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Wishing a happy 67th birthday to Kate Jackson!

I used to imagine a male version of Charlie’s Angels with me as the smart one like Sabrina Duncan.

I wanted to to drive a red Pinto like she did and I’d even wear a turtle neck.

Sabrina was, of course, played by the great Kate Jackson who was a regular presence on our TV screens throughout the 70s and 80s starting with Dark Shadows then The Rookies (my little sister used to want to be Jill Danko), Charlie’s Angels then The Scarecrow and Mrs. King.

Yes, Farrah Fawcett was the breakout star of Charlie’s Angels but the show survived nicely without her after season one when Cheryl Ladd was brought in as her replacement.

But when Kate left after season three, the show was never the same and limped along for two more seasons before being canceled. Replacements Shelly Hack and later Tanya Roberts certainly tried alongside Ladd and Jaclyn Smith but it turned out Kate really was the glue of the trio and her strength and humor made it all work.

Kate, the only Angel to ever be nominated for an Emmy, has not had a TV credit since a guest spot on Criminal Minds more than five years ago. She seems to be enjoying a more low-profile life these days which she certainly deserves.

Happy birthday to Kate!

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  1. I miss seeing Kate in new projects. I have loved her since before Charlie’s Angels. Her voice is sublime. I remember reading that she used to leave a dozen roses on Katherine Hepburn’s doorstep often, although I don’t know if that is true or not….it’s still rather sweet.

  2. Actually, Greg, Kate was not the only Angel to be Emmy nominated. Farrah was of course nominated for The Burning Bed, but also had three nominations to her credit.

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