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Martha Smith

Out of her hundreds of TV appearances, Martha Smith is perhaps best known as "Francine Desmond", intelligence agent (and nemesis of star Kate Jackson) on the CBS series "Scarecrow and Mrs. King" (1983). Raised in Farmington, MI, Martha--an honor student with a mention in "Who's Who of American Students"--enrolled in Michigan State University at 17 to study psychology. She soon became an in-demand model and spokeswoman, whose travel demands uprooted her from her studies. She was "discovered" by a scout for "Playboy" magazine, selected as a centerfold (Miss July 1973) and promptly sent back on the road on press junkets. That road led to California. With the support of Universal Studios Contract Department, Martha honed her thespian skills in workshops while appearing in featured TV roles ("How the West Was Won" (1978), "Quincy M.E." (1976), "Charlie's Angels" (1976), etc.). Her first major film role was in the comedy blockbuster Animal House (1978), where her "Barbara 'Babs' Jansen" character, a devious cheerleader, was arch-rival to John Belushi's "Bluto". Shortly after, she shared star billing with Debbie Allen in the CBS pilot Ebony, Ivory and Jade (1979) (TV), which marked her professional singing/dancing debut.

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Oct 16, 1953 In Cleveland, Ohio, USA
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the series Happy Days 1974-01-15
Latest Project:
Movie A Futile and Stupid Gesture 2018-01-24
Known For
Poster of Kingpin
Poster of Blood Link
Poster of How the West Was Won
Poster of Charlie's Angels
Movie A Futile and Stupid Gesture Tour Guide 2018-01-24
Series Greek Mary Beth 2007-07-09
Series Kingpin 2003-02-02
Series Oliver Beene Unknown 2003-03-09
Movie To the Moon, Alice Heather Morgan 1991-10-02
Movie Broadcast News Aaron's Soundwoman 1987-12-16
Series Scarecrow and Mrs. King 1983-10-03
Series Hotel Unknown 1982-08-21
Movie Blood Link Hedwig 1982-10-15
Movie Ebony, Ivory and Jade Maggie 'Ivory' David 1979-08-03
Movie Animal House Barbara Sue "Babs" Jansen 1978-07-27
Series How the West Was Won Unknown 1977-02-06
Series Quincy, M.E. Unknown 1976-10-03
Series Charlie's Angels Unknown 1976-09-22
Series Happy Days Unknown 1974-01-15