Barbara Bach

Barbara Bach

c. 1977
Born Barbara Goldbach
(1947-08-27) August 27, 1947
Queens, New York, U.S.
Occupation Actress
Years active 1968–1986
Spouse(s) Augusto Gregorini (m. 1968; div. 1978)
Ringo Starr (m. 1981)
Children 2, including Francesca Gregorini

Barbara Bach (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.

Early life

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).[1] She attended a Catholic high school, Dominican Commercial High School, in Jamaica, Queens.[2] Bach left school at the age of 16 to become a model. She is fluent in Italian and has a working knowledge of French and Spanish.[3]


Her acting career started in Italy, where she played Nausicaa in L'Odissea, an eight hours long TV adaptation of Homer's famous epic poem The Odyssey, directed by Franco Rossi and produced by Dino de Laurentiis.

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, 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."[4] 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.[5] During an interview with Johnny Carson on May 9, 1979, she said that lost the audition for Charlie's Angels because she was too sophisticated and mature.[3] Bach has 28 films to her credit. She ceased working as an actress in the mid-1980s. She featured in her own pictorial in Playboy in June 1977,[6] and she was the cover girl and had her own pictorial in January 1981.[7] She also had a cameo in a September 1987 special issue on the Bond girls.[8]

Personal life


Bach met Italian businessman 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.

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. They live in the English village of Cranleigh.

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


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.


According to the International Vegetarian Union, Bach and husband Ringo Starr practice vegetarianism.[9]


Year Title Role
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
1981 Caveman Lana
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

See also


  1. Carlos N. (2003-06-17). "Biography of Barbara Bach". Retrieved 2016-02-24. Biography based on information from press interviews, books and articles of newspapers & magazines from Italy, USA, Spain, France and Australia (1965-now).
  2. Barbara Bach (1984-04-18). "How Ringo has changed me". Weekend Magazine. Retrieved 2016-02-24.
  3. 1 2 "Chevy Chase, Gallagher, Barbara Bach, Ricky Schroder". The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson. Season 17. Episode 134. May 9, 1979. NBC.
  4. Jarvis, Jeff (1983-07-18). "Bond's Beauties". 20 (3). People. Retrieved 2016-02-24.
  5. Rayl, Salley (1981-02-23). "Ringo's Star". 15 (7). People. Retrieved 2016-02-24.
  6. List of people in Playboy 1970–79#1977
  7. List of people in Playboy 1980–89#1981
  8. List of people in Playboy 1980–89#1987
  9. "Ringo Starr". International Vegetarian Union.

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