Saturday, January 31, 2015

Halston Model

Shelley in Halston, 1972

Shelley was among the models who appeared in a spread for Vogue wearing Halston's latest collection for 1972. Vogue ran pictures of Halston in their December 1972 issue with models wearing his latest designs. Fashion designer Halston rose to international fame in the 1970s and was considered one of the most revolutionary designers of the time. His goal was to simplify fashion, clean it up of details that weren't needed. His designs focused on comfort and his material of choice were cashmere and Ultrasuede.

 Shelley with Halston and 10 other models
(among them Anjelica Huston, Apollonia Von Ravenstein,
Karen Bjornson and Pat Cleveland)

10 Best Original Shows

screen cap from houstonpress.com
Cutter to Houston was listed as one of the
10 Best Original Television Shows Set in Houston
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Recently, houstonpress.com listed down the 10 Best Original Television Shows Set in Houston and put Shelley's 1983 TV series Cutter to Houston at no. 7 on the list. It said "despite how eye-rollingly early '80s it is, it was actually a pretty good show." Cutter to Houston was a short-lived series but was well-written and had a solid cast. Unfortunately, sleeper hits weren't even heard of those days, so the show got cancelled before it had a chance to take off.

The complete list:
1. Judd, for the Defense
2. Neighbors From Hell
3. Houston Knights
4. Chase
5. Thea
6. Reba
7. Cutter to Houston
8. Brothers
9. More Than Human
10. As For Me and My House

Shelley and Alec Baldwin co-starred in Cutter to Houston, 1983

Gorgeous Charlie Girl

Shelley was THE ultimate Charlie Girl. Her image catapulted the brand to iconic status and made the Revlon line one of the most successful in the world. Shelley was the brand's image model for almost seven years and she became more and more gorgeous as those seven years went by.

Putting on the Gloves

Close-ups of Shelley from her 1977 Aris ad

Shelley modeled knit gloves by Aris in 1977. Dubbed as Aris Applaud Gloves, the hand accessories were being promoted as essentials for creating a classic, thoroughbred-American look. Whether you're dressed up or down, there a pair for everything. And Shelley showed everyone how to wear them.

Rare Appearance in 2009

Shelley made a very rare public appearance back in July, 2009 at the Hollywood Collector's Show in Burbank, California. Prior to that, Shelley was last seen at The Oprah Winfrey Show in 2008. But her last appearance before that was in 2000 - on A&E Biography Channel's Hello Angels Week. She guest-hosted her fellow Charlie's Angels cast mates (as well as movie Angel Drew Barrymore's) biographies. In the years between, she was very busy with SHMC, her international media consultancy company. Let's hope Shelley makes more public appearances this year because her fans miss seeing her.

Action-Packed

Shelley in screen caps from Death Car in the Freeway
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DEATH CAR ON THE FREEWAY (1979) #FULLMOVIE# 
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In 1979, Shelley starred in Death Car on the Freeway, one of the most memorable TV movies of that year. Her co-stars were some of Hollywood's golden era actors like George Hamilton, Barbara Rush, Frank Gorshin, Dinah Shore and Peter Graves. Directed by stuntman Hal Needham, the film is well-paced and a good watch. It also has an action packed ending.

Sensational Tops

Shelley modeled "Sensational Little Tops" on JCPenney's Spring  and Summer catalog for 1973. She wore the "latest Fashion excitement", a pretty floral and checks puffed-sleeved blouse. And of course, Shelley looked sensational in it.

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Cover Girl '75


Shelley appeared on the cover of the Woman's Own, a British women's magazine in September of 1975. The magazine continues to be one of the most popular in the United Kingdom and was first published in 1932. The issue featured fall fashions in a spread called Autumn Knitting and Crochet which also featured "super warm jackets."

 Shelley wore a sporty knitted sweater on the cover.

With The Tigers in Nepal


Shelley appeared in the long-running sports TV series The American Sportsman in May of 1981. She traveled to the Tiger Top Lodge in Chitwan Park, Nepal. Chitwan Park is Nepal's first national park and is a stronghold for the world-famous Nepal Tiger. Shelley participated in the darting and tagging of a 500-pound Nepal tiger. In 1984, Chitwan Park was granted the status of  World Heritage Site.


The American Sportsman was one of the most highly-regarded sports series on television. It featured its hosts participating in various hunting/fishing expeditions as well as other outdoor recreational activities. It ran from 1965 to 1986 and was hosted by Joe Foss, then Grits Gresham and later, Curt Gowdy. Many celebrities participated in the show as well, including Shelley Hack. The series won an Emmy Award in 1981 for Outstanding Edited Sports Series.

Summer Go Gear

In 1973, Shelley appeared on the pages of Simplicity Home Catalog's summer issue - in a spread called "Summer Go Gear." She modeled various summer outfits readers could sew themselves. In one, she wore a cute ladies tennis one-piece outfit in white and teal green. A matching white bucket hat finished her look. Shelley was just adorable.

Single Woman 1984

Shelley starred in the TV movie Single Bars, Single Women in 1984. She played Frankie, a single waitress looking for love after she catches her partner Gabe (Paul Michael Glaser) cheating on her. The telefim also starred Tony Danza, Christine Lahti, Mare Winningham and Jean Smart.

Historic Meeting 2009

Shelley and Tanya Roberts with Daniel Gómez Rinaldi
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Shelley and her fellow Charlie's Angel Tanya Roberts first met each other at the Hollywood Show in Burbank, California, in July of 2009. Many fans were ecstatic to see the two Angels together for the first time and wanted pictures with both of them. One of those fans was Daniel Gómez Rinaldi, an Argentinian celebrity journalist, publisher and sometime actor who attended the affair. Like all Angels fans, he had his pic taken with both Angels. Wouldn't it be great if all TOS Angels attended such an affair? I wonder how long the lines would be.

Reasons Revealed

Shelley in an article from Semana (Week), 1980

An article about Shelley's dismissal from Charlie's Angels came out in 1980 in the Spanish language magazine Semana (Week). In the portion of the mag called Tele Semana (TV Week), the circumstances of her departure from the show was talked about. Below is a rough translation of the article - plus, what the captions said about the pictures.

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In the picture above,
Shelley is clearly taller than her co-stars in the series.

She's Too Tall, Too Bland and Didn't Bond
Angel Shelley Hack (Tiffany) Reveals
The Reasons for Her Dismissal

With the exception of Jaclyn Smith, who has played Kelly Garrett since the beginning of the series, the cast changes in Charlie's Angels seem to be an ongoing thing. Yes, Shelley Hack, highly-publicized as Kate Jackson's replacement last season, is leaving the show at the request of one of the series' directors, it was recently reported. Shelley, who was already a Supermodel before she joined the show, was excited about her role in Charlie's Angels and regarded her casting as a great opportunity to finally branch out into acting, a long time dream.

"I have to say goodbye to the show," Shelley sadly revealed, "and I don't have words to describe how I feel." The reasons they gave her came as a surprise, close to saying she wasn't a good enough actress, that she was bland, which she couldn't believe, because she was encouraged to try acting in films and television by Woody Allen himself. Her dismissal, oddly enough, was primarily because "her character didn't bond with the others." In the opinion of the producers, there was no chemistry between the girls. It's fundamental, according to them, so that no one tries to outdo or overshadow the other girls.

Another reason, apparently, was Shelley's height, which is several centimeters more than Jaclyn's, but more importantly, than Cheryl's, who is the biggest star of the show right now. But even before the scandal broke out about the reasons for her dismissal, the producers added another one. "Shelley should just return to fashion modeling," they said, "she's not worth it as an actress."

Because she finished shooting them last year, Shelley will continue to appear in the next few episodes of the series. However, it's not clear whether the producers will hire another Angel or will continue with just Jaclyn and Cheryl, who, by the way, are getting tired of Charlie's Angels. Insiders now think the much beloved series is jinxed and is likely to experience even more mishaps which could result in its cancellation.

Shelley Hack recently said goodbye to Charlies Angels.

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Well, I guess they needed a scapegoat to explain the dip in the ratings that season. During its first season, Charlie's Angels finished at no. 5 over all in the ratings. Then it went up to no. 4 the second season. Then it dipped significantly to no. 12 by the third season. Shelley's season finished at no. 18 (tied with Chips.) Although the ratings didn't go up,  the series was still within TV's top 20 shows that year (That's why people remember Shelley and her episodes.) Now was it fair to blame her for the dip? She wasn't given much to say or do during the first half of season 4, right? And that's when the dipping started, right? Also, what's the reason for the significant dip of season 3 anyway? Hmmm...

Sports-Minded Body Suits

Shelley appeared on the pages of JCPenney's fall and winter catalog for 1972. In one spread, she modeled a "Sports-Minded" body suit. Body suits were very popular in the '70s and could be worn on its own or with leggings, a skirt or a pair of pants. Shelley modeled the "Two-Tone Sweater Body Suit," a two-tone rib knit body suit with collars and a zip front. As always, Shelley made her sports outfit look positively chic.

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Top Model

a portrait of Shelley circa 1974
 
In the '60s and '70s, Shelley was represented by Ford Models Inc. Initially, she worked as a part-time model (school was her priority.) In fact, Eileen Ford once said that Shelley only worked during her summer vacations. But as soon as she finished, Shelley signed on full-time with Ford and became an in-demand model - doing magazine and television work. By 1974, she was one of the top models in the world. 1976 however was a turning point in Shelley's career as a model. She jumped to Supermodel status after she landed an exclusive contract with Revlon as the image model and spokesperson of their Charlie line. The brand, as well as Shelley, has since become icons.
 
 Shelley in 1974, striding towards her Kinda Wow future

Friday, January 16, 2015

Diagnosis: Great Work

Shelley in the Diagnosis Murder episode "Looks Can Kill"

Shelley guest-starred in the TV series Diagnosis Murder back in 1997, during its 5th season. In the episode "Looks Can Kill," she played Dr. Elaine Denell, a prominent plastic surgeon accused of malpractice. The series was headlined by Dick Van Dyke. The two had worked together in the past (14 years in the past, 1983) in the telefilm Found Money.

Shelley in Diagnosis Murder season 5

Shelley's performance in the episode was just great. She was a seasoned performer by then and it showed. The part fit her to a T; and she knew what to do with her character. This was one of Shelley's last TV appearances. Let's hope she finds the right vehicle again soon, so we can see more of this fabulous Angel. As for this performance, "Great Work, girl."

May Not Have What it Takes

Shelley: Charlie's newest Angel in 1979

So much was said about Shelley when she joined the TV series Charlie's Angels in 1979, even before her first episode even aired. She took over Kate Jackson's slot in the series and was under so much pressure. But she was used to being under pressure, so she played it cool. Her attitude surprised some people but, as always, she was determined to make it work. Sadly, many speculated that she didn't have "what it takes" to play Angel. Rumors were abound that she wasn't a good actress. But when she was given a chance to shine in the series (watch her in the later episodes of season 4) Shelley delivered.

An 1979 article about Shelley that defended her

Shelley in '87

Shelley in a paparazzi shot from 1987
That's Harry Winer's ear, by the way

Cover Girl in Mexico

Shelley appeared on the cover of the Mexican magazine Activa in 1980.

On The Set, 1990

Shelley starred in Frederick Forsyth Presents: A Casualty of War - the first of a series of TV movies writtten by Frederick Forsyth. She played Monica Browne, love interest to the film's lead character Tom Rowse, played by David Threlfall. It was filmed entirely in Europe and was relesed in 1990. Forsyth introduced the film to viewers.

Winter-Warming Sleepers

Shelley in a spread from JCPenney's fall and winter catalog, 1975
Thanks to kathyloghry.blogspot.com for posting

Shelley appeared on the pages of JCPenney's fall and winter catalog for 1975. In one spread, she modeled "Winter-Warming Sleepers" - pajamas for young girls to wear during those freezing winter nights. Notice the jammies feet-covering design, perfect for keeping those toes warm and guaranteeing the wearer a good night's sleep.

Shelley in JCPenney's Winter-Warming Sleeper

Friday, January 9, 2015

Mademoiselle Shelley Hack in '68

Shelley appeared in a spread for Mademoiselle magazine's October 1968 issue. She modeled 1920s-inspired suits for young women in the latest skirt length - the mini. She wore the fresh and chic outfit with a cloche hat (very '20s) and gloves. A matching hose, two tone pumps and a fab brooch finished her look. Shelley was style come to life.

An Angel's Revelation

Shelley from Teen Beat's Superstars - November 1979
 
When Shelley became Charlie's Angel no. 5 in 1979, there was so much media and fan interest in her. Everyone wanted to get to know Charlie's newest superstar even before she filmed anything for the hit TV series. Upon the announcement of her casting in CA, some articles about her background came out, as well as her love life. When filming commenced, articles about her relationship with her new co-stars came out, both good and bad. And, of course, like all the Angels before her, articles about her beauty secrets came out as well. And Shelley was always willing to share her secrets in maintaining her face and figure.

On The Cover '87

Star Hairdo's cover 1987
 
Shelley appeared on the cover of the June/July issue of Star Hairdo's in 1987 along with Nicollette Sheridan, Cybill Shepherd and Whitney Houston. In the issue, Shelley, Cybill and Whitney and TV most glamorous women share their beauty and styling secrets to readers everywhere. Shelley had just concluded her run as Jackie Shea in Jack and Mike; Cybill was currently doing Moonlighting; and Whitney was MTV's newest singing babe and had just released her latest album Whitney. With big hair and even bigger shoulder pads, these women personified chic in the late '80s.
 
Shelley, Cybill and Whitney - TV's Most Glamorous Women

Paparazzi '85

Shelley was out and about in this paparazzi pic from 1985.

TV's Other Couple

Shelley Hack and Tom Mason in Jack and Mike
 
Shelley starred in her third TV series Jack and Mike from 1986 to 1987. She played Jackie Shea opposite Tom Mason's Mike Brennan. They played a busy, married, yuppie couple who were trying to strike a balance between their busy careers and their married life. The show came immediately after Moonlighting, another series about a couple; but this time an are-they-or-aren't-they couple.

Perry Mason Without Perry Mason

Shelley in A Perry Mason Mystery: The Case of the Wicked Wives, 1993
Thanks to Shelley Hack capturas at Facebook for posting the pics
 
Shelley starred in the 1993 TV movie A Perry Mason Mystery: The Case of the Wicked Wives. Raymond Burr, who played Perry Mason, had just died and the telefilm was a sort of tribute to him. In the story, Perry was out of town but he allowed his friend, lawyer Anthony Caruso (played by Paul Sorvino), the use of his office. Barbara Hale, William R. Moses and James McEachin returned to reprise their roles as Della Street, Ken Malansky and Lt. Ed Brock respectively. Three other TV movies followed, all under the title A Perry Mason Mystery.
 
Shelley and fellow supermodels Maud Adams, 
Beverly Johnson, Kim Alexis and Kathy Ireland 
in A Perry Mason Mystery: The Case of the Wicked Wives, 1993
Thanks to Shelley Hack capturas at Facebook for posting the pics
 
The TV movie was riddled with Supermodels who all played the "wicked wives" of ill-fated fashion photographer David Morrison (Eric Braeden) the murder victim. Shelley along with Maud Adams, Beverly Johnson, Kim Alexis and Kathy Ireland played David Morrison's wives past and present, all suspects in his murder, all with motives and axes to grind. And all the women looked fabulous - definitely deserving of their Supermodel status. Also, if you look closely, it's interesting to note how evident Shelley's penchant for low-heeled footwear was in this film.

Fab Ensemble

Shelley appeared in an ad for Jacobson's in 1977. In it, she modeled a fabulous suit and skirt ensemble by Adele Simpson. Adele Simpson was a Coty Award winning fashion designer who dressed first ladies like Lady Bird Johnson, Pat Nixon and Barbara Bush. Aside from Jacobson's, Bonwit Teller, B. Altman and Saks Fifth Avenue also carried her clothing line.

Friday, January 2, 2015

Sewing And Fashion Magazine

Shelley on the cover of Woman's Day Sewing & Fashion 1973
 
Shelley appeared on the cover of Woman's Day Sewing & Fashion magazine in 1973, as well in its pages. On the cover, she wore coordinated  separates which were also featured inside in a spread called "Travel-Happy Coordi-Knits." Inside, she also modeled knitwear (Knit Know-How), rainwear (Weather It Fashionably Come Rain...) and skiwear (Or Come Snow ...Skiwear You Can Sew.) And in all those looks, Shelley looked sensational.
 
 Shelley modeling various looks inside the mag

Honorable Mention

Praised or dissed, applauded or jeered, Shelley has always remained in many people's psyche as the years have gone by. To whatever end, her name has been mentioned in many shows because people do remember who she is and what she had accomplished. Here are some examples. Thanks to lahtiji, asd1336 and KrisMunroeFan for posting them at YouTube.

From The Golden Girls 
Season 2, Episode 20 - "Whose Face Is This, Anyway?"
(February 28, 1987)

"It would be better with Shelley Hack!"
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Transcript
ROSE: Now remember, this would be better with a bigger TV.
DOROTHY: Yeah we know.
ROSE: And it'd be better with music.
DOROTHY: We understand you.
ROSE: And of course it would be better--
DOROTHY: It would be better with Shelley Hack, Rose. Just turn it on!

From The Sopranos 
Season 2, Episode 1 - "Guy Walks Into a Psychiatrist's Office"
(January 16, 2000)

Paul "Paulie Walnuts" Gualtieri talks about hacking
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Transcript
HESH RABKIN: I always thought there was some way to divert frequent flier mileage on a grand scale.
SILVIO DANTE: To do that, you gotta break into the airline’s main computer.
PAULIE GUALTIERE: What do they call it, cracking?
TONY SOPRANO: Hacking.
PAULIE GUALTIERE: Shelley Hack. Remember her? Ohh!
SILVIO DANTE: Yeah.
BIG PUSSY: Those were the days, man.
SILVIO DANTE: She was a good actress.
BIG PUSSY: Yeah, Shelley Hack.

From Gilmore Girls
 Season 1, Episode 19 - "Emily in Wonderland"
(April 26, 2001)

Gilmore Girls--Charlie's Angels Reference
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Transcript
EMILY: No food, no drink. Do you at least have plates?
RORY: Yes, we have plates.
EMILY: There are women in bikinis on them.
RORY: The original Charlie's Angels. It took us years to get a complete set. You can find the Kate Jackson's and the Shelley Hack's pretty easily, even the Cheryl Ladd's. But the Farrah Fawcett's and the Jaclyn Smith's are a little harder to come by, but still accessible. The real trick however is to find the Tanya Roberts. We have three.
EMILY: You have three Tanya Roberts?
RORY: Yup.
EMILY: And I was worried, silly me.

Angel No. 5

When Shelley became Charlie's Angel No. 5 in 1979, everyone wanted to know everything about Charlie's newest cherub.  Write-ups about her immediately came out as soon as it was announced she got the part of Tiffany Welles in the hit series. "The Charlie Girl becomes Charlie's newest Angel" was the headline Aaron Spelling was counting on to help bring interest in the show which was entering its fourth season. In the past season, the show had dropped from #4 to #12 in the Nielsen ratings; and the casting shake-up was just what the series needed to bring audiences back.

Stylish in '72

Shelley in 1972, modeling a printed long-sleeved mini shift dress,
matching hose and a pair of lace up Mary Janes
 
Shelley was one very busy girl in the early seventies. She had finished school by then and had become a full-time model. She was represented by Ford Models, Inc and, as top model, was one of their highest earners. In 1976, she became The Charlie Girl and was put under exclusive contract with Revlon. She was one of the first girls to be put under such a contract and her earning power skyrocketed. She jumped to Supermodel status and became famous.

Working Actress

Shelley as she appeared in the 1981 Academy Players Directory
 
Shelley began her acting career in 1977 when she appeared in the Academy-Award-winning film Annie Hall. She followed that up with a leading lady role in If Ever I See You Again in 1978. She then made guest appearances in the TV series Married: The First Year and the film Time After Time (as voice over.) She later filmed Death Car on the Freeway, then got her big break via Charlie's Angels.

Hooded Dress

In 1971, Shelley appeared on the pages of Woman's Day Knitting Book Number 13. In one spread, she modeled a knitted hooded dress. The magazine also featured  gauchos, knickers, jumpsuits, shorts, coats and sweaters.

New Found Stardom

Shelley found stardom back in 1979 when she was cast as one of Charlie's Angels. And with stardom came... well, the paparazzi. She became the object of everyone's interest was photographed wherever she went. But Shelley was adamant in keeping her privacy, as well as her family's.