Sunday, January 22, 2017

Shelley Hack is 5'8" in Height

Shelley mentioned how tall she is (5' 8") in the Love Boat episode
"Dumb Luck/Tres Amigos/Hey, Jealous Lover", 1980

Shelley's height has been erroneously written down as 5' 7" in many sites throughout the net. But Shelley's height has always been 5' 8". In articles written about her prior to her casting on Charlie's Angels, it had always been 5' 8". In fact, she mentioned it on the Love Boat episode "Dumb Luck/Tres Amigos/Hey, Jealous Lover". She played Professor Carol Ketay, the genius nuclear physicist friend of Julie McCoy (played by Lauren Tewes) who Julie advised to play dumb so she could catch a man. Their plan worked and Carol met a guy she really liked and who liked her back but felt he had to break up with her because she was, well, too dumb. In the scene where the two friends were having dinner, discussing how their plan backfired, the dialogue went this way:

Julie: Okay, you proposed to him but he turned you down?

Carol: Well, I mean, I didn't get down on one knee and ask for his hand in marriage, but the message had to be perfectly clear.

Julie: Well, did he tell you why?

Carol: Are you ready for this? It is because I, Professor Carol Katey, 5' 8", summa cum laude, Carnegie Fellow, Rhodes scholar... I am too dumb.

Shelley's height is written down on the screen 
behind Capt. Nathan Bridger (Roy Scheider)
in SeaQuest DSV's pilot episode "To Be Or Not To Be", 1993

In the 1993 pilot episode of the Steven Spielberg produced TV series SeaQuest DSV, "To Be Or Not To Be", Shelley played villain Capt. Marilyn Stark, the former captain of SeaQuest, DSV (deep-submergence vehicle). In the scene where Nathan and the crew were discussing the root of the problems they were having with SeaQuest's computer system, Stark's name came up and her statistics appeared on a screen behind them. It reads as:

SEX: FM   HT: 5' 8"   WT: 110


Except for the DOB, it seems they got most of it right, her height, weight, hair and eye colors. And if anyone noticed, that's a great pic of Shelley up on the screen too.

Shelley is obviously taller than Cheryl Ladd and Jaclyn Smith
as seen in this 1979 promo pic for Charlie's Angels

Shelley was one of the Supermodels of the 1970s and was as tall as most of the models who were in demand at the time, like Rene Russo and Rosie Vela. She was one of the tallest of the women who was cast in Charlie's Angels; but like Jaclyn Smith, she preferred medium-heeled footwear. Kate Jackson, Farrah Fawcett, Cheryl Ladd and Tanya Roberts, however, preferred platforms and higher heels. The Angels heights are as follows:

Kate Jackson: 5' 8 1/2"
Farrah Fawcett: 5' 6 1/2"
Jaclyn Smith: 5' 7"
Cheryl Ladd: 5' 4"
Shelley Hack: 5' 8"
Tanya Roberts: 5' 7 1/2"

I hope that's clear now.