Jaclyn Smith Then And Now: The Young Charlie's Angels Star Across The Ages

By | March 10, 2020

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Jaclyn Smith in 1976. (Photo by Walt Disney Television via Getty Images Photo Archives/Walt Disney Television via Getty Images)

Jaclyn Smith is one of the original Charlie’s Angels, and the only one to stick around on the show for its entire run. She even popped up in the films from the early aughts, but that’s not the only thing that Smith has one. Aside from being one out most pre-eminent female television detectives Smith has her own inexpensive fashion line at K-Mart and she consistently makes appearances in film and television. Smith is one of the most memorable television actresses of the 1970s and ‘80s, and even though she’s not on TV every day she’s still thriving.

She wanted to be a dancer

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This gal from Houston, Texas didn’t start out with a thirst to be on television, she wanted to be a dancer. While studying dance she also double majored in psychology and drama at Trinity University in San Antonio, but the draw of the stage continued to pull at her. She moved to New York to study at the Balanchine School of American Ballet in a move that she said would have been scary without her southern “gumption.” She explained:

From my earliest memories, I always dreamed of becoming a dancer, and through my family’s support and a little southern gumption of my own, I packed up and headed to New York City. It was there, a thousand miles away from home, that I was lucky enough to try a lot of different experiences, meet many wonderful people, learn my craft, hone my skills and really be open to finding a path that was right for me.