Shelley appeared on many spreads for many catalogs from the late '60s to the mid-'70s. Mail-order catalogs were at the height of its popularity at the time. They were big-book size publications that contained a list of general merchandise from, usually, a department store that were available for purchase and delivery straight to the homes of consumers. Everything from homeware to toys were featured in these catalogs... as well as garments and the latest fashion pieces. Many Supermodels - like Cheryl Tiegs, Beverly Johnson, Patti Hansen and Shelley Smith, just to name a few - appeared in the most popular catalogs of the era. Many models who eventually became actresses also appeared in these catalogs - like Veronica Hamel, Erin Grey, Kim Basinger and Pam Dawber.
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Shelley became a Supermodel in the mid 1970s and was one of the highest-paid models in the modeling world. She appeared in countless magazines and newspapers and did interviews left and right. She was known throughout the world as THE Charlie Girl and was making a fortune for herself and for Charlie perfume. "My father encouraged me to invest my money," she recalled. So Shelley put her earnings into a 244-acre farm in Catskill, New York. "It's dairy county, not chic," she told People magazine in 1979. She renovated the place herself. And, there, she smoked fish, grew vegetables, flowers, herbs and roots; she pressed her own cider; she made her own preservatives jams, jellies and chutneys; and she baked her own bread and pies. "It's a nice contrast to put on my barn clothes and go out and slosh," Shelley explained. She used it as a weekend retreat - away from the hustle and bustle of city life.
Shelley appeared on many magazine covers and spreads throughout her modeling career. In September of 1971, she appeared in a spread for Glamour magazine called "Makeup - How Far Do You Want To Go?" It featured seven recommended makeup styles that went from the barest look to the totally made-up face - choices that depended on the readers' preferences and moods. In the spread, Shelley wore makeup from Charles Revson's Great Designer Reds for 'Ultima' II. Maxine Van-Cliffe was the designated makeup artist. And in all the makeup styles, Shelley looked sensational.
Shelley's third foray into series TV was Jack and Mike. It was about a married yuppie couple living in Chicago, trying to find time for each other in their busy schedules. Shelley played Jackie Shea, a star columnist at The Mirror, a widely-circulated Chicago paper. Her column was awaited by everyone every week. Her husband was Mike Brennan (played by Tom Mason), a successful restaurateur. Other cast members were: Nora Adler (Jacqueline Brookes), Jackie’s editor; Anthony Kubecek (Kevin Dunn), Jackie's assistant; Carol (Holly Fulger), the head waitress at Mike's restaurant, Brennan's Grill; and Rick Scotti (Vincent Baggetta), an attorney who appears occasionally. In the episode "Personal Foul," a college professor is suspended for trying to flunk the school's star basketball player, and Mike is upset that Jackie's covering the story, since it's his alma mater and he's the team's No. 1 supporter. The episode was originally aired in September 30, 1986.
When Shelley graduated from Smith College in 1970, she decided to become a model full-time. Represented by the top model management company, Ford Models Inc., she began her transition from teen model to top model (and eventually to Supermodel.) Her then boyfriend, photographer Steen Svensson, and make-up artist extraordinaire Rick Gillette came up with test shots of Shelley in the early '70s with the hope that the images could get her on the pages of Vogue and Harper's Bazaar - which eventually happened. She appeared on both the US and international editions of the magazines. According to Rick, "In the early 70’s before "Charlie", before "Charlie’s Angels", Shelley Hack was an ex-teen model looking for a more sophisticated look to get her into Vogue. I was creating a portfolio with the same goal in mind." By the late 1970s, Shelley was a certified Supermodel.
Shelley's second foray into series TV was Cutter to Houston. It was about three young doctors recruited to run a small hospital in the fictional rural town of Cutter, Texas. Shelley played Dr. Beth Gilbert, an ambitious surgeon who aspired to practice at a big hospital in Houston. The series was aired in Germany in 1988 as Die Texas-Klinik (The Texas Clinic) and was a huge hit. Many German-language magazines featured covers and writeups about Shelley in 1988, and one of them was Bild + Funk (Image + Radio). Their August 1988 issue had Shelley on the cover and a promo/writeup called "Drei Ärzte für Texas" ("Three Doctors For Texas") inside the mag. Unfortunately, the short run of the series in the US limited the episodes to just nine in total. It left German fans wanting more.
Shelley appeared on many Simplicity pattern catalogs, brochures and packaging during the 1960s and 1970s. The Simplicity Pattern Company is the leading manufacturer of sewing patterns and sewing pattern guides which are distributed throughout the world. They have been manufacturing sewing patterns since 1927 and have allowed fashionistas on a budget and sewing aficionados to create clothes in a reliable manner. Shelley appeared in Simplicity Young Ideas Catalog's Fall-Winter 1972 issue.