Barbara Bach: Bond girl beat alcoholism with Ringo Starr – “We used to be bothered”

As well as being famous for playing Anya Amasova in Tonight’s Bond movie, she’s also known for her rocky marriage to Beatles drummer Ringo Starr – who she’s been in a relationship with since 1981. In the foreword of a 1992 book by Derek Taylor—the band’s publicist—called Getting Sober, Starr described their relationship as riddled with alcoholism.

Starr, who met Bach in 1980 on the set of Caveman, wrote: “We used to take long plane trips, rent huge villas, fill bars, hide and upset.

“I came on a Friday afternoon and the staff told me that I had trashed the house so much that they thought there had been burglars, and I had trashed Barbara so much that they thought that she was dead.”

At the time of their alcoholic lovemaking, their two children took refuge in boarding school. Her daughter Francesca Gregorini even declared in 1989 that she had become a “better academic”. “It was the height of their drugs…I was always hiding in a room reading because mom and dad were out,” Gregorini said.

After years of precarious events, including blackouts and violence, the couple had had enough of their habits and decided to start trying to quit in 1998.

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Alcoholism is rampant among the UK population – out of 602,391 people they are predicted to be addicted to the drink, according to Alcohol Change UK.

For many people, including celebrities like Starr and Bach, this habit is difficult to break and may require the support of organizations.

Ringo Starr and Barbara Bach sought help at a rehabilitation clinic in Tuscan, Arizona. Since their treatment, the couple have stayed sober.


At the rehab in Arizona, they shared a room and were treated together.

In the UK, support for alcoholism is also available. Through the NHS, you can benefit from a ‘brief intervention’ session.

The health body says: “If you are worried about your drinking or have had an alcohol-related accident or injury, you may be offered a brief tips brief intervention session.

Addicts may also choose to attend self-help groups, such as Alcoholics Anonymous, for additional counseling or cognitive behavioral therapy (talking therapy).

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Some people may even decide to quit alcohol altogether.

As the NHS puts it, “the choice is yours”, but it may be wise if you have severe liver damage or other health conditions.

Conditions such as heart disease, for example, can be made worse by drinking alcohol.

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