Jaclyn Smith is an American actress who rose to fame as one of the original stars of the hit TV series Charlie’s Angels. She is also a successful entrepreneur who has launched clothing, perfume, and skincare lines. Here are some facts about her life, career, and achievements.
Physical Stats and Net Worth
Smith is 77 years old as of 2023. She is 5 feet 7 inches (170 cm) and weighs around 121 lbs (55 kg). She has brown hair and brown eyes. She maintains a healthy and active lifestyle and follows a balanced diet.
Smith has an estimated net worth of $150 million as of 2023. She has earned her fortune from her acting and modeling career and her business ventures. She is one of the wealthiest and most influential celebrities in the world.
Early Life and Education
Jaclyn Smith was born Jacquelyn Ellen Smith on October 26, 1945, in Houston, Texas. Her father was a dentist of Russian-Jewish descent, and her mother had English, Scottish, Irish, and Welsh ancestry. She graduated from Mirabeau B. Lamar High School in 1964 and majored in psychology and drama at Trinity University (Texas) in San Antonio but completed only a year. She moved to New York and joined the Balanchine School of American Ballet, where she pursued her dream of becoming a ballerina.
Modeling and Acting Career
Smith started her career 1968 as a model and actress in commercials and print ads. She was a “Breck girl” for Breck Shampoo in 1971 and a spokesmodel for Wella Balsam shampoo in 1974. She also appeared in minor roles in films such as Goodbye, Columbus (1969) and The Adventurers (1970).
In 1976, she was cast as Kelly Garrett in Charlie’s Angels alongside Kate Jackson and Farrah Fawcett. The show was a huge success and made Smith a household name. She was the only original female lead to remain with the series for its complete run from 1976 to 1981. She reprised the role with cameo appearances in the films Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle (2003) and Charlie’s Angels (2019).
After Charlie’s Angels, Smith starred in numerous TV movies and miniseries, such as Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy (1981), for which she received a Golden Globe nomination2, Rage of Angels (1983), George Washington (1984), The Bourne Identity (1988), Kaleidoscope (1990) and Nightmare in the Daylight (1992)2. She also had recurring roles in TV shows such as The District (2002-2004) and CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (2012)2.
Business Ventures and Philanthropy
Smith has been a successful entrepreneur since 1985 when she launched her clothing line at Kmart. She was one of the first celebrities to create a brand for a mass-market retailer. Her collection includes women’s apparel, accessories, footwear, jewelry, eyewear, home furnishings, and more.
She also developed and marketed her perfume lines, such as Jaclyn Smith California (1989), Jaclyn Smith White Diamonds (1991), Jaclyn Smith Night Magic (1993), Jaclyn Smith Windsong (1995), Jaclyn Smith Simply Elegant (1999), Jaclyn Smith California Dreaming (2003), Jaclyn Smith Malibu Nights (2007), Jaclyn Smith Angel Kisses (2010), Jaclyn Smith Forever Yours (2013), and Jaclyn Smith Love Always (2016).
In 2008, she partnered with her husband, Dr. Brad Allen, to create a skincare line called Jaclyn Smith Beauty1. The products are designed to address the needs of mature skin and include cleansers, moisturizers, serums, masks, eye creams, lip balms, and more.
Smith is also involved in various charitable causes. She is a spokesperson for the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation and has participated in several fundraising events for breast cancer research and awareness. She is also a supporter of the American Cancer Society, the Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, the March of Dimes, and the Smile Train.
Personal Life and Family
Smith has been married four times. Her first two marriages to actors Roger Davis (1968-1975) and Dennis Cole (1978-1981) ended in divorce. She has two children from her third marriage to cinematographer Anthony B. Richmond (1981-1989): Gaston Richmond (born 1982) and Spencer Margaret Richmond (born 1985). Her fourth marriage is to physician Dr. Brad Allen. They tied the knot in 1997.
Smith is close friends with her former Charlie’s Angels co-stars Kate Jackson and Cheryl Ladd. She is also godmother to Ladd’s daughter, Jordan Ladd.