Sunday, July 23, 2017

Value News Cover

Shelley on the cover of Sears Catalog for Summer Value News, 1975
 
Shelley appeared on the cover of Sears Catalog for Summer Value News, 1975. She modeled different versions of a top and shorts combo for summer that year. Her top was a Houndstooth-Checked Sleeveless Pullover which had a pointed collar, open V-neck and a square bottom. Her shorts were called Knee-Pants which had an elasticized waistline. She modeled the violet, grass green, dark brown and blue combos, Shelley looked ready for summer 1975.
 
closeups of Shelley from the cover

Connecticut Angel

Shelley on the cover of TV Week, 1979

Shelley, who grew up in Connecticut, joined the cast of Charlie's Angels in 1979. After a long search, Spelling and Goldberg chose Shelley because she had the sparkle of intelligence the show needed (she was replacing the smart Angel in the show). She was also bubbly and beautiful and looked great with Jaclyn Smith and Cheryl Ladd, her new co-stars. Publicity of her casting immediately went full swing when the announcement was made. She was all over the news, all over the world.

The Luxury of Silk

Shelley in an ad for Qiana by DuPont, 1975

Shelley appeared in many ads during her tenure as a Supermodel. In 1975, she appeared in an ad for Qiana by DuPont. The Qiana look was an easy care look but with the luxury of silk. Qiana was a silk-like nylon fiber that was developed by the DuPont Experimental Station in 1962 and introduced in 1968. It became very popular in the 1970s.

a closeup of Shelley from the ad

Angels 1979

a writeup about Charlie's Angels, TV Guide 1979

Shelley's casting on Charlie's Angels in 1979 generated so much publicity for the TV series. Not only did the show get a new, updated and glamorous look, it got the audience interested in how the new Angel would work beside veteran Angels Jaclyn Smith and Cheryl Ladd. The series experienced a major slump in the past season, finishing at no. 12 over-all in the Nielsen ratings (It was no. 5 the first season, no. 4 the second season). Shelley's debut episode "Love Boat Angels" finished at the top of the ratings for the week it first aired.

Beauty in a Bag 3


Shelley in a spread for Mademoiselle magazine, 1973

Shelley appeared in many magazine spreads throughout her modeling career from the mid '60 to the early 80's. She initially did a lot of spreads for teen magazines then later graduated to women's mags. In 1973, she appeared on the pages of Mademoiselle magazine's September issue.

a closeup of Shelley from the spread

In the spread called "Beauty in a Bag, What it Takes, What It Makes", she modeled looks that any woman could create out of her bag. The mag determined that a woman's bag should contain 8 basic beauty products, some perfume, a comb, purse-size hairspray, cleansing tissues, an emery board and 2 safety pins. These were the staples any woman needed to ensure that her look stays fresh all day and all night.

another closeup of Shelley from the spread

The spread also taught women not just what to keep in their bags for retouching and keeping fresh, but what to keep in their lockers at the office and what to take when in a hurry or on the run.

Publicity Still

a publicity still of Shelley from 1978

Shelley was one of the Supermodels of the 1970s. By the mid-'70s, she was already one of the highest-paid models of the era. Having reached the top of the modeling game, she turned her sights to Hollywood. Between modeling jobs, she began taking acting classes at the Herbert Berghof Studios (under Jack Wolzer) in New York and even landed a memorable bit role in the academy Award winning movie Annie Hall. In 1978, she landed her first leading lady role via the movie If Ever I See You Again. Many publicity stills of her were taken during the time, including a set with her strolling around her Greenwich Village neighborhood.

JCPenney Looks A

Shelley in a spread for JCPenney Spring and Summer 1977 catalog

Shelley appeared in many spreads throughout the JCPenney Spring and Summer 1977 catalog. She modeled the many looks the catalog offered for women to look chic for that summer. The Spectator Look, The Active Look and The Sweatered Look were some of the choices women could wear with confidence. And Shelley showed readers how to chicly put them all together.

closeups of Shelley from the spread

In the spread called "The Spectator Look", Shelley modeled the Off-White A-Line Jumper. It was a zip-front slipover dress with spread collars, cap sleeves, horn-shaped pockets and button trimmed pocket flaps on the chest. It came with a self-fabric belt that could be closed with a D-ring. For footwear, she wore the Two-Toe Spectator-Style shoes in red and bone. A colorful scarf, matching day clutch and Venetian Glass jewelry finished her look. And her scent for the outfit? What else, Charlie Concentrated Spray Cologne.

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Summer 1975 Catalog H

Shelley in a spread for Sears Catalog for Summer 1975

Shelley appeared in many spreads throughout Sears Catalog for Summer 1975. In the spread called "Ultra-Sporty Lightweight Knit Loungewear", she modeled the Two-Piece Pants Outfit which was perfect for entertaining or relaxing. It was made up of a scoop-neck top with cuffed short sleeves and a pair of pants with wide legs and an elasticized waistband. Matching open-toe sandals and a bangle finished her look. And Shelley looked fresh and ready for those summer months of 1975.

a closeup of Shelley from the spread

Publicity Candids

Shelley in 1978

Shelley's first foray into the movies was via the 1977 Woody Allen film Annie Hall where she had a bit part that was so memorable. By 1978, she was ready to take on bigger roles and snagged the leading lady part in the film If Ever I See You Again. Her newfound career required her to pose for publicity pics which she willingly did, including set which was shot around her Greenwich Village neighborhood. A year later, she became a superstar when she joined the cast of Charlie's Angels.

Charlie's Supermodel

Shelley in a Charlie perfume ad, 1978

Shelley became a Supermodel in the mid 1970s when she landed an exclusive contract to become the image model and spokesperson of Revlon's Charlie brand. Her tenure as the brand's ambassador was so successful it catapulted the brand, as well as her, to worldwide recognition and fame. By 1978, the line "Now the world belongs to Charlie" was added on their print ads; and Shelley was photographed smiling that smile and striding that stride wearing the latest fashions in different places all over the world. One of them had her in front of the Fontaines de la Concorde (one of the two fountains) in Paris wearing a fabulous outfit by Bonnie Cashin. And Shelley was and breathtaking.

a closeup of Shelley from the ad

Shelley on Oprah

screen captures of Shelley on the Oprah Winfrey Show in 2008

Shelley's Charlie Girl image had a huge impact on women when it first came out. It came out in the midst of the women's movement and THE Charlie Girl's independent and fabulous lifestyle was something women aspired to at the time. The norm then was that women needed men in order to be fulfilled. Women needed to attract a man, marry a man, have kids with a man in order to be fulfilled. But Shelley's Charlie Girl didn't need a man. She was independent, was happy about it and was utterly fabulous and fulfilled on her own. She could go out alone at night (no escort? a big no-no at the time), drive herself anywhere and just own any room she entered. It was such a powerful message that even a young Oprah Winfrey aspired to become a Charlie Girl herself. So much so, that in 2008, she featured Shelley on her show and had a chat with her about being a Charlie Girl.

Beauty in a Bag 2

Shelley in a spread for Mademoiselle magazine, 1973

Shelley appeared in many magazine spread throughout her modeling career from the mid '60 to the early 80's. She initially did a lot of spreads for teen magazines then later graduated to women's mags. In 1973, she appeared on the pages of Mademoiselle magazine's September issue.

a closeup of Shelley from the spread

In the spread called "Beauty in a Bag, What it Takes, What It Makes", she modeled looks that any woman could create out of her bag. The mag determined that a woman's bag should contain 8 basic beauty products, some perfume, a comb, purse-size hairspray, cleansing tissues, an emery board and 2 safety pins. These were the staples any woman needed to ensure that her look stays fresh all day and all night.

another closeup of Shelley from the spread

The spread also taught women not just what to keep in their bags for retouching and keeping fresh, but what to keep in their lockers at the office and what to take when in a hurry or on the run.

Rumors an Gossip

a writeup about Shelley, 1980

In the late 1970s, most had the impression that when women were put together in a room (or in a TV series), a cat-fight was bound to ensue. Charlie's Angels wasn't an exception. From the first set of Angels in the 1st season (Kate Jackson, Farrah Fawcett and Jaclyn Smith) to the Angels who came later (Cheryl Ladd, Shelley Hack and Tanya Roberts), tongues were wagging about how they didn't get along. But the Angels were always nice to each other, never nasty. The original Angels stayed friendly. Kate told Joan Rivers in 1985 that she and Cheryl weren't close friends but they did get along. She also mentioned she met Shelley and found her very nice. Shelley said Cheryl (who thought Shelley was a really hardworking nice girl) was so much fun to work with. Kate met Tanya in 2004 and Shelley met Tanya in 2009 and they were friendly towards each other. Wouldn't it be great for all of them to be together in one room to dispel all those rumors once and for all.

a closeup of Shelley from the writeup

Star Dressing for Little Evenings C

Shelley in a spread for Harper's Bazaar, October 1977

Shelley appeared in many spreads throughout Harper's Bazaar's October 1977 issue. In the spread called "Star Dressing for Little Evenings", she modeled beautiful big looks for all those evenings in 1977. They were sensational dresses of silk and fluid fabric that clung and whirl around the body. They were in dramatic solid colored hues like rust black cream and brown that made any woman's skin glow.

a closeup of Shelley from the spread

Shelley wore The Mixable Parts, a fabulous ensemble perfect for those little evenings. It could be worn together of separately, depending on the wearer's whim. It was made up of a jersey tank-top dress topped with a see-thru bolero sparkled with sequins and worn with a tied silk chiffon skirt - all by Harriet Selwyn's Fragments. Some evening bangles and earrings, a matching wrap and the right attitude finished her look. And Shelley looked every inch like a star.

Sunday, July 9, 2017

Summer 1975 Catalog G

Shelley in a spread for Sears Catalog for Summer 1975

Shelley appeared in many spreads throughout Sears Catalog for Summer 1975. In the spread called "Patio GownsWith The Fresh Look OF Checked Gingham", she modeled a long dress that was perfect for summer. The Back-Wrap Style dress has a scoop neckline, shirred cap sleeves, patch pockets and an attached belt that tied in the front or back. It came in a medium blue and white printed check fabric with multicolored floral design. It was perfect for entertaining at home during summer. And Shelley looked fresh and ready for those summer months of 1975.

a closeup of Shelley from the spread

Sorry to Shelley

a writeup about Shelley, 1987

When an actress (or actor) is doing a TV series, many things are usually written about her, good and bad, true and untrue. It just comes with the territory.Some actresses feel the need to set the record straight, while others just let the whole thing pass. Shelley would always just let things blow over. She always was the type who'd rather focus on the good things she got out of something and then move on. It was reported in 1987 that colors that could and couldn't be worn on the set of her TV series Jack and Mike was determined by Shelley alone. A week later an apology was made when a seasoned movie extra said Shelley got a bum rap the week before, because it was the set decorator who made those determinations. Shelley kept mum and let just things blow over.

Million Dollar Smile

Shelley's smile was worth millions
the caption - in Italian - reads: 
Shelley Hack: Vivacity Worth Over 300,000 Lire Per Hour

Shelley Hack was one of the busiest models in the 1970s. She began to model part-time as a teen in 1964 and went full-time in 1970 when she graduated. She was represented by Ford Models Inc. and was one of their biggest earners. Her peachy soft smooth skin, all-American-as-apple-pie good looks and long-legged stride were some of her biggest assets. But her biggest was her smile which could light up a room and jump off the pages of magazines. Although asked by clients to turn on that smile so many times, she told Cosmopolitan magazine in 1974, "My smile is crooked." She added, "There is very little I can do about my smile except control the upper left side without looking stiff." But it's the one of most famous smiles of the 1970s (second only to Farrah Fawcett's). In fact, it's one of the biggest earning smiles of that decade, earning millions by the late 1970s.

Shelley's smile throughout her modeling years
1964, 1966, 1971, 1973, 1977

2010 Event 3

Shelley in New Jersey in 2010

Shelley's public appearances have been rare and sporadic, that's why fans are ecstatic whenever she decides to go out to meet them. One of those rare occasions was the Super Megashow and Comic Fest in 2010. It was a 3-day affair held in Fairfield, New Jersey, on July  9, 10 and 11 of that year. Shelley had made an appearance in such an event just the year before, at the Hollywood Collectors Show in Burbank, California. It was in that event that Shelley met fellow Charlie's Angel Tanya Roberts for the first time. What would be a thrill if all the Charlie's Angels from the original series (sans Farrah, of course) were in attendance at such an event? And if they did a panel discussion (like Three's Company did) with all five surviving Angels answering questions from fans, wouldn't that be heaven?

Beauty in a Bag 1

Shelley in a spread for Mademoiselle magazine, 1973

Shelley appeared in many magazine spread throughout her modeling career from the mid '60 to the early 80's. She initially did a lot of spreads for teen magazines then later graduated to women's mags. In 1973, she appeared on the pages of Mademoiselle magazine's September issue.

a closeup of Shelley from the spread

In the spread called "Beauty in a Bag, What it Takes, What It Makes", she modeled looks that any woman could create out of her bag. The mag determined that a woman's bag should contain 8 basic beauty products, some perfume, a comb, purse-size hairspray, cleansing tissues, an emery board and 2 safety pins. These were the staples any woman needed to ensure that her look stays fresh all day and all night.

Cutter to Houston Cast

Shelley with Alec Baldwin and Jim Metzler 
in a promo pic for Cutter to Houston, 1983

Shelley starred in her second TV series Cutter to Houston in 1983. Her co-stars were Jim Metzler, who had gained critical praise for his performance as Mason McCormick in Tex, and Alec Baldwin, who played Billy Allison Aldrich in The Doctors from 1980 to 1982. The series had great promise, but was cancelled before it could find an audience. Sleeper hits were unheard of then.

Star Dressing for Little Evenings B

Shelley in a spread for Harper's Bazaar, October 1977

Shelley appeared in many spreads throughout Harper's Bazaar's October 1977 issue. In the spread called "Star Dressing for Little Evenings", she modeled beautiful big looks for all those evenings in 1977. They were sensational dresses of silk and fluid fabric that clung and whirl around the body. They were in dramatic solid colored hues like rust black cream and brown that made any woman's skin glow.

a closeup of Shelley from the spread

Shelley wore the Brown Is Beautiful silk satin evening dress. It had an easy little top with a tie front, a soft dirndl skirt and a bronze, braided, beaded belt with a golden clasp. The rich brown satin creation by John Anthony brought out the creaminess in any woman's skin. A clutch and a pair of slingback evening footwear finished the look. And Shelley looked every inch like a star.

Monday, July 3, 2017

HAPPY BIRTHDAY


July 6, 2017
Happy birthday, Ms. Shelley Hack!!! 
We wish you and your family all the happiness in the world! 

from your fans worldwide

Girl Power '90s

a 1990s writeup on Girl Power from Bravo mag
with Lynda Carter, Lindsey Wagner, 
Cheryl Ladd, Jaclyn Smith, Shelley Hack, 
Sharon Gless and Tyne Daly

"Girl Power" exploded in the 1990s when the Spice Girls rose to superstardom. But the seeds of Girl Power could be traced back to the 1970s when TV's Policewoman (Angie Dickinson) debuted on the small screen. It was soon followed by superhero women such as Wonder Woman (Lynda Carter) and The Bionic Woman (Lindsey Wagner). Then came Charlie's Angels (Kate Jackson, Farrah Fawcett, Jaclyn Smith; then later, Cheryl Ladd, Shelley Hack and Tanya Roberts) and a phenomenon was born. The Angels ruled TV from the mid to the late '70s and early '80s. It paved the way for the women-headlined shows that were produced later - from Cagney & Lacey (Sharon Gless and Tyne Daly) to Orange Is the New Black.

Summer 1975 Catalog G

Shelley in a spread for Sears Catalog for Summer 1975

Shelley appeared in many spreads throughout Sears Catalog for Summer 1975. In the spread called "The Cool Looks of Summer", she modeled a dress that was perfect for summer. It was the Long Dress which had a ribbed front bodice in reverse stripe pattern, wide shoulder straps, square neckline in the front and back, back zipper opening and an ankle-length skirt.It was available in white and navy blue as well as light blue and white. Matching button earrings ans strappy sandals finished her look. Shelley looked fresh and ready for those summer months of 1975.

closeups of Shelley from the spread for Sears Catalog for Summer 1975

Best-Built Fords

Shelley was one of the highest-paid Ford Models
in the 1970s to the early 1980s

Shelley was spotted by  A&P supermarket heir Huntington Hartford at a debutante ball when she was just 14 years old and he urged her to try modeling. Shelley wasn't interested at first. But then she was taught never to close doors on opportunities that came her way; so she decided to take a peek. She ended up in model agent Eileen Ford's office in New York (her mother, a former model herself, and Mrs. Ford were acquainted); and the rest is history. She became one of the top Ford Supermodels of all time and one of the first models to sign those lucrative and exclusive modeling contracts models nowadays aspire to get.

a writeup on the top Ford Models of all time, circa 1987

Many of the most famous models in the world were Ford Models. In 1987, a writeup called "Best-Built Fords" listed them all down with comments from The Godmother Eileen Ford herself. The list included Suzy Parker, Jean Shrimpton, Jane Fonda, Candice Bergen, Ali MacGraw, Shelley Hack, Lauren Hutton, Cheryl Tiegs, Cristina Ferare, Kim Basinger, Jerry Hall, Christie Brinkley, Shari Belafonte and Brooke Shields. The list wasn't complete though. The other notable Ford Supermodels as of 1987 were:

Carmen Dell'Orefice
- now known as the world's oldest working Supermodel

Jean Patchett
- the model on two of the most famous Vogue covers - January and April 1950

Dovima
- her photo set, Dovima and the Elephants by Richard Avedon, is legendary

Wilhelmina Cooper
- she eventually opened her own successful modeling agency

Twiggy
- the face of Youthquake in the 1960s

Evelyn Kuhn
- probably the very first model to ever sign an exclusive contract

Angelica Houston
- who went on to win an Academy Award

Karen Graham
- Estée Lauder's breathtakingly beautiful muse and spokesmodel for 15 years

Beverly Johnson
- Donyale Luna was the first black model on the cover of any Vogue [Vogue UK March 1966]. Beverly was the first black model on the cover of "American" Vogue, which is a huge feat in itself

Shelley Smith
- she was so versatile, she was on covers of rival mags simultaneously

Rene Russo
- she was a favorite of Vogue for covers and editorials

Margaux Hemingway
- the first model to ever get a million-dollar contract, not a series of contracts that amounted to millions

Rosie Vela
- she too was a favorite of Vogue for covers and editorials

Janice Dickinson
- she was initially turned down by Ford for being too ethnic, but was eventually taken in

Kim Alexis
- she appeared in a gazillion ads and spreads during her tenure as a Supermodel

other notable Ford Supermodels as of 1987:
Carmen Dell'Orefice, Jean Patchett, Dovima,
Wilhelmina Cooper, Twiggy, Evelyn Kuhn
Angelica Houston, Karen Graham, Beverly Johnson
Shelley Smith, Rene Russo, Margaux Hemingway
Rosie Vela, Janice Dickinson, Kim Alexis

Cover Girl 1967

Shelley on the cover of Simplicity Fashion News, 1967

Shelley appeared in the cover of Simplicity Fashion News in January of 1967. She had been modeling for just over two years when she appeared on the cover and she had that youthful glow that just jumped out of the page. Pattern 7439 was a jacket skirt and blouse pattern, and Shelley looked fantastic in it.

a closeup of Shelley from the cover

2010 Event 2

Shelley in New Jersey in 2010

Shelley's public appearances have been rare and sporadic, that's why fans are ecstatic whenever she decides to go out to meet them. One of those rare occasions was the Super Megashow and Comic Fest in 2010. It was a 3-day affair held in Fairfield, New Jersey, on July  9, 10 and 11 of that year. Shelley had made an appearance in such an event just the year before, at the Hollywood Collectors Show in Burbank, California. Fans were again so happy to go and meet Charlie's most reclusive Angel at both events. Sadly, those were the last public appearances that Shelley made. Let's hope she makes another one in the near future. Her fans miss her.

Star Dressing for Little Evenings A

Shelley in a spread for Harper's Bazaar, October 1977

Shelley appeared in many spreads throughout Harper's Bazaar's October 1977 issue. In the spread called "Star Dressing for Little Evenings", she modeled beautiful big looks for all those evenings in 1977. They were sensational dresses of silk and fluid fabric that clung and whirl around the body. They were in dramatic solid colored hues like rust black cream and brown that made any woman's skin glow.

a closeup of Shelley from the spread

Shelley wore the Black Spiced with Red Satin Dress. It was a dramatic black dress trimmed with red satin ribbon on the blousy straight-edged camisole top and on the whirl-of-pleats below-the-knee skirt. It was an Albert Nipon original and was accessorized with simple but elegant button earrings, bracelets and neck pieces. A scarf and a clutch finished her look. And Shelley looked every inch like a star.