Where Are They Now - Friday, July 27, 2018
Jan Smithers pulled out a squeaker to take the lead to become today's star celebrity for Where Are They Now!
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--DEAD OR ALIVE?--
See if you know if the following celebrities have had a visit from the "Grim Reaper":
Mamie Van Doren: Blonde bombshell type big in the 1950s
Louis Jourdan: The picture of suave, he has appeared in numerous movies, including "Three Coins in the Fountain", "Gigi", and "Octopussy"
Quinn Martin: The executive producer of many very successful action TV shows in the 1960s and 1970s, like "The Fugitive", "Dan August", "Cannon", "The Streets of San Francisco", and "Barnaby Jones"
(Answer at the bottom)
Learn More About Jan Smithers on Celebrity Nooz
July 3, 1949 in North Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA
Karin Jan Smithers
CLAIM TO FAME:
Jan Smithers is an American actress best known for playing Bailey Quarters on the CBS sitcom WKRP in Cincinnati.
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; together they have one daughter, Molly.
While studying art at Taft High School, Smithers swerved her automobile to avoid hitting another driver and ran into a telephone pole. The accident left a permanent scar on her chin.
Smithers first reached the public eye as a teenager when she was featured on the March 21, 1966, cover of Newsweek, seated on a motorcycle. Smithers was interviewed by Newsweek reporter David Moberg for a story about typical American teenagers in the 1960s. She was photographed happily riding on the back of a friend's motorcycle by Julian Wasser. That carefree looking shot made the cover of the March 21, 1966 issue of the magazine. The shot led to work in commercials while she was continuing her art studies at California Institute of the Arts in Valencia.
Retired from acting in the late '80s.
Her WKRP in Cincinnati character Bailey Quarters was based on creator Hugh Wilson's wife. Wilson wrote the character to be shy and soft-spoken, but very articulate when she did speak, because his wife was the same way.
Smithers dismissed stories that singer Barbra Streisand had ruined her marriage to James Brolin, by pointing out that she and Brolin had parted (amicably, sharing custody of their daughter) a full five years before Streisand and Brolin got together.
WHERE IS SHE NOW:
Smithers now lives in Ojai, California. In June 2014, Smithers attended a reunion of WKRP cast members hosted by the Paley Center for Media.
1987 Mr. Nice Guy...Lise
1984-1986 Hotel (TV Series)...Janice Copeland / Lacey Grant
- Triangles (1986) ... Janice Copeland
- Encores (1984) ... Lacey Grant
1985 Comedy Factory (TV Series)...Barrie Shepherd
- The Columnist
1985 Murder, She Wrote (TV Series)...Kathy Farrell
- Sudden Death
1985 Cover Up (TV Series)...Karen Morris
- The Assassin
1985 The New Mike Hammer (TV Series)...Shia Walters
1984 Finder of Lost Loves (TV Series)...Barbara Hensen
- Old Friends
1982-1984 The Love Boat (TV Series)...Sabrina Drake / Carol Cooperman / Aurora Adams
- By Hook or by Crook/Revenge with the Proper Stranger/Don't Get Mad, Get Even (1984) ... Carol Cooperman
- Long Time No See/The Bear Essence/Kisses and Makeup (1983) ... Aurora Adams
- The Spoonmaker Diamond/Papa Doc/The Role Model/Julie's Tycoon: Part 2 (1982) ... Sabrina Drake
- The Spoonmaker Diamond/Papa Doc/The Role Model/Julie's Tycoon: Part 1 (1982) ... Sabrina Drake
1984 Legmen (TV Series)...Sarah Turner
- Take the Credit and Run
1983 The Fall Guy (TV Series)...Cynthia Caldwell
- Spaced Out
1978-1982 WKRP in Cincinnati (TV Series)...Bailey Quarters
Appeared in 86 episodes
1980 The Love Tapes (TV Movie)...Carol Clark
1978 Our Winning Season...Cathy Wakefield
1976 Starsky and Hutch (TV Series)...Sharman Crane
1974 When the North Wind Blows
1974 Where the Lilies Bloom...Devola
1973 Love Story (TV Series)...Barbara
- Beginner's Luck
To see Then & Now pictures of Jan Smithers, visit: Celebrity Nooz
--Answers to DEAD OR ALIVE--
Mamie Van Doren - ALIVE
Louis Jourdan - DEAD
Born: 06/19/1919 Died: 02/14/2015
Quinn Martin - DEAD
Born: 05/22/1922 Died: 08/06/1987
WHO PASSED ON THIS WEEK...
Florindo Fabrizio, 73, American politician, member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives (since 2003), cancer.
Vitaliy Balytskyi, 39, Ukrainian football player and manager.
Choi In-hun, 82, South Korean writer, colorectal cancer.
Tony Cline, 69, American football player (Oakland Raiders, San Francisco 49ers).
Harry Gulkin, 90, Canadian filmmaker (Lies My Father Told Me, Two Solitudes, Bayo), pneumonia.
Paul Madeley, 73, English footballer (Leeds United, national team), Parkinson's disease.
Haydn Morgan, 81, Welsh rugby union player (national team).
Pierre Pican, 83, French bishop.
Roh Hoe-chan, 61, South Korean politician, member of the National Assembly (2004-2008, 2012-2013, since 2016), suicide by jumping.
Khalid Salleh, 70, Malaysian actor, respiratory failure.
Giuseppe Tonutti, 93, Italian politician, Senator (1976-1987).
Ikramullah Gandapur, Pakistani politician, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Minister for Agriculture (2014-2018), bombing.
Raymond Hunthausen, 96, American Roman Catholic prelate, Bishop of Helena (1962-1975) and Archbishop of Seattle (1975-1991).
June Jacobs, 88, British activist, stroke.
Donald Kaul, 83, American journalist (Des Moines Register), co-founder of RAGBRAI, prostate cancer.
Brian Kellow, 59, American magazine editor (Opera News) and biographer, brain cancer.
Basabi Nandi, 82, Indian actress (Bon Palashir Padabali), cardiac arrest.
Rene Portland, 65, American college basketball coach (Penn State Lady Lions), cancer.
Clemmie Spangler, 86, American billionaire businessman and academic administrator, President of the University of North Carolina (1986-1997).
Tony Sparano, 56, American football coach (Dallas Cowboys, Oakland Raiders, Miami Dolphins), arteriosclerotic heart disease.
Tor Erling Staff, 85, Norwegian lawyer.
Allan Ball, 75, English footballer (Queen of the South).
Jonathan Gold, 57, American food critic (Los Angeles Times, LA Weekly, Gourmet), Pulitzer Prize winner (2007), pancreatic cancer.
Pierre Jacob, 65, Canadian politician.
Arvo Jantunen, 89, Finnish basketball player and coach.
Annie Ali Khan, 38, Pakistani model and journalist, suicide by smoke inhalation.
Dave Maraj, 65, Trinidadian-born American auto racing team owner (Champion Racing), boating accident.
Ryu Matsumoto, 67, Japanese politician, Minister of Environment (2010-2011), lung cancer.
Don McCarthy, 63, British entrepreneur and philanthropist, chairman of House of Fraser (2006-2014), cancer.
Joseph Oyanga, 82, Ugandan Roman Catholic prelate, Bishop of Lira (1989-2003).
Ernie Palladino, 63, American sports journalist (New York Giants), cancer.
Camille Perl (de), 79, Luxembourgian Roman Catholic curialist, Vice President of the Pontifical Commission Ecclesia Dei (2008-2009).
Chris Svensson, 53, English-born American auto engineer, re-designer of Ford GT, brain cancer.
Elmarie Wendel, 89, American actress (3rd Rock from the Sun, The Lorax, George Lopez).
Michael Ellis, 77, American politician, member of the Wisconsin State Senate (1983-2015) and State Assembly (1970-1980).
Mark Hausknecht, 65, American cardiologist (George H. W. Bush), shot.
Jeff Hook, 89, Australian cartoonist and illustrator.
Roger Mamalo, 63, Filipino politician, Vice Mayor of Sultan sa Barongis, shot.
Martin O'Donoghue, 85, Irish politician, Minister of Economic Planning (1977-1979) and Education (1982), TD (1977-1982).
Thaddeus Radzilowski, 80, American historian and author, co-founder of the Piast Institute.
Akhtar Raza Khan, 75, Indian Sunni Muslim scholar and mufti.
Charles Koen, 73, American civil rights activist.
Heinz Schilcher, 71, Austrian football player (Ajax, Paris, national team) and manager.
Maria Spivak, 55, Russian translator (J. K. Rowling) and prose writer.
Christoph Westerthaler, 53, Austrian football player (Linz, national team) and manager (SV Horn), heart attack.