November 08, 2021
Most popular for her role in Charlie's Angels, actress and businesswoman Jacquelyn Ellen "Jaclyn" Smith has been in the movie industry for over five decades.
She was married four times, and her second marriage was to fellow actor Dennis Cole who had a son, Joe Cole, from his previous marriage. While they were married, they had no children together.
After their divorce, she maintained a relationship with his son. In 1991, her stepson was shot and killed at 30 in an armed robbery incident, and the case remains unsolved.
SMITH AND THE COLES
When Dennis guest-starred on the set of "Charlie's Angels" in 1976, Smith met him as she was one of the Angels. They dated for 19 months, and by 1978, they were married.
This was a second marriage for both of them. Dennis had been married to Sally Bergeron, with whom he had a son named Joseph. Dennis and Bergeron were married from 1960 to 1965.
Smith and Dennis's union also didn't last long as they were divorced in 1981. Together, they didn't have any children, but Smith remained close to Joe.
After their divorce, Smith was known to have said that she doesn't count her early marriages as they were no good. She had thought she needed to be married to someone before living with the person.
THE DEATH OF JOE COLE
Joe, as he was called, was a writer, an actor, and roadie for Black Flag and Rollins Band. He had also worked as a roadie for the alternative rock band Hole.
While working with them, he filmed their 1991 tour performances. Joe had also appeared in several films, including Raymond Pettibon's "The Book of Manson," playing the role of Tex Watson and having cinematography credit.
Joe's life was cut short on December 19, 1991, as he was murdered at 30. On that day, Joe walked back home from the grocery store with his roommate at 12:40 am when they were attacked.
The two armed men got angry that Joe and his friend had only fifty dollars on him. The robbers asked them to return to their house close by to get more money, and one of them then shot at Joe.
The murder, which remained unsolved, was a tough one for Dennis to bear. This made him decide not to take roles based on violence as he now understood how people could get influenced by movies.
He constantly thought about his son and decided he wasn't going to be a part of anything that might contribute to the increasing statistics of murder.
The event shook him to his core so much so that on the first anniversary of his son's death, he drove to the street where Joe was killed and sat there for hours, hearing his son's laughter and seeing his life.
Dennis took it upon himself to badger the police to do something to find his son's killer to no avail. Three years later, being an activist and fighting against violence, he created Wake Up America.
Dennis never stopped fighting against violence, but after he remarried for the third time, he relocated to Florida, went back to school, and became a real estate broker.
Dennis died on November 15, 2009, after battling with renal failure, according to his publicist. He was 69 and had been divorced from his third wife the previous year.
ABOUT JACLYN SMITH
To say Smith is an ageless beauty would be the understatement of the year. At 76, the mother and grandmother continues to glow while inspiring women of all ages with her looks and style.
The accomplished Kmart designer knows what suits her best and has impeccable mastery of her style. She was once called "The World's Best Dressed Woman" by fashion critic Richard Blackwell.
For sure, Smith is very loyal to anti-aging products. She had once revealed that her fourth husband, a doctor, helped her establish an effective beauty routine that she swears by.
Smith's long career includes the concept of a celebrity clothing line with her Kmart collections, numerous TV shows, and movies, and even shampoo ads.
Smith is popular for her portrayal of Kelly Garrett in the ABC television series "Charlie's Angels" between 1976 to 1981.
She was the only lead actress to play the character during all five seasons of the top-rated series. The series became a pop culture phenomenon and generated huge revenues from the sale of merchandise.
With her success, she then took on another iconic role as Jacqueline Kennedy in the 1981 TV movie "Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy." This earned her a Golden Globe nomination in 1982.
She proved that the end of the Charlie's Angels series was not an end to her career. She continuously appeared in many movies and miniseries.
In 1985, she starred in a movie by her third husband, Tony Richmond, and in that same year, the successful entrepreneur launched her collection of women's clothing in association with "Kmart."
During the following years, she had recurring roles in television series such as "The Bourne Identity" in 1988 and "Christine Cromwell" between 1989 to 1990. In 1989, she received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
After three marriages, Smith found love again in 1997 with cardiothoracic surgeon Brad Allen. They met at Memorial Hermann Hospital in Houston, where he worked.
After he had operated on her father, her mother encouraged him to walk Smith back to the car. The two started dating soon after. She believes he was the man she had always wanted, and they have been together until today.
In 2003, she was diagnosed with breast cancer after she went for her annual mammogram. Even though she panicked when she first got the news, she was glad cancer had not spread to her lymph nodes.
She underwent a radiation lumpectomy and two months of chemotherapy. In 2010, she was featured in a documentary about breast cancer called "1 a Minute."
In 2008, she would collaborate with "Kmart" again to launch the "Jaclyn Smith Today" interior design line. That same year, she launched the STYLE by Jaclyn Smith wig collection for Paula Young Wigs designed by hairstylist José Eber.
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