Alexis Smith

Born Jun 8, 1921

Alexis Smith was a Canadian-born stage, film, and television actress. She appeared in several major Hollywood movies in the 1940s and had a notable career on Broadway in the 1970s, winning a Tony Award in 1972.

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1921 Birth Born on June 8, 1921.


1939 18 Years Old Born in Penticton, British Columbia, to Gladys Mabel Fitz-Simmons (a Canadian) and Alexander Smith (a Scot), her family relocated to Los Angeles when she was about a year old. Her parents both became naturalized citizens in 1939, through which she derived her United States citizenship. … Read More
1940 19 Years Old She was discovered in 1940 at Los Angeles City College, acting in a school production, by a Warner Brothers' talent scout. … Read More


1944 23 Years Old While Smith was under contract at Warner Bros., she met fellow actor Craig Stevens; they wed in 1944.


1955 34 Years Old In her later years, Smith toured in several stage hits including the 1955 National company of Plain and Fancy, co-starring with her husband in Jean Kerr's Mary, Mary and Cactus Flower.


1971 50 Years Old Smith appeared on the cover of the May 3, 1971, issue of Time as the result of the critical acclaim for her singing and dancing role in Hal Prince's Broadway production of Stephen Sondheim's Follies, which marked her long-awaited Broadway debut.
1972 51 Years Old In 1972, she won the Tony Award for Best Actress in a Musical for her performance.
1973 52 Years Old Her stage career continued through the 1970s, with appearances in the 1973 all-star revival of The Women (1973), the short-lived re-working of William Inge's drama Picnic, re-titled Summer Brave (1975), and the ill-fated musical Platinum (1978), which earned Smith another Tony nomination for her performance but closed after a brief run. … Read More
1978 57 Years Old Smith returned to the big screen with star billing at the age of 54 in Jacqueline Susann's Once Is Not Enough (1975) opposite Kirk Douglas, followed by The Little Girl Who Lives Down the Lane with Martin Sheen and Jodie Foster the following year and Casey's Shadow with Walter Matthau in 1978. … Read More


1984 63 Years Old Smith had a recurring role on the television series Dallas as Clayton Farlow's sister, Lady Jessica Montford in 1984, and again in 1990.
1988 67 Years Old She also starred in the short-lived 1988 series Hothouse, and was nominated for an Emmy Award for her guest appearance on Cheers in 1990.
1993 72 Years Old Alexis Smith died of brain cancer in Los Angeles in 1993 on the day after her 72nd birthday. … Read More
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