Just A Minute With: Former "Angel" Jaclyn Smith

Thu Mar 5, 2009 6:02am EST
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LOS ANGELES (Reuters Life!) - Actress Jaclyn Smith, one of the glamorous stars of the 1970s TV series "Charlie's Angels," was laughed at when she launched her own clothing line at low-priced department store Kmart.

Now, in the recession, she's the one laughing loudest.

As the economy forces Americans to cut back on spending, more people are looking to cheaper stores to buy their clothes and other household items.

"With our economy where it is today, it could not be a better place to shop. No one is teasing me any more. They are probably envious," Smith, 61, told Reuters in a telephone interview, adding that 100 million women have bought her clothes since 1985.

"Now everybody is into branding ... Sarah Jessica Parker has a line that is moderately priced. People are following my trend."

As well as running her own collection of women's apparel for Kmart, Smith also has her own home furnishings line, Jaclyn Smith Home, and recently added a collection of wigs to her line of businesses in collaboration with wig specialist Paula Young.

Smith, who as Kelly Garrett was the only original "Angel" in the detective series for its five year run from 1976 to 1981, is currently the hostess of reality television show "Shear Genius" that focuses on hair styling.

She spoke to Reuters about her career -- and her hair:

Q: Some women love shoes, others bags, but for you it is hair. Why is that?   Continued...

<p>Jaclyn Smith, one of the original cast members of the "Charlie's Angels" television series arrives as a guest for the premiere of their new film "Charlie's Angels Full Throttle" in Hollywood June 18, 2003. REUTERS/Fred Prouser</p>