Birthday: October 29, 1948
Age: 72 Years, 72 Year Old Females
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Also Known As: Lucy Kate Jackson
Born Country: United States
Born in: Birmingham, Alabama, United States
Famous as: Actress
Height: 5'9" (175 cm), 5'9" Females
Spouse/Ex-: Andrew Stevens (m. 1978 - div. 1981), David Greenwald (m. 1982 - div. 1984), Tom Hart (m. 1991 - div. 1993)
father: Hogan Jackson
mother: Ruth Shepherd
children: Charles Taylor
Partner: Edward Albert (mid-1970s)
U.S. State: Alabama
City: Birmingham, Alabama
education: University of Mississippi (withdrawn), Birmingham Southern College (withdrawn), American Academy of Dramatic Arts
Kate Jackson is an American actress, best known for her roles in television series’ such as ‘Charlie’s Angels’ and ‘Scarecrow and Mrs. King.’ Born and raised in Birmingham, Alabama, she developed interest in acting during her early teen years. She began modelling at the age of 16 and side by side, she also received training as an actor. She enrolled at ‘Birmingham Southern College’ and took classes in history of theatre. She also received training from the ‘American Academy of Dramatic Arts,’ in New York, before starting her acting career. She made her film debut in 1971, playing a supporting role in the horror film ‘Night of Dark Shadows’ and followed with a lead role in the drama film titled ‘Limbo.’ After making her television debut in 1970 in the series ‘Dark Shadows,’ she appeared playing supporting roles in series’ such as ‘The Rookies’ and ‘Baby Boom.’ She attained most success with her leading roles in series’ such as ‘Charlie’s Angels’ and ‘Scarecrow and Mrs. King.’ She stopped acting in the late 2000s.
Childhood & Early Life
Kate Jackson was born Lucy Kate Jackson, on October 29, 1948, in Birmingham, Alabama, to Hogan and Ruth Jackson. She grew up with her sister, Jenny Jackson.
She was raised in an extremely wealthy family; her father worked as president in a building supply company, while her mother was a homemaker.
She attended the ‘Brooke Hill School for Girls’ while residing with her family in the Mountain Brook, Alabama. By the time she finished high school, she had made up her mind to become an actress. To earn some extra money, she began modelling at the age of 16.
Following her high school graduation, she enrolled at the ‘University of Mississippi,’ but during her sophomore year she transferred to ‘Birmingham Southern College’ and studied speech and history of the theatre. Around the same time, she also started acting in plays. During her final academic year, she was accepted as an apprentice at the ‘Stowe Playhouse,’ in Vermont, but she was still not satisfied and in order to further her acting training, she moved to New York City and enrolled at the ‘American Academy of Dramatic Arts.’
She performed in many theatrical plays during her time at AADA. She did many part time jobs in order to make the ends meet and also kept doing modelling, which sufficiently paid her bills. Around the same time, she began auditioning for roles in films and television.
She worked as a NBC page and a tour guide at the ‘Rockefeller Center’ before starting her acting career.
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In the 1970, she made her screen debut with a supporting role as ‘Daphne Harridge’ in the long running Gothic soap opera ‘Dark Shadows.’ She played a ghost in the supernatural drama, which has since attained a cult status. Playing an important role for 71 episodes gave Kate a huge leverage into the industry.
She followed this with a two episode stint in the sitcom ‘The Jimmy Stewart Show’ and a guest role in the series titled ‘Bonanza.’
In 1971, she made her film debut playing a supporting role in the horror film ‘Night of Dark Shadows.’ The film was panned by the critics, but made decent profit at the box office. Thereafter, she appeared in the drama film ‘Limbo,’ which was a critical and commercial failure.
She received a huge break in 1972, when she appeared playing one of the lead roles in the police procedural drama series ‘The Rookies.’ She portrayed ‘Jill Danko’ in the series, which was a critical and commercial success. It ran until 1976, the year she earned the role for which she is still best remembered for.
The series ‘The Rookies’ was cancelled, but Kate was still bound to the contract, so when the producers started developing the series ‘Charlie’s Angels,’ Kate was their first choice. Also, Kate herself suggested the title to the producers of the show.
She portrayed ‘Sabrina Duncan’ in the action crime drama series, which was a massive critical and commercial success. Kate enjoyed her time on the series so much that she rejected an offer to play the lead role in the film ‘Kramer vs Kramer.’ This role was eventually played by Meryl Streep.
‘Charlie’s Angels’ ran for 5 seasons and 115 episodes and was widely considered as be the most remarkable show from the decade. It has since attained a cult status. For her role in the series, Kate received two Primetime Emmy nominations and three Golden Globe Award nominations. She acted in ‘Charlie’s Angels,’ from 1976 to 1979.
Late in the 1970s, she received appreciation for her guest role in the pilot episode of the series ‘James at 15.’
Although she did fewer films throughout her career, she played key roles in some remarkable films, such as ‘Dirty Tricks,’ ‘Making Love,’ and ‘Loverboy.’
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In 1983, she received a huge career break when she appeared in the lead role in the series ‘Scarecrow and Mrs. King.’ The series was a huge commercial and critical success and won many awards and accolades. It was telecast for 4 seasons and 88 episodes. For her leading role in the series, Kate won a ‘Golden Globe nomination for Best Actress.
Thereafter she did not appear in many projects and mostly played guest roles in series’ such as ‘Twice in a Lifetime,’ ‘Chicken Soup for the Soul’ and ‘The Zeta Project.’
She appeared in television films such as ‘Killer Bees,’ Homewrecker’ and ‘A Kidnapping in the Family.’
Family & Personal Life
Kate Jackson has been romantically involved with many men throughout her career. In the 1970s, she was engaged to actor Edward Albert.
Following her breakup, she was romantically linked with actors such as Nick Nolte, Warren Beatty, and Dirk Benedict. She then married actor Andrew Stevens in 1978, but divorced in 1981.
After Andrew, she got married to David Greenwald and Tom Hart, but none of her marriages lasted more than a few years.
In 1995, she adopted a son named Charles Taylor Jackson.
She battled breast cancer twice, in 1987, and 1989.
In 1987, she got her legs insured for $8 million.