An­gel ready for a res­ur­rec­tion

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JA­CLYN Smith would hap­pily wrig­gle back into her flares if US ex­ec­u­tives de­cided to res­ur­rect Char­lie’s An­gels.

Smith — along with co-stars Far­rah Fawcett and Kate Jack­son — be­came house­hold names in the late 1970s star­ring as a glam­orous team of de­tec­tives led by a mys­tery man known as Char­lie on a speaker phone.

Smith was the only one of the trio to re­main with the Aaron Spell­ing se­ries through­out its fiveyear run. She also had a cameo in Char­lie’s An­gels: Full Throt­tle, the 2003 film based on the se­ries star­ring Drew Bar­ry­more, Cameron Diaz and Lucy Liu.

With the news that an­other pop­u­lar Spell­ing se­ries, Bev­erly Hills 90210, is be­ing res­ur­rected with for­mer stars Jen­nie Garth, Shan­nen Do­herty and Tori Spell­ing ru­moured to be back on board, Smith says she’s open to the idea of repris­ing her role as Kelly Gar­rett on a re­vamped Char­lie’s An­gels.

‘‘You never know. If the script was right — there would have to be changes for it to work to­day — and the right peo­ple were in­volved then I would be in­ter­ested,’’ she says.

Smith is now host­ing Shear Ge­nius, a re­al­ity hair­dress­ing se­ries cre­ated by the mak­ers of Project Run­way and Top Chef.

Af­ter decades spent act­ing, Smith says she is en­joy­ing the new chal­lenge of pre­sent­ing.

‘‘I have been a huge fan of Project Run­way and I was ap­proached to do it ( Shear Ge­nius) af­ter the pro­duc­ers saw me at the Em­mys,’’ she says.

‘‘I was a bit ner­vous about it. It’s a new chal­lenge and I have never been com­fort­able with crit­i­cism.’’

Ev­ery week the con­tes­tants are given a dif­fer­ent style chal­lenge— Shear Ge­nius, PG Arena, Fri­day, 9.30pm Hair­dress­ing re­al­ity Du­ra­tion: 1 hour in­clud­ing one based on the iconic hair­cuts of Char­lie’s An­gels.

Smith says she has re­mained close to all her for­mer co-stars from Char­lie’s An­gels and is even plan­ning to star in a tele­movie with Ch­eryl Ladd, who re­placed Fawcett when she left the se­ries in 1977.

Fawcett, per­haps the most fa­mous of all the An­gels, has been bat­tling can­cer.

‘‘She’s been very coura­geous. She’s hav­ing treat­ment and there’s been no com­plaints about it,’’ Smith says.

‘‘We’re all re­ally close. I was there (on the show) for five years, Kate was there three and Far­rah one. I’m also in touch with Ch­eryl.

‘‘We’re all a part of each other’s his­tory. We were part of a lifeal­ter­ing thing to­gether.’’

SMITH says the en­dur­ing pop­u­lar­ity of Char­lie’s An­gels has been a mixed bless­ing.

Since the show ended in 1981, Smith says she has pur­posely played roles that dis­tanced her from the glam­orous part that made her a house­hold name.

She was nom­i­nated for a Golden Globe for her por­trayal of for­mer first lady Jackie Kennedy and played Florence Nightin­gale in a movie of the same name in 1985.

Though Smith has found it dif­fi­cult to shirk Char­lie’s An­gels, she is proud of her work on the se­ries. ‘‘It was a chal­lenge,’’ she says. ‘‘With other roles it’s all there on pa­per; with Char­lie’s An­gels you re­ally had to work hard to make it be­liev­able, to give it depth.

‘‘It was a lot of fun.’’


Ja­clyn Smith would con­sider a Char­lie’s An­gels


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