Jan Smithers

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Jan Smithers
Karin Jan Smithers

(1949-07-03) July 3, 1949 (age 70)
ResidenceOjai, California, U.S.
Years active1973–1987
Kipp Whitman
(m. 1971; div. 1972)

James Brolin
(m. 1986; div. 1995)

Karin Jan Smithers (born July 3, 1949) is an American actress. She is best known for playing Bailey Quarters on the CBS sitcom WKRP in Cincinnati (1978–1982).[1]

Life and career[edit]

Smithers grew up with her parents and three sisters in Woodland Hills, California, and attended what is now William Howard Taft Charter High School there. She first reached the public eye as a teenager when she was featured on the March 21, 1966, cover of Newsweek, seated on a motorcycle.[1][2]

Smithers's first marriage was to Kipp Whitman from 1971 to 1972. From 1986 to 1995, she was married to actor James Brolin[1] and was stepmother to his two children from a previous marriage; together they have one daughter, Molly.

After living in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, she now lives in Ojai, California.[2] In June 2014, Smithers attended a reunion of surviving WKRP cast members hosted by the Paley Center for Media.[3]


Television credits[edit]


  1. ^ a b c Jones, Abigail (May 12, 2016). "An Interview With Jan Smithers, Newsweek Teen Cover Star In 1966". Newsweek.
  2. ^ a b "Whatever Happened To Actress Jan Smithers". July 3, 2006. Archived from the original on June 15, 2008. Retrieved January 21, 2008.
  3. ^ 2014 WKRP Reunion

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