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Jaclyn Smith in June 2006
Jaclyn Ellen Smith
October 26, 1945
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.
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.
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.
- 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.
|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|
|1969||Goodbye, Columbus||Wedding Guest||Uncredited role|
|1970||The Adventurers||Girl journalist Belinda|
|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|
|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|
|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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