Jan Smithers

Inside Biography

American actress, Jan Smithers is a former model and actress who was one of the most admired stars in the modeling and acting industry in the past. She worked in several hit movies as well as a TV series, however, Smithers quit the glamor and entertainment industry in the 1980s and since then, she rarely makes her appearance in the media.

Early Life And Education Of Jan Smithers

Jan Smithers was born Karin Jan Smithers on 3rd July 1949 in Woodland Hills, California. Her father was a lawyer, while her mother was a homemaker. Smithers had three sisters, but she lost her elder sister in a car accident.

She went to the 'William Howard Taft Charter High School' in California. Then, she joined the Chouinard Art Institute in Los Angeles. During her high school days, she got into a terrible car accident and got her chin severely injured.

Jan Smithers’ Career

Jan Smithers started her modeling career appearing on the cover of American weekly magazine, Newsweek at 16. The photo earned her a broader recognition in the media which led her to pursue a professional career in acting and modeling.

Some years after she made her modeling debut, Smithers also debuted in acting 1973, appearing as Barbara in an episode of American dramatic anthology television series, Love Story. The following year, she debuted in big screen with the drama film, Where the Lilies Bloom as Devola, starring Rance HowardJulie Gholson, and others. 

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From 1978 to 1982, Jan Smithers was cast as Bailey Quarters in an American Sitcom, WKRP in Cincinnati, starring Loni AndersonFrank BonnerGary Sandy, and others. Likewise, she was seen in many television series such as The Love Boat, The Fall Guy, Finder of Lost Loves, Murder, and She Wrote among others.  

Furthermore, Smithers’ movie credits include Trick or Treat (1975), Our Winning Season (1978), The Love Tapes (1980 TV movie), Mr. Nice Guy (1987), and others. As per IMDb, her last appearance in the TV was in the 1997 Hong Kong action film, Mr. Nice Guy as Lise. 

Jan Smithers’ Net Worth

Jan Smithers was active in the acting field for around 2 decades during which she earned a good sum of money. According to the celebrity net worth, Jan Smithers' estimated net worth is $6 million in 2019.

Once, she traveled to India with a group of charitable people where she was amazed to see the rate of poverty. She felt she could bring the changes in the lives of people after her India trip. Then, she devoted 16 years of her life in helping the people who were wallowing in penury.

Jan Smithers’s Personal Life 

Jan Smithers, who is at the age of 69 is possibly single at the moment. She was previously married twice. She first got married to an actor Kipp Whitman in 1971 and they got divorced after a year. 

After that, she met actor James Brolin on the sets of Hotel. They began dating and remained in a relationship for several years before tying the knot in 1986. The former couple also shares a daughter, Molly Elizabeth Brolin (born 1987) together. They divorced in 1995.

Besides, she follows and advocates the teachings of yoga guru Swami Muktananda, Indian environmentalist Vandana Shiva, and an Indian spiritual guru Mata Amritanandamayi. As of 2019, she lives in Ojai, California.

Talking about her body measurements, she stands at the height of 5 ft 5 inches tall/ 1.7m and possesses a healthy and well-maintained body that measures 34-24-34 inches.


  • On March 21, 1966, she was featured on the cover page of Newsweek which helped her to push forward in her modeling and acting career.
  • After her divorce, there was a huge rumor of her husband left her for Barbara Streisand but she dismissed rumors while she appeared on Entertainment Tonight in the years 2001.

by ab-mahima, 29 Mar, 2019

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