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