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Jaclyn Smith
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Jaclyn Smith in June 2006
Born
Jaclyn Ellen Smith

October 26, 1945 (1945-10-26) (age 75)
Houston, Texas, United States
Years active 1969–present

Jaclyn Ellen Smith (born October 26, 1945) is an American actress and businesswoman. She is known for her role as Kelly Garrett in the television series Charlie's Angels (1976–81), and was the only original female lead to remain with the series for its complete run. She reprised the role with a cameo appearance in the 2003 film Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle. Beginning in the 1980s, she began developing and marketing her own brands of clothing and perfume.

Smith began her career in 1969 in television commercials. In 1976, she was cast in Charlie's Angels, alongside Kate Jackson and Farrah Fawcett (then billed as Farrah Fawcett-Majors). The show propelled all three to stardom, including an appearance on the front cover of Time magazine.

Charlie's Angels

Charlies Angels cast 1976
Smith (left) with Farrah Fawcett and Kate Jackson in Season 1 of Charlie's Angels

On March 21, 1976, Smith first played Kelly Garrett in Charlie's Angels; the show was aired as a movie of the week, starring Smith, Kate Jackson and Farrah Fawcett as private investigators for Townsend Associates, a detective agency run by a reclusive multi-millionaire whom the women had never met. Voiced by John Forsythe, the Charles Townsend character presented cases and dispensed advice via a speakerphone to his core team of three female employees, to whom he referred as "Angels". They were aided in the office and occasionally in the field by two male associates. The series formally debuted on September 22, 1976, and ran for five seasons.

The show would become a big success not only in the U.S. but, in successive years, in syndication around the world, creating much merchandise, particularly in the show's first three seasons, including several series of bubble gum cards, two sets of fashion dolls, numerous posters, puzzles, and school supplies, novelizations of episodes, toy vans, and a board game, all featuring Smith's likeness. The "Angels" also appeared on the covers of magazines around the world, from countless fan magazines to TV Guide (four times) to Time magazine.

Personal life

Smith has been married four times. Her first marriage was to actor Roger Davis (1968–1975). She married Dennis Cole, an actor who appeared on Charlie's Angels. Smith married filmmaker Tony Richmond in 1981, with whom she had two children, Gaston (born 1982) and Spencer Margaret (born 1985), before divorcing Richmond in 1989. Smith has been married to Houston cardiothoracic surgeon Dr. Brad Allen since 1997.

Smith battled breast cancer in 2003. In 2010, Smith was featured in a documentary about breast cancer.

Tributes

  • A number of style magazine polls have attested to Smith's popularity and declared her one of the most beautiful women in the world, she was once named "The World's Best Dressed Woman". In 1979, McCall's ran a poll of "Whose Face Most Women Would Like To Have"; Smith topped the list.
  • In the April 1984 issue of People, Smith was voted as one of the "Ten Great Faces of Our Time".
  • In 1985, Ladies' Home Journal polled to determine "America's Favorite Women"; Smith came top of the list.
  • In 1991, TV Guide magazine readers voted Smith as the "Most Beautiful Woman Not on Television".
  • Comic strip artist Sy Barry modeled the luscious Diana Palmer, wife of The Phantom, after Smith.
  • The French band Air was inspired by Smith's Charlie's Angels character Kelly Garrett to record the song Kelly Watch the Stars for album Moon Safari, and the track was released as a single.

TV series

Jaclyn Smith 70's Charlie's Angels
Smith during a photo session in 1977
Year(s) Title Role Seasons Notes
1976–81 Charlie's Angels Kelly Garrett 1–5 all 110 episodes
1989–90 Christine Cromwell Christine Cromwell 1
2002–04 The District Vanessa Cavanaugh 3–4 13 episodes

Films

Year Film Role Other notes
1969 Goodbye, Columbus Wedding Guest Uncredited role
1970 The Adventurers Girl journalist Belinda
1972 Probe Stewardess TV movie
1974 Bootleggers Sally Fannie Tatum
Sin, American Style Susan Cole TV movie
1976 The Whiz Kid and the Carnival Caper Cathy Martin TV movie
1977 Escape from Bogen County Maggie Bowman TV movie
1978 The Users Elena Scheider TV movie
1980 Nightkill Katherine Atwell
1981 Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy Jacqueline Kennedy TV movie
Nominated – Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Miniseries or Television Film
1983 Rage of Angels Jennifer Parker TV movie
1984 Sentimental Journey Julie Ross-Gardner TV movie
George Washington Sally Fairfax TV mini-series
The Night They Saved Christmas Claudia Baldwin TV movie
1985 Florence Nightingale Florence Nightingale TV movie
Déjà Vu Brooke/Maggie
1986 Rage of Angels: The Story Continues Jennifer Parker TV movie
1988 Windmills of the Gods Mary Ashley TV movie
The Bourne Identity Marie St. Jacques TV mini-series
1989 Christine Cromwell: Things That Go Bump in the Night Christine Cromwell TV movie
Settle the Score Katherine Whately TV movie
1990 Kaleidoscope Hilary Walker TV movie
1991 Lies Before Kisses Elaine Sanders TV movie
1992 In the Arms of a Killer Maria Quinn TV movie
Nightmare in the Daylight Megan Lambert TV movie
Love Can Be Murder Elizabeth Bentley TV movie
1994 Cries Unheard: The Donna Yaklich Story Donna Yaklich TV movie
Family Album Faye Price Thayer TV movie
1996 My Very Best Friend Dana Griffin TV movie
1997 Married to a Stranger Megan Potter TV movie
1998 Before He Wakes Bridget Smith Michaels TV movie
1999 Free Fall Renee Brennan
Three Secrets Diane TV movie
2000 Navigating the Heart Edith Iglauer TV movie
2003 Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle Kelly Garrett Cameo appearance
2005 Ordinary Miracles Judge Kay Woodbury TV movie
2015 Bridal Wave Felice Hamilton TV movie

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