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Lucy Kate Jackson

(1948-10-29) October 29, 1948 (age 70)
Education University of Mississippi (withdrawn)
Birmingham Southern College (withdrawn)
American Academy of Dramatic Arts
OccupationActress, producer, director
Years active1969–2007
Andrew Stevens
(m. 1978;div. 1981)

David Greenwald
(m. 1982;div. 1984)

Tom Hart
(m. 1991;div. 1993)
Partner(s) Edward Albert (mid-1970s)

Lucy Kate Jackson (born October 29, 1948) is an American actress, director, and producer, known for her television roles as Sabrina Duncan in the series Charlie's Angels (1976–79) and Amanda King in the series Scarecrow and Mrs. King (1983–87). Her film roles include Making Love (1982) and Loverboy (1989). She is a three-time Emmy Award nominee and four-time Golden Globe Award nominee.

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A television producer is a person who oversees all aspects of video production on a television program. Some producers take more of an executive role, in that they conceive new programs and pitch them to the television networks, but upon acceptance they focus on business matters, such as budgets and contracts. Other producers are more involved with the day-to-day workings, participating in activities such as screenwriting, set design, casting and directing.

<i>Charlies Angels</i> 1976 American crime drama television series

Charlie's Angels is an American crime drama television series that aired on ABC from September 22, 1976 to June 24, 1981, producing five seasons and 110 episodes. The series was created by Ivan Goff and Ben Roberts and was produced by Aaron Spelling. It follows the crime-fighting adventures of three women working in a private detective agency in Los Angeles, California, and originally starred Kate Jackson, Farrah Fawcett, and Jaclyn Smith in the leading roles and John Forsythe providing the voice of their boss, the unseen Charlie Townsend, who directed the crime-fighting operations of the "Angels" over a speakerphone. There were a few casting changes: after the departure of Fawcett and Jackson came the additions of Cheryl Ladd, Shelley Hack, and Tanya Roberts.


Jackson began her career in the late 1960s in summer stock, before landing her first major television roles in Dark Shadows (1970–71) and The Rookies (1972–76). She also appeared in the film Night of Dark Shadows (1971). The huge success of her role as Sabrina Duncan on Charlie's Angels saw her appear on the front cover of Time magazine, alongside co-stars Farrah Fawcett and Jaclyn Smith, while her role as Mrs. King won her Germany's Bravo Golden Otto Award for Best Female TV Star three times (1986–88). She then continued to star in numerous TV movies, including Quiet Killer (1992), Empty Cradle (1993) and Satan's School for Girls (2000), a remake of the 1973 TV movie of the same name in which she also starred.

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Early life and career

Jackson was born in Birmingham, Alabama, the daughter of Ruth (née Shepherd) and Hogan Jackson, a business executive. [1] She attended The Brooke Hill School for Girls while residing in Mountain Brook. Jackson went on enroll at the University of Mississippi as a history major where she was a member of the Delta Rho chapter of the Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority. [2] Halfway through her sophomore year, she transferred to Birmingham Southern College, a liberal arts college, taking classes in speech and history of the theatre. At the end of the academic year, Jackson became an apprentice at the Stowe Playhouse in Stowe, Vermont and then moved to New York City to study acting at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts. [3]

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University of Mississippi university

The University of Mississippi is a public research university in Oxford, Mississippi. Including the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson, it is the state's largest university by enrollment and is the state’s flagship university. The university was chartered by the Mississippi Legislature on February 24, 1844, and four years later admitted its first enrollment of 80 students. The university is classified as an "R1: Doctoral University—Very High Research Activity" by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education and has an annual research and development budget of $121.6 million.

Initially, Jackson worked as an NBC page and tour guide at the network's Rockefeller Center before landing a role as the mysterious, silent ghost Daphne Harridge on the 1960s supernatural daytime quasi-soap opera Dark Shadows . In 1971, Jackson had a starring role as Tracy Collins in Night of Dark Shadows , the second feature film based on the daytime serial. This movie was more loosely based on the series than the first feature film, and it did not fare as well at the box office. [4] The same year, she appeared in two episodes of the short-lived sitcom, The Jimmy Stewart Show . [5]

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The National Broadcasting Company (NBC) is an American English-language commercial terrestrial television network that is a flagship property of NBCUniversal, a subsidiary of Comcast. The network is headquartered at 30 Rockefeller Plaza in New York City, with additional major offices near Los Angeles, Chicago and Philadelphia. The network is one of the Big Three television networks. NBC is sometimes referred to as the "Peacock Network", in reference to its stylized peacock logo, introduced in 1956 to promote the company's innovations in early color broadcasting. It became the network's official emblem in 1979.

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She then appeared as nurse Jill Danko for four seasons on the 1970s crime drama The Rookies . A supporting cast member, Jackson filled her free time by studying directing and editing. [6] She also appeared in several TV films during this period. Jackson's performance was well received in the 1972 independent film Limbo , one of the first theatrical films to address the Vietnam War and the wives of soldiers who were POWs, MIA or killed in action. [7] She also appeared in Death Scream , a 1975 television dramatization of the circumstances surrounding the 1964 murder of Kitty Genovese. Jackson hosted the thirteenth episode of season four of Saturday Night Live which aired in February 1979. During her monologue, she referred to being an NBC page ten years earlier where she led tours of the studio.

An independent film, independent movie, indie film or indie movie, is a feature film or short film that is produced outside the major film studio system, in addition to being produced and distributed by independent entertainment companies. Independent films are sometimes distinguishable by their content and style and the way in which the filmmakers' personal artistic vision is realized. Usually, but not always, independent films are made with considerably lower budgets than major studio films.

<i>Limbo</i> (1972 film) 1972 film by Mark Robson

Limbo is a 1972 film drama, directed by Mark Robson, about three wives whose husbands are missing in action in Vietnam. It stars Kate Jackson, Kathleen Nolan and Katherine Justice. It is based on a story by Joan Micklin Silver inspired by interviews Silver conducted with actual P.O.W. and M.I.A. wives, which was serialized in McCall's magazine. Silver shares screenplay credit with James Bridges.

Vietnam War 1955–1975 conflict in Vietnam

The Vietnam War, also known as the Second Indochina War, and in Vietnam as the Resistance War Against America or simply the American War, was an undeclared war in Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia from 1 November 1955 to the fall of Saigon on 30 April 1975. It was the second of the Indochina Wars and was officially fought between North Vietnam and South Vietnam. North Vietnam was supported by the Soviet Union, China, and other communist allies; South Vietnam was supported by the United States, South Korea, the Philippines, Australia, Thailand and other anti-communist allies. The war is considered a Cold War-era proxy war from some US perspectives. It lasted some 19 years with direct U.S. involvement ending in 1973 following the Paris Peace Accords, and included the Laotian Civil War and the Cambodian Civil War, resulting in all three countries becoming communist states in 1975.

Charlie's Angels (1976-79)

In 1975, Jackson met with Rookies producers Aaron Spelling and Leonard Goldberg to discuss her contractual obligation to star in another television series for Spelling/Goldberg Productions upon that show's cancellation. Goldberg told her of a series that was available—because "every network has passed on it", The Alley Cats. Spelling said that when he told Jackson the title of the series had to be changed and asked her what she would like to call it, she replied "Charlie's Angels", pointing to a picture of three female angels on the wall behind Spelling. [8] Jackson was originally cast as Kelly Garrett (which ultimately went to her co-star Jaclyn Smith), but decided upon Sabrina Duncan instead. The huge success of the show saw Jackson, Smith and Farrah Fawcett-Majors (who played Jill Munroe) appear on the front cover of Time magazine. The show aired as a movie of the week on March 21, 1976, before debuting as a series on September 22, 1976. Because Jackson was considered the star of Charlie's Angels following her experience and four years on The Rookies, her original role of Kelly Garrett was featured prominently in the pilot movie.

Aaron Spelling American film and television producer

Aaron Spelling was an American film and television producer. Some of his works include the TV programs Charlie's Angels (1976–81), The Love Boat (1977–86), Hart to Hart (1979–84), Dynasty (1981–89), Beverly Hills, 90210 (1990–2000), 7th Heaven (1996–2007), and Charmed (1998–2006). He also served as producer of Mod Squad (1968-1973), The Rookies (1972-1976), and Sunset Beach (1997-1999).

Leonard J. Goldberg is an American film and television producer. He has his own production company, Mandy Films. He served as head of programming for ABC, and was president of 20th Century Fox. Goldberg is currently executive producer of the CBS series Blue Bloods.

Jaclyn Smith American actress and businesswoman

Jacquelyn Ellen "Jaclyn" Smith is an American actress and businesswoman. She is known for her role as Kelly Garrett in the television series Charlie's Angels (1976–1981), and was the only original female lead to remain with the series for its complete run. She reprised the role with a cameo appearance in the 2003 film Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle. Her other films include Nightkill (1980) and Déjà Vu (1985). Beginning in the 1980s, she began developing and marketing her own brands of clothing and perfume.

At the beginning of the third season of Charlie's Angels, Jackson was offered the Meryl Streep role in the feature film Kramer vs Kramer (1979), but was forced to turn it down because Spelling told her that the show's shooting schedule could not be rearranged to give her time to do the film. [9] At the end of the third season, Jackson left the show saying, "I served it well and it served me well, now it's time to go."[ citation needed ] Spelling cast Shelley Hack as her replacement.

Making Love (1982)

Jackson starred alongside Harry Hamlin and her Rookies co-star Michael Ontkean in the feature film Making Love (1982), directed by Arthur Hiller. It was a movie some considered to be ahead of its time, and attempted to deal sensitively with the topic of homosexuality. However, it received tepid reviews and did poorly at the box office. [10]

Scarecrow and Mrs. King (1983-87)

In 1983, Jackson had a starring role in Scarecrow and Mrs. King , a one-hour action drama in which she played housewife Amanda King opposite Bruce Boxleitner's spy, code-named "Scarecrow". Jackson also co-produced the series with Warner Brothers Television through her production company, Shoot the Moon Enterprises. During this time she developed an interest in directing. Scarecrow and Mrs. King aired for four seasons from 1983–87.

During filming of the show's fourth season, in January 1987, Jackson had a mammogram for the first time, which found a small malignant tumor. Her series' producer — the only person she told about the diagnosis — rescheduled her work on the show. She checked in to a hospital under an alias to have a lumpectomy. Jackson returned to the series a week later, working with the aid of painkillers through five weeks of radiation treatments. [11]

1988 to 2003

After apparently overcoming the cancer,[ clarification needed ] Jackson followed up the canceled Scarecrow and Mrs. King by taking on the main role in Baby Boom , a 1988 TV sitcom version of a 1987 film of the same name. The series lasted less than one season, canceled with episodes left unaired. [12]

In 1989, Jackson starred in the film Loverboy. She said she took the job to work with the director, Joan Micklin Silver, having admired the work Silver had done on the film Hester Street .[ citation needed ]

In September 1989, another mammogram indicated residual breast cancer that the previous operation had missed. This time Jackson had a partial mastectomy and reconstructive surgery. “The range of emotions you go through is amazing”, she says. “But I made a conscious decision to be positive.” Jaclyn Smith canceled a trip to New York City, meeting Jackson at her doctor’s office before she checked in to the hospital. “I’d been crying before I got there,” said Smith. “Then I saw Kate, and she had a smile on her face. She said, 'We've gotten through other things, like divorces, and we'll get through this.' And we did.” When Jackson awoke after surgery, “The first thing I heard was good news. My lymph nodes were clean.” Back at home she read medical journals, switched to a macrobiotic diet and came to terms with her reconstructive surgery. “I'm never going to have the perfect body”, she says. “I'm not into facelifts and lip poufs. But I can wear a strapless evening gown, a bustier or whatever is required for a part.” [11]

Jackson starred in several TV movies during the next several years, while working for breast cancer awareness. In 1995, after a night filming on location, she checked herself into an Alabama hospital with a feeling of malaise and an inability to sleep. After several tests, Jackson was diagnosed as having been born with an atrial septal defect, a tiny hole in her heart that had previously gone undetected despite Jackson's active lifestyle. She underwent open heart surgery to correct the defect. [13]

Jackson spoke publicly about breast cancer and heart health and, in 2003, was awarded the "Power of Love" award by the American Heart Association for raising awareness of these issues. [14]

2004 to present

In 2004, the television film Behind the Camera: The Unauthorized Story of Charlie's Angels aired, with actress Lauren Stamile portraying Jackson. [15] In August 2006, Jackson, Farrah Fawcett and Jaclyn Smith, the three original Angels, made a surprise appearance together at the 58th Primetime Emmy Awards in a tribute to the recently deceased Angels creator, Aaron Spelling.

In 2007, Jackson played the mother of FBI agent Emily Prentiss on Criminal Minds . In August 2008, she was a guest judge on an episode of Jaclyn Smith's Bravo reality series Shear Genius , presiding over a hairdressing competition to update the original trio's signature hairdos. [16]

On August 3, 2010, Gallery Books announced a contract with Jackson to publish her memoirs. [17] The book, expected in 2011, has been repeatedly delayed, with the latest update reporting a scheduled release for two days before 2021. [18]

Personal life

Jackson lived with, and was engaged to, actor Edward Albert in the mid-1970s. [19] She was then linked romantically to producer Robert Evans, stuntman Gary Quist and actors Dirk Benedict, Nick Nolte and Warren Beatty. [19] After a six-month courtship, Jackson married actor and producer Andrew Stevens (the son of actress Stella Stevens) in August 1978. The couple divorced in 1981. After her divorce from Stevens, Jackson said, "I felt as if my ex-husband drove up to my bank account with a Brink's truck." Jackson was then linked with actor Gary Pendergast and screenwriter Tom Mankiewicz. She married New York businessman David Greenwald in 1982, and they formed Shoot The Moon Productions together, the company that produced Jackson's series Scarecrow and Mrs. King. [20] The couple divorced in 1984.

After the divorce, Jackson was frequently seen with dermatologist Arnold Klein. While recovering from her second bout with breast cancer and on vacation in Aspen, Colorado in 1989, Jackson met Tom Hart, the owner of a Utah ski lodge, and the pair married in 1991. The couple resided both in Los Angeles and Park City, Utah. Jackson became stepmother to Sean, Hart's son from a previous relationship. Jackson and Hart divorced in 1993. In 1995, Jackson adopted a son, Charles Taylor Jackson. [21]

In May 2010, Jackson sued her financial advisor, Richard B. Francis, claiming his actions cost her more than $3 million ($3.4 million today) and brought her to financial ruin. [22] The parties reached an undisclosed settlement in December 2010. [23]



1971 Night of Dark Shadows Tracy Collins
1972 Limbo Sandy Lawton
1977 Thunder and Lightning Nancy Sue Hunnicutt
1981 Dirty Tricks Karen Polly Bishop
1982 Making Love Claire
1989 Loverboy Diane Bodek
1999Error in JudgmentShelley
2004 Larceny Mom
2004No RegretsSuzanne Kennerly

Television films

1972The New HealersNurse Michelle Johnson
1972Movin' OnCory
1973 Satan's School for Girls Roberta
1974 Killer Bees Victoria Wells
1974 Death Cruise Mary Frances Radney
1975 Death Scream Carol
1976 Death at Love House Donna Gregory
1979 Topper Marion Kerby
1981Inmates: A Love StoryJane Mount
1981Thin IceLinda Rivers
1983Listen to Your HeartFrannie Greene
1990 The Stranger Within Mare Blackburn
1992 Quiet Killer Dr. Nora Hart
1993AdriftKatie Nast
1993 Empty Cradle Rita Donohue
1994 Armed and Innocent Patsy Holland
1994Justice in a Small TownSandra Clayton
1995The Silence of AdulteryDr. Rachel Lindsey
1996The Cold Heart of a KillerJessie Arnold
1996A Kidnapping in the FamilyDeDe Cooper
1996 Panic in the Skies! Laurie Ann Pickett
1997What Happened to Bobby Earl?Rose Earl
1998Sweet DeceptionKit Gallagher
2000 Satan's School for Girls The Dean
2001A Mother's TestimonySharon Carlson
2003Miracle DogsTerri Logan
2006A Daughter's ConvictionMaureen Hansen

Television series

1970–71 Dark Shadows Daphne Harridge71 episodes
1971 The Jimmy Stewart Show Janice Morton2 episodes
1972 Bonanza EllenEpisode: "One Ace Too Many"
1972–76 The Rookies Jill Danko92 episodes
1976–79 Charlie's Angels Sabrina Duncan69 episodes
Nominated—Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Television Series Drama (1977–79)
Nominated—Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series (1978–79)
1977 James at 15 RobinEpisode: "Pilot"
Nominated—Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series
1977 The San Pedro Beach Bums HerselfEpisode: "Angels and the Bums"
1979 Saturday Night Live Herself (guest host)Episode: "Kate Jackson/Delbert McClinton"
1983–87 Scarecrow and Mrs. King Amanda King89 episodes
Nominated—Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Television Series Drama (1985)
1988–89 Baby Boom J.C. Wiatt13 episodes
1992 The Boys of Twilight Miss DuttonEpisode: "Pilot"
1993 Arly Hanks Arly HanksUnsold TV pilot
1997 Ally McBeal Barbara CookerEpisode: "The Kiss"
1997 Dead Man's Gun Katherine MorrisonEpisode: "Death Warrant"
1999 Twice in a Lifetime Julie Smith / MildredEpisode: "Double Exposure"
1999 Batman Beyond Bombshell (voice)Episode: "Mind Games"
2000 Chicken Soup for the Soul Prof. FoleyEpisode: "Making the Grade"
2002 The Zeta Project Bombshell (voice)Episode: "Ro's Gift"
2002 Sabrina, the Teenage Witch CandyEpisode: "It's a Hot, Hot, Hot Hot Christmas"
2004 Third Watch Jan Martin2 episodes
2006 Family Guy Mrs. Amanda King (voice)Episode: "Deep Throats"
2007 Criminal Minds Ambassador Elizabeth PrentissEpisode: "Honor Among Thieves"

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