Best known for her role in the movie "10," Derek, 53, is planning to marry John Corbett, whom she's been seeing for the last eight years. Corbett played Aiden, Carrie's boyfriend, on "Sex and the City."
Earlier this week, the California state Senate delayed, for now, confirming Derek to a commission that oversees horse racing and pari-mutuel wagering at racetracks in California. She is one of Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's four appointees to the racing board.
Derek is an animal rights activist and horse lover who owns a pet care products company. She's also an avid Republican and Formula 1 racing fan.
Derek's husband, John Derek, 30 years her senior, died in 1998. They were married for 22 years.
Derek has been off screen for the past few years, with her most recent role in the 2006 telenovela "Fashion House," with Morgan Fairchild, broadcast on MyNetworkTV.