Jaclyn Smith is an American actress best known for her role as Kelly Garrett in the television action series Charlie's Angels - the only original female lead to remain with the series for its complete run, from 1976–81.
A native of Houston, Texas, Jaclyn put on her first pair of dancing shoes at the age of three. She studied drama at Trinity University and she was soon in productions of Bye Bye Birdie, West Side Story, and Gentlemen Prefer Blondes.
She left Texas to pursue her dream as a dancer. While in New York, an agent believed her classic beauty made her a natural for television cameras and Jaclyn Smith soon came into American homes as the Breck Girl, which led to relationships with Wella Balsam and Max Factor.
While with Max Factor she developed a new scent, Jaclyn Smith's California. Her signature scent won best mass produced fragrance the year it was launched in 1989.
Hollywood beckoned and before long she was appearing in popular series such as McCloud, The Rookies and Switch.
In 1976, Jaclyn starred as Kelly Garrett on Charlie's Angels and was the only actor to continue with the series for its five-year network run.
Following Charlie's Angels, Jaclyn earned a Golden Globe nomination for her critically acclaimed portrayal of the legendary first lady in Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy, one of the most highly rated telefilms of all time.
Frequently called the "Queen of Mini-Series," Jaclyn starred in such well received mini-series as Rage of Angels, George Washington, Rage of Angels: The Story Continues, The Bourne Identity and Family Album.
One of her favourite roles was the title character in the TV movie Florence Nightingale, in 1985. Notably, Jaclyn has compiled an impressive filmography of more than 50 films and TV appearances.
In 1989 Jaclyn was honored with a star on the world famous Hollywood Walk of Fame.
More recently, she co-starred in the CBS drama The District, portraying DA Vanessa Cavanaugh, has appeared on episodes of Hope & Faith, and starred as Judge Kay Woodbury in Hallmark's production of Ordinary Miracles, which aired in May 2005.
In 1985, Jaclyn entered the business world with the introduction of her collection of women's apparel for Kmart stores. She pioneered the concept of celebrities developing their own Brands rather than merely endorsing others.
Since that time, more than 100-million women have purchased clothing or accessories bearing her name. Awareness of the Jaclyn Smith name and brand by women 35-60 years of age is currently higher than 80% making her one of the best recognized people in America.
Industry authority Women's Wear Daily reported that the signature Jaclyn Smith line had the highest consumer awareness of any private label apparel brand in the country. With this strong recognition and record of success she entered the home furnishings market in 2002.
Jaclyn has been named one of the "Most Beautiful People in the World" by People Magazine as well as Harper's Bazaar, US magazine and TV Guide.
She hosted and judged the reality competition Shear Genius from 2007-2008.