Jan Smithers

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Jan Smithers
Born Karin Jan Smithers
(1949-07-03) July 3, 1949 (age 67)
North Hollywood, California, U.S.
Occupation Actress
Years active 1973–1987
Spouse(s) Kipp Whitman (m. 1971; div. 1972)
James Brolin (m. 1986; div. 1995)
Children 1

Karin Jan Smithers (born July 3, 1949) is an American former television and film actress, best known for playing Bailey Quarters on the television series WKRP in Cincinnati.

Life and career[edit]

Smithers grew up with her parents and three sisters in Woodland Hills, California, and attended William Howard Taft 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 and was stepmother to his two sons from a previous marriage; they had one daughter, Molly, together.

Smithers retired from show business in 1987. After living in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, she now lives in Ojai, California.[1] In June 2014, Smithers attended a reunion of WKRP cast members hosted by the Paley Center for Media.[3]



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