Shelley Hack and Jaclyn Smith in Vanity Fair

Both ladies were interviewed in the article Sorority on E. 63rd St. about New York's "women only" Barbizon Hotel - home to aspiring actresses, models and dancers for 60 years. It includes a nice portrait of Jaclyn and an early magazine cover for Shelley.

JACLYN: "You were a lady there", says former Charlie's Angel Jaclyn Smith, who as a teenager arrived at the Barbizon from Texas to study ballet. Inside she befriended model Dayle Haddon, who would become the face of L'oreal, and Margo Sappington, later a dancer with the Joffrey Ballet and choreographer of the infamous nude musical Oh! Calcutta! .

"This was another time and place," Smith insists. "I really dressed up: hose, heels. I don't know how I walked. I looked like I was going to church every day."

SHELLEY: Shelley Hack was 15 in 1962 when she was discovered sailing off Greenwich, Conneticut, and was immediately signed to Ford. A whirlwind two weeks later, Ford put her up - alone - for the first night at the Barbizon before one of her first bookings. Feeling all grown up, Hack excitedly slipped into a booth in the coffee shop to have dinner. There she met a five-foot-two-inch aspiring model from Florida who had just won a beauty context; her small town had chipped in to send her to New York to make her dreams of modelling fame come true.

"I looked around the room, and all of a sudden the whole thing came into focus," says Hack, who would go on to become famous as the face of Revlon's Charlie perfume, and later as Tiffany Welles, the Brahmin member of Charlie's Angels.

"The room was full of girls who had done everything I hadn't had to do. They were far from home. They didn't have family backup. They didn't have money. They wanted something and I had it, and I didn't even want it. I respected it, knew it was an opportunity, but it wasn't something I had dreamed of, or planned for, babysat and saved money for. I wasn't invested in it."


April, 2010 Vanity Fair