Saturday, March 28, 2015

Leon Levin Ad

Shelley in a 1976 ad for Leon Levin

Shelley appeared in an ad for Leon Levin in 1976. Leon Levin is a label that specializes in up-to-the-minute golf course fashions for the modern sportswoman. Shelley modeled the "New Golf Classics in Sunny Sky Blues" consisting of a pale blue polo shirt and a pair of straight-legged pants in deeper sky blue. Both were available at Saks Fifth Avenue. A Madcaps hat and a Morris Moscowitz belt finished her look. Ford Motors provided the vehicle which was also in sky blue.

 A close up of Shelley

Newest Angel

In 1979, Shelley was chosen among many aspirants to take over the slot vacated by Kate Jackson in the hit series Charlie's Angels. The moment it was announced that she was cast, reporters rushed to meet Charlie's newest and, as they found out, most private Angel. Of course, she was compared to her predecessors in the show and many were wondering if she she had what it took to be part of the hit series; if she had what it took to be a superstar.

Jackie in '86

Shelley starred in Jack and Mike, her third TV series, back in 1986. The series was initially titled Jackie O'Shea and she was going to play the title role. It was eventually retitled Our Kind of Town and Tom Mason was brought in to play husband (restauranteur Mike Brennan) opposite her journalist wife role Jackie Shea. When it went on the air, it was again retitled Jack and Mike.

Pre-teen Shelley

Even as a pre-teen, it could already be seen that Shelley had the potential to become a Supermodel. Her well-scrubbed blue-eyed blonde look was and is always in demand in the modeling business. Eventually, she did become a Supermodel with a seven-figure asking price to boot.

On The Edge

Shelley starred in the 1985 TV movie Kicks with soap superstar Anthony Geary. In the film, she played a schoolteacher who had the penchant of living on the edge. But how far from the edge was she willing to go? She was about to find out for herself. The role was a departure from the usual goody-two-shoes roles she was getting.

Angel About Town

Shelley was sought after by the paparazzi the minute it was announced that she was Charlie's newest Angel. Everyone wanted a piece of the fabulous Charlie Girl turned Charlie's Angel even before she filmed anything for the hit series. Her glamorous image was the right fit for the show at the time.

Hooded Coat 1972

Shelley modeled a hooded coat of 100 percent wool plush by Warshaw Woolens for Peck & Peck (a New York-based retailer of women's wear) in 1972. The fabulous coat came in camel and rust - and was a "Fashion selection by the American Wool Council." And Shelley made the stylish coat look even more fabulous.

Saturday, March 21, 2015

The Fabulous Charlie Girl

Shelley in a 1981 Charlie perfume ad

Shelley was THE fabulous Charlie Girl from 1976 to 1982. Her image catapulted both her and the brand to iconic status. Women wanted to be her, to be as independent and as fabulous as her - even the young Oprah Winfrey. Heck, even Shelley herself wanted to be her as she told Oprah in 2008 when she guested on the Daytime Queen's talk show.

Celebrity Cookbook 1981

a caricature of Shelley

Shelley was one of the celebrities featured in Johna Blinn's Celebrity Cookbook in 1981. A former food editor for Look magazine, Johna Blinn wrote a syndicated column called Celebrity Cookbook and the book was compilation of the recipes featured in her column - all by celebrities, of course. Aside from Shelley, the almost 500-page book featured hundreds of other stars - from George Burns to Andy Warhol. And instead of pictures, caricatures of the stars were included in the book, just like it was in the column. If you can find this book, get it. It's a classic and is one of the best celebrity cookbook out there.

Shelley's Apple Brown Betty recipe

Greatcoat 1970

Shelley modeled plushy greatcoats for Seventeen magazine in November of 1970. In  spread called "Buzz off in a roadster; play it'll stop traffic" she modeled a Larry Levine greatcoat in cut velvet. The double-breasted coat featured hideaway pockets. Shelley looked ready for the cold months ahead.

With Aaron and Len

Shelley with Len Goldberg and Aaron Spelling

Shelley became a Charlie's Angel in 1979. She was hired to fill in the spot left by Kate Jackson (Kate was the first Angel fired from the series). Everyone was happy with the choice especially Aaron Spelling and Leonard Goldberg, the executive producers of the show. Shelley's addition brought renewed interest in the series which had suffered a slump in the ratings the season before (it slipped from no. 4 to no. 12 in the Nielsen ratings). Shelley was already a famous Supermodel and everyone was so excited to see her get the bad guys, Supermodel style.

Tank Top and Jodhpurs

Shelley posed in a white tank top and a pair of updated classic riding jodhpurs in the early '80s. Complete with riding crop, she looked like a sexy, modern equestrian, ready to practice her riding - and spank anyone who say she can't.

The Texas Clinic

Cutter to Houston aired in Germany in 1988 and became quite popular there. It was known there as Die Texas-Klinik or The Texas Clinic and was featured in a number fan magazines. One fan mag, Bravo, came out with a booklet about Alec Baldwin that readers could put together themselves. Of course, it included Cutter to Houston. Here's what it said about the series:
The Texas Clinic

The young doctors team, played by Jim Metzler, Shelley Hack and Alec Baldwin (left), aired for only nine episodes. The American TV series was cancelled in 1983. But it brought back the good guys and freshness on TV.

See & Sew Pattern

Shelley was featured on the packaging of See & Sew pattern number 5782 in 1977. The Supermodel donned a fabulous crimson red day to evening two-piece dress that was perfect for any occasion. The top was a capped-sleeved, cowl-necked blouse that was cinched at the waist. The matching skirt was a simple A line that ended just below the knee. Gold accessories and a fabulous smile finished the look.

Saturday, March 14, 2015

Gowns and Guns

Shelley with Jaclyn Smith and Cheryl Ladd
wearing fabulous gowns and sporting dangerous guns 
When Shelley hack joined the cast of Charlie's Angels in 1979, everyone was excited to see THE Charlie Girl as Charlie's new Angel. Many articles were written about her. The gossip columns went crazy. Heck, she was even mentioned in the evening news. And many publicity photos were taken of her with her new and heavenly cohorts. In one of them, the three wore fabulous evening gowns by Nolan Miller with guns in hand. And the three were absolutely gorgeous.

Very Very Pretty

Dagmar, a blond bombshell who became prominent in the 1950s, assessed some of the reigning Hollywood blonde beauties in 1983. She said Farrah Fawcett was pretty and looked like a tennis pro, Morgan Fairchild was very nice and very thin; and Linda Evans had class. She said Shelley Hack was very, very pretty. And she mistook Suzanne Somers for Meryl Streep.

Publicity Pic

Shelley posed for many publicity pics when she was staring out in Hollywood. In one of them, she was sitting in bed and on the phone, a typical '70s pose for many.

Classy Lady

Shelley was caught by the paparazzi out and about in the early '80s. As always, she was well turned out and classy. Her black and white suit ensemble was vey up to the minute. Fabulous chunky earrings and a matching clutch finished her out-in-the-town '80s look.

Budding Actress in '78

Shelley tried out her luck in Hollywood in the late '70s. She had become famous as THE Charlie Girl and was sought after by many a producer. But she was careful in picking the roles she accepted. She wanted to become a famous actress like her idol Katharine Hepburn, also a Connecticut native.

New Girl

Shelley's first spread came out in Show magazine. The magazine's publisher, Huntington Hartford, discovered Shelley at a debutant ball and hounded her to try modeling. Her mom, a former Conover model, told her not to close her doors on oppotunities. Her first pics came out in September of 1964. She was just seventeen.

Cover Girl Gorgeous

a close up of Shelley on the cover
of Health magazine, April 1987

Shelley was on the cover of Health magazine's April 1987 issue. Shelley hiked a lot and told the magazine about her hiking experiences and how it benefits the health. She was absolutely blonde-asiously gorgeous on the cover.

Sunday, March 8, 2015

Jack And Mike 80s Promo

Jack and Mike promo
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Shelley Hack starred in her third TV series Jack and Mike from 1986 to 1987. The series was about a married yuppie couple who were trying to balance their demanding careers with their marriage. Shelley played Jackie Shea, and Tom Mason played her husband Mike Brennan. A promo for the TV series was posted on YouTube. It was for the episode "Spirits in the Night." Thank you so much to "my old box of VHS tapes" for posting it. Let's hope the series makes it to DVD soon.

Vogue Model

Shelley appeared in the July 1976 issue of Vogue. She modeled the must-haves of the season - soft, practical and chic day dresses that were a must for city living. And Shelley looked absolutely sensational in them.

Perfect June Movie

A write up about A Perfect Wedding
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A Perfect Wedding is a Hallmark Channel Original Movie that will premiere on June 2015 on - Where else? - the Hallmark Channel. It stars Danica McKellar as a wedding planner who finds herself working with a competitor on the same wedding. The movie was produced by Two 4 The Money Media and Shelley, along with her husband Harry Winer, served as executive producer. Kim Arnott, Dawn Knight and Fernando Szew co-produced as well. The plot sounds interesting so watch out for it.

Summer 1973 Cover

Shelley on the cover of Sears Summer Book 1973

Shelley appeared on the cover of Sears Summer Book 1973. She modeled a knit summer dress that was just perfect for playing tennis. With her hair pulled back and a racquet in hand, she looked ready to hit the tennis courts. Of course, she also wore her effervescent smile to distract her opponent.

A closeup of Shelley

Star-Crossed Jeans

Shelley appeared not only on the cover of Seventeen magazine's March 1971 issue but also on the main spread featured in the issue. Entitled "500 Boys Say," the spread explained to readers what boys wanted girls to look and be like at the time (soooooo retro.) And according to the survey, 56.4 percent of boys said they like girl in pants; therefore, the mag recommended jeans, everyone's favorite.

Shelley modeled a pair of star-crossed stripes printed jeans. It closed in front and was laced to the waist. She wore a matching "superstar pop top". Both were by Xtrovert. Wrist ropes by Shaker, Davey's belt, G.H. Bass ghillies footwear and a pair of Hanes-Millis spidery socks finished her look.

Leading Lady

 Shelley and Joe Brooks in the 1978 film If Ever I See You Again.

Shelley's first leading lady role was as Jennifer Corly in the 1978 film If Ever I See You Again. He co-star in the film was Joseph Brooks who produced, wrote and directed the film as well. The film didn't do well at the box office when it was released but has since attracted its share of fans.

Cutter to Houston Episode Pic

Shelley with Jim Metzler in a scene from the  Cutter to Houston episode
"From the Smallest Crystal, from the Smallest Stone"

Shelley's second TV series was Cutter to Houston which aired in 1983. It was about three young doctors working in a small fictional Texas town called Cutter, 60 miles from Houston. When they encountered complicated medical problems their facility couldn't handle, they called the Texas Medical Center in Houston. Shelley's costars were Jim Metzler and Alec Baldwin. Let's hope the series makes it to DVD.