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."

Interviewee(s)
Highlights
Jaclyn Smith on being cast in Charlie's Angels
Jaclyn Smith on dealing with the criticism of Charlie's Angels
Jaclyn Smith on being known as "Queen of the Miniseries"
Jaclyn Smith on her line of clothing at K-Mart
Jaclyn Smith on appearing on Farrah's Story
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
On appearing on McCloud and The Partridge Family; on appearing on Switch; on being cast in Charlie's Angels
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
On Charlie's Angels and pop culture; on the fashions of Charlie's Angels; on the production of the show

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
On Charlie's Angels producers Aaron Spelling and Leonard Goldberg; on the legacy of Charlie's Angels; on being typecast after the show
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
On her K-Mart clothing line; on various series in which she starred; on her workout tape

Chapter 3

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

Becker

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Jaclyn Smith on guest-starring on Becker

CSI: Crime Scene Investigation

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

Charlie's Angels

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Jaclyn Smith on being cast in Charlie's Angels
Jaclyn Smith on the premise of Charlie's Angels
Jaclyn Smith on her Charlie's Angels character "Kelly Garrett"
Jaclyn Smith on dealing with the criticism of Charlie's Angels
Jaclyn Smith on the pilot of Charlie's Angels and her co-stars
Jaclyn Smith on her Charlie's Angels boss, Aaron Spelling
Jaclyn Smith on filming the Charlie's Angels pilot
Jaclyn Smith on Charlie's Angels being an overnight sensation and the popularity of Farrah Fawcett
Jaclyn Smith on the many cast changes of Charlie's Angels
Jaclyn Smith on the public reaction to Charlie's Angels  
Jaclyn Smith on the fashions of Charlie's Angels
Jaclyn Smith on the filming of Charlie's Angels and the stunt work
Jaclyn Smith on the effect of Charlie's Angels on pop culture and the merchandising of the show
Jaclyn Smith on doing publicity for Charlie's Angels
Jaclyn Smith on a Charlie's Angels production week
Jaclyn Smith on "forced calls" on Charlie's Angels and the scripts
Jaclyn Smith on the various adventures of her Charlie's Angels character "Kelly Garrett "and her favorite episodes
Jaclyn Smith on the final episode of Charlie's Angels
Jaclyn Smith on the legacy of Charlie's Angels and Aaron Spelling
Jaclyn Smith on Charlie's Angels producer Leonard Goldberg

Law & Order: Special Victims Unit

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

McCloud

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Jaclyn Smith on being a "Breck Girl" and appearing on McCloud
Jaclyn Smith on preparing for her role on McCloud

Partridge Family, The

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Jaclyn Smith on appearing on The Partridge Family
Topics

Advertising and Sponsorship

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Jaclyn Smith on being a "Breck Girl" and appearing on McCloud

Advice

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Jaclyn Smith on her advice to an aspiring actor

Characters & Catchphrases

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

First Big Break

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Jaclyn Smith on being a "Breck Girl" and appearing on McCloud

Pivotal Career Moments

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Jaclyn Smith on being a "Breck Girl" and appearing on McCloud

Pop Culture

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

Television Industry

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Jaclyn Smith on being a "Breck Girl" and appearing on McCloud
Jaclyn Smith on her advice to an aspiring actor
Professions

Actress

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Jaclyn Smith on her advice to an aspiring actor

Performers

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Jaclyn Smith on her advice to an aspiring actor
Genres

Adventure/Espionage Series

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Jaclyn Smith on starring as "Kelly Garrett" on Charlie's Angels
Jaclyn Smith on playing "Kelly Garrett" on Charlie's Angels
People

David Doyle

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Jaclyn Smith on working with David Doyle on Charlie's Angels 

Farrah Fawcett

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

John Forsythe

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Jaclyn Smith on working with John Forsythe on Charlie's Angels

Leonard Goldberg

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Jaclyn Smith on Charlie's Angels producer Leonard Goldberg

Kate Jackson

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

Aaron Spelling

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Jaclyn Smith on her Charlie's Angels boss, Aaron Spelling
Jaclyn Smith on the legacy of Charlie's Angels and Aaron Spelling

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