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Celebrity Then And Now
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Celebrity Then And Now
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Shelley Hack

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Famous For:
Charlie's Angels, The Face of Revlon's Charlie Perfume
Networth:
$5 Million
Currently Known For:
Producer, Political and Media Advisor, Former Model and Retired Actress
Famous Years:
1970s - 1980s
Birthdate:
July 6, 1947
Shelley Hack


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  famous for:
Charlie's Angels, The Face of Revlon's Charlie Perfume

  networth:
$5 Million

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“I'll pamper you, Bosley, all the way home.” Launching her career in high school as a model, Shelley Hack found fame in the mid-1970s and early 1980s when she beat out hundreds of other actresses and secured the role of Tiffany Welles on the television series, Charlie’s Angels. Although she only spent one season on the show, Hack’s beauty and talent were undeniable when she became the face of Revlon’s Charlie perfume throughout the decade while building her career in film with appearances in The King of Comedy, Troll and The Stepfather. Despite Hack’s growing success, something was still missing and, for Hack, it couldn’t be found in Hollywood as she retired from acting in the 1990s and moved behind the scenes producing televised presidential debates in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Discovering her passion for politics, she became a political advisor and media consultant only returning to the spotlight for guest appearances on Diagnosis: Murder, Biography: Hello Angels Week and The Oprah Winfrey Show. Still working as an executive producer today, let’s catch up with the 70-year-old angel! Advertisements:

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Shelley Marie Hack came into this world on July 6, 1947 in White Plains, New York. She spent most of her childhood in Greenwich, Connecticut where she attended Greenwich Academy and tried her hand as a teen fashion model. “I started modeling my junior year of high school,” Hack told Allure magazine. “A magazine publisher saw me at a debutante ball in 1964 in Greenwich and told my father that I was a new face, and he said, ‘She’s not a new face around here, and I wish she’d take out the garbage and wash the dishes.’” Her father’s humor aside, Hack’s beauty was undeniable as the publisher’s friend, a talented photographer, scheduled a casual photo shoot the following morning. When she didn’t show up to the shoot, the photographer called angry as Hack recalled, “He said, ‘You’re supposed to be here for a cover test for Glamour magazine!” Drying her hair from the car window, Hack arrived in New York City too late as another girl took her spot…fortunately, her good luck hadn’t faded just yet!

Although she lost the role, the photographer took her photograph and told her to visit Eileen Ford of Ford Models. Doing exactly that, Hack recalls, “[Eileen] barely even looked at me, but at the end of the meeting, she turned and said, ‘We’ll be expecting you at 9 o’clock tomorrow.” Still a student in high school, she considered the modeling gig as only a summer job and, by the time fall rolled around, she enrolled at Smith College to ensure she had a backup plan when her modeling days were over. Graduating with a degree in history, she returned to the runway and quickly found herself landing television commercials and print ads when Revlon selected her as the face of their newest line of perfume, Charlie.

“The Charlie audition came after I graduated,” she recalled. “After the tryout, a friend picked me up for a weekend in the country and I told him, ‘I’m going to get this ad. And I think it’s going to be a big deal.’” The ad was certainly a big deal as Hack became one of the first models to negotiate high-dollar, exclusive deals with major cosmetic companies. By the 1970s, she’d reached supermodel status and never looked back.

In 1977, Hack made her feature film debut in Woody Allen’s Oscar-winning Annie Hall, which led to her first leading role in the 1978 romantic drama, If I Ever See You Again. Although the film was a box office flop, Hack’s performance was enough to catch ABC’s attention when she was offered the leading role of Tiffany Welles on Charlie’s Angeles after actress Kate Jackson left the show. When the show’s ratings tanked, Hack was the first let go in one of television’s most scandalous casting changes. “They can say I didn’t work out, but it isn’t true,” Hack said. “What happened was a network war. A business decision was made. Change the timeslot or bring on some new publicity. How to get publicity? A new Angel hunt. Who is the obvious person to replace? I am—the new kid on the block.”

Once Hack was axed from Charlie’s Angels in 1980, her former A-list status dwindled as she snagged supporting roles in Martin Scorsese’s The King of Comedy. She earned moderate praise when she joined Meredith Baxter and Annett O’Toole in the HBO televised stage production of Vanities and even appeared in the 1986 dark comedy horror, Troll. The following year she took the lead in the popular horror classic The Stepfather and had a pattern of failed television series with short-lived shows like Cutter to Houston and Jack and Mike. By the 1990s, her heart was no longer in acting as she retired from the spotlight to pursue other passions—politics and producing.

Later earning her Masters in Business Administration and launching the Shelley Hack Media Consultancy, Hack traveled to Bosnia-Herzegovina where she supervised polling stations and voter registrations. She even produced the country’s first televised presidential debate and went on to establish her reputation as a skilled consultant in countries around the world known for their history of conflict. Cashing in on her television experience, she started creating and producing her own programs in Eastern Europe to create more objective programming that wasn’t yet available.

Occasionally returning to the spotlight to share her story or experience on shows like Biography: Hello Angels Week and The Oprah Winfrey Show, Hack looks back on her early career with gratitude especially in her efforts to empower women. “Women looked at [Revlon’s Charlie] ad and said, ‘I want to be like that,’” she told Winfrey. “I was lucky. There were two things I was in that were about making women feel a little more empowered.”

Still doing her part today, the 70-year-old Hack and her husband, television producer Harry Winer, have settled down in Los Angeles where Hack continues to produce films like Hallmark Channel’s Lucky Christmas, Perfect Match and Summer of Dreams, with Smash Media.

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