Saturday, August 29, 2015

Love This Casual Collection

Shelley in a spread for Aldens catalog, 1970

Shelley appeared in Aldens Fall Winter catalog for 1970. She was in a spread called "Love this Casual Collection" It was a spread about the different fabrics available at Aldens; and "every clothes horse knows you can mix these turned-on weaves a thousand wardrobe ways". Shelley modeled a bight yellow blouse with a matching scarf, a pair of plaid-printed slacks and a corduroy jacket - a perfect casual day-to-evening ensemble. A gold chain-link belt with a decorative dangling cross and a pair of buckled boots finished her look. And Shelley looked fabulous and ready to go about her day.

a closeup of Shelley from the spread

Shelley and Sela

screen captures of Shelley Hack and Sela Ward
from the 1989 TV movie Bridesmaids

Shelley starred with Sela Ward (as well as Brooke Adams and Stephanie Faracy) in the 1989 TV movie Bridesmaids. It was about four women who rekindle their friendship when they all go back to their home town, after being apart for several years, for the wedding of a fifth friend. The telefilm is light, very well-paced and a delight to watch. The characters are interesting and the cast did a great job. Shelley and Sela had such great chemistry, it was fun to watch them in their scenes together.

more screen captures of Shelley Hack and Sela Ward
from the 1989 TV movie Bridesmaids

Two years earlier in 1987, Shelley was seen in the now classic slasher flick The Stepfather (a movie loosely based on on the story of John List, the New Jersey man who, in 1971, killed his own family and disappeared). Shelley played Susan Maine Blake, a widow with a daughter who marries a serial killer, brilliantly played by Terry O'Quinn, and becomes his next victim (along with her daughter). The film was a mild hit when it opened; but it had slowly gained an audience and critical acclaim as years went by elevating it to cult-classic status. The film (which spawned two lackluster sequels) was remade in 2009 with Sela Ward in Shelley's role; but instead of Susan Maine Blake, Sela's character was named Susan Harding and she was just about to marry the serial killer, played by Dylan Walsh. The remake was a mild hit, but it didn't capture the spine-chilling horror of the original film.

left, Terry O'Quinn and Shelley Hack in The Stepfather, 1987
right, Sela Ward and Dylan Walsh in The Stepfather, 2009

Tweed and Sweaters

Shelley in a spread for Sears Fall Winter 1974 catalog

Shelley appeared on the pages of Sears Fall Winter 1974 catalog. She appeared in a spread called "Tweed ...the texture for junior coordinates ...with change-of-pace sweaters". She modeled a pair of tweed and sweater coordinates for the coming cold season. She wore a bright red pullover turtleneck sweater under a tweed jacket and over a pair of matching tweed pants. She also wore the same tweed pants with a black turtleneck sweater and a hooded "sweatshirt sweater" in red. Shelley looked sophisticated in both ensembles.

closeups of Shelley from the spread

Troll Revival

Shelley with Noah Hathaway, Michael Moriarty and Jenny Beck
in the 1986 movie Troll

Shelley starred in a trio of horror films in the late 1908s. The first of which was Troll (The Stepfather and Blind Fear came after). Released in 1986, the film was about a family that moved into an apartment building where a troll was beginning to transform its tenants into mythical creatures in an attempt to takeover the world. Since its release, the movie has gained cult classic status and tons of fans. The film was made pre-CGI and used a lot of puppet animatronics and trick shots for fantasy scenes. The movie was geared towards the younger members of the audience which explains the simplicity of the plot and the characters. And that's why the planned 3D animated revival of the film is appropriate. Entitled Troll: The Rise of Harry Potter, Jr., the new film will star Oscar winner Patricia Arquette who has signed on to voice a witch. The film is slated for release in early 2017.

For more info, go to:
Patricia Arquette Joins 3D Animated ‘Troll’ Revival
‘The Rise of Harry Potter, Jr.’
(highlight the link, right click
and choose "Open Link in New Tab" option)

'70s Style Dress

Shelley modeling a 1970s style dress for a Spiegel catalog, 1972

Shelley appeared in many catalogs during the 1970s. She started modeling junior fashions but later graduated to fashions for young women. She appeared in catalogs for Sears, JC Penney, Motgomery Ward, Spiegel and many others. Catalog work was common among models in the '70s; and many top models, as well as Supermodels, graced the pages of catalogs. Plus, catalog modeling paid much higher fees because of the volume of pictures and the work required. But, of course, with the dawn of exclusive modeling contracts, modeling fees skyrocketed to the millions. And as we all know, Shelley was one of the first to ink such contracts; and it catapulted her to superstar model and Supermodel status.

High-Tension Adventure

Shelley in an ad for "Avenging Angel"
a Charlie's Angels episode aired in 1979

In 1979, Shelley joined the cast of the action-packed, high-tension filled show, Charlie's Angels, joining incumbent Angels Jaclyn Smith and Cheryl Ladd. She was TV's freshest new face and everyone was excited to see her run around in high heels with her hair flying in the wind, pointing a gun at the bad guys. And her character, Tiffany Welles, was written as Charlie's classiest, most-stylish Angel, so everyone was excited to see her run around in the latest Charles Jourdan, with her hair (cut and styled by Harry King) flying in the air, pointing a gun at the bad guys in a fabulous outfit from Halston's latest collection. Because that's how a Supermodel Angel would do it.

All That Classical Jazz

Shelley appeared on the cover and pages of Seventeen magazine many times in the 1960s and the 1970s. In August of 1971, she appeared throughout the mag and was featured in the spread called "Blazers and All That Classical Jazz". She modeled a blazer that was perfect for the fall and winter season of that year. Shelley showed readers how stylish collegiate look could be.