October 29, 1948
Actress Kate Jackson, best known for her role in the hugely successful television series “Charlie’s Angels,” was born in Birmingham on this day. Jackson is an Emmy- and Golden Globe-nominated veteran of dozens of films and several television series and has appeared as a guest star on numerous television shows. She is also an outspoken advocate for women’s health issues, having survived two bouts of breast cancer as well as open-heart surgery.
She was born Lucy Kate Jackson to Hogan and Ruth Jackson. Her father was the wealthy president of a building-supply company. Jackson has one sibling. She attended private schools in Birmingham, graduating in 1966. She enrolled in the University of Mississippi as a history major but transferred in her sophomore year to Birmingham-Southern College, where she took her first theater class. Although Jackson graduated with a degree in history, her career path led to Hollywood.
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