Jaclyn Smith

Jaclyn Smith

Jaclyn Smith was born Jaclyn Ellen Smith on October 26, 1945 in Houston, Texas. She graduated from high school and originally aspired to be a famous ballerina. In 1973, she landed a job as a Breck shampoo model. In 1976, she was offered a chance to star in a new pilot for a planned television series, entitled Charlie’s Angels (1976). The pilot was slick and the show was an instant hit when it debuted on September 22, 1976 on ABC. Smith has the distinct honor of being the only Angel *not* to leave the show in its entire five-season run (1976-1981). After Charlie’s Angels (1976), she went the TV-movie route and starred in such TV films as Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy (1981) for which she received a Golden Globe nomination, and such miniseries as The Bourne Identity (1988), Rage of Angels (1983) and Windmills of the Gods (1988). She has had her own extremely successful clothing line at KMart since 1985, and is often a spokesperson. Her first two marriages to actors Roger Davis and Dennis Cole ended in divorce. She has two children from her third marriage to cinematographer Anthony B. Richmond (they divorced in 1989). Her fourth marriage is to her father’s physician Dr. Brad Allen. She married him in 1997 and they both created a skincare line.


  • Brad Allen (11 October 1997 – present)
  • Anthony B. Richmond (4 August 1981 – 1989) (divorced) (2 children)
  • Dennis Cole (29 October 1978 – 23 July 1981) (divorced)
  • Roger Davis (29 November 1968 – 15 January 1975) (divorced)


  1. Children, with Anthony B. Richmond: Spencer Margaret Richmond and Gaston Richmond.
  2. 1985: Started her own line of clothing at K-Mart.
  3. 1990: Chosen by People magazine as one of the 50 Most Beautiful People in the World.
  4. Turned down the role of Gwendolyn “Gwen” Williams on the soap opera Titans (2000).
  5. Her husband, Brad Allen is a pediatric heart surgeon in Chicago, Illinois.
  6. 8/02: Underwent a lumpectomy and radiation treatment for breast cancer after a lump was detected during a routine check-up in July 2002.
  7. Childhood friend of actress Nancy Fox.
  8. Wears size 8M heels.
  9. She was the only one of the three original Charlie’s Angels (1976) not to leave the show. She stayed on during its entire 5 season run (1976-1981). She is also the only Angel from the television series to make an appearance in either of the movie adaptations. She made an uncredited cameo in Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle (2003) as her original character “Kelly Garrett”, offering advice to the new generation of angels.
  10. 1998: The French musical group Air released the single “Kelly Watch the Stars”, which is about the Charlie’s Angels (1976) character “Kelly Garrett”. In the video, one of the Air members is wearing a “Jaclyn Smith” shirt.
  11. To avoid a nasty and prolonged divorce suit, she agreed to pay her third husband, Anthony B. Richmond, $4 million for sole custody of their son, Gaston Richmond, and daughter, Spencer Margaret Richmond.
  12. Graduate of Lamar High School in Houston, Texas.
  13. Studied drama at Trinity University.
  14. Daughter of Margaret Ellen Smith.
  15. Occupied all three of the eponymous billing slots on Charlie’s Angels (1976). In the first season, Smith was billed third, after Kate Jackson and Farrah Fawcett. When Fawcett left the series, Smith was billed second, behind Jackson. When Jackson left after the series’ third season, Smith took top billing above Cheryl Ladd and Jackson’s replacement, Shelley Hack.
  16. Received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 7000 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California.
  17. Ex-stepmother of George Richmond and Jonathan ‘Chunky’ Richmond.
  18. Billed to star in Always to be directed by Tony Richmond in a 1984 Cannon Group publicity brochure.
  19. Is a Republican.
  20. Her paternal grandparents were Russian Jewish immigrants. Her mother had English, and some Scottish, Irish, and Welsh, ancestry.
  21. Of all her TV roles, her personal favorite is playing the famous nurse Florence Nightingale in the 1985 television movie.
    She developed a reputation as the nicest angel of all six actresses in the “Charlie’s Angels” cast, and adored by her fellow actors, producers, and fans.
  22. Her “Charlie’s Angels” costar Kate Jackson became her daughter Spencer Margaret Richmond’s godmother in 1985. In 1995, Jackson adopted her son Charles Taylor Jackson, to whom Smith became a godmother.
  23. She, Kate Jackson and Farrah Fawcett supported each other during their personal fight against cancer. She and Kate are both breast cancer survivors, while Farrah fought and lost her three-year battle with anal cancer in 2009.
  24. In 1976, she became close to Farrah Fawcett when they worked on “Charlie’s Angels” since they had so much in common. They were both from Texas and both close to their parents. They remained close, even after Farrah left the show after just one year. They became even closer during the last 6 months of Farrah’s life. Farrah had said to her, “I wouldn’t have missed this time with you.” After she died in 2009, Jaclyn wanted to go to her funeral but couldn’t go because her own mother was on her deathbed. She said that “in my heart of hearts, I knew Farrah understood because she was close to her mom.”.
  25. Mother-in-law of actor Fran Kranz. (Her daughter Spencer Margaret Richmond married Kranz on August 15, 2015).
    Her granddaughter Bea was born on Sept 17, 2016 at 8:39AM at 8lb 8oz, whom she called “the brightest light”.
  26. She turned down the leading role in the James Bond film Moonraker (1979), because the shooting schedule would have created a conflict with “Charlie’s Angels”, a show that she was on for five years from 1976-1981. The role went to Lois Chiles.
  27. Her favorite memory of “Charlie’s Angels” (1976) was when she and her costars Farrah Fawcett and Kate Jackson appeared on cover of “Time” magazine on November 22, 1976. She and Farrah had considered it a prestigious honor when “Time” magazine asked, but Kate balked at it, since the producers wanted them to give up their lunch hour to do it. She had frequently stopped the producers from overworking them and saw this as one more way for them to encroach on their personal time. She locked herself in her trailer with Farrah and Jaclyn and told the producers that the door was stuck and won’t open. The three friends had their lunch together for 45 minutes, when the producers struggled to open the door and begged them to pose for “Time” magazine, which they did in the last 15 minutes of their lunch hour. She is the only member of “Charlie’s Angels” who has appeared on the cover of “Time” magazine twice, since she did a solo “Time” cover while she was pregnant with her son for the February 22, 1982 issue.
  28. Actress Christina Chambers portrayed her in the TV movie Behind the Camera: The Unauthorized Story of ‘Charlie’s Angels’ (2004).
  29. Inducted into the Hair Fan’s Hall of Fame in 2012.

Personal Quotes

I’m an old-fashioned girl, and I didn’t believe in living with people, so I guess I married for the wrong reasons at times.

(On Farrah Fawcett’s death)

Farrah Fawcett had courage, she had strength, and she had faith. And now she has peace as she rests with the real angels.

[When asked whether she met Kate Jackson and Farrah Fawcett for the first time during “Charlie’s Angels”]

No, I met them both before the show. I met Farrah on a Max Factor commercial, and we were each doing different things. And I just remembered thinking she’s from Texas and we both loved our parents and we had a lot in common at that time. I remember thinking, “I like this girl,” never thinking that we’d go on and be on a show together. It was just that we were two girls doing a Max Factor commercial who had a lot in common. I liked her. She was sweet. She was interesting. She wasn’t the typical actress. I think part of our success was we weren’t competitive or desperate for screen time. We liked one another. I met Kate again at another audition. She always seemed, when Farrah and I started the show, like she knew the ropes and she was sort of the leader, and she was. She was very bright, very articulate, very outspoken.

I lose track of dates and times. Anywhere from 1982 on, I have it more in order. My son was born in 1982. My daughter was born in 1985. And then, other than that, numbers fly totally out of my mind. I’m not a number person. It’s hard to keep track of all the projects I worked on. I sort of stay in the moment.

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