Born on October 26, 1945, in Houston, Texas, Jaclyn Smith worked as a model for Breck Shampoo before landing the role she would become famous for—playing Kelly Garrett on the hit TV series Charlie’s Angels. Smith starred on all five seasons of the show and went on to do much more television and film work. In conjunction with Kmart, she has also launched her own clothing and bed-and-bath line.
Early Life and Career
Born on October 26, 1945, in Houston, Texas, Jaclyn Smith is the only daughter of Margaret and Jack Smith. Jaclyn enjoyed a carefree childhood and developed an early love for dance. After graduating from high school, Smith attended Trinity University in the nearby city of San Antonio, where she studied drama and appeared in several productions. However, Smith's unshakable love of dance soon led her to New York City, where she hoped to pursue a career as a ballerina. But soon after her arrival, an agent steered Smith toward modeling and acting, and she was soon appearing in various ads for print and television as well as in minor roles in films. Her first break came in the early 1970s, when she was cast in a series of ads for Breck Shampoo, becoming its latest "Breck Girl."
More modeling and acting work followed, including roles on such popular television series as Switch, McCloud and The Love Boat. But it was in 1976 that Smith would land the part for which she remains best known—playing police-department-bureaucrat-turned-private-investigator Kelly Garrett on the glossy TV series Charlie's Angels, appearing opposite Cheryl Ladd, Farrah Fawcett and John Forsythe. In her role as the cool and composed Angel, Smith remained on the wildly popular show for all five seasons, until its last broadcast in 1981
Film and TV Career
In the decades since her role in the iconic Charlie's Angels series, Smith's acting career has continued to flourish. During the 1980s, she starred in numerous made-for-TV movies and miniseries, including the biopics Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy (1981; for which she received a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actress), George Washington (1984) and Florence Nightingale (1985). Branching out from her acting career, in 1985 she also published The Jaclyn Smith Beauty Book and started her own clothing line for the Kmart chain of discount department stores, with whom she has an ongoing partnership.
Smith ushered in the 1990s by appearing in the recurring role of Christine Cromwell in a handful of well-received mysteries that were featured on The ABC Saturday Mystery rotating series during its 1989–90 season. Her ongoing popularity was further highlighted when she was listed among People magazine's 1990 list of the "Fifty Most Beautiful People in the World."
From then until the present, Smith has continued to star in made-for-TV movies, including In the Arms of a Killer (1992), Family Album (1994), Navigating the Heart (2000) and Ordinary Miracles. She has also made appearances on such hit television series as The District (2002–2004), Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (in 2010) and CSI (in 2012).
Smith has been married four times: To actors Roger Davis (1968–75) and Dennis Cole (1978–81); cinematographer Tony Richmond (1981–89); and her current husband, heart surgeon Bradley Allan, whom she wed in 1997. Smith has two children, Gaston and Spencer, from her relationship with Richmond.
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