Former TV star Kate Jackson spontaneously wed her first husband, Andrew Stevens. The lovebirds were eager to become man and wife, so they waited all night to get their marriage license first thing in the morning. However, Jackson later said their union was a mistake.
Actress Kate Jackson married her first spouse, Andrew Stevens, six years her junior, at the peak of her career. At the time, two other "Charlie's Angels" stars were reportedly set to marry simultaneously.
Jackson and her actor husband wed at Martha's Vineyard in 1978, and it was a spur-of-the-moment decision. Initially, the pair planned to go on vacation, but just before their departure, they decided to elope.
Kate Jackson pictured posing with her newly-wedded husband Andrew Stevens following their nuptials in 1978 in Beverly Hills, California. / Source: Getty Images
Stevens and Jackson hopped on an airplane to the Boston courthouse at midnight, waiting until 9 a.m. to acquire their marriage license. They had a three-day waiting period to get the document.
Stevens is the only child of retired actress Stella Stevens, a Mississippi native who made her acting debut in the 1959 film "Say One for Me." She became a household name after appearing on the comic strip "Li’l Abner" as Appasionata Von Climax.
Moreover, Jackson once gushed over her husband, saying, "Suddenly there was this adorable man really caring about me, even when I was crying and my hair was all weird." However, she later changed her tune about him.
Actress Kate Jackson and actor Andrew Stevens during the 36th Annual Golden Globe Awards. / Source: Getty Images
Following their divorce in 1986, the television producer admitted that their union was a train wreck and a mistake. Jackson stated that Stevens drained all her money. Between the two of them, she was always the more successful individual:
“I felt as if my ex-husband drove up to my bank account with a Brink’s truck.”
Jackson played Sabrina Duncan in the 1976 drama series "Charlie's Angels," earning $1 million. She admitted that it was difficult to exit the TV show while making that much but had to choose her marriage to Stevens, from whom she later split.
JACKSON'S SECOND MARRIAGE ALSO ENDED IN DIVORCE
Kate Jackson photographed with her husband David Greenwald in 1982 in New York City. / Source: Getty Images
After the former couple divorced, Jackson remarried a year later in 1982 to film director David Greenwald. The following year, she began her stint on another drama series, "Scarecrow and Mrs. King," playing Amanda King.
At the time, Jackson and Greenwald lived in two different cities. She was based full-time in Hollywood while he lived in New York City. The extensive working hours of filming took its toll on their marriage, and as such, the couple announced their separation, leaving the starlet to say:
“I have no time for myself – let alone anyone else in my life.”
TV producer Kate Jackson and David Greenwald pictured in 1983 in New York City. / Source: Getty Images
The pair had been married for less than two years and attempted a bi-coastal union. However, maintaining a long-distance marriage became strenuous for them both, and Greenwald made the ultimate sacrifice to uproot from Manhattan to Los Angeles.
He worked in his family's import business while living in the Big Apple and transitioned to partnering with his wife in some of her productions when he relocated to California. Sadly, the move did not bear fruit as working together made things even more stressful for the couple, leading to their divorce in 1984.
JACKSON'S THIRD MARRIAGE WAS A REBIRTH
Businessman Tom Hart and Kate Jackson during the "Search for Signs" Los Angeles premiere. / Source: Getty Images
Jackson later endured a health issue after being diagnosed with breast cancer. The disease was detected in January 1987 and showed malignant growth in her left breast.
At first, the Alabama native was in denial but chose not to dwell on the possible outcome of the disease. Instead, Jackson became determined to fight cancer with positive thinking and had the support of family and friends.
After undergoing a lumpectomy and painful radiation treatments, Jackson returned to work a year later. She starred in the sitcom "Baby Boom," but the show got canceled after only 13 episodes.
A publicity portrait of Kate Jackson for the drama series, "Charlie's Angels" in 1976. / Source: Getty Images
During that period, Jackson went on a self-discovery journey. She sold her Benedict Canyon home and left. The "Adrift" star landed in a small town outside Charlottesville, Virginia, where she purchased a farmhouse on 125 acres and devoted herself to restoring it.
Jackson said she had worked too hard and needed to regroup; hence she took time off her acting career. The Hollywood star shared that she would return when ready. "The Rookies" alum eventually emerged from the hiatus and came back a different person, divulging that the experience was rejuvenating:
“I just went back to basics, back to the things that meant something to me before I got all caught up in the star-making machine and all that.”
Kate Jackson as Jill Danko in the police drama series "The Rookies" on October 23, 1972. / Source: Getty Images
Jackson even tied the knot again in 1991 to actor Tom Hart. Jackson met her third spouse in 1989 while vacationing in Aspen. She found herself captivated by Hart as he read a newspaper while sitting alone at a restaurant. The brunette beauty remembered thinking to herself that she had to meet him:
“I must meet this person. I’m always fascinated by people who eat alone in restaurants, you just assume they have self-confidence and are comfortable with themselves.”
Jackson became so besotted by her future husband that she sent Hart a note via a waitress with her phone number, wherein she expressed her desire to meet him. "I'll be in town for a week. If you want, give me a call," the note read.
Kate Jackson posing with her third husband Tom Hart in 1992. / Source: Getty Images
The "Loverboy" star admitted to Orange Magazine in August 1992 that she had never done that before and only followed her instincts. As a result, she married the owner of the Utah ski-lodge business. A friend and former co-star, Jaclyn Smith, revealed that her pal felt immensely blessed being married to Hart:
“There is a calmness about Kate, a mellowness and understanding of things that wasn’t there before.”
Jackson became a stepmother to Hart's children, and though they seemed to have a happy marriage at first, it did not last. The former couple divorced in 1993.
After three failed unions, Jackson never remarried and decided to adopt a child in 1995. She now has a son named Charles and revealed to Biography Magazine in 2000 that she wanted to work less to spend more time with him.
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