Jan Smithers: Age, Career, Relationship, Quick Facts

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Jan Smithers

Jan Smithers has starred in movies that lived up to their hype during the time she was active in the acting industry. How much do you know of the actress? Where is she now? What is she up to? We give you all the details you need to know about her.

Jan Smithers: Age and early life

Jan Smithers was born on 3rd July 1949 in Woodland Hills, Los Angeles, California, United States of America. The names of her parents are not known, but her father was a lawyer, while her mother managed the home. Jan had three sisters but unfortunately, growing up, she lost her elder sister in a car accident. Years later, Jan herself was involved in an accident which left her with a visible scar on her chin.

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Jan studied at the William Howard Taft Charter High School. Further, she proceeded to the Chouinard Art Institute in Los Angeles, California. Jan featured on the 21st March 1966 cover of Newsweek magazine seated on a motorcycle. One single feature on the cover of Newsweek was enough to convince her that she was made for the big stage. She gained fame after that and decided to pursue a professional career in acting and modeling.

Jan Smithers: Career

Jan started her career modeling before she made her transition into acting in 1973. She was not the only model who has made that switch, switching from modeling to acting is pretty popular. In her debut film “Love Story” she portrayed the role of Barbara. Jan featured in only one episode of the American dramatic anthology television series. She also appeared as Bailey Quarters in an American Sitcom, “WKRP in Cincinnati”, starring Loni Anderson, Frank Bonner, Gary Sandy. WKRP was a major career-changing movie as she starred in 86 episodes.

Jan was in the four episodes of the American comedy-drama television series “Love Boat” which aired on ABC Television Network. Jan appeared in one episode of the crime drama series “Murder She Wrote” which aired on CBS network.

Jan Smithers was active in Hollywood for only two decades starring in 12 Television series and five films. In the late ‘80s, she retired from acting. Where is Jan Smithers at the moment? We have no idea. She could probably be in her house in Ojai, California crushing candies or watching her stocks grow. You never know.

In June 2014, Smithers attended a reunion of WKRP cast members hosted by The Paley Center for Media.


What do people do when their first marriage hit the rocks? Some remarry while some remain single for the rest of their lives, depending on how broken the first marriage left them. Jan Smith married after her first divorce and divorced again.

Who are the men that Jan married and divorced? Jan got married to actor Kipp Whitman in 1971 and they got divorced after a year when the ink on the marriage certificate has not fully dried. The reason for their divorce was not made public. Jan fell in love again.

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This time, Jan fell for James Brolin whom she met on the sets of the TV series “Hotel”. Brolin is an actor and they dated for several years and finally tied the knot in 1986. Together, they had a daughter Molly Elizabeth Brolinborn in 1987. But they divorced in 1995 alleging that they hardly made time for each other. Currently, Jan Smithers is single and since age is just a number, she might marry again.

Net worth

Jan Smithers appeared in few movies but most times it is not the number of movies that counts, it is the quality. She retired from acting three decades ago and between these periods a lot of things has happened. One constance is her net worth still in seven digits and secured. How rich is Jan Smithers? The former model and actress is quite rich with a net worth of $6 million.

How did she manage to make so much from the little appearances she made in her career? We have no idea. It is as they say, it is what it is.

Bonus fact

Jan Smithers is an ardent follower of the teachings of yoga guru Swami Muktananda, Indian environmentalist Vandana Shiva, and an Indian spiritual guru Mata Amritanandamayi. She loves yoga that much.

Image Source: newsweek.com



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