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Phyllis Smith

Highest Rated:   98% Inside Out (2015)
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Fans of the comedy series The Office know Phyllis Smith as soft-spoken employee Phyllis Lapin, who's infamously mentioned a colored past in which she was once a cheerleader and a burlesque dancer. Few fans know, however, that Smith did actually do both of those jobs before she was a cast member on a hit TV show. In fact, Smith was never just a career actress; the Missouri native was always a dancer as well, receiving a full scholarship in dance to Kansas University and studying with the San Carlo Opera Company for ballet and tap. She danced ballet with the St. Louis Civic Ballet and the St. Louis Dance Theater, and cheered for the St. Louis Cardinals. She also toured with the vaudeville burlesque show Able's Baggy Pants Burlesque and the Mercer Brothers' show Giggles Galore as a dancer as well as a comedy-skit performer.Smith also received a degree in elementary education from the University of Missouri and has worked extensively in the casting industry. That was how she found herself at the auditions for The Office, where even though she wasn't auditioning, producers were so impressed with her line readings that they created a part for her. While her work on The Office continued for nearly a decade, she appeared in a handful of big-screen comedies including I Want Someone to Eat Cheese With, Bad Teacher, Butter, and the third Alvin and the Chipmunks flick.

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
98% Inside Out
  • Sadness
2015
33% Butter
  • Nancy
2012
12% Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked
  • Flight Attendant
2011
44% Bad Teacher
  • Lynn Davies
2011
73% I Want Someone to Eat Cheese With
  • Marsha
2006
No Score Yet Frank Zappa - Uncle Meat - The Mothers of Invention Movie
  • Actor
1987

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT
73% Trophy Wife
2013-2014
  • Mrs. Steinberg
73% The OA
2016
  • Betty
No Score Yet The Office
2005-2013
  • Phyllis Lapin
No Score Yet The Middle
2009
  • Ms. Huff
No Score Yet Arrested Development
2003-2016
  • Carla

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