Jaclyn Smith says she never felt anything less than heavenly while on the set of Charlies Angels.
The 74-year-old actress starred as sultry private eye Kelly Garrett in the hit series thataired from 1976 to1981. The show, which chronicled the adventures of a wealthy mystery man named Charlie who runs a detective agency via a speakerphone, starred David Doyle, Farrah Fawcett, Kate Jackson and Cheryl Ladd.
Smith told UKs Daily Mail on Monday that while there were a lot of bikinis in the show, she never felt exploited.
I would have walked away if I felt that, said Smith. In my heart of hearts, I knew who I was.
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However, not everyone felt the same way.
The feminists didnt like us because they said we were Barbie dolls prancing around, she reflected. We wore pretty things, but we didnt flaunt our sexuality. It wasnt salacious.
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Still, there were plenty of reasons audiences were captivated by the Angels.
Farrah was this luscious pinup but very innocent, Smith explained to the outlet. Kate was cerebral and outspoken. I remember being described as a soft cushion between analytical Kate and flashy Farrah.
According to Smith, the actresses became rock stars overnight and Charlies Angels was consistently rated in the top 10 drama shows both in the United States and Britain. The women also received thousands of letters a week and guards were even stationed outside their hotel rooms.
We had a nut file, Smith chuckled. And there were some restraining orders put out for me against fans. One person delivered the same letter every day for a year.
The outlet shared producerAaron Spelling was originally looking for a redhead to balance Fawcett, a blonde, as well as brunette Jackson when Smith was cast. However, the producer was quickly won over by Smiths chemistry with the other two stars.
Despite Smiths success, she endured some private obstacles long the way. By the time she was 30, the actress was already divorced from the first of her four husbands, actor Roger Davis. Her second marriage, to actor Dennis Cole, ended in 1981 after just three years.
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I dont count the first ones, said Smith about her marriages. They were no good. In my innocence, [I thought] you didnt live with somebody [unless you were married]. I got smart, though.
They were both actors and they didnt like [my success], Smith continued. I love commitment, I love marriage. I kept trying until I got it right.
Smiths third husband was British cinematographer Anthony Richmond. That union lasted from 1981 until 1989.
It would have worked with Tony, but I couldnt deal with drugs, I couldnt deal with alcohol, said Smith. Thank goodness hes OK now. Hes been clean for 20-odd years. Im really proud of him. And hes a great father. The one thing we cant deny: we created two beautiful children together.
Smith later met Brad Allen, a heart surgeon, when he operated on her father in Houston. They married in 1997 and have been together ever since.
Hes an incredible stepfather, she said. My children are his and Bea [her 2-year-old granddaughter] calls him Pop-Pop.
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And their life is far from the glitz and glam of Hollywood.
Im a homebody, she insisted. I need to venture out a little more. But Im a grandmother now, and if I have a chance to babysit, it wins over everything I have an obsessive love for my family. I think Im abnormal.
But these days, Smith is still keeping busy running her beloved brand with sister-retailer Sears. And when the outlet asked what has been the secret behind her youthful appearance, Smith credited to a healthy diet involving lots of berries and vegetables, along with regular exercise.
Youre looking at a clean-living girl, said Smith, who added she doesnt drink or smoke. And while she uses face peels and rejuvenating lasers, Smith said shes avoided major cosmetic surgery.
You want to be careful because you want to look like yourself, she said. You dont want to look like plastic. There are little things I would like to do, but Brad doesnt want me to. He knows surgery can go wrong.
Smith also shared staying busy has kept her feeling young, which is why she has zero plans to retire.
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I remember once saying, I really want to challenge myself, said Smith. And believe me, I got that wish. I feel very proud of my age to still be doing it all. But if it all ended tomorrow, Id be a happy woman.
Back in 2018, Smith told Fox News she still continues to cherish fond memories from her time on Charlies Angels.
We had laughs, we had so many laughs, said Smith. Angels in chains, being chained together. Eating lunch together. It was an education and it was eye-opening because each girl was so unique with her own personality and style. And these are my friends today. That bond is what I really remember.
The friendship is what I treasure from that. The friendship. Aaron Spelling was so dear to me. Hes somebody I miss. He was a personal friend, as well as the producer of that show and the creator. Weve lost some people. John Forsythe, what a gentleman. David Doyle. And of course Farrah [Fawcett]. Its bittersweet to think back.B: