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Alexis Smith

Highest Rated:   100% Gentleman Jim (1942)
Lowest Rated:   20% Rhapsody in Blue (2001)
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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
80% The Age of Innocence
  • Mrs. Van der Luyden
1993
No Score Yet Bikini Summer
  • Actor
1991
62% Tough Guys
  • Belle
1986
No Score Yet Dress Gray
  • Mrs. Iris Rylander
1986
60% 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
No Score Yet 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
No Score Yet 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 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
  • Guest
  • 1990
No Score Yet Great Performances
2000
  • Performer

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