The Duke Family -- cousins Bo ( John Schneider ) and Luke ( Tom Wopat ), assisted by their cousin Daisy ( Catherine Bach ) and their uncle, Jesse ( Denver Pyle )-- fight the system and root out the corrupt practices of Hazzard County Commissioner Boss Hogg ( Sorrell Booke ) and his bumbling brother-in-law-Sheriff Rosco P. Coltrane ( James Best ).
She was the cousin of Bo and Luke, the main protagonists of the show, who were also cousins, and the three lived on a farm on the outskirts of Hazzard County with their Uncle Jesse.
Although never mentioned in the series itself, some press material for the show suggests that Daisy's parents, along with Bo and Luke's, were killed in a car accident. However, in the 1997 reunion movie, Daisy says her mother died when she was born.
Daisy would frequently become involved in the Dukes' car chases, using her Plymouth Road Runner or, later in the series and more famously, her Jeep. Daisy also worked as a waitress at the Boar's Nest, the local bar owned by Boss Hogg that was the main meeting place in Hazzard. She also aspired to be both a songwriter / singer, and a journalist, at various times.
Daisy Duke was a well-meaning though sometimes naive, provocatively dressed rogue Southern belle. As with her cousins Bo and Luke Duke, Daisy had a habit of landing herself / her family in trouble, though always believed in doing the right thing, especially when helping others in need. Despite her appearance as being somewhat naive, Daisy was a very outgoing person who could more than hold her own when the chips were down, and displayed on a number of occasions that she could turn her skills to any problem at hand. For instance, during one adventure with a stolen armored personnel carrier (the second season's "Follow That Still"), Daisy is able to accurately fire its main gun while the vehicle is in motion with barely any instruction from her Vietnam War veteran cousin and Uncle Jesse cheerfully decorates her as "Sharpshooter of the Week" for the feat. She also displayed horse riding, archery, and numerous other skills in various episodes. In addition to fending off intoxicated would-be suitors at The Boar's Nest, she frequently found herself caught up in the ongoing war between Boss Hogg and her family, the Duke clan. Her job at Boss's restaurant gave her the opportunity to eavesdrop on private conversations between Boss and his stooges (usually Sheriff Rosco P. Coltrane), often discovering important information that she could pass on to Uncle Jesse and the Duke boys. Her continued employment at the Boars' Nest in spite of her obvious loyalty to her family was a sign of her status and popularity in Hazzard County, and a corresponding lack of intelligence on Boss Hogg's part. Boss did in fact fire her on a few occasions, but by various story twists, always ended up re-hiring her by the end of the episode.
As with her cousins, Daisy never found a long-lasting beau of her own over the course of the series. In the 1997 reunion movie, she is said to have left Hazzard to get married at some point after the original series, but was subsequently divorced. After her marriage ended, she was pursuing a graduate degree at Duke University, and upon her return to Hazzard agreed to marry Enos Strate, who long had a crush on her (a recurring element through the series), but backed out at the last minute due to both the sudden reappearance of her ex-husband, and for fear of another debacle like her first marriage.
Daisy's first car in the series was a yellow 1974 Plymouth Road Runner with a black stripe along the sides and over the roof. Although the car was intended to be a Plymouth Road Runner, later appearances in the second season used a 1971 Plymouth Satellite with a matching "Road Runner" stripe running along the sides and over the roof. The car met its demise when the accelerator stuck while Bo and Luke were driving it during a chase in the second-season episode "The Runaway", sending it over a cliff. Due to the episodes being broadcast in a considerably different order to that in which they were filmed, the Plymouth made several returns after it was supposedly destroyed. (After the Plymouth had been destroyed on-screen, several models of the car appeared in various episodes with different paint jobs, serving as other vehicles within the context of the stories).
After losing that car, she received her trademark white 1980 Jeep CJ-7 "Golden Eagle" named (The) Dixie at the end of "The Runaway". The initial version of the Jeep seen at the end of this episode was noticeably different from what would become the normal version, with a slightly different paint job, doors with "Dixie" painted on, and "Golden Eagle" printed by on the hood on either side of an Eagle emblem. After this and its second appearance, in the episode "Arrest Jesse Duke" (produced after "The Runaway" but actually broadcast before, creating a continuity error), the design changed to have a lighter paint job, no doors, and "Dixie" painted alongside the emblem on the hood. However, as with other vehicles in the show, there were different versions of the Jeep used for filming of various episodes. Sometimes the Jeep would have a slightly different paint scheme, and it would alternate between automatic and manual transmissions. The design of the roll-bars also varied across the seasons.
On a number of occasions, Daisy also drove Uncle Jesse's pick-up truck. Certain storylines occasionally called for her to drive the General Lee.
Daisy Duke was both the main female protagonist and the sex symbol on Dukes of Hazzard. In two episodes Daisy wore a red bikini to distract Cletus and a truck driver. She appeared numerous times wearing tight and short denim shorts, which later became colloquially known as "Daisy Dukes".
The network censors believed that Daisy's famous cut-off shorts alone would be too revealing. The shorts were so short that the only way the producers could get them on air was for Catherine Bach to wear flesh-colored pantyhose with them to ensure that the shorts revealed no more of her than intended. Bach herself had concerns about the shorts saying she could not wear them in the restaurant scene. The producers' answer was for her to visit the restaurant across the street; Bach found the waitresses there were wearing "little miniskirts that matched the tablecloths!". Bach made many of Daisy's costumes herself, especially the early ones, including the red bikini in the first episode, seen during the show's opening credits.
At the suggestion of the show's producers, Bach posed as Daisy Duke for a poster, which sold 5 million copies. Her poster created unexpected admiration from 'Nancy Reagan' and other staff after Bach visited, then sent a copy to one of her former schoolteachers employed in the White House.
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