Angels was the star vehicle for a budding actress
Kate Jackson. Jackson was on Aaron Spelling and Leonard Goldberg's
The Rookies and now was to star in their newest creation
Jackson was instrumental with the basic creation of the series and
even came up with the name Harry's Angels. Which was later changed
to Charlie's Angels
due to another series Harry O.
From 1976-1979, Jackson was the anchor of the series being pegged as the
In 1979, after having to turn down a role in the theatrical film Kramer
due to "conflicting" with her Angels schedule, Jackson
decided to leave the series to pursue a film career. After notable
theatrical & TV movies Making Love, Dirty Trick, Listen To Your
Thin Ice, Jackson returned back to TV in 1983 as the loveable Amanda
the highly successful Scarecrow and Ms. King. In 1995
adopted her son, Charles Taylor Jackson. Jackson continues
to work in TV/films and has two new movies A Mother's Testimony
Before joining the cast of Charlie's Angels,
Farrah Fawcett was best
known as the bionic wife of the Six Million Dollar Man Lee
done several films Logan's Run, Myra Breckinridge, Love Is A Funny
TV guest spots Swat, Apples Way, Marcus Welby and even
" Swimsuit" poster. But once she became an Angel, her
status turned her into a phenomenon. Every you looked Fawcett
there - on magazine covers, toys, pillows, rugs, bean bag chairs, mirrors
posters. However all things must come to an end . . . in 1977, after
one year, Fawcett left Charlie's Angels to pursue film offers.
being sued for breach of contract for leaving Angels, Fawcett
of court and agreed to make six guest appearances over a two year
period. By the late 70s, Fawcett's star status was on the rocks after
having three box office bombs, Somebody Killed
Her Husband, Sunburn, and Saturn 3.
In 1983, Fawcett signed on for the lead role in the Broadway play
- winning kudos from critics for her betrayal of a woman who fought back
and turned the
tables on her attacker. After "proving" herself a serious
actress, more meatier roles followed with The Burning Bed, Between Two
Margaret Bourke-White and reprising her role for the film version of
in the early 1990s, she returned to TV with her
long time boyfriend, Ryan O'Neil in the short lived TV series Good
At age 50, Fawcett posed nude for Playboy and the next year she
the erotic/artsy All Of Me video. She continues to work in film and
guest spots on TV. This fall she will be seen in ABC's Spin
The last original Angel cast was Jaclyn Smith, a Southern Belle from
Texas. When Smith auditioned
for the role of Kelly Garrett, her initial reading didn't go too
well. Plus the producers were
looking for a red head to play Kelly - not a brunette. But Aaron
Spelling and Leonard Goldberg fell in love with
Smith and cast her in the series. Prior to that time, Smith had
small roles in TV shows - Get Christy Love, The Rookies,
- Wella Balsam, Breck Shampoo and printwork as a model - Max
Once Charlie's Angels hit Wednesday nights, all that was
Smith ended the series' 5 year run in 1981, Smith ventured on to
become The Queen of the Mini-series in such highly acclaimed
TV films George Washington, Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy, Florence
Nightingale, and Rage of Angels I & II. In 1989, she
back to series TV in the short run Christine Cromwell.
Most recently Smith has had a recurring role on
CBS' Becker and is still running strong with her signature clothing
K-Mart (yes, Kmart).
In 1977, the fourth Angel Cheryl Ladd was begged, to put it lightly, by
to join the cast of Charlie's Angels! When Ladd was
originally asked to replace Farrah Fawcett, she turned the role down.
was very hesitant about stepping into Fawcett's shoes. After
his search for a new Angel, Spelling came back to Ladd once again.
finally agreed to take the role if her character could be funny and would
be able to make mistakes.
Then Spelling suggested her character could be the kid sister of Fawcett's Jill
Munroe. This casting worked as a charm! Ladd soon became
as Kris Munroe, Jill's little
sister and single handedly saved the series!
Prior to the series, Ladd was better known for her singing than her acting.
the early 1970s, she was the
voice of Melody from The Josie and the Pussycats cartoon. During
Ladd released two LPs Cheryl Ladd and Dance Forever which
went to #1 in Japan. After the series ended, Ladd
continued to work in films - Purple Hearts, Kentucky Woman, Grace Kelly
eventually returned the TV series One West Waikiki. She
a recurring role on Two Guy and a Girl, and in 1995 she and her
Russell released a children's book titled The Adventures of Little
Last year, Ladd replaced Bernadette Peters in the Broadway Musical Annie
Get Your Gun.
In 1979, fifth Angel Shelley Hack had the huge responsibility of replacing
Jackson, the "rock" of the series. Hack was up against some
very talented actresses
including Michelle Pfeiffer. Yet, the producers went with Hack due to
her high profile as
Revlon's "Charlie Girl." After suffering from
ratings, Hack was let go upon finishing her first year on the
Upon her departure, Hack indulged in theatrical & TV movies of
week King of Comedy, Vanities, Troll, Found Money. In 1983 and
1985, Hack once again spread her wings in two TV series - first was
Cutter to Huston,
followed by Jack and Mike.
In the 90s, Hack continued her TV & the film work with Blind
Fear, House Arrest, Perry Mason, SeaQuest DSV. Most
recently, she co-hosted with John Forsythe (aka Charlie) the A&E's
In 1980, the search was on once again for the newest Angel! The
producers auditioned thousands of girls to find the prefect
Angel to lift the sagging ratings. The final choice was a young actress
named, Tanya Roberts.
Roberts had just recently finished a guest spot on Vegas, another
Spelling series for a potential spin-off The Ladies in
However, the network decided not to pick up the series, which inadvertently
became a blessing for Roberts, as she was chosen to be the sixth and final
After Angels ended, Roberts pursued film work in James Bond's A
View to A Kill, The Beastmaster,
and Sheena, Queen of the Jungle. In the late 80s and
90s, Roberts continued to work making direct-to-video film releases.
in 1998, Roberts career took off again as she joined the cast of the hit
Series That '70s Show.
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