Arguably, the most recognizable of the “Charlie’s Angels” cast, Farrah Fawcett gained international stardom through her role as Jill Munroe. Farrah’s popularity on the show was undeniable, so it came as a shock when she canceled her contract after just one season, resulting in a significant legal tussle between the actress and the studio.
Farrah found herself being the symbol of the 70s, and a single photo, in which she dons a red swimsuit and flashes her famous pearly whites, saw sales of six million posters. Her royalties from the poster earned her more than her “Charlie’s Angels” salary!
Kate Jackson Then
Kate Jackson was already a heavyweight in the television world when she was offered the role of Kelly in the original "Charlie’s Angels". Kate opted to assume the role of Sabrina instead. Her celebrity credentials gave marketing leverage to the series, and she found herself cast as the leader of the secret agent group.
Kate would play Sabrina Duncan for three out of the five seasons of "Charlie’s Angels." The name, "Charlie’s Angels", was actually coined by Kate during a meeting with producers Aaron Spelling and Leonard Goldberg after Kate saw an image of three angels hanging in Spelling’s office.
Kate Jackon Now
Kate Jackson’s star shone brightly after her stint being a Charlie’s Angel. But, a number of health scares caused Kate to take small breaks throughout her film career. Not one to rest on her laurels, Kate went on to be nominated for several Golden Globe and Emmy awards and was a force behind and in front of the camera until 2009, when she retired from acting altogether.
Thrice divorced, Kate’s current relationship status is unknown. Kate announced an upcoming biography in 2011, but the release has been delayed for over a decade.
Farrah Fawcett Now
Fawcett continued to find silver screen success after leaving "Charlie’s Angels", accumulating six Golden Globe Awards and four Primetime Emmy Award nominations in her film career. Tragically, Farrah Fawcett is the only one of the original Charlie’s Angels to have passed away.
Farrah was diagnosed with cancer at age 59 and began a three-year-long battle with the disease before finally succumbing to it in 2009. Her fourth and final Emmy award was awarded posthumously in recognition of her work on her autobiographical documentary, "Farrah’s Story."
Cheryl Ladd Then
The departure of Farrah Fawcett meant the show lost one of its titular characters in Jill Munroe. The producers, trying to keep the character’s presence alive somehow, introduced Kris Munroe, Jill’s younger sister. Actress Cheryl Ladd took up the Munroe torch and stayed with the show until its cancellation in 1981.
A songstress at heart, Cheryl made the most of her Charlie’s Angel fame to advance her musical ambitions. Her single "Think It Over" topped the Billboard charts, and her album went on to achieve gold status. Cheryl’s acting ambitions have had her grace the small screen for over four decades.