Thursday, August 27, 2015

Saluting Agent XXX….Day 239 of Bond 365

Barbara Bach
Born this day in 1947
Major Anya Amasova / Agent XXX in The Spy Who Loved Me

The oldest of five children, Barbara Goldbach was born in Queens, New York. At the age of 19, Bach was working as a model in New York when she met Augusto Gregorini, who was visiting from Italy for business. She followed him back to Italy and they married within two years of meeting. They had two children.

Bach started acting in 1968 in Italy. Her first role was in the television mini-series Odissea where she played Nausicaa. She was cast in the various popular genre films in Italy at the time – comedy, crime, and gallo – before moving to Los Angeles in 1975.

Her move to Southern California signaled the beginning of the end of her marriage to Gregorini and they divorced in 1978. She starred in a number of American films, but it was in 1981 when she was cast as Lana in the comedy Caveman that she met her future husband and star of the movie, Beatle’s drummer Ringo Starr. Interestingly, a few short years later, she starred opposite another former Beatle, Paul McCartney in the 1984 Give My Regards to Broad Street. Her last role was in a little known comedy in which she starred opposite Starr in To the North of Katmandu (1986).

After her exit from show business, Bach and Starr went through a treatment program for alcoholism in 1988 and in 1993, she earned a master’s degree in Psychology from UCLA. She put it to use by starting S.H.A.R.P., Self Help Addiction Recovery Program that helps individuals with addictions. And, Bach and Starr established a charity organization The Lotus Foundation, which contains several sub-charities.

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