Jan Smither

Jan Smither

Jan Smither

A former academic in neuroscience, she left the world of in-person lectures in favor of writing in her blog, exploring her enthusiastic interests in creative nonfiction.



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

One of four girls, Smithers was raised in the comfortable San Fernando Valley suburb of Woodland Hills just north of Los Angeles, CA. Her father was an attorney. While studying art at Taft High School, Smithers swerved her automobile to avoid hitting another driver and ran into a telephone pole. The accident left a permanent scar on her chin. A couple of years later, Smithers was interviewed by Newsweek reporter David Moberg for a story about typical American teenagers in the 1960s. She was photographed happily riding on the back of a friend's motorcycle by Julian Wasser. That carefree looking shot made the cover of the March 21, 1966 issue of the magazine. The shot led to work in commercials while she was continuing her art studies at California Institute of the Arts in Valencia. (Source: www.imdb.com)

www.thefamouspeople.com)Jan was born Karin Jan Smithers, on July 3, 1949. She grew up in Woodland Hills, California. Her father was a lawyer, and her mother was a homemaker. Jan had three sisters. Unfortunately, at the age of 21, she lost her eldest sister in a car accident. (Source:


Jan Smithers Net Worth: Jan Smithers is an American actress who has a net worth of $6 million dollars. Jan Smithers was born in North Hollywood, California on July 3 1949. Her full name is Karin Jan Smithers. The family settled in Woodland Hills, California where Jan attended William Howard Taft Charter High School. Her father was a lawyer and her mother was a homemaker. A natural in front of the camera, Jan began to model in her teens. She was discovered on the beach by a photographer while playing hookie from school. In March 1966 a photo of Jan riding on the back of a motorcycle was featured on the cover of Newsweek magazine. The story was titled "The Teen Agers – A Newsweek Study of what They're Really Like". The magazine launched her modeling career and Jan a mini celebrity. It was her first introduction to the limelight. (Source: www.celebritynetworth.com)

www.celebritynetworth.com)Early TV Career And WKRP Success: Several years later, Smithers earned her first on-screen role with a one-episode part on the show "Love Story". In 1974, she appeared in "When the North Wind Blows" and "Where the Lilies Bloom". It wasn't until 1978 that Smithers landed the role that would define her career. From 1978 to 1982 she played the role of Bailey Quarters on "WKRP in Cincinnati" alongside Gary Sandy, Gordon Jump, Loni Anderson, and Richard Sanders. Smithers appeared in 86 of the Emmy-nominated show's 88 episodes spanning four seasons between 1978 and 1982. In June 2014 Jan joined fellow former cast members for a WKRP at the Paley Center for Media in Beverly Hills.

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