Catherine Bach rose to fame in Hollywood when she starred in “The Dukes of Hazzard.” The actress was unrecognizable from when she wore her “Daisy Dukes” for the show, has since suffered a major loss and been forced to be a single mother.
In the late 70s and 80s, Catherine Bach earned her name on “The Dukes of Hazzard” series when she played the role of Daisy Duke. As of 2022, it has been almost 40 years since the show ended.
Along with her acting, the star has also been noted as a sex symbol for the iconic hotpants known to fans as “Daisy Dukes.” However, in August 2022, Catherine was now 68 and quite different from that young woman all those years ago.
Catherine Bach and Peter Lopez at an event where Warren Cowan was named Mentor of the Year by Volunteers of America on March 21, 2002 | Source: Getty Images
She was spotted shopping for clothes in Los Angeles. This time, the actress traded in the tiny shorts she was once famous for for a pair of sensible workout pants.
Cathrine soaked up the sun while being photographed in an all-black training set, including matching trainers. She visited the high-end grocery store Erewhon looking the way a woman her age was supposed to.
The star wore brown sunglasses but the same tousled hairstyle. Her phone slung around her shoulder by her side in a shoulder bag-like case as she held a clear bottle.
Catherine Bach seen on March 25, 2022 in Los Angeles, California | Source: Getty Images
What appeared to be another pair of sunglasses hung around the top of his neck. Catherine paid no attention to the paparazzi while shopping, and at one point was seen pointing past her as she spoke to someone.
CATHERINE’S LIFE AFTER ‘THE DUKE OF HAZZARD’ – CHOOSING TO FOCUS ON FAMILY
Unfortunately for Catherine, her life has not been smooth sailing and she has lost her longtime husband. On April 30, 2010, entertainment attorney Peter Lopez, her husband of 20 years, died by suicide, resulting in a change in his wife’s life.
Catherine Bach and Peter Lopez at The Weinstein Company’s Golden Globes After Party in Beverly Hills, CA on January 15, 2007 | Source: Getty Images
Speaking to The Huffington Post in 2013, the actress confessed the loss left her with more questions than answers. The star said Peter was neither an alcoholic nor a drug addict, and their financial troubles were fine when her husband died.
Thus, she and her children could not understand what had caused the suicide. Catherine and her eldest daughter read books to try to make sense of the loss, but were content to think that Peter’s trauma from his upbringing might have had something to do with the suicide.
Peter Lopez and Catherine Bach during Warner Bros. Television and Warner Home Video Celebrate 50 Years of Quality Television – Red Carpet in Burbank, CA January 20, 2005 | Source: Getty Images
After losing her husband, the actress had to be strong for their daughters, Laura Esmerelda and Sophia Isabella, as she realized they were her and her husband’s legacy. The star spent the first year trying to get by.
Her husband’s law firm was always open because clients wanted help, and Catherine took care of it. In 2013, the actress shared that she was considering writing a book to teach people how to protect themselves in sudden death situations, adding:
“I like to think that Peter and I were the most prepared people ever because we took our responsibilities as parents very seriously.”
Catherine Bach and Peter Lopez at the 62nd Annual Golden Globe Awards in Los Angeles, California on January 16, 2005 | Source: Getty Images
The widow and her late husband said their family would be fine if anything happened. In 2019, Catherine told Fox News she was completely distraught when Peter died because she didn’t see it coming.
She also didn’t know how she would manage on her own. Thankfully, the star wasn’t ashamed to open up about her loss and poured all her energy into caring for her two daughters to keep herself from collapsing.
Catherine Bach seen on November 23, 2021 in Los Angeles, California | Source: Getty Images
One person noted that her mother started drinking in bed for five years while she was grieving. Another person revealed that she had used substances to overcome the loss, but Catherine found both options below her, so instead she went to group therapy and:
“I prayed a lot. I went to church a lot. I am catholic. I stayed very close to my priest who I really trust… That’s what kept me alive.
HOW BACH GOT HER ‘DUKES OF HAZZARD’ ROLE AND THE CONNECTION SHE HAS WITH HER CHILDREN
In 2017, Catherine told Closer Weekly that she almost didn’t get cast as Daisy Duke. She revealed that as half German and half Mexican, her agency told her:
“‘You’re way too exotic and just not TV material’ – and they fired me!”
John Schneider, Catherine Bach and Tom Wopat in a promotional portrait for ‘The Dukes of Hazzard’, circa 1980 | Source: Getty Images
However, she was determined to prove the agency wrong. At the time, David Shaw, her first husband, was working with the show’s screenwriter, Bob Clark, who worked closely with series creator Gy Waldron.
Katherine [Bach] always looked amazing with Sophia [Lopez]then 20.
Clark thought it would be fun if they met someone he based the show on. Catherine told her girlfriend she wouldn’t try the role after searching for their Daisy for a year.
The show wanted someone who was supposed to be blonde, like country star Dolly Parton and not the actress. Luckily, the star’s friend encouraged her to give it a shot anyway, and two weeks later, Catherine got the part!
Peter’s widow revealed that she helped design his character’s costume and said everyone still thinks of her as “the All-American girl”. The role has since taken a back seat to her priorities as she focused on her children.
Sophia Isabella Lopez and Catherine Bach at the 14th Annual George Lopez Celebrity Golf Classic Pre-Party on October 3, 2021 in Toluca Lake, California | Source: Getty Images
In 2016, Catherine still looked amazing with the then 20-year-old Sophia. The actress and her daughter dined together in West Hollywood at Craig’s, a restaurant frequented by celebrities.
The star was dressed in a plunging, form-fitting black dress during this outing. She came to just below her knees and was cinched at the waist with a thin black leather belt and completed with matching heels and a black quilted Chanel handbag.
Catherine Bach and Laura Esmeralda Lopez at the Whole Child International Inaugural Gala on October 26, 2017 in Beverly Hills, California | Source: Getty Images
The actress’ eldest daughter matched her mother in tight black pants and a feminine semi-sheer white lace top. She completed her stunning look with black peep toe heels.
It appeared that Catherine was also quite close to her other daughter, who was 17 at the time. However, Laura was nowhere to be found on the West Hollywood outing.
The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is 1-800-273-8255. Other international suicide hotlines are available at befrienders.org.