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Alexis Smith

Smith in 1951
Born Gladys Smith
June 8, 1921(1921-06-08)
Penticton, British Columbia, Canada
Died June 9, 1993 (aged 72)
Los Angeles, California,
United States
Occupation Actress
Years active 1940—1993
Spouse(s) Craig Stevens (1944–1993; her death)

Alexis Smith (June 8, 1921 – June 9, 1993) was a Canadian-born stage, film and television actress.

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Life and career

Born Gladys Smith in Penticton, British Columbia, Canada, Smith was raised in Los Angeles. She was signed to a contract by Warner Bros. after being discovered by a talent scout while attending college.[1][2] Her earliest film roles were uncredited bit parts and it took several years for her career to gain momentum. Her first credited part was in the feature film Dive Bomber (1941), playing the female lead opposite Errol Flynn. Her appearance in The Constant Nymph (1943) was well received and led to bigger parts. During the 1940s she appeared opposite some of the most popular male stars of the day, including Errol Flynn in Gentleman Jim (1942) and San Antonio (1945) (in which she sang a special version of the popular ballad "Some Sunday Morning"), Humphrey Bogart in The Two Mrs. Carrolls (1947), Cary Grant in a sanitized, fictional version of Cole and Linda Porter's life in Night and Day (1946), and Bing Crosby in Here Comes the Groom (1951).

Some of Smith's other films include Rhapsody In Blue (1945), Of Human Bondage (1946) and The Young Philadelphians (1959).

She appeared on the cover of the May 3, 1971 issue of Time with the announcement that she would be starring in Hal Prince's Broadway production of Stephen Sondheim's Follies. In 1972 she won the Tony Award for Best Actress in a Musical for her performance. She followed this with the 1973 all-star revival of The Women, the short-lived 1975 comedy Summer Brave and the ill-fated 1978 musical Platinum, which drew decent notices only for her performance and quickly closed.

Smith had a recurring role on the TV series Dallas as Clayton Farlow's sister Jessica Montford in 1984 and again in 1990. She was nominated for an Emmy Award for her guest appearance on the television sitcom Cheers in 1990.

Death

Smith died in Los Angeles, California from brain cancer on the day after her 72nd birthday. She had no children and was survived by her husband actor Craig Stevens.[3] Smith's final film, The Age of Innocence (1993), was released shortly after her death.

Filmography

1950 "Montana" Maria Singleton

Film
Year Film Role Notes
1940 She Couldn't Say No Phone Gossip #4 Uncredited
1941 The Smiling Ghost Elinor Bentley
1944 The Adventures of Mark Twain Olivia Langdon Clemens
1945 The Horn Blows at Midnight Elizabeth
1945 San Antonio Jeanne Star
1945 Conflict (film) Evelyn Turner
1946 One More Tomorrow Cecelia Henry
1947 Stallion Road Rory Teller
The Two Mrs. Carrolls  ??
1948 Whiplash Laurie Durant
1949 One Last Fling Olivia Pearce
1950 Undercover Girl Christine Miller
1951 Cave of Outlaws Elizabeth Trent
Here Comes the Groom Winifred Stanley
1952 The Turning Point Amanda Waycross
1953 Split Second Kay Garven
1954 The Sleeping Tiger Glenda Esmond
1955 The Eternal Sea Sue Hoskins
1957 Beau James Allie Walker
1958 This Happy Feeling Nita Hollaway
1975 Once Is Not Enough Deidre Milford Granger
1976 The Little Girl Who Lives Down the Lane Mrs. Hallet
1978 Casey's Shadow Sarah Blue
1982 The Trout Gloria
1986 Tough Guys Belle
Television
Year Title Role Notes
1955 Stage 7 Caroline Taylor 1 episode
1956 The 20th Century Fox Hour Emily Hefferan 1 episode
The Joseph Cotten Show Libby Wilson 1 episode, "We Who Love Her"
1958 Schlitz Playhouse of Stars Vivian Braxton 1 episode
1959 Adventures in Paradise Loraine Lucas 1 episode
1960 Michael Shayne Nora Carroll 1 episode
1965 The Defenders Carol Defoe 1 episode
1970 The Governor & J.J. Leslie Carroll 1 episode
1971 Marcus Welby, M.D. Evie Craig 1 episode
1973 Nightside Smitty Television movie
Alternative title: A Very Special Place
1986 Dress Gray Mrs. Iris Rylander Television movie
1988 Hothouse Lily Garrison Shannon 7 episodes
1990 Lola Phoebe Television movie

References

  1. ^ Donnelley, Paul (November 1, 2005). Fade to Black: A Book of Movie Obituaries. Omnibus Press. pp. 866. ISBN 1-844-49430-6. 
  2. ^ "Film and legit actress Alexis Smith dead at 72". variety.com. 1993-06-10. http://www.variety.com/article/VR107673.html?categoryid=25&cs=1. Retrieved 2009-03-11. 
  3. ^ Cozad, W. Lee. More Magnificent Mountain Movies. pp. 112. ISBN 0-972-33723-7. 

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