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Occupation  Actress
Children  Molly Elizabeth Brolin
Role  Television actress
Name  Jan Smithers
Years active  1973–1987

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Full Name  Karin Jan Smithers
Born  July 3, 1949 (age 66) (1949-07-03) North Hollywood, California, U.S.
Education  William Howard Taft Charter High School
Spouse  James Brolin (m. 1986–1995), Kipp Whitman (m. 1971–1972)
Movies and TV shows  WKRP in Cincinnati, Where the Lilies Bloom, Our Winning Season, Mr Nice Guy, Trick or Treat
Similar People  Loni Anderson, Howard Hesseman, James Brolin, Gary Sandy, Jane Cameron Agee

Jan smithers

Karin Jan Smithers (born July 3, 1949) is an American television and film actress, best known for playing Bailey Quarters on the television series WKRP in Cincinnati.


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Life and career

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Smithers grew up with her parents and three sisters in Woodland Hills, California, and attended William Howard Taft Charter High School there. She first reached the public eye as a teenager when she was featured on the March 21, 1966, cover of Newsweek, seated on a motorcycle.

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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.

After living in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, she now lives in Ojai, California. In June 2014, Smithers attended a reunion of WKRP cast members hosted by the Paley Center for Media.


  • Love Story as Barbara (1 episode, 1973)
  • When the North Wind Blows (1974)
  • Where the Lilies Bloom (1974) as Devola
  • Trick or Treat (1975)
  • Starsky and Hutch as Sharman Crane (1 episode, 1976)
  • Our Winning Season (1978) as Cathy Wakefield
  • The Love Tapes (1980) (TV) as Carol Clark
  • WKRP in Cincinnati as Bailey Quarters (86 episodes, 1978–1982)
  • The Fall Guy as Cynthia Caldwell (1 episode, 1983)
  • Legmen as Sarah Turner (1 episode, 1984)
  • Finder of Lost Loves as Barbara Hensen (1 episode, 1984)
  • The Love Boat (4 episodes, 1982–1984)
  • Mike Hammer (1 episode, 1985)
  • Cover Up as Karen Morris (1 episode, 1985)
  • Murder, She Wrote as Kathy Farrell (1 episode, 1985)
  • Comedy Factory as Barrie Shepherd (1 episode, 1985)
  • Hotel as Janice Copeland (2 episodes, 1984–1986)
  • Mr. Nice Guy (1987) as Lise
  • References

    Jan Smithers Wikipedia