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Barbara Bouchet
Born Barbara Goutscher
15 August 1943 (1943-08-15) (age 66)
Liberec, Czechoslovakia (present day Czech Republic)
Years active 1959 to present
Spouse(s) Luigi Borgese
1974-2006 (separated; 2 sons)

Barbara Bouchet, (born Barbara Goutscher, 15 August 1943) is an actress and entrepreneur currently resident in Rome, Italy.

She has acted in more than 80 films and television episodes and founded a production company that has produced fitness videos and books as well as owning a fitness studio. Her most famous roles include starring as Miss Moneypenny in Casino Royale, as Kelinda in Star Trek: "By Any Other Name", as Patrizia in Non si sevizia un paperino and as Mrs Schermerhorn in Gangs of New York.



She was born in Liberec, in the Sudetenland, in what was then Czechoslovakia. After World War II her family was placed, along with many others, in a resettlement camp in the American occupation zone in Germany, from where they were, in time, able to apply for, and be granted, permission to emigrate. The family discovered that they were eligible to migrate to the United States, as a result of the humanitarian provisions of the Displaced Persons Act[1] which had been legislated by Congress in 1948.[2]


After arriving in America, her family was, eventually, able to settle in San Francisco, California, where the young Barbara Goutscher was raised and where she, later, attended the Galileo High School which is situated at the crossroads between the Russian Hill and Marina District areas of the city, drawing students mainly from those two neighborhoods.

In 1959, spurred by the popularity of the film Gidget, KPIX-TV, the local television station covering the San Francisco Bay area, decided to hold a "Miss Gidget" beauty and talent contest on the Dick Stewart Television Show. The contest was open to all teenage girls in the local area, she entered and won, resulting in her first experience of fame.

The station offered her, as a prize, the chance, which she accepted, to become one of the "Regulars" in a dance group on the show, called The KPIX Dance Party.[3] They were teenage dancers who danced live to the top pop and rock and roll hits of the day and were TV stars, by virtue of the attention they received by being on television six days per week. She was on the show from 1959 through 1962, after which she moved to the Hollywood area and made it into the film industry, changing her Germanic sounding surname to the French sounding Bouchet.

A photo of Barbara Bouchet, as a dancing teenager, is available to be seen here.[4]


Barbara Bouchet began her career modeling for magazine covers and appearing in television commercials, before eventually becoming an actress. Her first acting role was a minor part in What a Way to Go! (1964), which led to a series of other roles in the 1960s. She appeared in the films John Goldfarb, Please Come Home (1964), In Harm's Way (1964), and Agent for H.A.R.M. (1966).

In Casino Royale (1967), she played the role of Miss Moneypenny. Her early films gave her the grounding in character development that she needed in order to tackle more substantial roles later on in her career. In 1968, she guest-starred in the Star Trek episode "By Any Other Name".

In 1970, she moved to Italy where she began acting in Italian films after growing tired of being typecast and unable to get starring roles in Hollywood. In Italy she mostly appeared in giallo, poliziottesco and commedia erotica all'italiana (sex comedy) films.

Bouchet also appeared in La Tarantola dal ventre nero (Black Belly of the Tarantula, 1971), a giallo mystery film. Other films in this era in which she appeared included:

  • Alla ricerca del piacere (Amuck, 1971)
  • Casa d'Appuntamento (French sex murders, 1972)
  • Milano calibro 9 (1972), with Gastone Moschin, a "poliziottesco" (gangster film)
  • Non si sevizia un paperino (1972)
  • L'Anatra all'arancia (Duck in Orange Sauce, 1975)
  • Con la rabbia agli occhi (Death Rage (1976), a giallo mafia film
  • 40 gradi all'ombra del lenzuolo (Sex with a Smile), a commedia erotica.

In the 1980s she became a television personality on Italian television,. She starred with Gregory Peck in The Scarlet and The Black in 1983, a successful World War II war rescue TV movie. In 1985, she established a production company and started to produce a successful series of keep fit books and videos. In addition, she opened a fitness studio in Rome.

In 2002, she returned to American cinema, appearing in Gangs of New York, a film about the violence between the criminal underworld and immigrant gangs in New York, in which she appears as Mrs. Schermerhorn.

Personal life

In 1974, Barbara Bouchet married Luigi Borghese, a producer, and has two sons, Alessandro (b. 1976), a TV chef and Massimiliano (b. 1989), a bartender, by him. He subsequently produced some of her later films. She separated from her husband in 2006, citing different aspirations.[5]


  • What a Way to Go! (1964)
  • A Global Affair (1964)
  • Bedtime Story (1964)
  • Good Neighbor Sam (1964)
  • Sex and the Single Girl (1964)
  • John Goldfarb, Please Come Home (1965)
  • In Harm's Way (1965)
  • Agent for H.A.R.M. (1966)
  • Casino Royale (1967)
  • Danger Route (1967)
  • Surabaya Conspiracy (1969)
  • Colpo rovente (Red Hot Shot, 1969)
  • Sweet Charity (1969)
  • Cerca di capirmi (1970)
  • L'asino d'oro: processo per fatti strani contro Lucius Apuleius cittadino romano (1970)
  • Il debito coniugale (The Conjugal Debt, 1970)
  • Non commettere atti impuri (1971)
  • Nokaut (Instant Success, 1971)
  • Forza 'G' (1971)
  • Il prete sposato (1971)
  • L'uomo dagli occhi di ghiaccio (The Man with Icy Eyes, 1971)
  • La tarantola dal ventre nero (Black Belly of the Tarantula, 1971)
  • Le calde notti di Don Giovanni (1971)
  • Anche se volessi lavorare, che faccio? (1972)
  • La Calandria (1972)
  • Racconti proibiti... di niente vestiti (1972)
  • Finalmente... le mille e una notte (1001 Nights of Pleasure, 1972)
  • Una cavalla tutta nuda (1972)
  • Milano calibro 9 (Caliber 9, 1972)
  • Alla ricerca del piacere (1972)
  • Valeria dentro e fuori (Valerie Inside Outside)
  • Casa d'appuntamento (1972)
  • La dama rossa uccide sette volte (1972)
  • Non si sevizia un paperino (1972)
  • Conoscenza matrimoniale (1973)
  • Ancora una volta prima di lasciarci (1973)
  • Il tuo piacere è il mio (My Pleasure is Your Pleasure, 1973)
  • Ricco (1973)
  • La badessa di Castro (1974)
  • La svergognata (1974)
  • Quelli che contano (Cry of a Prostitute, 1974)
  • L'anatra all'arancia (Duck in Orange Sauce, 1975)
  • L'amica di mia madre (My Mother's Friend, 1975)
  • Amore vuol dir gelosia (1975)
  • Per le antiche scale (Down the Ancient Staircase, 1975)
  • To Agistri (The Hook, 1976)
  • Spogliamoci così senza pudor (1976)
  • Con la rabbia agli occhi (Death Rage, 1976)
  • Brogliaccio d'amore (Diary of a Passion, 1976)
  • 40 gradi all'ombra del lenzuolo (1976, segment "I soldi in banca")
  • Tutti possono arricchire tranne i poveri (1976) - Contessa Federici Fontana
  • Diamanti sporchi di sangue (Blood and Diamonds, 1977)
  • L'appuntamento (1977)
  • Come perdere una moglie e trovare un'amante (1978)
  • Travolto dagli affetti familiari (1978)
  • Liquirizia (1979)
  • Sabato, domenica e venerdì (1979, segment "Domenica")
  • Sono fotogenico (I'm Photogenic, 1980)
  • La moglie in vacanza... l'amante in città (1980)
  • Spaghetti a mezzanotte (1981)
  • Crema cioccolato e pa...prika (1981)
  • Per favore, occupati di Amelia (1982)
  • Diamond Connection (1982)
  • Perché non facciamo l'amore? (1982)
  • Mari del sud (Our Tropical Island, 1982)
  • Gangs of New York (2002)
  • Bastardi (2007)



  1. ^ "Displaced Persons Act, 1948". Retrieved 2007-06-20.  
  2. ^ A Terrible Revenge, DeZayas, Alfred Maurice, Palgrave Macmillan, ISBN 1-403-97308-3, 2nd edition, 2006
  3. ^ Interiano, Manny. "KPIX Dance Party". Retrieved 2007-07-16.  
  4. ^ Interiano, Manny. "Barbara Bouchet (Gutscher) Youthful Photo". Retrieved 2007-01-26.  
  5. ^ Boccalini, Siria. "Intervista a Barbara Bouchet" (in Italian). Retrieved 2007-09-01.  

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