? ›

Guns'n'Roses front man Axl Rose made Daisy Duke jean shorts cool for men to wear and appealing for women to look at through the high point of '90s slacker rock.

Who played Daisy Duke in 2007? ›

April Scott: Daisy Duke.

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