In an exclusive clip from Ladd’s upcoming feature episode on Oprah: Where Are They Now?, the 65-year-old, who played Kris Munroe on the female-centric series, reveals that she was first asked to replace the late Fawcett.
After taking on the singing voice of Melody on the cartoon series Josie and the Pussy Cats, Charlie’s Angels producer Aaron Spelling approached Ladd about joining the drama.
“When Farrah left the show, he called me right away and said he wanted me to do it and I said, ‘no,’ ” Ladd admits. “Several reasons. Primarily that I don’t know who was going to go in there and try to replace Farrah Fawcett. What maniac would try that? But also that I didn’t have a sense of who I would be, what I would play.”
After Ladd raised her concerns over the replacement, Spelling created the role of Kris Munroe, Jill Munroe’s (Fawcett) younger sister.
“That was it,” she says of accepting the role after learning that she was a family member of Jill’s. “Then I knew how to create Kris Munroe.”
Reflecting on the 1970’s female-driven drama, Ladd believes the series was “inspirational” to women despite the critics calling it a “jiggle show.”
“There hadn’t been a show like this on the air [with] three powerful women who had the latest hairdos, wore the coolest clothes and could walk around in a bikini,” Ladd says. “We were very inspirational to a lot of young women. Young women would write us and say, ‘I want to be like you. I want to be a cop when I grow up and taking chances to be something else other than the acceptable school teacher or secretary.’ ”
Oprah: Where Are They Now? airs Saturdays at 10 p.m. ET on OWN.