Shelley Hack

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Shelley Hack
Born
Shelley Marie Hack

(1947-07-06) July 6, 1947 (age 72)
EducationSmith College (AB)
New York Institute of Technology (Master of Business Administration)
OccupationActress, producer, model, advisor
Years active1975–present
Known forTiffany Welles – Charlie's Angels
Spouse(s)
Harry Winer (m. 1990)
ChildrenDevon Rose Winer (b. 1990)[1][2]

Shelley Marie Hack (born July 6, 1947) is an American model, actress, producer, and political and media adviser. Hack is best remembered as the face of Revlon's Charlie perfume from the mid-1970s until the early 1980s, and for her role as Tiffany Welles in the fourth season of Charlie's Angels (1979–80).

Life and career[edit]

Hack was born in Greenwich, Connecticut,[3] the eldest of six children. Her father was a Wall Street financial analyst, and her mother was a former Conover model. After schooling at Greenwich Academy, she progressed to Smith College, spent her junior year studying archeology at the University of Sydney in Australia, graduated from Smith with a bachelor of arts in history, and moved to New York.[4] 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 1970s supermodels.[5]

Her feature film debut was a bit part in Woody Allen's award-winning film Annie Hall (1977), as "Street Stranger". In her second film appearance, she was the leading lady in the Joe Brooks romance drama, If Ever I See You Again, but the film was not a success (“a bomb,” she admits). Shortly thereafter she was cast as Kate Jackson's replacement on the television series Charlie's Angels for one season (1979-1980), playing the sophisticated character Tiffany Welles, the role for which she is probably best known. She beat out many competitors for the role, including Michelle Pfeiffer and Barbara Bach.[6] However, after an initial spike in the ratings, they began to erode, so in an attempt to revitalize declining ratings and regain the show's popularity, ABC released Hack from her contract in February 1980. A statement later issued by Spelling-Goldberg read: "When she signed her contract for the series, Miss Hack had a personal agreement that she could review her continuation with the show at the end of her first season since series television represented an enormous change in her career and lifestyle,"[7] implying she was included in the decision to exit Charlie's Angels. In an interview with People, Hack said "They can say I didn't work out, but it isn't true. 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."[8] Despite the conflicting reports, Hack later stated "I never expected to be there more than a year and I wasn't. I did my year and I moved on."[9]

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), in which she played Cathy Long, a passive-aggressive executive. She starred with Annette O'Toole and Meredith Baxter Birney in the critically acclaimed Vanities (1981), a television production of the 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 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). She had several more notable guest appearances in film and television up until 1997. Additionally, she narrated the audiobook The Lord of Hawkfell Island, which AudioFile (magazine) stated "Shelley Hack's mellifluous voice brings this Viking tale alive."[10]

In 1987, Hack, a former smoker, was named the national chairperson for the National Lung Association's and American Medical Association's campaign to educate young women on the dangers of cigarette smoking. Hack completed a Master's degree in business administration from New York Institute of Technology.[11]

After Hack retired from acting in the late 1990s, she entered politics. Hack became a voting 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. In 1997, Hack founded the Shelley Hack Media Consultancy (SHMC). Hack also worked for two years with the largest media conglomerate in Eastern Europe where she helped develop and build the infrastructure for the largest state of the art film studio complex in the region.[12] Hack worked in the television sector for 10 years, creating ethnically diverse television programs in Eastern Europe. Additionally, she became a member of the Pacific Council on International Policy (PCIP).

In October 2000, appearing as herself, Hack returned to the Charlie's Angels Townsend Agency office as guest host on 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",[13] featured Hack as Revlon's Charlie perfume model in a 1976 television ad with Bobby Short at the piano.[14][15] "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".[13]

Hack and her husband Harry Winer are company principals for the production company Smash Media, which develops and produces content for motion pictures, television and new media.

Personal life[edit]

Hack has been married to her husband Harry Winer since 1990, and together they have a daughter.[16][17]

Credits[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1977 Annie Hall Street Stranger N/A
1978 If Ever I See You Again Jennifer Corly N/A
1979 Time After Time Docent Voice-over
1983 The King of Comedy Cathy Long N/A
1986 Troll Anne Potter N/A
1987 The Stepfather Susan Maine N/A
1991 Blind Fear Erika N/A
1983 The Finishing Touch Hannah N/A
1992 Me, Myself & I Jennifer N/A
1996 House Arrest Dr. Erica Gilliland, Ph.D. uncredited

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Episode title Notes
1979 Married: The First Year Linda An Old Friend TV series
1979-1980 Charlie's Angels Tiffany Welles 26 episodes TV series
1979 Death Car on the Freeway Janette Clausen TV movie
1980 The Love Boat Carol Ketay Dumb Luck TV series
1981 HBO Standing Room Only Mary Vanities TV series
1982 The American Sportsman Herself TV series
1983 Cutter to Houston Dr. Beth Gilbert 9 episodes TV series
1983 Trackdown: Finding the Goodbar Killer Logan Gay TV movie
1983 Close Ties Anna TV movie
1984 Single Bars, Single Women Frankie TV movie
1985 Kicks (aka Destination Alcatraz) Maggie Pierson TV movie
1986-1987 Jack and Mike Jackie Shea 16 episodes TV series
1989 Bridesmaids Kimberly TV movie
1990 Frederick Forsyth Presents: A Casualty of War Monica Browne TV movie
1992 Taking Back My Life: The Nancy Ziegenmeyer Story Nan Horvat TV movie
1993 Falling from the Sky: Flight 174 Lynn Brown TV movie
1982 seaQuest DSV Capt. Marilyn Stark To Be or Not To Be TV pilot/movie/series
1993 Not in My Family Becky Worth TV movie
1993 A Perry Mason Mystery: The Case of the Wicked Wives Abby Walters-Morrison TV movie
1994 L.A. Law Lynn Barnett Whose San Andreas Fault is it, Anyway? TV series
1994 Tales from the Crypt Janet McKay The Assassins TV series
1995 Falling from the Sky: Flight 174 Lynn Brown TV movie
1997 Diagnosis Murder Dr. Elaine Denell Looks Can Kill TV series
1997 TheraCel (Skin Care) Herself Infomercial
2000 Biography Herself/Guest Hostess Hello Angels Week TV series
2000 Time and Again (TV series): Charlie's Angels Herself TV series/Retrospective
2002 TV Tales: Charlie's Angels Herself Television documentary
2008 The Oprah Winfrey Show Herself Classic Americana TV series

Stage[edit]

Year Title Role
1981 Vanities Mary
1992 Born Yesterday Billie Dawn
1983 Close Ties Anna
1989 Tamara Luisa Baccara

Discography/Audio Book[edit]

Year Title Role
1981 The First Family Rides Again A voice on the phone
1993 The Big Book for Our Planet Narrator
1993 Lord of Hawkfell Island (Viking Era, Book 2) Narrator

Home video[edit]

Year Title Role
1990 The Celebrity Guide to Wine Herself
1993 The Celebrity Guide to Entertaining Herself

Production[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2011 Lucky Christmas Producer TV movie/Hallmark Channel
2015 Perfect Match (2015 film) Producer TV movie/Hallmark Channel
2016 Summer of Dreams Producer TV movie/Hallmark Channel
2017 Christmas in Evergreen Producer TV movie/Hallmark Channel
2017 A Bramble House Christmas Producer TV movie/Hallmark Channel
2018 Falling for You Producer TV movie/Hallmark Channel

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://harrywinerdirector.com/about.html
  2. ^ https://tisch.nyu.edu/about/directory/film-tvs/99643858
  3. ^ Cheryl Lavin. (September 14, 1986). VITAL STATISTICS SHELLEY HACK :[FINAL EDITION, C]. Chicago Tribune (pre-1997 Fulltext), p. 7. Retrieved February 13, 2010, from Chicago Tribune. (Document ID: 24939531).
  4. ^ Smilgis, Martha (September 24, 1979). "Charlie's Latest Angel". People Weekly. 12.
  5. ^ Best–Selling Beauties, Life October 1981, page 120
  6. ^ Smilgis, Martha (September 24, 1979). "Charlie's Latest Angel". People. Retrieved November 18, 2015.
  7. ^ https://www.mediavillage.com/article/charlies-angels-star-shelly-hack-finds-heaven-at-hallmark/
  8. ^ "Caught in the Nielsen Wars, Charlie's Latest Pearly Angel, Shelley Hack, Gets the Gate". People.com. Retrieved November 19, 2017.
  9. ^ http://primaryfusionproductions.com/2018/11/20/tv-tales-charlies-angels/
  10. ^ https://audiofilemagazine.com/reviews/listing?Title=lord+of+hawkfell+island
  11. ^ http://smashmediafilms.com/?q=content/about-us
  12. ^ http://smashmediafilms.com/content/about-us
  13. ^ a b Oprah show - Charlie Girl Shelley Hack
  14. ^ Video of Charlie TV commercial on YouTube
  15. ^ RealVideo format of Charlie TV commercial
  16. ^ http://harrywinerdirector.com/about.html
  17. ^ https://tisch.nyu.edu/about/directory/film-tvs/99643858

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