Kate Jackson was born October 29, 1948 in Birmingham, Alabama to Hogan and Ruth Jackson. Since Kate was a little girl she knew she wanted to be an actress. When she was still a child she used to practice signing autographs for her friends.
After graduating from the University of Mississippi and Birmingham Southern College, she enrolled in the distinguished American Academy of Dramatic Arts
in New York. Kate worked hard, appearing in various Academy productions such as Night Must Fall
, The Constant Wife
and Little Moon of Alban
. At the same time, to support herself she modeled bridal gowns and worked as a tour guide at NBC. After she graduated from the Academy in 1970 she got a year-long stint on Dark Shadows
, the famous ABC gothic soap opera.
She then began making guest TV appearances on Bonanza
and the Jimmy Stewart Show
and earned some feature roles on The Medex
with Burgess Meredith and Movin On
. She also starred in Mark Robson's feature film Limbo
and the critics loved her.
Aaron Spelling picked her up for a role in the ABC police drama The Rookies
where she played the role of Nurse Danko for 4 whole years. The audience loved her character and ABC was bombarded with fan letters.
Her big break took place in 1976 when Charlie's Angels
hit the small screen. Kate Jackson along with her co-angels, Farrah Fawcett - Majors and Jaclyn Smith, became a household name and their careers flew sky-high. For 3 years she was Charlie's smartest angel, "the brainy one" and the only one who was a qualified actress. Charlie's Angels
netted her two Emmy nominations.
While starring in Charlie's Angels
, Kate Jackson continued to appear in both TV and film, including James at 15
and Thunder and Lightning
produced by Roger Corman. After she wasn't given time off from Charlie's Angels
to star in the feature film Kramer vs Kramer
, she left behind her Angel halo and the show that made her a star. More >
Kate focused on her career again by appearing in various TV films Thin Ice
and Listen To Your Heart
and a remake of Topper
. She again made the leap to the big screen with two films, Dirty Tricks
and Making Love
, co-starring with Harry Hamlin and Michael Ontkean, a film that received excellent reviews.
She married David Greenwald in 1982 and together they created the production company Shoot the Moon
that begin producing the CBS spy-comedy series called Scarecrow and Mrs. King
with Bruce Boxleitner. Kate loved having the opportunity to begin a new career as director of several episodes of the show. After the end of Scarecrow and Mrs. King
in 1987, Kate decided to return to TV with a witty NBC series that was actually based on the feature film Baby Boom
. In 1989 she starred in the feature film Loverboy
Her television movies include The Stranger Within
, Black Death
, A Mother's Testimony
, and Miracle Dogs
. She also starred in and directed the Showtime series Dead Man's Gun
. She continues to make guest appearances on television shows like Twice in a Lifetime
and Chicken Soup for the Soul
. She also created an Emmy-nominated performance for Ally McBeal
. Her latest feature films are The Cold Heart of a Killer
, Silence of Adultery
, What Happened to Bobby Earl
, Sweet Deception
, Error in Judgment
and No Regrets
After being helped by Rosie O'Donnell, Kate adopted a son in 1995 just two hours after his birth and finally had her dream of being a mother come true.
She is currently working as the spokesperson for the American Heart Association's Power of Love
fund-raising campaign. Kate had open-heart surgery in 1994 after she discovered she was born with an ASD, an Atrial Septal Defect or hole in her heart. She made a complete recovery, but was inspired to inform women of the stunning statistics--that one out of every two women die of heart disease. On May 15, 2003 Kate Jackson received the Power of Love
Award from the American Heart Association
for her continuous efforts of bringing awareness to heart disease. < Previous