Saturday, August 1, 2015

Tops with Chambray Shorts

Shelley in a spread for Sears Spring Summer 1975 catalog

Shelley appeared on the pages of Sears Spring Summer 1975 catalog. She appeared in a spread called "Coordinated Tops Team with Chambray Shorts and Jeans". On it, she modeled three fashion must-haves for '75. She modeled "the big-top", a pullover style top with a square neckline, dropped shoulders and elastic waistline. It had wide sleeves with rolled-up cuffs and a pocket.  She also modeled (on the inset pic) the "bare-midriff top", a top that had details on the shoulders and the band of the sleeves; it tied at the midriff. With both tops, she wore a pair of "short shorts" that had a zipper fly-front, front pockets and mock-cuffed legs. To finish both looks, she wore a pair of "canvas slings", a sling wedge with a canvas upper - great footwear for any casual look. And Shelley made both look truly fabulous for summer.

 closeups of Shelley from the spread

Second Series

screen captures of Shelley
from the pilot episode of Cutter to Houston, 1983

Shelley's second TV series was Cutter to Houston in 1983. She had triumphed on stage with plays like Vanities and Close Ties; as well as in film with Martin Scorsese's The King of Comedy (which she starred in with Robert De Niro). She had finished work with George Segal in Trackdown: Finding the Goodbar Killer; as well as Dick Van Dyke and Sid Caesar in Found Money. She had enough experience to tackle her role as sawbones Dr. Beth Gilbert in her new TV series. But even though her acting had significantly improved, the series went through a bumpy ride and was cancelled before it could find an audience (sleeper hits were unheard of at the time).

Promo Still from '78

Shelley in a 1978 promo still

Shelley was an up-and-coming actresses in 1978. She had gained fame as a Supermodel via her Charlie perfume endorsements and was poised to become the next big thing in Hollywood. After a starring role in the movie If Ever I See You Again, a guest role in the TV series Married: The First Year and wrapping up the TV movie Death Car on the Freeway, she auditioned for the role of Tiffany Welles in the hit TV series Charlie's Angels and got the part. Shelley became an overnight superstar even before filming anything for Charlie's Angels.

A Burnoose and a Bonus


A Burnoose

Shelley in an ad that appeared on Harper's Bazaar in 1975

Shelley appeared in an ad for Maharani in 1975. She modeled a posh version of the Burnoose (a hooded cloak in either a coarse woolen or embroidered and even tasseled fabric) that had been restyled into a jacket. It was made with "silken threads in opulent shades of red, purple, emerald and gold - and woven in traditionally brilliant Indian patterns". And of course, it came with a hood (which had a gold silken tassel hanging from its crown). It was great to wear over dresses, pants, skirts and even evening gowns for those cold, windy nights out in the town. And Shelley definitely made it look like fashionable must-have for the season.


and a Bonus

Tanya Roberts in a rare fashion ad
that appeared on Harper's Bazaar in 1975

Shelley's fellow Charlie's Angel Tanya Roberts also dabbled in modeling early on. She appeared in several ads and spreads in various fashion magazines. In 1975, she appeared in an ad for Ulla, a mail order catalog. She modeled the Lumberjacket, a restyled black and white check lumberjack shirt which was slimmer and longer, had a curved shirt-tail hem and was satin-lined on the cuffs, neck and shoulders. Tanya looked fab in it.

Paparazzi Frenzy

Shelley caught by the paparazzi in 1979

When Shelley was cast as Tiffany Welles on Charlie's Angels in 1979, the paparazzi went into a frenzy. She was photographed everywhere she went and was sought after by everyone - and she hadn't even filmed anything for the series yet. The interest in Kate Jackson's replacement on the hit TV show was at an all-time high. Charlie's Angels was one of the most-loved, most-talked-about TV shows in the past few years and everyone knew that Shelley, THE Charlie Girl, was a perfect fit. Aaron Spelling made a great choice and everyone was excited to see her on the show.

Greek Crossword Cover

Shelley, Jaclyn Smith and Cheryl Ladd appeared on the cover of Savvato in 1990. The Greek magazine featured crossword puzzles (in Greek of course) and a pic of the three girls (from the time they were on Charlie's Angels) was on  the cover. The TV series was such a huge hit all over the world that until today, all the women who were on it are still being talked about. Kate Jackson, Farrah Fawcett (R.I.P. - we love you), Jaclyn, Cheryl, Shelley and Tanya Roberts will always be in the hearts of every Charlie's Angels fan in the world.

The Way is Long, The Way is a Combo

Shelley in a spread for Simplicity School Fashion News, March 1971

Shelley appeared on the pages of Simplicity School Fashion News for Spring/Summer 1971. It was a special portion of the Simplicity Fashion News booklet for March of 1971 and it featured fashions for the busy school girl. Shelley appeared in various parts of the booklet, modeling fun and up-to-the-minute fashions for the young miss. Various skirts, pants, dresses and blouses were featured.

a closeup of Shelley from "The Way is Long" spread

In the spread called "The Way is Long", Shelley modeled a long dress - a fun, feminine dress with a swishy, ankle-length skirt. She wore pattern number 9265, a dress in a dark printed voile fabric that had lace highlights, "leg-o'-mutton sleeves", a high neckline and a long skirt. And Shelley made her sweet, romantic dress a great option for the young misses of 1971.

Shelley on the centerfold of Simplicity School Fashion News, 1971

Shelley also appeared on the centerfold of Simplicity School Fashion News for March of 1971. The centerfold spread was called "The Way is a Combo" and it featured fashion separates that "come and go merrily with a spunky spirit". Shelley modeled pattern number 9288, the "greatest put-on of the season". Done in terrycloth, it had "the split personality" of a long drawstring skirt and a pair of rompers. A pair of flat white leather sandals, a white leather-strapped watch and sunny yellow sunglasses finished her look. The Princess Leia hairdo optional.

a closeup of Shelley from the centerfold