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As ABC launches a new Charlie's Angels this fall, we decided to look back at the franchise's journey from the small screen to the big screen ... and back.
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Jill Munroe (Farrah Fawcett)
Fawcett truly was iconic — her feathered blond 'do was mimicked by young women long before The Rachel was the rage, and her poster, where she's wearing a red one-piece bathing suit, had a place of honor in many a teen bedroom.
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Natalie Cook (Cameron Diaz)
In the feature-film reboot of the ABC series, a worthy successor to Farrah had to be picked. And there's something about Cameron, isn't there?
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Eve French (Minka Kelly)
For the third-generation flight of the Angels, Kelly appears poised to fill the role of first among equals — even though she's a brunette. Like Fawcett and Diaz, the 31-year-old Friday Night Lights star is already a movie star and is Esquire's reigning "Sexiest Woman Alive."
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Kris Munroe (Cheryl Ladd)
Replacing a megawatt phenomenon is a daunting task. But when Fawcett left the show after just one season, Ladd pulled it off, joining the series as the younger sister of Fawcett's character and remaining until the show's 1981 demise.
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Alex Munday (Lucy Liu)
In her Ally McBeal days, the Artist Formerly Known as Ling Woo was certainly no angel, but as Alex, a former astronaut with martial-arts training, Liu was a perfect fit for gainful employment with Charlie. The casting of the Asian-American movie star also offered a postmodern acknowledgment of a changing world.
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Abby Sampson (Rachael Taylor)
A relatively fresh face, the 27-year-old Australian actress, who's appeared on several episodes of Grey's Anatomy, comes with some serious cred for a angel who's getting her wings: She was picked this year among the "100 Sexiest Women in the World" by her home country's edition of FHM.
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Sabrina Duncan (Kate Jackson)
Fresh from gaining popularity on The Rookies, she met with Aaron Spelling to discuss her contractual obligation to his production company and got the angelic gig. As the story goes, she named the show: Spelling told her that he had to change the title, and she pointed to the painting of the three female angels on the wall behind his desk. She received two Emmy nominations as Lead Actress in a Drama Series for her work on the show. She went on to do memorable work in the feature film Making Love and TV series Scarecrow and Mrs. King.
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Dylan Sanders (Drew Barrymore)
The E.T. Extraterrestrial actress defied the childhood-stardom jinx to display a range of talent worthy of the revered Barrymore name. Sexy, smart, sassy yet sweet, she's all that you'd want in an Angel — and as the face of Cover Girl cosmetics, which she's represented in recent years.
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Tiffany Welles (Shelley Hack)
The face of Revlon's Charlie perfume — just a coincidence, since the product predated the series – Hack, a model, joined the first series in its fourth season (1979-80). The ratings dropped precipitously, and she was ousted.
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Julie Rogers (Tanya Roberts),
After Hack's dismissal, Roberts became an Angel for the fifth and final season (1980-81) after a supposed intergalactic search of some 2,000 hopefuls. Being with the show at its demise didn't hurt her career. The early '80s sex symbol soon went on to star in The Beastmaster, appear in Playboy and play a Bond Girl in A View to a Kill. Younger TV viewers know her as Donna's mom on That '70s Show.
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Madison Lee (Demi Moore)Much of the buzz about Moore's casting centered on how, at 40 and after three kids, Mrs. Ashton Kutcher looked as buff in a bikini as anyone half her age, playing a fallen Angel in 2003's Full Throttle sequel.
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Kate Prince (Annie Ilonzeh)
The 27-year-old Nigerian-American is best known for playing Maya Ward on General Hospital. While she'll be breaking a color barrier of the franchise when the new series debuts — on the 35th anniversary of the first series' premiere! — her character will be breaking other things as a martial-arts master.
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Kelly Garrett (Jaclyn Smith)
The only original Angel to stay around for the first series' full five-year run (1976-81), the one-time Breck girl has enjoyed an enduring career in nearly three dozen TV movies over the years. She also launched a successful line of women's clothes and home furnishings at Kmart
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The Old Bosleys (David Doyle, Bill Murray and Bernie Mac)
Since the boss usually communicated just by speakerphone, he needed a liaison. That, of course, was John Bosley. Doyle, a capable character actor back in the day, essentially landed the role of his life and was the only one besides Jaclyn Smith to stay with the original series for its entire run, scoring one Emmy nomination. Murray filled the role in the first movie (2000) and Mac in the sequel (2003). All three had a different take on the character.
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The New Bosley (Ramon Rodriguez)
The Wire veteran, 31, takes over as the human conduit of what Charlie wants. What will be his take? If it's any indication, producers are already calling him "the fourth Angel."
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Charlie (John Forsythe and Robert Wagner)
Usually, Forsythe was just a voice — a resonant, mellifluous baritone on the speakerphone; occasionally, the head of the Charles Townsend Agency was seen from behind or in an obscured profile. While Wagner seemed like a natural to replace him, he recently dropped out of the remake. Whose dulcet tones should be the new Charlie? Liev Schrieber, who pays the rent narrating so many HBO documentaries? Alec Baldwin, who has raised talkinglikethis to an artform on 30 Rock? Our left-field idea: Kathleen Turner's scotch-and-soda growl!