The Many Wives of John Derek
As an actor in the late 1940s and early 1950s, John Derek was a second-tier star. He found more success as a director and photographer, but he is perhaps best known for marrying beautiful women, then exploiting them in his films. John Derek married four times and all of his wives had two things in common – they were actresses, and they were hotties.
Let’s take a look at the wives of John Derek, in these colorized photos. You will see how he used his sexy young wives to advance his own career.
Who Was John Derek?
Although John Derek got his start in Hollywood as an actor, appearing in films like All the King’s Men, The Ten Commandments, Thunderbirds, and The Prince of Pirates, he claimed he never enjoyed acting. In fact, he hated it. That was probably why he never became one of Hollywood’s leading men. After 13 films, he gave up acting to concentrate on photography and directing.
The films he directed are best described as softcore and most often starred his current wife in a scantily clad role. His films did not garner praise from film critics, but were generally well-received at the box office, probably due to their overtly sexual nature. The only one of his wives that he didn’t direct was his first wife, Pati Behrs.