Barbara Bach

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Barbara Bach
Barbara Bach - 1978.jpg
c. 1977
BornBarbara Goldbach
(1947-08-27) August 27, 1947 (age 67)
Queens, New York, U.S.
OccupationActress & Model
Years active1968–86
Spouse(s)Augusto Gregorini (1968-1978; divorced)
Ringo Starr (1981-present)
ChildrenFrancesca Gregorini (b. 1968)
Gianni (b. 1972)
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Barbara Bach
Barbara Bach - 1978.jpg
c. 1977
BornBarbara Goldbach
(1947-08-27) August 27, 1947 (age 67)
Queens, New York, U.S.
OccupationActress & Model
Years active1968–86
Spouse(s)Augusto Gregorini (1968-1978; divorced)
Ringo Starr (1981-present)
ChildrenFrancesca Gregorini (b. 1968)
Gianni (b. 1972)

Barbara Bach (born Barbara Goldbach; August 27, 1947) is an American actress and model known as the Bond girl Anya Amasova from the James Bond film The Spy Who Loved Me (1977). She subsequently starred in Force 10 from Navarone (1978) with Robert Shaw and Harrison Ford. She is married to former Beatle Ringo Starr.

Early life[edit]

Bach was born in Rosedale, Queens, and grew up in Jackson Heights, the daughter of Marjorie 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).[1] She attended a Catholic high school, Dominican Commercial, in Jamaica, Queens.[2] Bach left school at age 16 to become a model. She is not related to Catherine Bach, whose birth name is Bachman.


In 1972, Bach co-starred with two other Bond girls, Claudine Auger and Barbara Bouchet in the mystery La Tarantola dal ventre nero (a giallo film) and had small roles in other Italian films.

In 1977, her role as the Russian spy Anya Amasova in The Spy Who Loved Me gained her recognition as an international sex symbol. Bach remarked after the film that Bond is "a chauvinist pig who uses girls to shield him against bullets."[3] The following year she appeared in the movie Force 10 from Navarone. She lost a role to actress Shelley Hack when she auditioned for the television series Charlie's Angels.[4] Bach has 28 films to her credit. She has not worked as an actress since the mid-1980s. She featured in her own pictorial in Playboy in June 1977,[5] and she was the cover girl and had her own pictorial in January 1981.[6] She also had a cameo in a September 1987 special issue on the Bond girls.[7]

Personal life[edit]


Bach met Italian businessman Augusto Gregorini on a flight to Rome in 1966. They were married in 1968 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.

Bach met Ringo Starr on the set of the film Caveman in February 1980, and they were married on April 27, 1981, a few weeks after the film's release. In recent years, Bach has accompanied Starr on his tours and has appeared in some of his music videos, playing on some of his songs.[citation needed] They live in the English village of Cranleigh.

Joe Walsh, guitarist with the band the Eagles, married Barbara Bach's sister, Marjorie Bach, in Los Angeles on December 13, 2008.


In October 1988, Bach and Starr attended a detox clinic in Tucson, Arizona, each receiving a six-week treatment for alcoholism.[8]


Bach holds a master's degree (UCLA, 1993) in psychology. She 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.


Barbara Bach, along with her husband Ringo, is vegetarian.[9]


1968L'Odissea (a.k.a. The Adventures of Ulysses)Nausicaa
1971Mio padre MonsignoreChiara
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
1972I Predatori si muovono all'albaHelen
1973Paolo il caldo (a.k.a. The Sensual Man / The Sensuous Sicilian)Anna
Il Maschio ruspanteRema
L' Ultima chance (a.k.a. Last Chance / Motel of Fear)Emily
1974Il Cittadino si ribella (a.k.a. Street Law / The Citizen Rebels)Barbara
1975Il Lupo dei mari (a.k.a. Legend of the Sea Wolf / Larsen, Wolf of the Seven Seas)Maud Brewster
1977Ecco noi per esempioLudovica
The Spy Who Loved MeAnya Amasova
1978Force 10 from NavaroneMaritza Petrovich
1979L' Isola degli uomini pesce (a.k.a. Island of the Fishmen / Screamers)Amanda Marvin
L' Umanoide (a.k.a. The Humanoid)Lady Agatha
Jaguar LivesAnna Thompson
Il Fiume del grande caimano (a.k.a. Alligators / The Big Alligator River / The Great Alligator)Alice Brandt
1980Up the AcademyBliss
The UnseenJennifer Fast
1982The Cooler
1983Princess DaisyVanessa Valerian
1984Give My Regards to Broad StreetJournalist
1986To the North of Katmandu


  1. ^ Carlos N. (June 17, 2003). "Biography of Barbara Bach". Retrieved 2006-11-24. Biography has been written from information compiled by press interviews, books, newspaper articles and biographies. 
  2. ^ Bach, Barbara (April 18, 1984). How Ringo has changed me. Weekend Magazine. Accessed 2006-12-13.
  3. ^ Jarvis, Jeff (July 18, 1983). "Bond's Beauties". People, Vol. 20, No. 3. Accessed 2009-05-05.
  4. ^ Rayl, Salley (February 23, 1981). "Ringo's Star". People, Vol. 15, No. 7. Accessed 2009-05-05.
  5. ^ List of people in Playboy 1970–79#1977
  6. ^ List of people in Playboy 1980–89#1981
  7. ^ List of people in Playboy 1980–89#1987
  8. ^ Harry (2004) p135
  9. ^ "Ringo Starr". 

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Preceded by
Britt Ekland
Bond girl
Succeeded by
Lois Chiles