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
  • Born in Canada, Alexis Smith was brought to Los Angeles in her infancy by her family. At ten, Smith won a dance school scholarship, and at 13 she made her professional dancing debut in a Hollywood Bowl production of Carmen. While attending Hollywood High School, Smith won a statewide acting contest and at Los Angeles City College she enrolled in a rigorous theatrical training program. She was signed by Warner Bros. in 1941, where she was immediately (and reluctantly) tagged by the publicity department as "The Dynamite Girl." After a few B's, Smith received leading roles opposite Errol Flynn (Gentleman Jim), Charles Boyer and Joan Fontaine (The Constant Nymph), Fredric March (The Adventures of Mark Twain), Cary Grant (Night and Day), and even Jack Benny (the estimable The Horn Blows at Midnight). At 5' 9," Smith proved difficult to cast at times, especially opposite certain sensitive leading men of comparatively short stature. In 1944, Smith married fellow Warner contractee Craig Stevens, with their mutual friend Errol Flynn acting as best man. After closing out the first phase of her Hollywood career in 1959, Smith appeared on-stage with her husband in such touring productions as Mary, Mary, Critic's Choice, and Cactus Flower. In the early '70s, Alexis Smith scored a personal triumph (and won a Tony award) in the hit Broadway musical Follies; this led to a brief flurry of activity as a movie character actress, though she seemed far too youthful to be playing the middle-aged aunt of Jodie Foster in The Little Girl Who Lives Down the Lane or the widowed retirement-home resident in the Burt Lancaster/Kirk Douglas vehicle Tough Guys (1986). Alexis Smith died of cancer one day after her 72nd birthday; her last screen appearance was as a bejeweled New York aristocrat in Martin Scorcese's The Age of Innocence (1993).

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

Movies

Rating

Title

Credit

Box
Office

Year

No Score Yet Undercover Girl Actor 2013
44% Adrift in Manhattan Yvette 2007
20% Rhapsody in Blue Christine Gilbert 2001
83% The Age of Innocence Mrs. Van der Luyden 1993
No Score Yet Bikini Summer Actor 1991
57% Tough Guys Belle 1986
No Score Yet Dress Gray Mrs. Iris Rylander 1986
63% La Truite Gloria rich widow 1982
75% Casey's Shadow Sarah Blue 1978
90% The Little Girl Who Lives Down the Lane Mrs. Hallet 1976
No Score Yet Jacqueline Susann's 'Once Is Not Enough' Deidre 1975
67% The Young Philadelphians Carol Wharton 1959
No Score Yet This Happy Feeling Nita Hollaway 1958
No Score Yet Beau James Allie Walker 1957
No Score Yet The Sleeping Tiger Glenda Esmond 1954
No Score Yet Split Second Kay Garven 1953
No Score Yet The Turning Point Amanda Waycross 1952
No Score Yet Cave of Outlaws Elizabeth Trent 1951
60% Here Comes the Groom Winifred Stanley 1951
No Score Yet Wyoming Mail Mary Williams 1950
No Score Yet Montana Maria Singleton 1950
No Score Yet South of St. Louis Rouge de Lisle 1949
14% Any Number Can Play Lon Kyng 1949
No Score Yet Whiplash Actor 1948
No Score Yet The Woman in White Marian Halcomb 1948
No Score Yet Stallion Road Rory Teller 1947
No Score Yet The Two Mrs. Carrolls Cecily Latham 1947
No Score Yet Night and Day Linda Lee Porter 1946
No Score Yet Of Human Bondage Nora Nesbitt 1946
No Score Yet One More Tomorrow Cecelia Henry 1946
No Score Yet San Antonio Jeanne Starr 1945
No Score Yet Conflict Evelyn Turner 1945
89% The Horn Blows at Midnight Elizabeth 1945
No Score Yet The Doughgirls Nan Curtiss Dillon 1944
No Score Yet The Adventures of Mark Twain Olivia Langdon Clemens 1944
No Score Yet Hollywood Canteen Herself 1944
No Score Yet Thank Your Lucky Stars Specialty 1943
No Score Yet The Constant Nymph Florence Creighton 1943
100% Gentleman Jim Vicki 1942
No Score Yet Dive Bomber Linda Fisher 1941
No Score Yet Affectionately Yours Bridesmaid 1941
No Score Yet Here Comes Happiness Bit Part 1941
No Score Yet Flight from Destiny Bit Part 1941
No Score Yet Lady with Red Hair Girl at Wedding 1940

TV

Rating

Title

Credit

Year

No Score Yet Cheers
1982-1993
Alice Anne Volkman Guest
  • 1990
No Score Yet Dallas
1978-1991
Jessica
  • 1990
  • 1984
No Score Yet Marcus Welby, M.D.
1969-1976
  • 1971
No Score Yet Great Performances
2000
Performer

QUOTES FROM Alexis Smith CHARACTERS

Marian Halcomb
Thinking does no good. I've thought enough.