A gig in the TV show “Switch,” which starred Robert Wagner, proved to be a fortuitous break for Jackie. When Spelling originally developed the all-female detective series – called “The Alley Cats” – Wagner recommended Jaclyn for a role as one of the “alley cats” because he was impressed with her work in his series.
Spelling had already cast a blonde (Farrah) and a brunette (Kate), and was auditioning for a red head as the third female lead. but Wagner convinced him to screen-test Jaclyn. So Jaclyn became the “second brunette,” and other changes were made, including the name of the series.
After “Charlie's Angels,” Jaclyn became the queen of made for TV movies. She portrayed Jacqueline Kennedy and Florence Nightingale in biopics and appeared in more than 30 TV movies. In 2007, she hosted Bravo's reality series “Shear Genius.”
A savvy businesswoman, Jaclyn pioneered the concept of celebrities developing their own fashion brand when she launched a women's clothing line for K-Mart in 1985. Her brand of apparel has been purchased by more than 100 million women.