January 13, 2007 06:36 AM by Joe Reality
Award-winning actress, designer and entrepreneur Jaclyn Smith has been named host of Bravo’s newest reality competition series "Shear Genius," previously announced under the working title "Top Hair." Famed celebrity hairstylist Sally Hershberger will join the former "Charlie’s Angel" as a lead judge on the series, which puts the spotlight on the client-driven, high-end competitive world of hairstyling. Production will commence in Los Angeles in early 2007 on eight episodes of "Shear Genius," which is scheduled to premiere in spring 2007. The announcement was made by Frances Berwick, Executive Vice President, Programming & Production, Bravo.
"Our critically acclaimed reality competition series are branded by
ultra-talented contestants as well as highly credible hosts and
judges," said Berwick. "We are excited to name the iconic Smith as host
and celebrated Hershberger as lead judge as they lend tremendous
credibility to the series and to the contestants during their
To win this competition, each hairstylist must prove their "Shear
Genius" as they literally go head-to-head in creative challenges that
require more than just talent with a comb and scissors. Whether it’s
the bob, bouffant, perm, or chignon, hair becomes an art form as the
contestants with a flair for hair compete in two challenges each day
that could put them one step closer to being crowned a "Shear Genius."
From the guy next door to the A-list celebrity, everyone is a potential
client and provides a true test of skill. The crop of budding stylists
will come from all walks of life and hail from all over the nation.
Some will get "cut" early and others will "blow away" the competition.
For more than three decades, Smith has held the public’s interest as an
award-winning actress and designer. A native of Houston, Texas, Smith’s
career began as a top model and soon came into American homes as the
Breck Girl, which led to relationships with Wella Balsam and Max
Factor. Hollywood beckoned, and soon she was appearing in popular
series such as "McCloud," "The Rookies" and "Switch." In 1976, Smith
starred as Kelly Garrett on "Charlie’s Angels" and was the only actor
to continue with the series for its five-year network run. Following
"Charlie’s Angels," she earned a Golden Globe nomination for her
critically-acclaimed portrayal of the legendary first lady in
"Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy," one of the most highly-rated television
movies of all time. In 1989, Smith was honored with a star on the world
famous Hollywood Walk of Fame. Recently, she co-starred in the CBS
drama, "The District" portraying DA, Vanessa Cavanaugh.
In 1985, Smith entered the business world with the introduction of her
collection of women’s apparel for Kmart stores. She pioneered the
concept of celebrities developing their own brands rather than merely
endorsing others. Since that time, more than 100-million women have
purchased clothing or accessories bearing her name. She then entered
the home furnishings market in 2002. Her latest collection, Jaclyn
Smith Home, features furniture, bedding, textiles, wall coverings, rugs
and home accents. For more information, please visit
Hershberger is one of the most influential and sought-after
hairstylists in Hollywood and New York. An Emmy Award and Hollywood
Style Award-winner, she is a personal favorite of directors and
celebrities alike for her consistently new vision and the skill that
marks her individuality. Equally in demand in the world of fashion, she
has been the top choice for a number of the world’s most renowned
photographers, celebrities and models, shooting multi-million dollar
campaigns along with covers for Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, W, Allure,
Vanity Fair, and many more.
Hershberger continues to consult on film sets, designing and
coordinating looks for award-winning directors and actors. She is also
constantly working as a personal stylist for numerous celebrities and
models, as well as prominent social and business leaders. Hershberger
can be found in her own New York at Sally Hershberger Downtown.