For more than three decades Jaclyn Smith has held the public’s interest as an award-winning actress, designer, inspirational cancer survivor, and role model. She loves her family, her home, gardening, Tchaikovsky, baseball, GONE WITH THE WIND – and her dogs. She manages her life and legendary career with grace and style.
Jaclyn Smith: Iconic Actress
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 shampoo 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 the Mini-Series,” Jaclyn starred in such well-received mini’s as “Rage of Angels,” “Rage of Angels: The Story Continues,” “George Washington,” “The Bourne Identity,” and “Family Album.” One of her favorite roles was the title character in “Florence Nightingale.”
Over her career, 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,” recurred on “Faith and Hope,” and starred in Hallmark’s production of “Ordinary Miracles.” Her show-stopping appearance on the 2006 Emmy telecast led Bravo TV’s producers to cast Jaclyn as the celebrity host of Bravo’s weekly competitive reality series “Shear Genius” for its first two seasons. Currently she is filming the Lifetime Christmas movie “Random Acts of Christmas”. Struggling single mom Cindy Larkin wants to score a promotion to full-time on-air journalist at her station, starting with tracking down the mysterious Secret Santa who has been spreading Christmas cheer, not to mention generous gifts, throughout the city. Jaclyn portrays Cindy’s mother, Rhonda, a warm, outgoing, young-at-heart woman who is a rock of support to her daughter. Jaclyn has guest starred on ‘CSI: Crime Scene Investigation,” “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” and starred in Hallmark’s “Bridal Wave.”
The most important thing in Jaclyn’s life is her family, husband Brad, children Gaston and Spencer Margaret, as well as the newest addition, Spencer Margaret’s daughter Olivia, keep her centered and serve as her inspiration. “That’s truly where my heart is.”
Jaclyn Smith: The Businesswoman
Jaclyn Smith Collection
In 1985 Jaclyn entered the business world with the introduction of her collection of women’s apparel for Kmart stores, a partnership in which she is now celebrating her 30th anniversary. She pioneered the concept of celebrities developing their own brands rather than merely endorsing others, as was the standard before her revolutionary launch. Since then, more than 100 million women have purchased clothing or accessories bearing the Jaclyn Smith name. Awareness of the 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 Woman’s Wear Daily reported that the signature Jaclyn Smith line had the highest consumer awareness of any private label apparel brand in the country.
The Jaclyn Smith Collection for Kmart feature classic styles that are characterized by grace and femininity, an on-trend line that is progressive enough to bring fresh new looks season after season while remaining true to her timeless appeal. She takes pride in providing classic “buy now/wear now” sportswear, real clothes for real women. Jaclyn also has a line of jewelry, accessories and shoes to complement her head-to-toe clothing line.
“My philosophy is simple: I believe fashion should be affordable” she shares. “I believe design can be both inspiring and approachable if you focus on the timeless and pay attention to quality and details.”
Jaclyn Smith Home Collection
With this strong recognition and record of success, Jaclyn entered the home furnishings market in 2002. The Jaclyn Smith Home collection is a natural reflection of her deep commitment to family and home. In September 2008 Jaclyn launched a home collection for Kmart stores including bed, bath, living room, dining room, home décor and outdoor furniture. Jaclyn is excited to be able to offer her customers shopping for their home, the same quality and value as in her apparel collection. The items bearing her name reflect many of the inspiring details and exceptional design of furnishings and accessories found in her personal collection. Her astute eye for detail translates effortlessly to timeless designs, and has introduced two collections: Jaclyn Smith Today and Jaclyn Smith Traditions.
The Today line crosses the modern, global and contemporary elegant sensibilities, geared towards a newer, younger customer that meshes great style with great design. The Traditions line represents the traditional and sensible classic customer, offering great design, quality and value.
“Home is my favorite place in the whole world!” Jaclyn exclaims. “Creating beautiful spaces is something I’ve loved to do since I was a young girl, and I want my Home collection to empower Kmart customers to bring a sense of warmth, hospitality, and ease in decorating into their most personal spaces.”
Jaclyn Smith STYLE Collection
In 2008 Jaclyn partnered with her longtime hairstylist and personal friend, the world-renowned Jose Eber, to design the STYLE Collection of wigs and hairpieces for retailer Paula Young. “STYLE makes great hairstyles easily accessible and affordable to women everywhere, even my own signature color, caramelized brown, which Jose designed for me,” Jaclyn shares. “I would often use wigs and hair enhancement pieces in my movie roles, and today’s stars use all kinds of hair additions to create their glamorous images. Now anyone can!” The Jaclyn Smith STYLE Collection debuted for Paula Young in September 2008.
Jaclyn Smith: Home Sweet Home
For Jaclyn Smith, home is where the heart is, and her family is at the center of her fully restored Georgian Colonial in Los Angeles, California. “I’ve been very fortunate,” says the woman who has been named one of the “Most Beautiful People in the World” by Harper’s Bazaar, US, TV Guide and People Magazine (on two separate occasions). “My work has always been very exciting and interesting, but to me, my family must come first. I have no regrets.”
It is perhaps the dancer’s sense of balance which keeps the many facet of Jaclyn Smith’s life in harmony. Husband Bradley Allen, a pediatric cardiac surgeon, son Gaston Anthony, and daughter Spencer Margaret keep her centered and serve as her constant inspiration.
“That’s truly where my heart lies!”