How did this slip under my retro radar? Jan Smithers (Bailey Quarters from WKRP) was caught driving around stark naked. Read the article from Star Pulse:
The ex-wife of Barbra Streisand's husband James Brolin is recovering in a hospital after a bizarre traffic accident. Actress Jan Smithers, a star of the beloved TV sitcom WKRP In Cincinnati, was driving naked when she stopped for help after her car broke down on a remote California highway in the middle of the night.
She was hit by a truck after the driver caught sight of the 58-year-old waving him down too late. She has been recovering from her injuries ever since the September accident, but family members fear her health issues might be more than a few broken bones.
A family friend tells the National Enquirer she fears Smithers suffered a mental breakdown following the death of her father. The pal says, "Everyone thinks Jan felt abandoned and snapped - a complete meltdown."
Ironically, police called to the scene of the accident found nothing wrong with her car and are
puzzled as to why the actress stopped for help. Smithers can't remember anything about the accident or why she was driving naked in the middle of the night.
I just recently did a post on Down and Out Celebs, and I'm a bit sad to hear ol' Smithers joining this club of ill repute. Hopefully, she's gotten her act together.
I've always thought it was fascinating that she could attribute her whole career to a unstaged chance snapshot that wound up on the cover of Newsweek.