Jaclyn Smith

Actress


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In her two-and-a-half hour Archive interview, Jaclyn Smith discusses her early years and family life growing up in Texas. She talks of her early interest in acting and modeling and becoming the most famous of the "Breck Girls." She recalls her early acting jobs on McCloud, The Rookies and The Partridge Family. She then details getting cast on Charlie's Angels as "Kelly Garrett," alongside Farrah Fawcett and Kate Jackson. Smith comments on the explosion of popularity the show experienced after the pilot aired, and recounts working with Executive Producer Aaron Spelling and fellow cast members David Doyle and John Forsythe. She speaks of the revolving cast members of Charlie's Angels, which later included Cheryl Ladd, Tanya Roberts, and Shelley Hack, and touches on some of the controversy surrounding the series. She chronicles her reign as "the Queen of the Miniseries," appearing in Rage of Angels and other Danielle Steel and Sidney Sheldon adaptations. Amy Harrington conducted the interview on November 12, 2012 in Beverly Hills, California.

"I think 'Charlie's Angels'' legacy was to say there's nothing wrong with the power of girlfriends. That's what we were - girlfriends. Girlfriends are important in life to women."

Highlights
Jaclyn Smith on being cast in Charlie's Angels
00:52
Jaclyn Smith on dealing with the criticism of Charlie's Angels
01:27
Jaclyn Smith on being known as "Queen of the Miniseries"
01:11
Jaclyn Smith on her line of clothing at K-Mart
07:24
Jaclyn Smith on appearing on Farrah's Story
02:19
Full Interview

Chapter 1

On her early life and influences; on being a "Breck Girl" and her modeling career; on her first professional acting job
16:51
On appearing on McCloud and The Partridge Family; on appearing on Switch; on being cast in Charlie's Angels
12:51
On the criticism surrounding Charlie's Angels; on working with Aaron Spelling and filming the Charlie's Angels pilot; on the public reaction to the show
16:02
On Charlie's Angels and pop culture; on the fashions of Charlie's Angels; on the production of the show
11:39

Chapter 2

On the scripts of Charlie's Angels; on her Charlie's Angels character, "Kelly Garrett"; on the final episode of Charlie's Angels
16:17
On Charlie's Angels producers Aaron Spelling and Leonard Goldberg; on the legacy of Charlie's Angels; on being typecast after the show
12:37
On starring in the made-for-television movie Rage of Angels; on being "Queen of the Miniseries"; on various television roles after Charlie's Angels
13:13
On her K-Mart clothing line; on various series in which she starred; on her workout tape
15:02

Chapter 3

On guest-starring on various shows; on participating in Farrah's Story; on then-current projects
15:55
On her humor and her dogs; on her proudest achievements; on advice to an aspiring actor and where she sees herself in the future
10:31
Shows

Becker

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Jaclyn Smith on guest-starring on Becker
01:35

CSI: Crime Scene Investigation

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Jaclyn Smith on guest-starring on Law & Order: Special Victims Unit and CSI
02:13

Charlie's Angels

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Jaclyn Smith on being cast in Charlie's Angels
00:52
Jaclyn Smith on the premise of Charlie's Angels
01:36
Jaclyn Smith on her Charlie's Angels character "Kelly Garrett"
03:15
Jaclyn Smith on dealing with the criticism of Charlie's Angels
01:27
Jaclyn Smith on the pilot of Charlie's Angels and her co-stars
04:06
Jaclyn Smith on her Charlie's Angels boss, Aaron Spelling
01:23
Jaclyn Smith on filming the Charlie's Angels pilot
01:47
Jaclyn Smith on Charlie's Angels being an overnight sensation and the popularity of Farrah Fawcett
02:07
Jaclyn Smith on the many cast changes of Charlie's Angels
03:22
Jaclyn Smith on the public reaction to Charlie's Angels  
01:50
Jaclyn Smith on the fashions of Charlie's Angels
02:57
Jaclyn Smith on the filming of Charlie's Angels and the stunt work
01:36
Jaclyn Smith on the effect of Charlie's Angels on pop culture and the merchandising of the show
03:12
Jaclyn Smith on doing publicity for Charlie's Angels
01:58
Jaclyn Smith on a Charlie's Angels production week
01:56
Jaclyn Smith on "forced calls" on Charlie's Angels and the scripts
02:14
Jaclyn Smith on the various adventures of her Charlie's Angels character "Kelly Garrett "and her favorite episodes
02:41
Jaclyn Smith on the final episode of Charlie's Angels
03:03
Jaclyn Smith on the legacy of Charlie's Angels and Aaron Spelling
05:04
Jaclyn Smith on Charlie's Angels producer Leonard Goldberg
00:49

Law & Order: Special Victims Unit

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Jaclyn Smith on guest-starring on Law & Order: Special Victims Unit and CSI
02:13

McCloud

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Jaclyn Smith on being a "Breck Girl" and appearing on McCloud
02:24
Jaclyn Smith on preparing for her role on McCloud
01:28

Partridge Family, The

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Jaclyn Smith on appearing on The Partridge Family
01:21
Topics

Advertising and Sponsorship

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Jaclyn Smith on being a "Breck Girl" and appearing on McCloud
02:24

Advice

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Jaclyn Smith on her advice to an aspiring actor
00:43

Characters & Catchphrases

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Jaclyn Smith on her Charlie's Angels character, "Kelly Garrett"
03:15
Jaclyn Smith on the various adventures of her Charlie's Angels character, "Kelly Garrett," and her favorite episodes
02:41

First Big Break

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Jaclyn Smith on being a "Breck Girl" and appearing on McCloud
02:24

Pivotal Career Moments

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Jaclyn Smith on being a "Breck Girl" and appearing on McCloud
02:24

Pop Culture

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Jaclyn Smith on the effect of Charlie's Angels on pop culture and the merchandising of the show
03:12
Jaclyn Smith on her Charlie's Angels character, "Kelly Garrett"
03:15
Jaclyn Smith on the various adventures of her Charlie's Angels character, "Kelly Garrett," and her favorite episodes
02:41

Television Industry

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Jaclyn Smith on being a "Breck Girl" and appearing on McCloud
02:24
Jaclyn Smith on her advice to an aspiring actor
00:43
Professions

Actress

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Jaclyn Smith on her advice to an aspiring actor
00:43

Performers

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Jaclyn Smith on her advice to an aspiring actor
00:43
Genres

Adventure/Espionage Series

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Jaclyn Smith on starring as "Kelly Garrett" on Charlie's Angels
33:24
Jaclyn Smith on playing "Kelly Garrett" on Charlie's Angels
22:10
People

David Doyle

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Jaclyn Smith on working with David Doyle on Charlie's Angels 
01:36

Farrah Fawcett

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Jaclyn Smith on the pilot of Charlie's Angels and her co-stars
04:06

John Forsythe

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Jaclyn Smith on working with John Forsythe on Charlie's Angels
01:02

Leonard Goldberg

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Jaclyn Smith on Charlie's Angels producer Leonard Goldberg
00:49

Kate Jackson

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Jaclyn Smith on the pilot of Charlie's Angels and her co-stars
04:06

Aaron Spelling

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Jaclyn Smith on her Charlie's Angels boss, Aaron Spelling
01:23
Jaclyn Smith on the legacy of Charlie's Angels and Aaron Spelling
05:04

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