Known for movies

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DiedJune 9, 1993, Los Angeles, California, United States
SpouseCraig Stevens
FactEven after becoming an American citizen, she remained completely apolitical and never registered to vote.

Alexis Smith (born June 8, 1921) is a Canadian-born American actress and singer. She appeared in several major Hollywood films in the 1940s and 1950s, including The Adventures of Don Juan (1948), All About Eve (1950), and The Bad and the Beautiful (1952). She also had a successful career on Broadway, appearing in such productions as Annie Get Your Gun (1946), Bells Are Ringing (1956), and Gypsy (1959).

Smith was born in Penticton, British Columbia, the daughter of Agnes Mary (née Struthers) and George Thomas Smith. She had one sister, Dorothy, who was also an actress. Her father was a lawyer and her mother was a homemaker.

Smith began her acting career in the 1940s, appearing in such films as The Adventures of Don Juan (1948), All About Eve (1950), and The Bad and the Beautiful (1952). She also had a successful career on Broadway, appearing in such productions as Annie Get Your Gun (1946), Bells Are Ringing (1956), and Gypsy (1959).

In the 1960s, Smith began appearing on television, guest-starring on such shows as The Love Boat, Fantasy Island, Hart to Hart, and Magnum, P.I. She also appeared in a number of made-for-TV movies.

Smith married actor Craig Stevens in 1943. The couple had two children: Christopher and Jennifer. They divorced in 1966.

Smith died of congestive heart failure on June 9, 1993, at her home in Malibu, California. She was 72 years old.

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Full NameAlexis Smith
DiedJune 9, 1993, Los Angeles, California, United States
Height1.75 m
EducationBachelor of Arts


SpouseCraig Stevens
ParentsAlexander Smith, Gladys Mabel Fitz-Simmons


AwardsTony Award for Best Lead Actress in a Musical, Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Performance
NominationsPrimetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actress - Comedy Series
MoviesThe Constant Nymph, The Two Mrs. Carrolls, Gentleman Jim, Night and Day, Here Comes the Groom, The Young Philadelphians, The Little Girl Who Lives Down the Lane, Any Number Can Play, Dive Bomber, Stallion Road, Once Is Not Enough, The Age of Innocence, Of Human Bondage, The Horn Blows at Midnight, T...
TV ShowsHothouse

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1[About her first decade in films] In those days I was fresh out of school and delighted to be a movie star. Films were pretty much escapist entertainment, as opposed to the realism you see on screen today. Besides I was pretty much a utility girl at Warners. Anything Ann Sheridan or Ida Lupino or Jane Wyman didn't want to do, I sort of fell heir to. You know people frequently feel it was a shame Warner typecast me, but I don't believe that. I believe I typecast myself. I wasn't creative. Certain creative people - John Garfield, Bette Davis, Olivia de Havilland - didn't allow Warners to do that to them. So I don't blame the studio at all.
2When they tell me one of my old movies is on TV, I don't look at it.
3There are so many more interesting things to think about than whether Ida Lupino or Jane Wyman got the roles I should have gotten.


1Even after becoming an American citizen, she remained completely apolitical and never registered to vote.
2Smith lost the leading role in the Hollywood High School production of "Who Killed Cock Robin?" schoolmate Nanette Fabray, who was a year older.
3Dirk Bogarde referred to her as "Fun, professional, loyal, and courageous" and "The days are brighter for knowing her.".
4A star of Hollywood's Golden Age, neither she nor husband Craig Stevens were ever awarded a "star" on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
5In her final years she and husband Craig Stevens lived in the West Hollywood house formerly owned by Loretta Young. The living room still had the big white doors that Young had used for her entrances on her TV series.
6Lifelong friend of Frances Rafferty. They met as dance students when they were kids.
7Signed by Warner Brothers after being seen in a college drama production, she was subsequently billed as "The Dynamite Girl" and "The Flame Girl" in promotional articles.
8Had her own nightclub act in the 1970s, which she took to Los Angeles and Canada.
9During the filming of The Young Philadelphians (1959) starring Paul Newman, she fell during a horse-riding sequence and broke her back.




Any Number Can Play1949Lon Kyng
One Last Fling1949Olivia Pearce
South of St. Louis1949Rouge de Lisle
Whiplash1948Laurie Durant
The Decision of Christopher Blake1948Evelyn Blake
The Woman in White1948Marian Halcombe
Always Together1947The Bride (uncredited)
Stallion Road1947Rory Teller
The Two Mrs. Carrolls1947Cecily Latham
Of Human Bondage1946Nora Nesbitt
Night and Day1946Linda Lee Porter
One More Tomorrow1946Cecelia Henry
San Antonio1945Jeanne Starr
Rhapsody in Blue1945Christine Gilbert
Conflict1945Evelyn Turner
The Horn Blows at Midnight1945Elizabeth
Hollywood Canteen1944Alexis Smith
The Doughgirls1944Nan Curtiss Dillon
The Adventures of Mark Twain1944Olivia Langdon Clemens
Thank Your Lucky Stars1943Alexis Smith
The Constant Nymph1943Florence Creighton
Gentleman Jim1942Victoria Ware
Steel Against the Sky1941Helen Powers
The Corsican Brothers1941Opera Spectator (uncredited)
The Smiling Ghost1941Elinor Bentley Fairchild
Passage from Hong Kong1941Nightclub Dancer (uncredited)
Dive Bomber1941Linda Fisher
Three Sons o' Guns1941Actress (uncredited)
Singapore Woman1941Miss Oswald, North's Secretary (uncredited)
Affectionately Yours1941Bridesmaid (uncredited)
Here Comes Happiness1941Blonde (uncredited)
The Great Mr. Nobody1941Woman in Office (uncredited)
Flight from Destiny1941Young Woman Saying 'I Wish She Was Dead' (uncredited)
She Couldn't Say No1940/IIPhone Gossip #4 (uncredited)
Lady with Red Hair1940Girl at Wedding (uncredited)
Alice in Movieland1940ShortCarlo's Guest (uncredited)
The Age of Innocence1993Louisa van der Luyden
Lola1990TV MoviePhoebe
Dallas1984-1990TV SeriesLady Jessica Montford
Cheers1990TV SeriesAlice Anne Volkman
Marcus Welby, M.D.: A Holiday Affair1988TV MovieTessa Menard
Hothouse1988TV SeriesLily Garrison Shannon
Tough Guys1986Belle
Dress Gray1986TV Mini-SeriesMrs. Iris Rylander
The Love Boat1982-1985TV SeriesJustina Downey / Angela Lovett / Amanda Drake
A Death in California1985TV Mini-SeriesHoney Niven
La Truite (The Trout)1982Gloria
Casey's Shadow1978Sarah Blue
The Little Girl Who Lives Down the Lane1976Mrs. Hallet
Once Is Not Enough1975Deidre Milford Granger
Intriga de otros mundos1974
Nightside1973TV MovieSmitty
Marcus Welby, M.D.1971TV SeriesEvie Craig
The Governor & J.J.1970TV SeriesLeslie Carroll
The Defenders1965TV SeriesCarol Defoe
Michael Shayne1960TV SeriesNora Carroll
Adventures in Paradise1959TV SeriesLoraine Lucas
The United States Steel Hour1959TV SeriesBarbara Welch
The Young Philadelphians1959Carol Wharton
This Happy Feeling1958Nita Hollaway
Schlitz Playhouse1958TV SeriesVivian Braxton
Beau James1957Allie Walker
Lux Video Theatre1956-1957TV SeriesLiliy / Intermission Guest / Fiona
Robert Montgomery Presents1956TV Series
The Joseph Cotten Show: On Trial1956TV SeriesLibby Wilson
The 20th Century-Fox Hour1956TV SeriesEmily Hefferan
The Eternal Sea1955Sue Hoskins
Stage 71955TV SeriesCaroline Taylor
The Star and the Story1955TV SeriesViolet Saffrey
The Sleeping Tiger1954Glenda Esmond
Split Second1953Kay Garven
The Turning Point1952Amanda Waycross
Cave of Outlaws1951Elizabeth Trent
Here Comes the Groom1951Winifred Stanley
Undercover Girl1950Christine Miller
Wyoming Mail1950Mary Williams
Montana1950Maria Singleton


Great Performances1985TV Series performer - 1 episode
The 29th Annual Tony Awards1975TV Special performer: "The Story of Lucy and Jessie"
Wyoming Mail1950performer: "ENDLESSLY"
Montana1950performer: "Reckon I'm in Love"
South of St. Louis1949performer: "Too Much Love", "Yankee Doodle", "It Must Be Fun to Have a Soldier"
Whiplash1948performer: "Just for Now" - uncredited
San Antonio1945performer: "Some Sunday Morning", "Somewhere in Monterey" uncredited
The Doughgirls1944performer: "Jeepers Creepers" - uncredited
Thank Your Lucky Stars1943performer: "Good Night, Good Neighbor" 1943 - uncredited


American Masters1990TV Series documentaryHerself
Great Performances1985TV SeriesHerself
The Holywood Reporter Salutes Radie Harris1985TV MovieHerself
Broadway Plays Washington on Kennedy Center Tonight1982TV MovieHerself
Night of 100 Stars1982TV SpecialHerself
Women I Love: Beautiful But Funny1982TV MovieHerself
Hour Magazine1980TV SeriesHerself
The 33rd Annual Tony Awards1979TV SpecialHerself - Nominee: Best Leading Actress in a Musical
The Merv Griffin Show1978TV SeriesHerself
The Making of 'Casey's Shadow'1978TV Movie documentaryHerself
The Mike Douglas Show1975TV SeriesHerself - Actress
The 29th Annual Tony Awards1975TV SpecialHerself - Performer
Salute to Sir Lew - The Master Showman1975TV Movie documentaryHerself
Busby Berkeley1974DocumentaryHerself
ABC Late Night1974TV SeriesHerself
The Annual National Sports Awards1974TV SpecialHerself - Presenter
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson1971-1973TV SeriesHerself
The Bob Hope Special1972/IITV MovieHerself
The Dick Cavett Show1972TV SeriesHerself
The 26th Annual Tony Awards1972TV SpecialHerself
The David Frost Show1971TV SeriesHerself - Guest
Person to Person1960TV Series documentaryHerself
Camera Angles1948Documentary shortCameo
So You Want to Be in Pictures1947ShortHerself (uncredited)

Archive Footage

American Masters2008TV Series documentaryHerself - Interviewee
A Life in Words and Music2007Video shortLinda Lee Porter
Dive Bomber: Keep 'Em in the Air2005Video shortLinda Fisher
The 66th Annual Academy Awards1994TV SpecialHerself - Memorial Tribute
Vivien Leigh: Scarlett and Beyond1990TV Movie documentaryHerself
The Dick Cavett Show1971TV SeriesHerself
Some of the Best: Twenty-Five Years of Motion Picture Leadership1949Documentary shortHerself (uncredited)
Let's Sing a Song from the Movies1948Short


Nominated Awards

1990Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy SeriesCheers (1982)
1978Saturn AwardAcademy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USABest Supporting ActressThe Little Girl Who Lives Down the Lane (1976)

Source: IMDb, Wikipedia

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