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The Original ‘Charlie’s Angels’ Cast Is Unrecognizable Today

"Hello, Charlie!" Amazing photos of the cast and what they've been up to for the last 4 decades

“Once upon a time, there were three little girls who went to the police academy. And they were each assigned very hazardous duties but I took them all away from all that and now they work for me. My name is Charlie.”

Those famous words were heard every week from 1976 to 1981 during Charlie’s Angels opening credits. As each of the iconic characters flashed on screen flaunting perfectly feathered hair, audiences couldn’t wait to see the gorgeous agents kick some proverbial “rear end.”

With it’s mixture of humor, action and strong women, it’s no surprise that the show is still a cult classic today — even inspiring three Hollywood adaptations in 2000, 2003 and 2019. But the original Charlie’s Angels cast of iconic crime-fighting ladies still leaves a lasting impression on audiences.

Here, take a walk down memory lane and see how the talented Charlie’s Angels cast used strength, intelligence and style to shattered stereotypes, leaving a lasting legacy of girl power.

Jaclyn Smith, Farrah Fawcett, and Kate Jackson starred in the first season, 1976THA/Shutterstock

Who was cast in the first season of Charlie’s Angels?

Season one of Charlie’s Angels cast Farah Fawcett, Jaclyn Smith and Kate Jackson in the lead roles. The beauties played a trio of police academy graduates — Sabrina Duncan (Jackson), Jill Munroe (Fawcett), and Kelly Garrett (Smith) — who were forced to do menial police tasks. Frustrated and unhappy, the women joined the Charles Townsend Agency and became private investigators for the man behind the namesake company.

While you never actually saw Charles Townsend’s face on the show, renowned actor John Forsythe lent his voice to the memorable part. John Bosley (played by David Doyle), Townsend’s associate, sent the Angels on their assignments after Townsend’s voice relayed the case over speakerphone.

Looking back at the strong message that the Charlie’s Angels sent to viewers — that women can be both powerful and beautiful — it’s not surprising how popular the beloved show would become throughout the years.

What other actresses joined the Charlie’s Angels cast?

Tanya Roberts, Jaclyn Smith and Cheryl Ladd in the fifth and final season, 1981Moviestore/Shutterstock

While Fawcett, Smith and Jackson were in the groundbreaking first season, a host of other talented actresses joined the set during the show’s five-year run. In fact, Faucet only acted in the first season and was replaced by Cheryl Ladd, who played her younger sister. Shelley Hack joined in the fourth season and Tanya Roberts made her debut in the fifth and final season.

Where’s the Charlie’s Angels cast now?

It’s hard to believe that it’s been a whopping 42 years since the show ended. Some of the Charlie’s Angels cast have sadly passed away, some are totally unrecognizable now, while others haven’t changed a bit.

Keep scrolling to catch up with Charlie’s Angels cast today.

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