Actress Cheryl Ladd wasn’t one of the original Charlie’s Angels (she replaced Farrah Fawcett) but she was one of the most memorable. Now 64 years old, Ladd describes the cop drama series as a show about “three powerful women who had the latest hairdos, wore the coolest clothes, and could walk around in a bikini.” She says she (and others on the show) were bothered when the TV critics called it a “jiggle show” but she also admits, “Yeah, it’s entertainment. No one thinks it’s Shakespeare.”
[Cheryl Ladd recently starred in FX series The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story as Linell Shapiro, wife of one of Simpson’s lawyers, Robert Shapiro]
Even so, Ladd says, “We were very inspirational to a lot of young women.” She says they received many fan letters from girls who said they wanted to take risks — to be something other than the acceptable schoolteacher or secretary at the time. Ladd appears on Oprah: Where Are They Now? which airs Saturdays at 10pm on OWN.