After attending Trinity University and the University of San Antonio, brunette Jaclyn Smith flourished as a model and cover girl. Making her first film appearance in 1969, Smith endured such negligible movie projects as The Moonshiners (1974) before achieving stardom as Kelly Garrett, showgirl-turned-PI, on the spectacularly successful TV series Charlie's Angels. She was the only member of the original Angels to remain with the series from its debut in 1976 to its final telecast in 1981. Like her Charlie's Angels cohorts Cheryl Ladd and Farrah Fawcett, Smith went on to a busy career in made-for-TV movies, efficiently playing the title roles in Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy (1982) and Florence Nightingale (1985). In 1989, she returned to the weekly-TV grind as star of the mystery series Christine Cromwell. That same year, a random sampling of Hollywood insiders (technicians, grips, "gofers", etc.) voted Smith as one of the nicest and most cooperative actresses in the business (parenthetically, her Charlie's Angels co-star Kate Jackson was elected one of the least likeable performers in Tinseltown). Jaclyn Smith was previously married to actors Roger Davis and Dennis Cole, and cinematographer Tony Richmond. Her fourth marriage was to Dr. Bradley Allen in 1998.
Biography by Hal Erickson
- Appeared as "the Breck Girl" in the early 1970s in print and TV ads for Breck hair-care products.
- Created her own line of clothing for K-Mart beginning in 1985.
- Developed her own scent, Jaclyn Smith's California, for Max Factor in 1989.
- Landed on People magazine's first edition of the 50 Most Beautiful People in the World in 1990.
- Played Kelly Garrett for the entire five-year run of Charlie's Angels (the only Angel to do so); reprised her role for an uncredited cameo in the 2003 movie Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle.
- Met her husband, cardiothoracic surgeon Bradley Allen, when he treated her father for a heart condition.
- Launched her bed and bath collection for K-Mart in 2008.