|Born||Shelley Marie Hack
July 6, 1947
White Plains, New York, U.S.
|Occupation||Actress, producer, model, advisor|
|Spouse(s)||Harry Winer (1990–present)|
Shelley Marie Hack (born July 6, 1947) is an American model, actress, producer, and political and media advisor. Hack is best remembered for her role as Tiffany Welles in the fourth season of the ABC television drama Charlie's Angels (1979–1980), replacing the departing Kate Jackson. Hack appeared in a total of 26 episodes of the series, before being replaced in season five by model-actress Tanya Roberts.
Life and career
Hack was born in White Plains, New York and raised in nearby Greenwich, Connecticut. She graduated from Greenwich Academy and Smith College, the latter with a history degree. She began her career as a teen fashion model and became the face of Revlon's Charlie perfume from the mid-1970s until the early 1980s. Life proclaimed her one of the million dollar faces in the beauty industry who were able to negotiate previously unheard of lucrative and exclusive deals with giant cosmetics companies, were instantly recognizable, and whose names became known to the general public. Shelley ranked among a handful of the seventies supermodels.
Her feature film debut was in Woody Allen's award winning film Annie Hall (1977), as "Street Stranger." She is perhaps best known for her role as Tiffany Welles, a role Michelle Pfeiffer auditioned for, in the television series Charlie's Angels for one season (1979–80). Unfortunately, the series experienced a ratings decline during Hack's time on the show, and the actress was dismissed in early 1980.
Following Hack's departure from Charlie's Angels, the actress played a variety of supporting roles. Hack received positive reviews in Martin Scorsese's film The King of Comedy (1983). She starred with Annette O'Toole and Meredith Baxter Birney in the critically acclaimed Vanities (1981), a television production of the comedy-drama stage play about the lives, loves and friendship of three Texas cheerleaders starting from high school to post-college graduation; it aired as a part of Standing Room Only, a series on the premium-television channel HBO. She had a well received leading role in the cult horror film The Stepfather and was a regular on two short-lived TV series of the 1980s: Cutter to Houston (1983) and Jack and Mike (1986–87). Both series were well received by critics and Hack was praised for her portrayal of Doctor Beth Gilbert in Cutter To Houston, as well as empathic newspaper columnist Jackie Shea in Jack and Mike. She had several more notable guest appearances in film and television up until 1997.
After Hack left acting in the late '90s, she entered politics. Hack became a registration and polling station supervisor in the 1997 elections in Bosnia-Herzegovina and produced the first-ever televised presidential debates there as well. She also produced the debates in Sarajevo, Mostar, and the two in Banja Luka. She established herself in a new field as a media consultant for pre- and post-conflict countries. Among her duties was to help spread independent media such as newspapers, radio and television, citing the fact that with autocratic governments, the population is often fed state television, which delivers biased content. Hack worked in the television sector for ten years. Additionally, Hack became a member of the Pacific Council on International Policy (the mission of PCIP is to give a more effective voice to West Coast perspectives on critical global policy issues).
In October 2000, appearing as herself, Hack returned to the Charlie's Angels Townsend Agency office as guest host on A&E Biography, which featured profiles of several Charlie's Angels stars during Hello Angels Week.
In January 2008, Hack made an appearance on The Oprah Winfrey Show. The episode, "Classic Americana", featured Hack as Revlon's Charlie perfume model in a 1976 television ad with Bobby Short at the piano. "It was a time when women were changing" Hack stated to Oprah Winfrey. "Women looked at [the ad] and said, 'I want to be like that.'" Referring to the later Revlon commercials and Charlie's Angels, Hack stated "I was lucky. There were two things I was in that were about making women feel a little more empowered".
In recent years, rumours have been circulating about Hack's possible return to acting. The recent release of Charlie's Angels Season 4 DVD Collection has resulted in fans acknowledgement of Hack's contribution to the successful TV series. Many now conclude that Hack should have remained on the series and that her character of Tiffany Welles needed to have been developed from its first episode.
Hack and her husband, Harry Winer are company principals for the production company Smash Media ("Entertainment That Brings People Together") that develops and produces content for motion pictures, television and new media.
- Annie Hall - Street Stranger (1977)
- If Ever I See You Again - Jennifer Corly (1978)
- Time After Time - Docent (1979)
- The King of Comedy - Cathy Long (1983)
- Troll - Anne Potter (1986)
- The Stepfather - Susan Maine (1987)
- Blind Fear - Erika (1989)
- A Casualty of War by Berterick Forsyth - ITV film series (1989)
- The Finishing Touch - Hannah (1991)
- Me, Myself & I - Jennifer (1992)
- Charlie's Angels - Tiffany Welles (1979–1980)
- Death Car on the Freeway (TV movie) - Janette Clausen (1979)
- The Love Boat ("Dumb Luck") - Carol Ketay (1979)
- Married: The First Year (TV Series) (1979)
- Vanities - Mary (1981)
- The American Sportsman - Herself (1982)
- Cutter to Houston (TV series) - Dr. Beth Gilbert (October 1, 1983 – December 31, 1983)
- Trackdown: Finding the Goodbar Killer (TV Movie) - Logan Gay (1983)
- Single Bars, Single Women (TV Movie) - Frankie (1984)
- Kiks (TV Movie) - Maggie Pierson (1985)
- Jack and Mike (TV series) - Jackie Shea (September 16, 1986 – March 24, 1987)
- Bridesmaids (TV movie) - Kimberly (1989)
- A Casualty of War (TV movie) - Monica Browne (1990)
- Taking Back My Life: The Nancy Ziegenmeyer Story (TV movie) - Nan Horvat (1992)
- seaQuest DSV (TV movie/pilot) - Capt. Marilyn Stark (1993)
- Not in My Family (TV movie) - Becky Worth (1993)
- A Perry Mason Mystery: The Case of the Wicked Wives (TV movie) - Abby Walters Morrison (1993)
- Falling from the Sky: Flight 174 (TV movie) - Lynn Brown (1995)
- Frequent Flyer (TV movie) - JoBeth Rawlings (1996)
- Biography, Hello Angels Week - Guest Hostess (2000)
- TV Tales: Charlie's Angels (Documentary) - Herself (2002)
- The Oprah Winfrey Show, "Classic Americana" - Herself (2008)
- Lucky Christmas (Executive Producer) (2011)
- Zombie Blondes (Executive Producer) (2012)
- The Celebrity Guide to Wine - Herself (1990)
- The Celebrity Guide to Entertaining - Herself (1993)
- The First Family Rides Again (1981)
- Lord of Hawkfell Island - Narrator (1993)
- Cheryl Lavin. (1986, September 14). VITAL STATISTICS SHELLEY HACK :[FINAL EDITION, C]. Chicago Tribune (pre-1997 Fulltext),p. 7. Retrieved February 13, 2010, from Chicago Tribune. (Document ID: 24939531).
- Martha Smilgis. "Charlie's Latest Angel".
- Hofstede, David, Jack Condon, and Jaclyn Smith. Charlie's Angels Casebook. Beverly Hills: Pomegranate, 2000.
- Caught in the Nielsen Wars, Charlie's Latest Pearly Angel, Shelley Hack, Gets the Gate
- Oprah show - Charlie Girl Shelley Hack
- YouTube video of Charlie TV commercial
- RealVideo format of Charlie TV commercial