Leaving Hollywood for Love: The Enduring Love Story of Barbara Bach and Ringo Starr

Barbara Bach, known for her iconic role as Triple X in the James Bond film “The Spy Who Loved Me,” has always been a strong and independent woman. But she didn’t need a spy to save her. Instead, she embarked on a journey to find her true love, her knight in shining armor – rocker husband, Sir Richard Starkey, better known as Ringo Starr.

Now at 75 years old, Bach has achieved great success in her career as an actor and model. Her role in “The Spy Who Loved Me” catapulted her to stardom. In the film, she portrayed the captivating love interest and potential adversary to the womanizing secret agent, James Bond. Bach wasn’t afraid to speak her mind about the character, referring to Bond as a “chauvinist pig who uses girls to shield him against bullets.” Roger Moore, who played Bond, shared her sentiment and confessed to being a male chauvinist pig himself. He had always tried to break free from the stereotypes of women in the media.

Before her breakthrough role in “The Spy Who Loved Me,” Bach appeared in Italian films alongside other Bond girls such as Claudine Auger and Barbara Bouchet. One of her notable films was the 1971 Italian murder-mystery “Black Belly of the Tarantula.” However, it was her captivating performance as a Bond girl that made Bach a beloved figure and laid the foundation for her successful acting career.

After “The Spy Who Loved Me,” Bach took on leading roles in films such as “Mad Magazine Presents Up the Academy” and “Caveman.” In “Caveman,” she starred alongside Dennis Quaid and her future husband, Ringo Starr, who played a Neanderthal lusting after her character, Lana. However, their on-screen romance didn’t mirror their real-life relationship.

The love story between Barbara Bach and Ringo Starr began when they first met at the Los Angeles airport. They were both headed to Mexico to film “Caveman.” Bach clarified in a 1981 Playboy pictorial that they weren’t together until the very end of the movie. They started as friends, but within a week, their relationship blossomed into something more. It was a love that would withstand the test of time.

Ringo Starr, known as the drummer of the legendary band The Beatles, has always been adoring of his wife. He speaks fondly of her, saying, “I love the woman. I loved her from when I first saw her at LAX in 1980. She was at the airport with a boyfriend, and I was at the airport checking in, and we happened to be going to Mexico to do the same movie. And that’s how it happened. I’m blessed she’s in my life, that’s all I can ever say.”

Interestingly, Barbara Bach attended a Beatles show at New York’s Shea Stadium in 1965. Although she wasn’t the biggest Beatles fan, she went with her sister Marjorie and her friend Joe Walsh. Marjorie was so enthralled by the band that she even wore a Beatles wig. It’s worth mentioning that Joe Walsh later became a guitarist for the Eagles and played with Ringo Starr in “Ringo Starr & His All-Starr Band,” a rock supergroup famous for their live performances.

Just a few months after the tragic death of John Lennon, Barbara Bach and Ringo Starr tied the knot on April 27, 1981. The wedding ceremony was attended by their close friends and former Beatles bandmates, Paul McCartney and George Harrison. Since then, their bond has remained unbreakable.

Their love story hasn’t been without its challenges. Prior to their wedding, Bach and Starr survived a near-fatal car crash that could have taken their lives. Their shared experience only cemented their decision to never spend any time apart. They have been inseparable ever since.

In 1988, Bach and Starr entered rehab together and have remained sober ever since. Their love and commitment to each other have helped them overcome numerous challenges and obstacles. Their shared dedication goes beyond their relationship and extends to their charity work. Through their charity called The Lotus Foundation, they support various causes such as animal welfare, substance abuse, homelessness, and cancer research. Starr, who is also an accomplished artist, donates 100% of the proceeds from his artwork to this noble cause.

Barbara Bach and Ringo Starr’s love story is a testament to the enduring power of love. They continue to inspire us all with their unwavering commitment and dedication to each other and the world around them. As we celebrate their 40th wedding anniversary, we eagerly await their future endeavors, both in their charity work and their personal lives. Love truly knows no bounds, and this remarkable couple exemplifies the beauty and strength that love can bring.


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