"Once upon a time, there were three little girls who went to the police academy " And so began the iconic intro to a show that made overnight stars of two of "Charlie's Angels" - Farrah Fawcett-Majors...
Birmingham, Alabama, USA
|Listen to Your Heart||Actor||Frannie Greene||7|
|Empty Cradle||Actor||Rita Donohue||7|
|Justice in a Small Town||Actor||n/a||7|
|Panic in the Skies!||Actor||n/a||7|
|Sweet Deception||Actor||Kit Gallagher||7|
|A Mother's Testimony||Actor||Sharon Carlson||7|
|Satan's School for Girls||Actor||Roberta Lockhart||7|
|Armed and Innocent||Actor||Patsy Holland||7|
|Satan's School for Girls||Actor||Olivia Burtis||7|
|The Stranger Within||Actor||Mare Blackburn||7|
|James at 15||Actor||Robin||7|
|Killer Bees||Actor||Victoria Wells||7|
|The Cold Heart of a Killer||Actor||Jessie Arnold||7|
|Inmates: A Love Story||Actor||Jane Mount||7|
|Death Cruise||Actor||Mary Frances Randey||7|
|Child's Cry||Executive Producer||n/a||1|
|The Cold Heart of a Killer||Executive Producer||n/a||1|
|What Happened to Bobby Earl?||Actor||Rose Earl||7|
|A Kidnapping in the Family||Actor||DeDe Cooper||7|
|Quiet Killer||1991 1990 - 1991||Actor||Dr Nora Hart||19917|
|Baby Boom||1988 1987 - 1988||Actor||J C Wiatt||19887|
|The Silence of Adultery||Actor||Rachel Lindsey||7|
|The Mad Mad Mad Mad World of the Super Bowl||1976 1975 - 1976||Actor||Host||19767|
|Empty Cradle||Actor||Rita Donahue||7|
|Arly Hanks Mysteries||1993 1992 - 1993||Actor||Arly Hanks||19937|
|Thin Ice||1980 1979 - 1980||Actor||Linda Rivers||19807|
|Adrift||1992 1991 - 1992||Actor||Katie Nast||19927|
|Gail Sheehy's New Passages||1995 1994 - 1995||Actor||Host||19957|
|Panic in the Skies!||Actor||Laurie Ann||7|
|Topper||1979 1978 - 1979||Actor||Marion Kerby||19797|
|A Daughter's Conviction||2006 2005 - 2006||Actor||Maureen McBride||20067|
|Scarecrow and Mrs. King||Actor||Amanda King||7|
|Charlie's Angels||1980 1975 - 1980||Actor||(regular 1976-77 to 1978-79 season)||19807|
|Miracle Dogs||Actor||Terri Logan||7|
|Charlie's Angels||1975 1974 - 1975||Actor||Sabrina Duncan||19757|
|Women in Limbo||1971||Actor||Sandy Lawton||19717|
|Justice in a Small Town||Actor||Sandra Clayton||7|
|Thunder and Lightning||1977||Actor||Nancy Sue Hunnicutt||19777|
|A Kidnapping in the Family||Actor||Dede Cooper||7|
|No Regrets||2004 2003 - 2004||Actor||n/a||20047|
|The New Healers||Actor||Nurse Michelle Johnson||7|
|Dirty Tricks||1981||Actor||Polly Bishop||19817|
|Killer Bees||1973 1972 - 1973||Actor||Victoria Wells||19737|
|The King of Primetime -- Aaron Spelling||1998 1997 - 1998||Actor||Interviewee||19987|
|Night of Dark Shadows||1970||Actor||Tracy Collins||19707|
|Satan's School For Girls||1973 1972 - 1973||Actor||Roberta Lockhart||19737|
|Death at Love House||1976 1975 - 1976||Actor||Donna Gregory||19767|
|Movin' On||1971 1970 - 1971||Actor||Cory||19717|
|Error in Judgment||1999 1998 - 1999||Actor||Shelley||19997|
|Farrah's Story||2008 2007 - 2008||Actor||n/a||20087|
|Death Cruise||Actor||Mary Frances Radney||7|
|The Magical World of Disney (10/09/88)||1988 1987 - 1988||Actor||n/a||19887|
|The Rookies||Actor||Jill Danko; Michael's wife, a nurse at Memorial Hospital||7|
|Criminal Minds||2013 2004 - 2013||Actor||Ambassador Elizabeth Prentiss||20137|
|Family Guy||2013 1997 - 2013||Voice||n/a||20136|
|James at 15||1977 1976 - 1977||Actor||Robin||19777|
|American Dad||2014 2003 - 2014||Voice||n/a||20146|
|Twice in a Lifetime||1973 1972 - 1973||Actor||n/a||19737|
|Homewrecker||1992 1991 - 1992||Voice||of Lucy||19926|
|Third Watch||2004 1998 - 2004||Actor||Jan Martin||20047|
|An All Star Party For Aaron Spelling||1997 1996 - 1997||Actor||n/a||19977|
|The Sensational, Shocking, Wonderful, Wacky '70s||1979 1978 - 1979||Actor||n/a||19797|
|The 70s: The Decade That Changed Television||2000 1999 - 2000||Actor||Interviewee||20007|
|In a New Light '93||1993 1992 - 1993||Actor||n/a||19937|
|The 18th Annual People's Choice Awards||1991 1990 - 1991||Actor||Presenter||19917|
|Twice in a Lifetime||2000 1998 - 2000||Actor||n/a||20007|
|Inside TV Land||2001 1998 - 2001||Actor||("Charlie's Angels")||20017|
|Dead Man's Gun||2000 1996 - 2000||Actor||("Death Warrant")||20007|
|The Night of 100 Stars II||1984 1983 - 1984||Actor||n/a||19847|
|Batman Beyond||2001 1997 - 2001||Voice||of Bombshell||20016|
|Ally McBeal||2001 1996 - 2001||Actor||Barbara Cooker||20017|
|Dark Shadows||1970 1964 - 1970||Actor||Daphne Harridge||19707|
|Topper||1979 1978 - 1979||Executive Producer||n/a||1|
|Child's Cry||Executive Producer||n/a||1|
|The Cold Heart of a Killer||Executive Producer||n/a||1|
|Gail Sheehy's New Passages||1995 1994 - 1995||Consultant||n/a||1|
|Hate.com: Extremists on the Internet||Other||intern||1|
|Made guest appearance on "Ally McBeal" as a TV reporter fired because of ageism|
|Played J.C. Wiatt on short-lived NBC sitcom, "Baby Boom", based on the feature film of the same name|
|Returned to feature films to play female lead in "Thunder and Lightning" opposite David Carradine|
|Made directorial debut helming two episodes of "Scarecrow and Mrs. King"|
|Produced first TV project, "Topper"|
|Performed in summer stock theater|
|Played Sabrina Duncan on ABC detective series, "Charlie's Angels"|
|Played Amanda King on CBS adventure series, "Scarecrow and Mrs. King"|
|Feature debut, "Night of Dark Shadows"|
|First TV role on series, "Dark Shadows", as Daphne Harridge|
|Directed episode of the Showtime series "Dead Man's Gun"|
|Played Patrick Dempsey's mother in feature film, "Loverboy"|
|Moved to New York; worked as model and tour guide for NBC|
|Portrayed nurse Jill Danko on ABC police drama, "The Rookies"|
Catherine Elise "Kate" Jackson was born on Oct. 29, 1948 in Birmingham, AL, the daughter of Hogan and Ruth Jackson and sister of Jenny Jackson. Her father was a wholesaler of building material and her mother a housewife. Ever since she was a little girl, Kate Jackson wanted to be an actress - going so far as to practice signing autographs to her friends on the playground. Every chance she got, she appeared in school productions and put on skits with her sister at the Brookhill School for Girls. While attending the University of Mississippi, Jackson left halfway through her sophomore year, to enroll at Southern College where she took her first theatre class. After a summer apprenticeship at the Stowe Playhouse in Stowe, VT, she moved to New York in 1968 and enrolled in the prestigious American Academy of Dramatic Arts. She worked hard, appearing in such productions as "Night Must Fall," "Royal Gambit," "The Constant Wife" and "Little Moon of Alban."
After graduating from the Academy, Jackson auditioned for the wildly popular daytime horror soap "Dark Shadows" (ABC, 1966-1971) and landed a role with little trouble. "Dark Shadows" creator Dan Curtis was so impressed with Jackson, he chose her to star in the feature film "Night of Dark Shadows" (1971). After that brief bit of good fortune, Jackson decided to make the leap to Hollywood. Within months of arriving, she was recurring on "The Jimmy Stewart Show" (NBC, 1971-72); made a series of guest appearances on such shows as "Bonanza" (NBC, 1959-73); appeared in TV movies like "Movin' On" (1972) with David Soul (pre-"Starsky & Hutch" fame), and starred in Mark Robson's feature film "Limbo" (1972). Gaining as much experience as possible, Jackson also became a TV "scream queen" of sorts, paying her dues in such horror flicks as "Satan's School for Girls" (1973), "Killer Bees" (1974), "Death Cruise" (1974) and "Death at Love House" (1976).
Liking her classic, dark beauty, producers Aaron Spelling - who had a famous eye for stars-in-the-making - and Leonard Goldberg hired Jackson for their new police drama series "The Rookies" (ABC, 1972-76). As Nurse Jill Danko, she starred in the show for four years, and during that time, was bombarded with more fan mail than the rest of the cast. When the show was cancelled, Spelling would not soon forget the girl with "stardust in her eyes."
In 1976, the big bang occurred when Spelling cast Jackson as Sabrina "Bri" Duncan in his new all-female detective show, "Charlie's Angels" (ABC, 1976-1981). Industry heads and critics scoffed at the very idea of beautiful women running around, strapped with guns, solving crimes - all under the watchful eye of an unseen, but always heard, male benefactor. No matter. The night the show premiered to stratospheric ratings that bicentennial year, three stars were instantly born, with Jackson and her co-Angels, Farrah Fawcett-Majors and Jaclyn Smith, huddling close so as to weather the hysteria, which culminated with the Angels gracing the cover ofTime magazine.
Fawcett-Majors - easily the most popular and profiled of the three Angels that first year - was the first to exit stage right. Farrah-mania was so intense, what with the feathered bangs and nippled poster, that the actress and her actor husband, Lee ("Bionic Man") Majors, felt she would do better on her own. After only one season and at the peak of her fame, she unwisely left the show. Thankfully, "starmaker" Spelling still had an eye for talent, hiring another blonde beauty, Cheryl Ladd, to fill the void left by Fawcett-Majors. The show continued on, even gaining in the ratings with the new line-up. During Jackson's first year as Sabrina, she received the first of two Emmy nominations for Best Actress in a Dramatic Series and was also nominated as Best Supporting Actress for the NBC series pilot "James at 15" (1977).
For three years she was Charlie's smartest Angel, but she began to feel the constriction of her one-note character. To Jackson's credit, she refused to prance around in bikinis and further solidify the show as "jiggle TV." Sabrina Duncan was most often the first to solve the crime and to do it wearing a nice polyester pantsuit, while Ladd's Kris Munr and Smith's Kelly Garrett donned the skimpy clothing and usually ended up the damsels-in-distress by episode's end.
After Meryl Streep took the lead role in the landmark film "Kramer vs. Kramer," - netting her an Oscar for Best Actress along the way - a disappointed Jackson, who had had dibs on the role initially, vowed never to lose an important role because of her light-weight TV commitment. She had also just married actor Andrew Stevens and had grown tired of the constant interest in her off-screen romantic life. After the finale of season three in the spring of 1979, Jackson took off her halo permanently - leaving "Charlie's Angels" with no apparent leader. The break-up was quite acrimonious amongst the powers-that-be and the cast, but Jackson was determined to get out from under the weight of being one of "Charlie's Angels." Perfume model Shelley Hack, who had little-to-no acting experience, stepped in as a brainy replacement for Bri - but Jackson was a hard component to replace. The show teetered on for another two seasons, before being cancelled in 1981.
After leaving the show, Jackson concentrated on a quiet family life and creating a production company with her husband. They produced and starred in the TV remake of the classic Cary Grant film "Topper" (1979). There was a pilot for another series, but it never came to be. Sadly, Jackson's plans came too late to save her marriage. After the couple divorced in 1980, she focused on her acting career again, starring in various TV films - "Thin Ice" (1981) and "Listen To Your Heart" (1983) - as well as two big screen films, the poorly reviewed "Dirty Tricks" (1981) and the controversial but ahead-of-its-time "Making Love" (1982) co-starring Harry Hamlin and Michael Ontkean, a film that received excellent reviews, but was a hard sell with its homosexual content.
In 1983, she returned to TV with the CBS spy-comedy series "Scarecrow and Mrs. King" (1983-1987), with her new production company, Shoot The Moon (with new husband David Greenwald), producing the show. She divorced Greenwald in 1984, and then in 1987, beautiful as ever, she had her incredible legs insured for $8 million. Unfortunately, that same year she was diagnosed with breast cancer, and again in 1989 - news that brought TV's original Angels, Smith and Fawcett, back together again in support of their sick friend. After a partial mastectomy and radiation, Jackson won her fight with the deadly disease and shared her experience with the public in order to highlight the importance of yearly mammograms. She even appeared on the cover of People magazine to detail her struggle. Inside, she recounted the life-changing experience: "I had to decide whether I wanted to live or to die. Once you choose life, as I did, it's never the same."
After that scare, Jackson reprised Diane Keaton's role in the NBC show "Baby Boom" (1988), based upon the hit feature film, but the show lasted only a few months. Jackson's impressive assertiveness landed her a role in the big screen comedy "Loverboy" (1989), playing Patrick Dempsey's mother. In 1994, after a few more TV films, she had open-heart surgery after she discovered she was born with an ASD - Atrial Spetal Defect or a "hole in her heart." She made a complete recovery, but was inspired to inform women of the stunning statistics - that one out of every two women die of heart disease.
In 1995, with the help of friend Rosie O'Donnell, she adopted a son, Charles Taylor - just two hours after his birth. She continued her prolific acting career as well as her philanthropic work as well. In 1999, the Israel Cancer Research Fund's annual "Women of Action" luncheon honored Jackson for her work on behalf of preventing breast cancer and was recognized with the research fund's Humanitarian Award. She also received recognition on behalf of her work with children and animals. In recent years, she became the spokesperson for the American Heart Association's Power of Love fundraising campaign.
Back on both screens, She made guest appearances on "Ally McBeal" (Fox, 1997-2002); starred in the remake of "Satan's School for Girls" (2000), a film she had originally starred in; gave a powerful performance in the independent film "A Mother's Testimony" (2001); did a guest voice in the animated show "The Family Guy" (Comedy Central, 1999- ); and was offered a cameo role in the film version of "Charlie's Angels" (2000). However, regarding the latter, negotiations fell through after she insisted on playing the villainous role that eventually went to the younger Kelly Lynch.
For a woman never comfortable in a miniskirt or low-cut blouse, Jackson ranked at a surprisingly high #18 on FHM magazine's "100 Sexiest Women of All Time" list. A further surprise, considering her long-standing disdain for the show that made her a pop cultural icon, Jackson reunited on stage with her fellow "Angels," Fawcett and Smith, in tribute to Aaron Spelling, the man who made them all stars, during the 2006 Emmy Awards telecast. The potentially jaded crowd were wildly enthusiastic to see the original "Charlie's Angels" together, with Jackson, true to form, declaring to cheers, "We're taking the brand back!" - a not-so-subtle slam on the later film versions, starring Drew Barrymore, Cameron Diaz and Lucy Liu.
|David Greenwald||Husband||married in 1982; divorced in 1984|
|Tom Hart||Husband||married in 1991; divorced in June 1993|
|Peter Jackson||Father||Born Oct. 31, 1961|
|Taylor Jackson||Son||adopted in 1996|
|Andrew Stevens||Husband||married in 1979; divorced in 1980|
|Fran Walsh||Mother||Born Jan. 10, 1959|
|American Academy of Dramatic Arts|
|Birmingham Southern College|
|University of Mississippi|
|Jackson, suffering from breast cancer, had a mastectomy in August 1989.|
|She underwent heart surgery in 1994 to correct a congenital defect.|
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