Saturday, April 25, 2015

Nobody is Perfect 2

Shelley in a 1976 spread for Harper's Bazaar

Shelley appeared in a spread for Harper's Bazaar entitled "Nobody is Perfect" in January of 1976. The spread featured five of the most successful models of the era. Aside from Shelley, Veruschka, Serena Rhinelander, Lindy and Karen Bjornson were featured as well. Each model's figure flaw was solved with the clever use of fashion tricks - any woman could do it herself. The art of camouflage and highlighting was suggested to fix any figure "flaw."

Shelley in The Soft Wrap Dress
that's perfect for her figure

Shelley modeled fashions fit for the small boned or short woman. At 5'8", Shelley was considered "short" in the fashion business, so she was brought in to show women how to make themselves look longer and leaner. One of the outfits she wore was The Soft Wrap Dress - a soft matte jersey dress, "that wraps the body without a skin-tight cling." The dress, "cut in perfect proportion for the small-boned figure," was by John Kloss for the Kreisler Group. And Shelley was sensational in it.

a closeup of Shelley from the spread

It Girl

Shelley on the set of "Love Boat Angels"
her very first Charlie's Angels episode

Shelley became the "it girl" of 1979 when she was cast as Tiffany Welles in the phenomenal TV series Charlie's Angels. The paparazzi was all over her even before she filmed anything for the series. Everything, from her beauty regimen to romantic entanglements, was reported by the press. Prior to joining the series, she was already known as THE iconic Charlie Girl from the Revlon Charlie commercials and print ads that she did; but she didn't expect that becoming an Angel would generate even more interest in her and her life.

Researching For A Role

Shelley would always research for any role she was about to play. And in 1984, when she got the part of Frankie in the TV movie Single Bars Single Women, she went into single bars in disguise to see when was going on with the kind of women who went there because Frankie was a singles bar patron. She also tried her hand at being a truck stop waitress because her character was one as well.

Simplicity Favorite

Shelley in a Simplicity pattern package cover from 1975

Shelley was a favorite of the Simplicity Pattern Company in the '70s. The company manufactures sewing pattern guides and has come out with catalogs as well as booklets and leaflets. Shelley, along with the other Supermodels of the time, modeled many of the company's patterns.

Surprise Plot Twist

screen captures of Shelley from the 1989 film Blind Fear

Shelley appeared in the feature film Blind Fear in 1989. It was filmed in Qu├ębec, Canada and is a really good watch. Shelley gave a wonderful performance as a blind switchboard operator on her last night in the New England inn she works in, which had just been shut down; and had been broken into by three criminals who had just robbed an armored van. The plot twist in the end is quite a surprise. It's currently available on DVD.

Shelley in '78

Joe Brooks and Shelley in If Ever I See You Again, 1978

Shelley's first starring role was in the 1978 film If Ever I See You Again. Joseph Brooks, who wrote, directed and starred in the film, hand-picked Shelley for the role of Jennifer Corly. When Shelley came to audition for the role, Joe knew he had found his Jennifer and immediately cast her. He also wanted Shelley to wear her glasses during filming. The movie didn't fare well at the box office, but it did spawn the monster hit song If Ever I See You Again by Roberta Flack.

Romantic Dresses

Shelley and Susan Blakely on Spiegel's spring and summer catalog, 1972
Thank you to kathyloghry.blogspot.com for posting the pic.

Shelley modeled a colorful romantic dress for Spiegel's spring and summer catalog for 1972. She wore a polka-dotted, sleeveless and ruffle-skirted cocktail dress that was just so sweet on her. Beside her was fellow model Susan Blakely who went on to star in The Towering Inferno and Rich Man, Poor Man.

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Nobody is Perfect

Shelley in a 1976 spread for Harper's Bazaar

Shelley appeared in a spread for Harper's Bazaar entitled "Nobody is Perfect" in January of 1976. The spread featured five of the most successful models of the era. Aside from Shelley, Veruschka, Serena Rhinelander, Lindy and Karen Bjornson were featured as well. Each model's figure "flaw" was solved with the clever use of fashion tricks - any woman could do it herself. The art of camouflage and highlighting was the suggested way to go.

a closeup of Shelley

Shelley modeled fashions fit for the small-boned or short woman. At 5'8", Shelley was considered "short" in the fashion business, so she was brought in to show women how to make themselves look longer and leaner. One of the outfits she wore was "a loose-cut, but not too big, jumpsuit" by Kay Unger for St. Gillian. The one-piece outfit gave Shelley a longer, leaner look. And might I say, she looked spectacular in it as well.

Publicity Still, Gorgeous

Shelley posed for many publicity stills in the early '80s. She was a bona fide star and although she was out of Charlie's Angels, she still had enough star power to chose projects she wanted to work on.

Cute Shorts

Shelley appeared in an ad for the brand Turtle Bax in 1976. Turtle Bax was a popular clothing company in the '60s and '70s and had come out with numerous ads during the era. With her back turned, Shelley modeled a cute pair of short shorts or hotpants and a matching top. Her outfit was finished with a cute pair of sneakers and knee-high socks. Notice Shelley's great legs and firm buns.

Sizzling Angels

Shelley, along with fellow Charlie's Angels Jaclyn Smith and Cheryl Ladd, appeared on the cover and pages of one of Gossip magazine's most controversial and sizzling issues - their December 1979 issue which featured all three Angels on the cover wearing skin-tight spandex pants. Inside an article about Shelley entitled "Has Shelley Hack Put the Sizzle Back in Charlie's Angels" updated readers on the goings-on at the Angels set.

Cover 1978

Shelley appeared on the cover of Montgomery Ward's Big Early Spring Sale issue dated April 17, 1978. Still looking for a better version of the cover, but Shelley was definitely fab on it.

Legends in the Fashion Biz

Shelley starred with some of the legends in the fashion biz (well, she's a legend herself) in the TV movie A Perry Mason Mystery: The Case of the Wicked Wives in 1993. In one candid pic during the filming, she was smiling and was seated beside co-Supermodels Kim Alexis, Maud Adams, Beverly Johnson as well as two extras.

Peasant Dresses

Shelley modeled a pair of empire-waist peasant dresses for Spiegel's spring and summer catalog in 1972. The dresses were typical of the period and came in several versions and materials. Shelley showed readers how to wear the style and what to wear it with. With her in the photo shoot was Randi Oakes who later starred as Officer Bonnie Clark on the hit TV series CHiPs. Thank you so much to kathyloghry.blogspot.com for posting the pic.

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Reversible Skirt 2

Shelley modeled the poster print/linen weave reversible skirt
for Family Circle magazine, October 1974

Shelley appeared on the pages of Family Circle magazine's October 1974 issue. She was part of a spread that featured Reversible Skirts that were designed by Gene Morin. She modeled a couple of the now classic skirt that could be worn either side out. In one, she modeled the poster print/linen weave version that was mid-calf in length. The skirt gathered at the waist, giving it a fuller and softer look. It gave the wearer two chic, casual daytime looks. Extra fabric could be made into a matching reversible scarf and even possibly a matching blouse. Shelley looked fresh as always in both looks.

close-ups of Shelley

Caught by the Paparazzi

Shelley went from THE Charlie Girl to Charlie's newest Angel in 1979; and her world turned upside down. She was photographed and written about even before she filmed anything for the hit TV series. The public loved the show and was interested in Charlie's newest recruit and couldn't get enough of her.

Blind in her 1989 Movie

screen captures of a terrified Shelley
from the 1989 film Blind Fear

Shelley told her fans at the 2009 Hollywood Collector's Show about her experience filming the 1989 thriller Blind Fear. She said that during filming, she wore a type of contact lens that literally blocked her vision, making her totally blind. She said she really couldn't see anything. The film is currently available on DVD.

Hollywood's New "It Girl"


"Who is going to take over Kate Jackson's slot in the hit TV series Charlie's Angels?" That was the question in everyone's mind in 1979. Many auditioned for the role of Tiffany Welles, Charlie's newest Angel. Cristina Ferrare, Deborah Shelton, Dian Parkinson, Catherine Bach and Michelle Pfeiffer were some of the beautiful women considered for the role. But Spelling-Goldberg wanted to bring in someone different, a new kind of Angel.


In May of 1979, news came out that Bond Girl Barbara Bach got the role. Articles and pictures of the lovely Miss Bach were immediately splashed all over every newspaper and magazine. Even David Doyle, who played John Bosley in the series, thought she got it and began reading up on his new co-star. But the news turned out to be false. The leading contenders were actually Flying High's Connie Selleca and THE Charlie Girl Shelley Hack.


In June of 1979, it was announced. The new Angel had really been cast; and Charlie Girl Shelley Hack won the role of Tiff Welles. She was going to be Charlie's classiest and most educated Angel. Shelley was hounded by the paparazzi from then on. She was Hollywood's newest "it girl" and she appeared in virtually every newspaper and magazine around the world.

Radiant in her 60s

Shelley, still radiant in her 60s,
at the Hallmark's TCA Winter Party in 2012

Journalist Jackie Shea

Shelley starred as Jackie Shea in her 1986 TV series Jack and Mike. Jackie was a married journalist. She loved her job and was dedicated to it, but it seemed to take her away from her restaurateur husband Mike Brennan (played by Tom Mason) for too long a time. She was trying to strike a balance between her job and her home life, the typical problem of the "liberated" woman living in the '80s. Let's hope the series is finally released on DVD.

Super Teen Model

Shelley with '60s teen supermodel Colleen Corby
on the Dutch magazine Margriet in 1966

Shelley was one of the in-demand teen models in the 1960s. But she was still in school and prioritized her studies, so she modeled only during the summers (because, according to her, it beats waiting on tables). She appeared in Seventeen, Glamour, Ingenue and many other teen-oriented mags. When she finished school in 1970, she began modeling full-time and eventually became one of the Supermodels of the '70s.

Saturday, April 4, 2015

Reversible Skirt 1

Shelley modeled the plaid and imitation suede reversible skirt 
for Family Circle magazine, October 1974

Shelley appeared on the pages of Family Circle magazine's October 1974 issue. She was part of a spread that featured Reversible Skirts that were designed by Gene Morin. She modeled a couple of the now classic skirt that could be worn either side out. In one, she modeled the plaid and imitation suede version that ended just below the knee. The skirt could go from the workplace to a casual evening out. The excess fabric could be made into a matching beret and fabulous scarf. Shelley was simply stylish in both looks.

close-ups of Shelley

Promo with All the Angels

Shelley with Nolan Miller and a couple of stylists 
discussing her wardrobe for Charlie's Angel Tiffany Welles 

A promo for Charlie's Angels The Original Series has been posted in YouTube. It's for a 2015 airing of the show; and it's very nice to see that this time, all the Angels have been included in the promo. Yes, ALL the Angels, including Shelley and Tanya Roberts. Many promos in the past have always forgotten to include Charlie's two other fabulous Angels, so it's refreshing to see the two included - which is as it should be because both have their share of fans as well. Now let's see if that long-awaited reunion with ALL the Angels (sans Farrah Fawcett, of course) will finally happen. What a treat for all the fans that would be.

Thanks to Kenneth Byrd for posting this on YouTube
WGN Charlie's Angels Promo
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-MDMNkQx3us
(highlight the link, right click
and choose "Open Link in New Tab" option)

Filmed in Europe

Shelley appeared in Frederick Forsyth's A Casualty of War in 1990. The TV movie was part of a series of TV movies penned by renowned novelist Forsyth. Shot entirely in Europe, the film was about the efforts of the British Intelligence to uncover an arms smuggling operation in Europe. David Threlfall co-starred.

Hounded by the Paparazzi

The announcement of Shelley's casting on Charlie's Angels resulted in a media frenzy worldwide. Everyone was so excited to know who this new Angel was even before she filmed anything for the series. The paparazzi hounded her, but Shelley stressed that was adamant about keeping her privacy. Even so, the cameras clicked away at Charlie's newest superstar.

Simplicity Cover Girl

Shelley appeared on the cover of Simplicity's monthly book in July of 1971. On the cover she wore, along with two other models, the latest look - hot pants. The cool look of short shorts was the hottest new look in fashion; and Shelley showed readers how it was worn. You go, girl.

Young Shelley

In 1979, Teen Beat magazine ran an article about Shelley that included pics of her when she was young - very young. The baby pics of Shelley and of her as a youngster were and are just so cute; it's not surprising that she grew up to be the gorgeous Charlie Girl/Charlie's Angel.

The Casebook Article

An article about The Charlie's Angels Casebook, the first comprehensive book about the iconic TV series, came out in July of 2000 on Woman's Day magazine. The article - and the book - included all six TOS Angels as well as the new movie Angels. Jack Condon and David Hofstede penned the book. Jack Condon has the largest collection of Charlie's Angels memorabilia in the world and has since entered the Guinness Book of World Records.