Barbara Gutscher was born on August 15, 1943, in Nazi-occupied Czechoslovakia. After WWII ended, her family was granted permission under the Displaced Persons Act of 1948 to immigrate to the United States.
Her family settled in San Francisco, California where she was cast on a nightly dance show called The KPIX Dance Party in 1959. She was on this show until 1963 when she moved to Los Angeles to break in the movie business. Upon arrival, she changed her name to the sexier, Barbara Bouchet.
Bouchet started in Hollywood by acting in commercials and modeling. She started acting in movies in 1964 with What A Way To Go!, John Goldfarb, Please Come Home and In Harm’s Way.
In 1965 she appeared for the first time in Playboy magazine. She would be featured again in 1967.
In 1967 she was cast in Casino Royale (the Woody Allen one) as Miss Moneypenny. She followed this up with a guest role in one of the all-time great Star Trek episodes “By Any Other Name” the following year.
In 1970, Bouchet moved to Italy after she got fed up with the Hollywood scene. She starred in Italian movies such as Sex With A Smile and Black Belly Of The Tarantula. In 1974, she married Italian producer Luigi Borghese. The couple separated in 2006.
Bouchet acted sporadically over the last 40 years. Most notably she appeared in The Scarlet And The Black with Gregory Peck (1983) and Martin Scorcese’s Gangs of New York (2002).