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Alexis Smith

Alexis Smith

Highest Rated: 100% Gentleman Jim (1942)

Lowest Rated: 14% Any Number Can Play (1949)

Birthday: Jun 8, 1921

Birthplace: Penticton, British Columbia, Canada

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.

Highest rated movies

100% Gentleman Jim
93% The Little Girl Who Lives Down the Lane
88% The Age of Innocence
86% Wyoming Mail
80% Casey's Shadow
80% The Turning Point
71% The Young Philadelphians
64% The Horn Blows at Midnight

Photos

UNDERCOVER GIRL, Alexis Smith, 1950 ANY NUMBER CAN PLAY, clark Gable, Alexis Smith, 1949 ONE MORE TOMORROW, from left: Dennis Morgan, Alexis Smith, 1946 DIVE BOMBER, Alexis Smith, Errol Flynn, 1941 THE ADVENTURES OF MARK TWAIN, Fredric March, Alexis Smith, 1944 NIGHT AND DAY, Cary Grant, Alexis Smith, 1946 NIGHT AND DAY, Alexis Smith, Jame Wyman, 1946 SAN ANTONIO, Alexis Smith, Errol Flynn, 1945 ONE MORE TOMORROW, Ann Sheridan, Dennis Morgan (front), Jack Carson, Alexis Smith (back), 1946 THANK YOUR LUCKY STARS, Alexis Smith, 1943 NIGHT AND DAY, Cary Grant, Alexis Smith, 1946 SOUTH OF ST. LOUIS, Alexis Smith, Joel McCrea, 1949 ANY NUMBER CAN PLAY, Alexis Smith, 1949 MONTANA, from left: Alexis Smith, Errol Flynn, 1950 YOUNG PHILADELPHIANS, Paul Newman, Alexis Smith, 1959 THE SLEEPING TIGER, dirk Bogarde (kneeling left), Alexis Smith (on ground), Alexander Knox (kneeling right), 1954 JACQUELINE SUSANN'S ONCE IS NOT ENOUGH, Alexis Smith, 1975 CAVE OF OUTLAWS, Alexis Smith, showing off her inaccurate footwear on-set, 1951 THE TURNING POINT, from left, Alexis Smith, William Holden, Edmond O'Brien, 1952 THE CONSTANT NYMPH, from left: Charles Boyer, Alexis Smith, 1943

Filmography

Movies

Credit
88% 75% The Age of Innocence Louisa van der Luyden (Character) $31.9M 1993
No Score Yet No Score Yet Marcus Welby, M.D.: A Holiday Affair Tessa Menard (Character) - 1988
53% 56% Tough Guys Belle (Character) $20.5M 1986
No Score Yet 60% Dress Gray Mrs. Iris Rylander (Character) - 1986
80% 72% Casey's Shadow Sarah Blue (Character) - 1978
93% 75% The Little Girl Who Lives Down the Lane Mrs. Hallet (Character) - 1976
No Score Yet 11% Once Is Not Enough Deidre Milford Granger (Character) - 1975
No Score Yet No Score Yet Lives of Ben Franklin: The Ambassador Unknown (Character) - 1975
71% 81% The Young Philadelphians Carol Wharton (Character) - 1959
No Score Yet 40% This Happy Feeling Nita Hollaway (Character) - 1958
No Score Yet No Score Yet Beau James Allie Walker (Character) - 1957
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Eternal Sea Sue Hoskins (Character) - 1954
No Score Yet 45% The Sleeping Tiger Glenda Esmond (Character) - 1954
No Score Yet 33% Split Second Kay Garven (Character) - 1953
80% 42% The Turning Point Amanda Waycross (Character) - 1952
No Score Yet No Score Yet Cave of Outlaws Elizabeth Trent (Character) - 1951
86% No Score Yet Wyoming Mail Mary Williams (Character) - 1950
No Score Yet 25% Montana Maria Singleton (Character) - 1950
No Score Yet No Score Yet Undercover Girl Christine Miller (Character) - 1950
14% 67% Any Number Can Play Lon Kyng (Character) - 1949
No Score Yet No Score Yet One Last Fling Olivia Pearce (Character) - 1949
No Score Yet 56% The Woman in White Marian Halcombe (Character) - 1948
No Score Yet No Score Yet South of St. Louis Charlotte (Character) - 1948
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Decision of Christopher Blake Evelyn Blake (Character) - 1948
No Score Yet 40% Whiplash Laurie Durant (Character) - 1948
No Score Yet 40% Stallion Road Rory Teller (Character) - 1947
40% 65% The Two Mrs. Carrolls Cecily Latham (Character) - 1947
60% 42% Night and Day Linda Lee Porter (Character) - 1946
No Score Yet 42% Of Human Bondage Nora Nesbitt (Character) - 1946
No Score Yet No Score Yet One More Tomorrow Cecelia Henry (Character) - 1946
64% 64% The Horn Blows at Midnight Elizabeth (Character) - 1945
33% 60% Rhapsody in Blue Christine Gilbert (Character) - 1945
No Score Yet 65% San Antonio Jeanne Starr (Character) - 1945
60% 76% Conflict Evelyn Turner (Character) - 1945
No Score Yet 60% The Doughgirls Nan Curtiss Dillon (Character) - 1944
No Score Yet 59% The Adventures of Mark Twain Olivia Langdon Clemens (Character) - 1944
No Score Yet 64% Hollywood Canteen Self - 1944
No Score Yet 66% The Constant Nymph Florence Creighton (Character) - 1943
100% 86% Gentleman Jim Victoria Ware (Character) - 1942
No Score Yet 54% Dive Bomber Linda Fisher (Character) - 1941
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Smiling Ghost Elinor Bentley (Character) - 1941
No Score Yet No Score Yet Steel Against the Sky Helen Powers (Character) - 1941

TV

Credit
No Score Yet No Score Yet Dallas Unknown (Guest Star) 1984 1990
No Score Yet No Score Yet What's My Line? Guest 1974
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Governor & J.J. Leslie Carroll (Guest Star) 1970
No Score Yet No Score Yet The 20th Century-Fox Hour Unknown (Character) 1956
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Star and the Story Unknown (Character) 1955