Saturday, October 24, 2015

Above-The-Knee Dresses

closeups of Shelley from a spread for Sears Spring Summer 1975 catalog

Shelley appeared in Sears Spring Summer 1975 catalog. She appeared in various parts of the catalog including the "Junior Bazaar" section. In the spread called "Junior Bazaar Dresses", she modeled various dresses cut above the knee. She modeled a Broadcloth Sundress - a striped dress with dot trim and criss-cross traps that buttoned on the back. She also modeled the Polo-shirt Dress - a printed pullover style dress. She also modeled the T-shirt Dress - a dress with a crew neckline, a breast pocket and short sleeves. And in all of them, Shelley looked fabulous.

Shelley in a spread for Sears Spring Summer 1975 catalog

Blonde and Beautiful

a writeup on Shelley from Photo Screen 1980

When Shelley became a Charlie's Angel in 1979, many were interested in the newest blonde and beautiful Angel - and many writeups about her came out. All throughout her tenure as an Angel, the press was relentless in reporting her very move and  in trying to squeeze information about her private life, which she guarded like a hawk. Shelley was intent on keeping her private life private. She didn't want her family to be affected by her sudden fame. She was also surprised by the amount of attention she was getting, and maybe a bit overwhelmed. But like a real trooper, she just forged ahead and did what was necessary to fulfill her obligations. She was a consummate professional.

a writeup on Shelley from Photo Screen 1980

Loungewear

Shelley in a spread for Montgomery Ward catalog, 1971

Shelley appeared on the pages of Montgomery Ward in 1971. She appeared in a spread called "Loungewear Live-in", where she modeled clothed that could be used for entertaining around the house. She modeled a tunic-style shift dress with floral details on the neck, the hem and pocket edges. It cold be worn on its own or with a pair of matching pants - which Shelley did. The wig was optional. Shelley looked positively sunny in her loungewear.

a closeup of Shelley (in a wig) from the spread

Nan Horvat

screen captures of Shelley from the TV movie
Taking Back My Life: The Nancy Ziegenmeyer Story

Shelley appeared in the 1992 TV movie Taking Back My Life: The Nancy Ziegenmeyer Story. Based on a true-to-life story, the film tackled the life story of rape victim Nancy Ziegenmeyer and her brave battle to come out in public with her very private ordeal and put a face on victims of rape and abuse. In the film, Shelley played Assistant Polk County Attorney Nan Horvat who prosecuted and won the case. Shelley donned a brunette wig for the role and gave a truly fine performance. Patricia Wettig played the title role of Nancy Ziegenmeyer; and Stephen Lang played her Nancy's husband Steven. Shelley husband, Harry Winer, directed the TV movie and was and one of the executive producers.

Bright Ways to Keep Warm

Shelley in a 1980 spread for McCall's magazine

Shelley appeared on the cover and pages of McCall's magazine in January of 1980. In a spread called "Light, Bright Ways to Keep Warm", she modeled three lightweight but warm  cold-weather coats that could be made by anybody. All made from McCall's pattern number 6754, the coats looked like designer high-priced designer originals. They were made from fluffy quilted fabric and were guaranteed to keep anyone warm during the cold months. And of course, Shelley looked fabulous in all of them.

closeups of Shelley from the spread

Too Hot

An ad for "Toni's Boys"
a Charlie's Angels episode aired in 1980

In 1979, Shelley joined the cast of one of the hottest (in fact too hot) shows on TV, Charlie's Angels, joining incumbent Angels Jaclyn Smith and Cheryl Ladd. The series had such an impact on popular culture that each and every Angel that passed trough Charlie's doors became instant superstars. Kate Jackson, Farrah Fawcett, Jaclyn, Cheryl, Shelley and later Tanya Roberts became so ingrained in the minds of people worldwide, that to this very day, everyone is still talking about them.

a pic of Charlie's Angels with Toni's Boys

The series had such a huge following that a male version of the show was inevitable. And in the episode "Toni's Boys", that was exactly what happened. Matt Parish (Bruce Bauer), Cotton Harper (Steven Shortridge) and Bob Sorenson (Bob Seagreen) were the "male Angels" of Antonia McQueen (played by Hollywood legend Barbara Stanwyck) - hence the episode title. It was a sort of "pilot" for a spin-off series with the same title; but there seemed to be a lack of chemistry between the boys, so the ABC network passed on the spin-off. It was still a fun episode though and one of the most memorable of the series.

Jaclyn Smith, Shelley Hack and Cheryl Ladd
the Charlie's Angels team from 1979 to 1980

"Toni's Boys" was the second to the last episode Shelley did for Charlie's Angels. Sadly, she wasn't asked to return the next season which disappointed her fans, because they were finally beginning to see more of her in the show and then suddenly, she was out. Shelley improved a lot as the 4th season progressed; and when she was given more to say and do, she delivered good performances. It's really baffling how she was blamed for the show's decline when she wasn't even given a chance to prove herself - except during the final episodes of the season (her part became equal to that of her co-stars by then) when the ratings had already plunged. But then the show still ranked within TV's top 20 shows at end of that year, which wasn't bad for a four-year-old show.

Pants Perfection

Shelley in a fashion spread for Seventeen Says Make It, 1971

Shelley appeared on the pages of Seventeen Says Make It in 1971. The mag featured fashions anyone could make for themselves. In the spread called "Object... Pants Perfection, 6 Ways Great", she modeled a pair of printed straight-legged pants with a button fly - Butterick pattern number 6254 - in denim. A sweater top and a pair of boots finished her look. She also modeled a Mary Quant designed Butterick pattern. It was pattern number 6243 and it had a pair of suspenders incorporated into the design. It could be made in various pants lengths, but Shelley modeled the hot pants version. A puff-sleeved blouse, a matching pair of shoes and tight finished her look. And Shelley looked perfect in both pairs.

 closeups of Shelley from the spread

Sunday, October 18, 2015

Casual Classics

Shelley in a spread for Sears Spring Summer 1975 catalog

Shelley appeared in Sears Spring Summer 1975 catalog. She appeared in various parts of the catalog including the "Junior Bazaar" section. In the spread called "Causal Classics featuring Cream, Peach and Pale Mint Green", she modeled a couple of outfits. One was made up of a linen-look jacket (with short sleeves, two patch pockets and a belt that ties in front) paired with check-print pants (with slightly flared legs and 2-inch cuffs). Another was made up of a sleeveless pullover (with a V-neck and pointed collars), a striped long-sleeve cardigan (with a V-neck as well and front button opening) and pants with a linen look (with slightly flared legs). Of course, Shelley made both outfits look chic.

closeups of Shelley from the spread

Familiar Face

By 1978, Shelley Hack had become a familiar face to many. Her stint as THE Charlie Girl began two years prior and people recognized her (some would even chase her down the street) when she was out in the town. But Shelley wasn't your average cookie-cutter Supermodel. She had physical imperfections; but they worked to her advantage - it made her brand of beauty approachable. Aside from that, Shelley was an intelligent and well-educated.

Shelley and Paul

Paul Michael Glaser and Shelley Hack in a still
for the 1984 TV movie Single Bars, Single Women

Shelley starred in the TV movie Single Bars, Single Women in 1984. She starred in the film with Paul Michael Glaser among others. Shelley played Frankie, a waitress at a truck stop cafe who is trying to get over her former flame Gabe (played by Glaser) by going out to bars and meeting new men. The movie explored the challenges single women faced at the time, because (post women's lib) the dating rules were changing and gender roles were beginning to blur. Shelley turned out a fine performance. Oh, and by the way, Shelley's future husband, Harry Winer, directed the film.

1977 Ad

Shelley in a 1977 ad for Lillie Rubin

Shelley appeared in an ad for Lillie Rubin in 1977. Lillie Rubin was  specialty clothing chain that sold fashions for special occasions as well as evening dresses. In the ad, Shelley wore a day to evening outfit in Ultrasuede by Samuel Robert. Roberts was a designer known for high-end leather and Ultrasuede garments. He specialized in coats, jackets and suits that could be worn for both day and evening. Of course, Shelley looked fab in her Samuel Robert original.

closeups of Shelley from the ad

Sexy in '78

Shelley in 1978

Shelley was a rising star in 1978. She was a Supermodel and was recognized around the world a THE Charlie Girl. In some of her modeling stints, her boyfriend for six years would be the photographer. In fact, some of Shelley's sexiest photos were taken by him - including one set where she was in a satin robe and strappy red high heels and nothing more. In the photo set, Shelley looked both sexy and sensational.

Newest Angel

An ad for "Love Boat Angels"
a Charlie's Angels episode aired in 1979

In 1979, Shelley joined the cast of one of the biggest hit shows on TV, Charlie's Angels, as the newest Angel - joining incumbent Angels Jaclyn Smith and Cheryl Ladd. The first episode of the season was a cross-over episode between Angels and The Love Boat. The entire cast of The Love Boat appeared in the episode - which is one of the most memorable of the entire series. In fact, in 2003, the episode won the Most Amazing Cast Cross-Over award at the TV Land Awards. Other guest stars on the episode were Bert Convy, Bo Hopkins and Dick Sargent (the second Darrin Stephens on Bewitched). It was Shelley's debut episode; and it finished at number one in the Nielsen ratings.

the Angels cast and their "Love Boat Angels" guest stars
during filming in 1979

Seventeen Model '72

a closeup of Shelley from Seventeen mag in 1972

Since her teens in the 1960s, Shelley had been appearing on the cover and pages of Seventeen magazine - one of the most successful publications for teenage girls. First published in 1944, the magazine was initially geared towards inspiring young women to become upright citizens; but later, it became a more fashion and romance-oriented magazine. Many Supermodels graced the mag's covers and pages throughout the years including Twiggy, Brooke Shields, Tyra Banks and, as mentioned, Shelley of course.

Shelley on a spread for Seventeen mag in 1972

Sunday, October 11, 2015

Young & Lively: Great Looking Contemporary Clothes

closeups of Shelley wearing the shirt and pants ensemble

Shelley appeared in Sears Spring Summer 1975 catalog. She appeared in various parts of the catalog including the "Young & Lively" section. In the spread called "Young & Lively: Great Looking Contemporary Clothes", she modeled the shirt and pants ensemble. The pullover-style shirt had a front and back yoke, a front button placket opening, long sleeves with button-cuffs, shirt-tail hemline and two flap-top pockets. The pants had a zipper fly-front, two-button closing and had slightly flared legs. The outfit came in medium blue and peach. A matching scarf, hoop earrings and a pair of open-toed footwear finished her look. And Shelley looked great in her contemporary clothes.

Shelley in a spread for Sears Spring Summer 1975 catalog

A Picture of Loveliness

Shelley was a picture of loveliness in 1979. She had risen to prominence three years earlier as THE Charlie Girl and had been hired to replace Kate Jackson in the hit series Charlie's Angels, which suffered a ratings decline the past season. The series needed new blood; and Shelley was the perfect choice. Her wholesome and sunny brand of sex appeal was just the right image for the show. Publicity photos of her were immediately taken and distributed and by September of 1979, she was a bona fide superstar.

Touches of Peasantry

Shelley on the spread "Sew The New Headliners"

Shelley appeared in the February 1970 issue of the Simplicity Fashion News booklet. She appeared on the back cover spread called "Sew The New Headliners" where she modeled outfits enhanced with "touches of peasantry" - like flirty sleeves and broad bands of embroidered braid. She modeled pattern number 9225 - which could either be a mini-dress or a blouse. Shelley looked smashing in both.

closeups of Shelley from the spread

American Collections 3

Shelley Hack (far right) with Shelley Smith, Cheryl Tiegs,
designer Bill Blass and an unknown model
in a 1977 spread for Harper's Bazaar

Shelley appeared on the pages of Harper's Bazaar's Feb 1977 issue. She was featured in the 8-page spread called "The American Collections: The Best of the Best at Every Price". The spread featured fashions ranging from the affordable to the ostentatious - all by four leading American designers of the era. The designers featured (and pictured) were Halston, Geoffrey Beene, Bill Blass and Calvin Klein. Shelley appeared in all except the Calvin Klein spread.

 Shelley and Bill Blass from the spread

In the spread featuring Bill Blass, Shelley modeled a fabulous raincoat "with all the casual dash of a tattersall shirt". It was in classic beige with a red and black tattersall print. A matching scarf, a pair of slacks, pumps and a bag finished her look. And Shelley was one sporty sophisticate in her Bill Blass original. 

Terrific Tuxedo

Shelley appeared in an ad series Bobbie Brooks in 1978. The ad series featured the prominent models and celebrities of the era. Shelley became famous two years prior as THE Charlie Girl. Being one of the famous Supermodels of the era, Shelley's name was included in the ad which featured her wearing the brand's "terrific tuxedo" - a black velvet jacket and trousers ensemble that came with a white wing tip shirt, a black velvet tie and a knockout red satin vest. And as always, Shelley looked absolutely terrific in her tux.

Daring

An ad for "Harrigan's Angel"
a Charlie's Angels episode aired in 1980

In 1979, Shelley joined the cast of one of the most daring shows on TV, Charlie's Angels, joining incumbent Angels Jaclyn Smith and Cheryl Ladd. The series dared defy the norms of the era by casting women as leads. At the time, television was dominated by male characters and women were often relegated to the background, as sidekicks or second leads. Either that or they were cast as secretaries, nurses, moms, grand-moms or any other "traditional" role for women. Charlie's Angels changed that. Not only were the Angels leads this time, they were doing the jobs that were men were reserved exclusively for men. They were feminine action figures come to life who related to each other just like Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid would. And the stir it created can be seen in the Charlie's Angels episode "Harrigan's Angel". When Harrigan, an alcoholic detective, was forced to work with the Townsend girls, he said, "You mean I've got to work with girls?" His reaction was not uncommon during the era.

Jaclyn Smith, Cheryl Ladd and Shelley Hack
Charlie's Angels circa 1979

Sophisticate

Shelley in a spread for Montgomery Ward catalog, 1971

Shelley appeared on the pages of Montgomery Ward in 1971. She appeared in a spread that featured fabulous blouses. Shelley modeled a white shirt-style blouse with bishop sleeves. It closed in the front and came with a matching sash/scarf that could be worn around the waist or the neck. A black skirt or slacks, gold accessories and pulled-back hair finished her look. And Shelley looked every bit the 'gorgeous, sexy, young" sophisticate she was going to be as THE Charlie Girl five years hence.

closeups of Shelley from the spread

Monday, October 5, 2015

Young & Lively: Long Dresses and Wrap-Knits

Shelley in a spread for Sears Spring Summer 1975 catalog

Shelley appeared in Sears Spring Summer 1975 catalog. She appeared in various parts of the catalog including the "Young & Lively" section. In the spread called "Young & Lively: Long Dresses with Great Details", she modeled the Long Dress with Jacket. It was a bare-back, halter-style dress which tied at the back of the neck and had a zipper closing at the back-waist. The bodice had an overlay of printed fabric. And it came with an open jacket that had short puffed sleeves and was edged with white rickrack. The ensemble came in medium pink and lime green. White strappy shoes and accessories finished her look. Shelley looked divine and ready for a romantic evening in town.

closeups of Shelley wearing the Long Dress with Jacket

In the spread called "Young & Lively: Wrap-Knits", she modeled the Sporty Dress. it was a dress with white collars as well as a white button-trimmed bib effect in front. It had a half-belt that tied at the back and a zipper closing at the back. It came in true red and white as well as navy and white. Matching open-toed shoes and accessories finished her look. Shelley looked smart and ready for a day in town.

closeups of Shelley in the Wrap-Knit Dress

Sunday, October 4, 2015

Tiffany and Laura in the '80s

Shelley (Tiffany Welles of Charlie's Angels
with Melissa Gilbert (Laura Ingalls Wilder of  Little House on the Prairie)
on a night out in the '80s

Equipped to Hold Her Own


The 1986 Jack and Mike (Viol A La Une) pilot
was released on VHS in France

Shelley's third TV series was Jack and Mike in 1986. She played Jackie Shea a leading Chicago journalist who was married to Mike Brennan (played by Tom Mason), a successful restaurateur in the same town. The upwardly-mobile power couple was so busy with their careers, they had to schedule time to be together. That was the premise of the show. Shelley's acting had already improved vastly when she did the series. As one writer put it, "Hack is now equipped to hold her own with (Tom) Mason". Read an article about the series at:

'Jack And Mike': Fame And Romance In Chicago
http://articles.philly.com/1986-09-16/news/26073387_1_jack-and-mike-jackie-shea-mike-brennan
(highlight the link, right click
and choose "Open Link in New Tab" option)

Shelley with Tom Mason on the set of Jack and Mike in 1986

American Collections 2

Shelley Hack with Geoffrey Beene, Shelley Smith and Cheryl Tiegs
(the girls are on the inset pic as well)
in a 1977 spread for Harper's Bazaar

Shelley appeared on the pages of Harper's Bazaar's Feb 1977 issue. She was featured in the 8-page spread called "The American Collections: The Best of the Best at Every Price". The spread featured fashions ranging from the affordable to the ostentatious - all by four leading American designers of the era. The designers featured (and pictured) were Halston, Geoffrey Beene, Bill Blass and Calvin Klein.

Shelley and Geoffrey Beene from the spread

In the spread featuring Geoffrey Beene, Shelley modeled a white cotton fishnet top trimmed in navy over a pair of navy blue cotton shorts, cut with the fullness of a little skirt. It was one of the "newest and coolest" looks for that summer and Shelley rocked her Geoffrey Beene originals.

The inset pic of Cheryl Tiegs, Shelley Smith and Shelley Hack
in the latest Geoffrey Beene fashions for 1977

Shelley also modeled a tiny, wrapped tennis dress that was very,very pretty and very advantageous to any woman wearing it. A pair of tennis shoes, a matching visor and sports bag finished her look. Shelley made sporty chic in her Geoffrey Beene original.

Bride in '67

Shelley appeared on the cover of the fall/winter issue Bride & Home magazine in 1967. On the cover she wore a fabulous white princess-style wedding gown with a short lace-appliqued veil and a diaphanous lace-appliqued cape as well. Taken seaside, Shelley's cover evoked romance and adventure.

One Love, Two Angels

An ad sans Shelley for "One Love, Two Angels Part 2"
a Charlie's Angels episode aired in 1980

In 1979, Shelley joined the cast of one of the biggest hits on TV, Charlie's Angels, joining incumbent Angels Jaclyn Smith and Cheryl Ladd. But a year later, she was out. So much was said and written about her while she was on the show. That she didn't fit in, that she wasn't good enough, that she couldn't act; but none of them were true. She did fit in, she was good enough and she could act. And by the last episode, when she was given so much to say and do, she proved it all.

screen captures of Shelley (with Jaclyn Smith, Cheryl Ladd and David Doyle)
from the Charlie's Angels episode "One Love, Two Angels Part 1"

Shelley's character Angel Tiffany Welles was so under-used during the first part of the season (except on the "Angels Go Truckin' episode) that it was easy for critics to dismiss her as a flash-in-the-pan star who couldn't act. But her potential could already be seen as early as the show's second episode where she showed how well she  got along with her co-stars and how well she could handle the material. By the third episode however, it seemed she was suddenly left in the sidelines and was given little to do or say. Why? Then by mid-season, she had more lines and again showed she could handle the material. And by her final episode, she showed viewers why she was chosen to fill-in for Kate Jackson - but it was too late. If she had been given a chance to shine during the early part of the season, when the interest in her was at an all-time high, the series could have ended at the top of the Nielsens at the end of that TV season.

screen captures of Shelley (with Jaclyn Smith, Cheryl Ladd and David Doyle)
from the Charlie's Angels episode "One Love, Two Angels Part 2"

In "One Love, Two Angels", parts 1 and 2, Shelley was finally given a chance to shine as an Angel. She was comfortable with the camera and fit in very well with Jaclyn, Cheryl and David. The rapport she had with her co-stars wasn't the same as it was with Sabrina Duncan/Kate Jackson, but that was okay because she was a different character. The dynamic between them was different. She was more like the big sister Angel who looked after her fellow Angels. Detective-wise, she was great as well, she knew how to do the detective bit. But more importantly, she showed that she could play the group leader, just like Sabrina did. As group leader, her lines, her delivery, her performance were all on the dot. More episodes with her like this one could have saved the season and the show. I really don't understand why they blamed her for the ratings decline when they didn't give her a chance to prove herself until the very last episode she did for the series.