Jan Smithers on Hotel

Jan Smithers is certainly best remembered for playing Bailey Quarters on WKRP in Cincinnati. However, she also made a number of guest appearances on various television shows from 1983 to 1986 following the demise of WKRP in 1982. Jan Smithers made two appearances on the guest-star driven Hotel, first in 1984 and then again in 1986. As you may know, Jan Smithers used to be married to Hotel star James Brolin and they supposedly met on the set of Hotel.


Jan Smithers first appeared on Hotel in an episode called 'Encores' which originally aired in March, 1984. In this episode, Jan Smithers plays a woman named Lacey Grant who has ALS (aka Lou Gehrig's disease) and claims that Peter McDermott (James Brolin) is the father of her young son.


Jan Smithers second appearance on Hotel was in an episode called 'Triangles' which was first broadcast in March, 1986. In this episode she played Janice Copeland, the wife of a man who is recovering from heart surgery but wants to take part in a yacht race. She wants her husband to take it easy but he resents her for it and ends up having an affair with another woman. Peter (James Brolin) must see to it that they stay together, especially since her husband is an old friend of his.

Also, I hadn't seen Jan Smithers with this particular hairstyle before and I think it really suits her! In her first Hotel appearance her hair was still in the same general style as it had been on WKRP, which is of course wonderful. However, this particular short hair style does seem to work for her.