Sunday, June 26, 2016

The Suits of '73 B

Shelley in a spread for Seventeen magazine, 1973

Shelley appeared on the pages of Seventeen magazine's February 1973 issue. In the spread called "The Suits of '73", she modeled exactly that, suits - "really tailored, really together" that anybody could make. She modeled a suit top, elasticized at the cuffs and waist, over a pair of matching shorts (very modern) which was Butterick pattern number 3052. A white shirt, knee-high socks, a pair of heeled two-toned shoes and a smart hat finished her look. She also modeled a "smooth yellow" pantsuit (Butterick patten 3051) whose jacket had a band that could be tied at the waist. A lavender shirt, matching hose, a pair of heeled two-toned shoes and smart hat finished her look. And Shelley looked absolutely chic in both suits.

closups of Shelley from the spread

She Must be Very Proud

Shelley with Harry and Devon Rose in 1996

Shelley has been married to director Harry Winer since the 1990s. Harry is a visiting Assistant Arts Professor at the New York University Tisch School of the Arts, an institution located in  Manhattan, New York City, dedicated to the study of performing and media arts. A brief biography of Harry's professional career can be found at:

Harry Winer
Visiting Assistant Arts Professor

https://tisch.nyu.edu/about/directory/film-tvs/99643858
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His bio also mentions a few things about his personal life. It mentions that he's married to Shelley and they have a daughter, Devon Rose Winer who's a graduate of Columbia University in the field of sustainable development and is working for  the Clinton Global Initiative. It looks like Shelley's daughter is just as impressive as she is. Shelley must be very proud of her.

Polyester Knit Dresses

Shelley in a spread for Sears Fall Winter 1975 catalog

Shelley appeared on the pages of Sears Fall Winter 1975 catalog. In one spread called "Polyester Knit Dresses", she modeled dresses that could be worn for a day out in town. She wore the Pullover-style Dress (on sale at the time) that had elasticized white smocking around the waist, white piping edging the collars and puffed sleeves with narrow cuffs. She also wore the Coatdress which had white collars trimmed at the edges with lace that extended to the waist of the front of the dress. It had long sleeves that ended in white cuffs and a half-belt that tied at the back. Shelley was absolutely lovely in both dresses.

closeups of Shelley from the spread

Kicks '85

Shelley with Anthony Geary in a promo pic for the telefilm Kicks, 1985

Shelley starred in the telefilm Kicks in 1985. It was about Maggie Pierson, a thrill-seeking university professor who liked living life on the edge. She finally met her match in a mysterious wealthy businessman named Martin Cheevers (Anthony Geary). The romantic pair went around, trying every kind of thrill they could possibly think of. But the question was - how far was Maggie willing to go to satisfy her need? The film is well-paced and the twist in the end is a surprise. If you can get it, watch it.

Nail Gleamers

a closeup of Shelley in Bill Blass for Blassport
from a Charlie Nail Gleamer ad, 1978

Shelley was THE Charlie Girl of the 1970s. She catapulted the Charlie brand to number one in the world - yes, the WORLD. The image she projected was so in sync with the feminist movement at the time that women aspired to become Charlie Girls themselves - independent, sexy and gorgeous. By 1978, the Charlie brand branched out to nail color. Shelley endorsed Charlie Nail Gleamer - nail polish that smoothed, fortified and whipped women's nails into "show-off shape", because every Charlie Girl wanted her nails to always be in perfect form as she went about her free and independent life.

Shelley in an ad for Charlie Nail Gleamer, 1978

At A Screening

Shelley was often seen and captured by the paparazzi in events around Hollywood. In April of 1986, she was photographed in West Hollywood, California, attending the screening of the telefilm Charley Hannah, starring Robert Conrad. She wore a pale blue top that showed off one of her shapely shoulders. Shelley was a knockout as usual.

Vibrations '71

Shelley in a spread for Seventeen, August 1971

Shelley appeared throughout Seventeen magazine's August 1971 issue. In the spread called "Vibrations '71", she modeled a latest looks for that fashion season. One look was made up of a beige knit shirt over a pair of purple button front jeans. A matching belt, boots, a skullcap and a fancy scarf finished her look. Another was a grey "Medieval-look Vest-tunic belted 'n buttoned" over a "zipfront jacquard short jump" with white collars. Fun hosiery and a unique white bangle finished her look. And in both looks, Shelley resonated the vibrations of 1971.

closeups of Shelley from the spread

Sunday, June 12, 2016

The Suits of '73

Shelley in a spread for Seventeen magazine, 1973

Shelley appeared on the pages of Seventeen magazine's February 1973 issue. In the spread called "The Suits of '73", she modeled exactly that, suits - "really tailored, really together" that anybody could make. She modeled a kimono-style wrap jacket that had patch pockets and a self belt over a pair of classic straight-legged pants - both were Butterick pattern 6769. With the suit, she wore a Gordon Peters man-style print shirt and a cloche hat with a brooch. And Shelley looked absolutely chic in her suit.

a closeup of Shelley from the spread

Paparazzi Pic

Shelley, caught by the paparazzi, out and about in 1980

A Really Great Value

Shelley with Lisa Cooper in a spread for Sears Fall Winter 1975 catalog

Shelley appeared on the pages of Sears Fall Winter 1975 catalog. In one spread called "Under $60..", she modeled coats that were "A Really Great Value at These Low Prices". She modeled two coats that came in two different lengths and two colors. One was the longer length hooded wrap-coat in bright rust. The other was the shorter length wide-collared coat in bright burgundy. And Shelley made both coats look pricier than they really were.

closeups of Shelley from a spread on Sears Fall Winter 1975 catalog

Classic Telefilm

Shelley in a still for the telefilm Death Car on the Freeway, 1979

Shelley starred in her very first telefilm Death Car on the Freeway back in 1979. It was directed by stuntman-turned-director Hal Needham who also directed Smokey and the Bandit and later, The Cannonball Run. The film also starred - to name a few - George Hamilton, Peter Graves, Frank Gorshin, Barbara Rush, Dinah Shore, Abe Vigoda, Morgan Brittany and Hal Needham himself. It's one of the most impressive teleflicks to come out of that era. It has the right balance of action, drama and suspense; and it keeps viewers glued to the screen. It would be great if it were finally released on DVD. But the film can be seen with a fun commentary track made by the Trust Fund Challenge boys at:

Trust Fund Challenge #20: Death Car on the Freeway (1979)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PXKjTTlQghI
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The Trust Fund Challenge boys version is very clear - all the facial expressions made by the characters can be clearly seen - making viewers appreciate it even more. But to correct a comment they made - Shelley did the telefilm way before she was cast as a Charlie's Angel, so it wasn't a planned move by the ABC network to push/promote Shelley's Angels casting. In fact, the film was one of the pieces viewed by the Angels producers when she was being considered for the part of Angel Tiffany Welles. So it was like the Farrah Fawcett poster of sorts. It was released (in this case, aired) at exactly the right time.

screen captures from the telemovie

The Trust Fund Challenge boys made a lot of funny comments during the course of the film; but in the end, they loved it. Death Car on the Freeway has stood the test of time and has taken its place as, truly, one of the all-time classics of television. Get a copy if you can. It's a film you're guaranteed to see over and over again.

For The Independent Woman 2

Shelley Hack in a spread for Harper's Bazaar, Feb 1976

Shelley appeared in Harper's Bazaar's Feb 1976 issue. In the spread called, "Fashion For The Independent American Woman", she modeled evening looks that could be worn out or when entertaining at home. One was The Silk Pajama in Palest Apricot - an asymmetric apricot-colored tunic top that bared one shoulder and was worn over a pair of pajama pants in the same color- by Albert Capraro. The other was The Silk Chemise in Cyclamen Pink - a long and easy cyclamen dress with a drawstring neck and bell-shaped sleeves- also by  Albert Capraro. Both of her outfits were accessorized with jewels by David Webb. And Shelley looked ever bit the glamorous 1970s Independent American Woman. For more, check out:

Fashion for the Independent Woman

 and

Pink Chemise

closeups of Shelley from the spread

Bonafide Superstar


By 1980, Shelley was a bonafide superstar. She wasn't just recognized as THE Charlie Girl anymore; but she was known throughout the world as a Charlie's Angel. In 2008, Shelley appeared on The Oprah Winfrey Show episode called "Classic Americana". "I was lucky," she told Oprah, "There were two things I was in that were about making women feel a little more empowered."

Dress and Shorts

a closeup of Shelley from the back cover
of Simplicity Fashion News, Sept 1971

Shelley appeared in Simplicity Fashion News September 1971 issue. On the back cover of the booklet, she modeled a puffed sleeve dress and shorts ensemble - Simplicity pattern 9544. It was a mini dress with a slit in front that was worn with a matching pair of shorts. The version she wore was accessorized with a complementing belt that matched her footwear and a dark hose. Natural makeup, free-flowing hair and an effervescent smile finished her look. And Shelley looked sensational.

Shelley with Bonnie Lysohir and Colleen Corby
on the back cover of Simplicity Fashion News, Sept 1971

Sunday, June 5, 2016

Fiddling Around

Shelley in a spread for Seventeen, August 1971

Shelley appeared throughout Seventeen magazine's August 1971 issue. In the spread called "Jazzy Combos start with Cardigans", she modeled a look perfect for music class. Her outfit, called "Fiddling Around", was made up of a shirt, a wide tie, a cardigan sweater and a pair of 1940s style pants. Two-toned footwear and a matching headband finished her look. Shelley looked perfectly ready to play the fiddle she carried.

closeups of Shelley from the spread

Max and Sam and Leslie

Shelley with Dick Van Dyke in a promo still for Found Money, 1983

Shelley co-starred in the 1983 TV movie Found Money whose cast was lead by renowned comedians Dick Van Dyke (Max Sheppard) and Sid Ceasar (Sam Green). Originally titled Max and Sam, it was comedy about two bank employee friends who decide to play a Robin-Hood act and reward the kindness of people. Shelley played a reporter (who was Max's love interest) named Leslie. Let's hope it will soon be released on DVD. For a preview check out:

Bob Hope Christmas Special & Found Money 1983 NBC Movie Promo
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LX9GpeHUQmQ
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Breck Girl

a closeup of Shelley from her Breck ad, 1972

Shelley endorsed many products in 1970s and one of them was Breck. Yes, she was a Breck Girl as well - like Jaclyn Smith, Cybill Shepherd, Kim Basinger and Cheyl Tiegs. She endorsed the variant Breck Basic Texturizer which was formulated for thin, fine or limp hair to give it "crisp body that hold so beautifully". Shelley even appeared in a Breck commercial herself. Check it out at:

Texturizing Shampoo

Shelley in a 1972 ad for Breck hair products

Angel in New Jersey


Shelley met her fans at the Super Megashow & Comic Fest in Fairfield, New Jersey back in July of 2010. It was held on July  9, 10 and 11 that year and Shelley was delighted to chat to her East Coast fans. The year before, she was at the West Cost at the Hollywood Collectors Show in Burbank, California.

For The Independent Woman

Shelley Hack (with Shelley Smith, left)
in a spread for Harper's Bazaar, Feb 1976

Shelley appeared in Harper's Bazaar's Feb 1976 issue. In the spread called, "Fashion For The Independent American Woman", she modeled a Matte Jersey dress in Pale Peach by Don Breitinger for Harold Levine. The peach-colored dress was trimmed at the neckline and cuffs with embroidered Ultrasuede in the same color. It could go from day to evening with just a change of accessories - the perfect dress for American women who, according tot he spread, always wanted comfortable, good-looking clothes that could be personalized with their favorite accessories. And, in the dress, Shelley was all-American chic. For more, check out:

Prim And Proper

a closeup of Shelley from the spread

Single Woman

Shelley with Paul Michael Glaser in a promo pic
for Single Bars, Single Women, 1984

Shelley starred in the 1984 TV movie Single Bars, Single Women. She played Frankie, a truck stop waitress looking to move on from her relationship with Gabe, played by Paul Michael Glaser. Set in the mid-1980s when gender roles were changing, the film explored the challenges women faced as the dating scene was evolving. Christine Lahti, Tony Danza and Mare Winningham were part of the cast a swell.

A Creative Transformation

Shelley in a spread for Woman's Day magazine, 1973

Shelley appeared in the March 1973 issue of Woman's Day magazine. In the spread "Found Money: Whatever It Was, It Isn't Now", she modeled a corduroy toggle coat that went through a creative transformation. It was shortened, had its buttons changed out and was "looped with masses of fringe around the collar and down the front". Worn with a matching sweater and pants, the coat was quite interesting. Shelley's pic was taken by her then boyfriend photographer Steen Svensson.

a closeup of Shelley from the spread