Kate Jackson

Active - 1971 - 2004  |   Born - Oct 29, 1948 in Birmingham, Alabama, United States  |   Genres - Horror, Drama

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Willowy brunette actress Kate Jackson spent her early adulthood in summer stock, in training at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, and as a page and tour guide at the NBC studios in Rockefeller Center. Anxious to burst forth with reams of dialogue as a film and TV actress, Jackson found herself in the utterly non-speaking role of a glamorous ghost on the mid-1960s daytime TV serial Dark Shadows. She was allowed to flap her gums a little more often as Jill Danko on TV's The Rookies (1973-76). Full stardom arrived for Jackson when she was cast as Sabrina Duncan, "the smart one" on the prime time jigglefest Charlie's Angels; she remained with this series from 1976 through 1979. Her last regular weekly TV effort was Scarecrow and Mrs. King (1983-1987) in which she played an average housewife who moonlighted as a secret agent. Though Jackson has made sporadic film appearances, it is safe to say that her greater fame rests upon her small-screen work. Jackson received an outpouring of industry sympathy and support when she battled breast cancer in the early 1990s. Kate Jackson has been a prolific and popular TV commercial spokesperson, and narrated Trouble in Mind, a series documenting the effects of mental illness, from 1999 to 2000.

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  • Former model for Max Factor and Revlon.
  • Worked as a tour guide at NBC.
  • First acting break came on the soap opera Dark Shadows in 1970; she played a ghost named Daphne Harridge.
  • Acted in both the original version of Satan's School for Girls (1973) and the 2000 remake (which starred Shannen Doherty).
  • First of the Charlie's Angels to be cast in the '70s series.
  • Reluctantly declined the Meryl Streep role in 1979's Kramer vs. Kramer because of scheduling conflicts with Charlie's Angels.
  • Battled breast cancer in 1987 and 1989, and had open-heart surgery in 1995 for a genetic defect involving a tiny hole in her heart.
  • Was awarded the Power of Love award by the American Heart Association in 2003 for her efforts to spread awareness about breast cancer and heart defects.