Lucy Kate Jackson was born in Birmingham, AL on October 29.1948. She attended the University of Mississippi but left during her sophomore year to begin studying at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts. She was supporting cast on Dark Shadows (Daphne, 1970-1971) and on The Rookies (Jill Danko, 1972-1976). She starred as one of the original Angels (Sabrina Duncan, 1976-1979) on the mega-hit show Charlie’s Angels. She delighted fans as the dauntless Amanda King in the television show “Scarecrow and Mrs. King” (1983-1987) which was partially owned by her production company, Shoot the Moon Enterprises. She appeared in numerous other film and television productions. She is an actor, director and producer.
- Listed as one of twelve “Promising New Actors of 1972” in John Willis’ Screen World, Vol. 34.
- Had to turn down the Meryl Streep role in Kramer vs. Kramer (1979) because of scheduling conflicts with Charlie’s Angels (1976). This eventually prompted the actress to leave the TV series.
- 1995: A tearful Kate approached Rosie O’Donnell at a party at her Loverboy (1989) costar Carrie Fisher’s house, because Rosie had just adopted a son, while Kate had spent the past five years searching for a child. Rosie, who had never met her before, was eager to help. She said, “You’re in luck. That day I got a call from a lawyer who had an [expensive] adoption because of the mother’s lack of health insurance or whatnot. He asked if I knew anyone who was well-off.” Within weeks, Kate brought home her son Taylor.
- Has survived two battles with breast cancer. Once in 1987, and again in 1989. After a partial mastectomy and radiation, she won her fight and shared her experience to highlight the importance of mammograms.
- Ranked #18 in FHM’s 100 sexiest women of all time.
- She is a former Max Factor and Revlon model.
- She has three Emmy and four Golden Globes nominations, an award of excellence from the UCLA drama department and two Humanitarian Awards for her work with children and animals.
- Was discovered by Paramount Studios head Robert Evans, who was struck by her 1940s Hollywood looks.
- 1987: Had her long, shapely legs insured for $8 million.
- Began professional modeling at age 16.
- Former daughter-in-law of Stella Stevens.
- In addition to being the first Angel to be cast in Charlie’s Angels (1976), she was also responsible for coming up with the show’s name.
- Was offered a cameo in the film version of Charlie’s Angels (2000). Negotiations fell through after she insisted on playing the villainous role that was eventually played by Kelly Lynch.
- Is a sister of Kappa Kappa Gamma.
- Worked in both the original Satan’s School for Girls (1973) and the remake (Satan’s School for Girls (2000)).
- Attended University of Mississippi but left without graduating.
- Her breakout roles in the Dark Shadows franchise led to a series of lead casting in the horror/thriller genre, where directors began to dub her “the brunette Carol Lynley” who up to that point had been the leading actress to appear in typecast roles of terrified women in the television horror productions that flourished during the late ’60s and early ’70s.
- Godmother to Spencer Margaret Richmond (born in 1985), the daughter of her Charlie’s Angels costar, Jaclyn Smith. When she adopted her son Charles Taylor Jackson (born in 1995), Smith became his godmother.
- One of the few Dark Shadows regulars to appear in “Night of Dark Shadows,” the last of the Dark Shadows movies, which was actually made after the series was canceled.
- In May 2010, Jackson filed a lawsuit against her financial advisor, Richard B. Francis, claiming his actions cost Jackson more than $3 million and brought her to financial ruin. In December 2010, the parties reached an undisclosed settlement.
- Her acting mentor was Gerald S. O’Loughlin.
- The German magazine “Bravo” awarded Kate Jackson a Golden Otto in 1986, 1987 and 1988 for her excellence as a TV actress in Scarecrow and Mrs. King (or at titled in Germany “Agentin mit Herz”).
- She was the only “Angel” to be nominated for an Emmy during the run of the Charlie’s Angels (1976). In fact, she and fellow cast member David Doyle were the only cast members to receive nominations.
- She had seen her “Charlie’s Angels” 1976) co-stars long before they were cast in the hit show. When she first came to Hollywood, she saw Farrah Fawcett at a party and thought that if all girls in Hollywood were as beautiful as her, she didn’t have a chance and might as well go home to Alabama. Luckily, she stayed and became a star. She met Jaclyn Smith at an audition for another show and they became friends. Jaclyn and Farrah had worked together before on a Max Factor commercial and they knew each other. But it was “Charlie’s Angels” that put all three of them together in the same room for the first time, and they became close friends, a friendship that lasted for many decades.
- She had developed an unfair reputation for being difficult on “Charlie’s Angels” (1976). The truth was she was strong and protective towards her costars Farrah Fawcett and Jaclyn Smith and frequently stopped the producers from overworking them. They had wanted the three actresses to give up their lunch hour to pose for “Time” magazine cover in 1976, and both Farrah and Jaclyn were willing, since they deemed it a prestigious honor, but Kate saw it as one more way for the producers to encroach on their personal time. She locked herself in with her trailer with Farrah and Jaclyn and told the producers that the door was stuck and won’t open. The three had their lunch 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.
- Actress Lauren Stamile portrayed her in the TV movie Behind the Camera: The Unauthorized Story of ‘Charlie’s Angels’ (2004).
[on her Charlie’s Angels (1976) days]
“It was good when it was good . . . and when it wasn’t good, it was bad”.
[talking about the film versions of Charlie’s Angels]
“I think they missed the mark. In the TV show, Farrah, Jaclyn and I were best friends who cared for each other and I think that came through in the acting. In the movies, they were too busy competing with each other, trying to see who could jump the highest or wear the tightest clothes”.
[In 2009, a day after Farrah Fawcett died]
“When the first year of “Charlie’s Angels” ended, our friendship didn’t. It just grew stronger and closer through the years. I don’t know what the connection that the three of us have is, but it is there, and it is something extremely special. I think that is the reason the show worked. I think it’s even better than the movies because we truly cared about each other and still do. It was a pleasure and a privilege”.
“When you think about “Charlie’s Angels,” you think about three specific people. You think about Farrah Fawcett, and Jaclyn Smith, and me. So the only problem with the Charlie’s Angels (2000) movie might be, Charlie’s Angels aren’t in it”.
“I’d rather share the glory of a hit than star by myself in a flop”.