‘Charlie’s Angels’ star Jaclyn Smith, 76, reveals secrets behind viral photos from childhood

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Jaclyn Smith has gone viral for her photos from her youth on Instagram – and the star is now happily revealing her secrets.

The actress is recognized by fans for playing Kelly Garrett in the hit ’70s series “Charlie’s Angels,” which also starred Farrah Fawcett and Kate Jackson. She then played Jackie Kennedy Onassis in a 1981 film before fully immersing herself in the businesswoman role.

Today, the 76-year-old has a skincare line that her husband, Dr. Brad Allen, developed just for her, as well as a line of wigs. More recently, it was announced that Smith has parted ways with Kmart and his long-running apparel collection is currently gearing up for a fall 2022 launch through a licensing deal with RDG Global LLC.

Smith spoke to Fox News Digital about how she stays in shape, why she thinks everyone should ditch the trends, as well as what she thinks of “Charlie’s Angels” today.


FoxNews: There’s a lot of buzz surrounding your amazing appearance. First of all, what is your secret?
Jaclyn Smith: *Laughs* I’m always surprised when an Instagram photo creates this kind of result. I mean, who would have dreamed it? But the truth is, I lead a pretty healthy life. I dont drink. I have never touched a drug. I exercise daily. I’m married to a heart surgeon who preaches the importance of eating your fruits and vegetables. I enjoy my green drinks. What we put on our bodies appears on our faces.

It’s also how comfortable you feel in your own skin. Are you loved? Are you appreciated? I feel pretty lucky that at this point in my life, at my age, I can tell you about beauty. I’m quite shy to talk about it because when you’re constantly judged by it, sometimes it can set you back. Growing up in Texas was always pretty, it’s also pretty.

But I’ve never had a midlife crisis because I’ve always been busy working and always challenged… It’s rewarding to stay in the game. I’m not obsessed with aging either. I think it ages you. I also live a full life with my two children. Each of them has a daughter and my life revolves around them. They take me back to a place of such magic and innocence. I think all of those things kept me young.

FoxNews: If we were to rummage through your fridge, what would we find?
Black-smith: Lots and lots of fruits and vegetables. I try to have a green drink made from my veggies to refuel. But listen, I eat meat. I’ll get my burgers and I’ll get my pizza. I love cheese. I have to have my gummy bears. One must enjoy life. I think having everything in moderation is so important. If you are so strict, it will show on your personality and your face. You will get a little angry to deprive yourself of so many things. If you try too hard to be too strict then you will splurge and that defeats the whole purpose. Everything in moderation is much more rewarding.


FoxNews: What is your workout routine?
Black-smith: I train with someone and we do Pilates and weights. For me, movement is so important. I feel like at a certain age there will always be some kind of bone loss. I am also a breast cancer survivor. 20 years ago I had a lumpectomy with radiation therapy and took a drug that can cause bone loss. I also live with a man who loves working out and taking such good care of his body. He always says exercise is as much for your bones as it is for your brain.

Sometimes I have to push myself. It becomes more difficult over time. I was a dancer, so I’m very aware of my body. It can be frustrating when your body doesn’t react like it did 15 years ago. But luckily I have an excellent trainer whom I have known for many years. My daughter even studied dance with her. She motivates me and challenges me.

Jaclyn Smith and her husband, Dr. Brad Allen. The couple married in 1997.
(Stefanie Keenan/Getty Images for Barneys New York)

When I’m not doing Pilates, I ride a recumbent bike. I think it’s so important to stretch and activate these muscles daily. I try to find simple ways to keep my body moving. For example, I’ll take the stairs above the elevator or take a long walk on a really nice day. Maybe I’ll read a book while I’m on my bike and it doesn’t feel like a chore anymore. I also think getting enough sleep is essential. When you don’t, it shows on your face too.

FoxNews: What about your skincare?
Black-smith: My husband developed a line that is part of our brand. It includes a gentle cleanser and an exfoliator that helps with fading. We have two different night creams to keep skin hydrated and supple. Dryness can age you. One has retinol, which he says is the gold standard for anti-aging. There is a body cream that is really gentle and lasts a long time.


The eye cream contains ingredients that target dark circles and fine lines. My day cream contains pearl dust, which reflects light. Every time I shoot I use it to start and it doesn’t separate the makeup. These are products that I use and it is truly a labor of love. He’s done so much research. These products are enriched with peptides, antioxidants, retinol and hyaluronic acid, all key ingredients to help with aging. And of course, sunscreen is so essential. He would absolutely tell you that *laughs*.

Jaclyn Smith played Kelly Garrett in "Charlie's Angels," aired from 1976 to 1981.

Jaclyn Smith played Kelly Garrett in “Charlie’s Angels,” which aired from 1976 to 1981.
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FoxNews: Are there any makeup tricks you’ve learned on set over the years that you personally apply today?
Black-smith: Oh hundreds, where do I start? I’ve been lucky enough to work with some of the most amazing people in the hair and makeup industry. I even developed a line of wigs. Many women do this as a fashion statement, but many more suffer from hair loss, especially if you’re having chemo. I wanted to develop something that would make women look beautiful and confident. This, personally, has been very gratifying for me.

Makeup-wise, I have a small face. I love highlighting my cheekbones. Blush and highlighter are handy. I like natural colors that highlight my appearance. I think a little dark shading goes a long way too. Do I do this every day? Absolutely not. I like to keep my routine simple. But I think it helps to know your face with the help of a makeup artist, because they are such masters. They can show you what works for your features – and what doesn’t. I learned that there is a certain way to apply lip liner to my lips and how to shade my eyes. I also love learning new Instagram tricks. And let’s face it, you can never go wrong with good lighting when taking a picture *laughs*.

FoxNews: What style recommendation would you give to women over 50 who want to feel good, but aren’t looking to be themselves in their 20s?
Black-smith: Know your size and shape. Know what looks good on you. Don’t follow trends because style and comfort are enduring. Don’t be afraid to try new things in front of a mirror to see how it really looks on you. Knowing your body is key to finding the right pieces that enhance your personal style.


Jaclyn Smith, a breast cancer survivor, said it was important to have a healthy lifestyle.

Jaclyn Smith, a breast cancer survivor, said it was important to have a healthy lifestyle.
(Paul Morigi/WireImage)

FoxNews: What do you remember the most from “Charlie’s Angels?”
Black-smith: Girls. They were the heart of the show. We don’t have Farrah [Fawcett] and we don’t have David [Doyle]. It’s very sad for me. But I still talk to Cheryl [Ladd] and kate [Jackson]. This bond never ended. “Charlie’s Angels” was a gift. I was certainly pigeonholed and had to fight for certain roles. But that’s part of life, you fight for what’s right.

The show opened so many doors for me. I don’t think I would have been able to design a clothing line without it. I will always be grateful for that. I think people, at first, were curious or liked Kelly Garrett. But the product kept them coming back for more. My line is always successful. I’m still creating a collection based on pieces that I would really wear all the time. It keeps me constantly inspired. I am a wife, mother, grandmother, businesswoman and actress. I am proud of all these roles.

Every time I think of us, I think of how it was such an innocent time. There were no improvements. Each had their individual hairstyle. The makeup was more natural. We each had our own style. I think people really responded positively to that. It certainly taught me that I didn’t want to lose who I am.

Farrah Fawcett, Kate Jackson and Jaclyn Smith.  Fawcett died in 2009 at the age of 62.

Farrah Fawcett, Kate Jackson and Jaclyn Smith. Fawcett died in 2009 at the age of 62.
(Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic)

FoxNews: Do you remember the last time you spoke to Farrah Fawcett?
Black-smith: Absolutely. She was having dinner with us. She had made this German chocolate cake which was so delicious. I miss Farrah. I always used to joke that her hair was the fourth angel. Even with all the pain she was going through, she was still a shining star. She was still so beautiful. His humor was always there.


It was the last time I saw her. After that my mom got sick and I went to Houston for four months to be with her. And at that time, [Farrah] died. But I remember this hope, that she would beat [her cancer]. She was determined to fight back. I still have fond memories of her. I always thought she was pretty amazing in how she dealt with her cancer and how she enlightened people about it. I will always cherish our time together.

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