Jan Smithers

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Jan Smithers
Born Karin Jan Smithers
(1949-07-03) July 3, 1949 (age 68)
North Hollywood, Los Angeles, 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 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 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 sons 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 WKRP cast members hosted by the Paley Center for Media.[3]



  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". 2006-07-03. Archived from the original on 2008-06-15. Retrieved 2008-01-21. 
  3. ^ 2014 WKRP Reunion

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