Alexis Smith

Actor
Radiating aristocratic sophistication and beauty, Alexis Smith started her career on the stage and some argued that was the medium where she left her most lasting impression. However, the imposing Canadian-born starlet ... Read more »
Born: 06/07/1921 in Penticton, British Columbia, CA

Filmography

Actor (45)

The Age of Innocence 1993 (Movie)

Louisa Van Der Luyden (Actor)

Dallas 1977 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

Lola 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

You're the Top: The Cole Porter Story 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

Marcus Welby, MD -- A Holiday Affair 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

Hothouse 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

Tough Guys 1986 (Movie)

Belle (Actor)

Broadway Plays Washington! 1981 - 1982 (TV Show)

Actor

The Trout 1981 (Movie)

Woman (Actor)

Casey's Shadow 1978 (Movie)

Sarah Blue (Actor)

The Little Girl Who Lives Down the Lane 1976 (Movie)

Mrs Hallet (Actor)

Once Is Not Enough 1975 (Movie)

Deidre Granger (Actor)

The Ambassador 1974 - 1975 (TV Show)

Actor

The Bob Hope Show (10/05/72) 1972 - 1973 (TV Show)

Actor

The Young Philadelphians 1958 (Movie)

Carol Wharton (Actor)

This Happy Feeling 1958 (Movie)

Nita Hollaway (Actor)

Beau James 1957 (Movie)

Allie Walker (Actor)

On Trial 1956 - 1957 (TV Show)

Actor

The Eternal Sea 1955 (Movie)

Sue Hoskins (Actor)

The Sleeping Tiger 1953 (Movie)

Glenda Esmond (Actor)

Any Number Can Play 1949 (Movie)

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Stallion Road 1947 (Movie)

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The Two Mrs. Carrolls 1947 (Movie)

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Conflict 1945 (Movie)

Evelyn Turner (Actor)

The Adventures of Mark Twain 1944 (Movie)

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Thank Your Lucky Stars 1942 (Movie)

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A Death in California (TV Show)

Actor

Affectionately Yours (Movie)

Bridesmaid (Actor)

Dive Bomber (Movie)

Linda Fisher (Actor)

Dress Gray (TV Show)

Actor

Gentleman Jim (Movie)

Victoria Ware (Actor)

Here Comes the Groom (Movie)

Winifred Stanley (Actor)

Hollywood Canteen (Movie)

Guest (Actor)

Nightside (TV Show)

Actor

One Last Fling (Movie)

Olivia Pearce (Actor)

One More Tomorrow (Movie)

Cecilia Henry (Actor)

Rhapsody in Blue (Movie)

Christine Gilbert (Actor)

South of St. Louis (Movie)

Rouge de Lisle (Actor)

The Constant Nymph (Movie)

Florence Creighton (Actor)

The Doughgirls (Movie)

Nan Curtiss (Actor)

The Horn Blows at Midnight (Movie)

Elizabeth (Actor)

The Lady with Red Hair (Movie)

Girl at Wedding (Actor)

The Smiling Ghost (Movie)

Elinor Bentley Fairchild (Actor)

The Woman in White (Movie)

Marian Halcomb (Actor)
Music (2)

Miss Conception 2008 (Movie)

Additional Programming (Music)

Moulin Rouge 2001 (Movie)

music programmer(USA/post-production crew) (Music)

Biography

Radiating aristocratic sophistication and beauty, Alexis Smith started her career on the stage and some argued that was the medium where she left her most lasting impression. However, the imposing Canadian-born starlet was featured in a number of notable motion pictures during her 1940s and '50s heyday, including "The Constant Nymph" (1943), "Night and Day" (1946), "Of Human Bondage" (1946), and "The Woman in White" (1948). She was often cast as rather aloof, upper-class characters, though her image softened somewhat following an appearance in the Bing Crosby musical "Here Comes the Groom" (1951). When opportunities became scarce for her in the late 1950s, Smith concentrated on stage work and, with careful preparation, opened up a whole new chapter in her career. Although she had done summer stock at various times in her life, Smith's sensational turn on Broadway in Stephen Sondheim's musical "Follies" (1971-72) gave her a major third act boost and a Tony Award for Best Actress. She continued in productions like "The Women" (1973), "Summer Brave" (1975), and "Platinum" (1978), while also accepting the occasional movie or television assignment. Remembered fondly by fans of both film and live theatre, the glamorous Smith was able to move beyond the limitations of contract player casting and took steps to ensure that she had sufficient opportunities to display her abilities as both an actress and a singer/dancer.

Relationships

Craig Stevens

Husband
married 1944 played the title role in the popular TV series "Peter Gunn" (1958-61) and the subsequent 1967 feature version

EDUCATION

Los Angeles City College

Los Angeles , California

Milestones

1993

Last film, "The Age of Innocence"

1990

Played recurring role of Lady Jessica Montford on one season of the long-running CBS drama series, "Dallas"

1988

Played Lily Garrison Shannon on the short-lived ABC drama series, "Hothouse"

1975

Returned to feature films with a leading role in "Jacqueline Susann's 'Once Is Not Enough'"

1970

Career revived when she starred on Broadway in the role of Phyllis Stone in Steven Sondheim's "Follies"

1959

Left feature films after "The Young Philadelphians"; retired shortly thereafter

1950

Left Warners; last film there, "Montana", opposite Errol Flynn

1940

Played first leading lady roles in the films, "Dive Bomber" and "Steel Against the Sky"; future husband Craig Stevens featured in supporting cast of both films

1940

Made screen debut in a small role in "Lady With Red Hair", starring Miriam Hopkins and Claude Rains

Received another Tony nomination when she returned to Broadway to star in the short-lived musical, "Platinum"

Guest starred on TV anthology dramas such as "The Rheingold Theater" and "On Trial" in the early 1950s

Acted in the TV miniseries, "A Death in California" and "Dress Gray"

Raised in Los Angeles from age five

Discovered by Warner Bros. Talent scout while appearing in a leading role in a student production of "The Night of January 16th" at L.A. City College; signed to long-term contract after screen test

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