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Alexis Smith was a Canadian actress known for her marvelous performances in films, television and on stage

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BirthdayJune 8, 1921
Died onJune 9, 1993
NationalityCanadian
FamousFilm & Theater Personalities, Actresses
SpousesCraig Stevens
Birth PlacePenticton, British Columbia
GenderFemale
Sun SignGemini
Born inPenticton, British Columbia
Famous asActress
Died at Age72

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Who is Alexis Smith?

Alexis Smith was a Canadian actress known for her marvelous performances in films and on stage. Most of the actresses of that time were popular because of their physical attractiveness but she was known for her acting skills rather than just beauty and it made her a unique celebrity. In addition to her exceptional acting skills, her dancing skills were also quite remarkable as she became a professional dancer at a very young age. She was an ambitious girl and eventually her acting talent was recognized by a big production company and she was offered a part in a movie. After some uncredited roles, she was cast opposite famous male actors and she grabbed the opportunity by impressing everybody with her impeccable display of emotions. Alongside her film career, she also acted in plays with the same conviction and effortlessness, which made her a noteworthy performer on stage. She also appeared in some delightful roles on television throughout her career. The elegance and charm, with which she used to portray her characters, gave her the reputation of a classy and sophisticated actress.

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Childhood & Early Life

Alexis Smith was born Margaret Alexis Fitzsimmons Smith on June 8, 1921 in Penticton, British Columbia, Canada, to to Gladys Mabel Fitz-Simmons and Alexander Smith.

She was a bright child and began acting in her teens in summer stock in Canada. She used to take ballet lessons and soon became a trained dancer. She won a dance school championship at the age of ten and debuted in professional dancing at the age of 13.

Later her family moved to U.S.A where she was brought up in Los Angeles. She attended the ‘Hollywood High School’ in Los Angeles, where she showcased her acting talent and won a statewide acting contest.

After graduating from high school, she got enrolled at the Los Angeles City College in a demanding theatrical training program and earned a degree in drama.

Career

While studying in college, she got noticed during a campus theater production by a talent scout of Warner Brothers, a leading film production company, and was offered a role in a movie.

She passed the screen test and instantly signed the contract with Warner Bros. Her initial roles comprised of uncredited bit parts in numerous movies such as ‘Alice in Movieland’ (1940), ‘Flight from Destiny’ (1941), ‘Here Comes Happiness’ (1941), ‘Passage from Hong Kong’ (1941) and several others.

Her first major credited role was of the female lead opposite Errol Flynn in the 1941 feature film ‘Dive Bomber’. It was an American aviation film in which her character was love interest of the two rivals, played by Errol Flynn and Fred MacMurray.

In 1942, she again shared the screen space with Flynn in the movie, ‘Gentlemen Jim’. It was an adaptation of the autobiography of world heavyweight boxing champion, James Jon Corbett. She portrayed his love interest, ‘Victoria Ware’, in the movie.

Her next successful venture was the romantic drama, ‘The Constant Nymph’, in 1943. The movie was well received and her performance was appreciated.

In 1944, she appeared opposite Frederic March in the biographical film ‘The Adventures of Mark Twain’. The film received three Academy Award nominations and was considered one of the best biopics.

In 1945, she was again seen playing the female lead opposite Flynn in the movie ‘San Antonio’. She also appeared as the main female lead in the 1945 suspense film ‘Conflict’ alongside Humphrey Bogart and Sydney Greenstreet.

She acted in numerous other films including ‘Rhapsody in Blue’ (1945), ‘Night and Day’ (1946), ‘The Two Mrs. Carrolls’ (1947), ‘Stallion Road’ (1947), ‘The Woman in White’ (1948), ‘Montana’ (1950), ’Split Second’ (1953), ‘The Eternal Sea’ (1955) and ‘This Happy Feeling’ (1958).

She opted out of movies in 1959 and appeared in musicals such as ‘Cactus Flower’ and ‘Mary, Mary’ with her real life husband Craig Stevens. Her performances in other musicals such as ‘Follies’ and ‘Platinum’ were highly appreciated.

She returned to Hollywood after the break and did some movies such as ‘Once Is Not Enough’ (1975), ‘The Little Girl Who Lives Down the Lane’ (1976) and ‘Casey's Shadow’ (1978).

She also appeared in television sitcoms such as ‘Dallas’ (1984 and 1990), ‘Hothouse’ (1988) and several others. She also did a guest appearance in the 1990 sitcom ‘Cheers’.

Major Works

One of her most notable works is her role in the 1971 Broadway musical ‘Follies’, an ambitious musical centered around the reunion of aging showgirls in a soon-to-be-demolished Broadway theater. Her performance was considered as exceptional and flawless in the musical.

Awards & Achievements

In 1972, she received a Tony Award for ‘Best Actress in a Musical’ for her amazing performance in the Broadway musical ‘Follies’.

In 1979, she earned a Tony Award nomination for her portrayal of the leading lady, Lila Halliday, in the musical ‘Platinum’.

She also earned an Emmy Award nomination for her guest appearance on the NBC sitcom ‘Cheers’ in 1990.

Personal Life & Legacy

On June 18, 1944 she married Craig Stevens, an American actor, who was also under contract at Warner Bros. Their mutual friend and actor, Errol Flynn, was the best man at their wedding held at the Church of the Recessional, Forest Lawn. They remained married for almost 50 years until her death.

She passed away on June 9, 1993, a day after her 72nd birthday, due to brain cancer in Los Angeles, California. Her body was cremated and her ashes were scattered over the Pacific. Her husband remained a widower until his death in 2000.

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Alexis Smith biography timelines

  • // 8th Jun 1921
    Alexis Smith was born Margaret Alexis Fitzsimmons Smith on June 8, 1921 in Penticton, British Columbia, Canada, to to Gladys Mabel Fitz-Simmons and Alexander Smith.
  • // 1941
    Her first major credited role was of the female lead opposite Errol Flynn in the 1941 feature film ‘Dive Bomber’. It was an American aviation film in which her character was love interest of the two rivals, played by Errol Flynn and Fred MacMurray.
  • // 1942
    In 1942, she again shared the screen space with Flynn in the movie, ‘Gentlemen Jim’. It was an adaptation of the autobiography of world heavyweight boxing champion, James Jon Corbett. She portrayed his love interest, ‘Victoria Ware’, in the movie.
  • // 1943
    Her next successful venture was the romantic drama, ‘The Constant Nymph’, in 1943. The movie was well received and her performance was appreciated.
  • // 1944
    In 1944, she appeared opposite Frederic March in the biographical film ‘The Adventures of Mark Twain’. The film received three Academy Award nominations and was considered one of the best biopics.
  • // 1944
    On June 18, 1944 she married Craig Stevens, an American actor, who was also under contract at Warner Bros. Their mutual friend and actor, Errol Flynn, was the best man at their wedding held at the Church of the Recessional, Forest Lawn. They remained married for almost 50 years until her death.
  • // 1945
    In 1945, she was again seen playing the female lead opposite Flynn in the movie ‘San Antonio’. She also appeared as the main female lead in the 1945 suspense film ‘Conflict’ alongside Humphrey Bogart and Sydney Greenstreet.
  • // 1959
    She opted out of movies in 1959 and appeared in musicals such as ‘Cactus Flower’ and ‘Mary, Mary’ with her real life husband Craig Stevens. Her performances in other musicals such as ‘Follies’ and ‘Platinum’ were highly appreciated.
  • // 1971
    One of her most notable works is her role in the 1971 Broadway musical ‘Follies’, an ambitious musical centered around the reunion of aging showgirls in a soon-to-be-demolished Broadway theater. Her performance was considered as exceptional and flawless in the musical.
  • // 1972
    In 1972, she received a Tony Award for ‘Best Actress in a Musical’ for her amazing performance in the Broadway musical ‘Follies’.
  • // 1979
    In 1979, she earned a Tony Award nomination for her portrayal of the leading lady, Lila Halliday, in the musical ‘Platinum’.
  • // 1990
    She also earned an Emmy Award nomination for her guest appearance on the NBC sitcom ‘Cheers’ in 1990.
  • // 9th Jun 1993
    She passed away on June 9, 1993, a day after her 72nd birthday, due to brain cancer in Los Angeles, California. Her body was cremated and her ashes were scattered over the Pacific. Her husband remained a widower until his death in 2000.

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Alexis Smith's FAQ

  • What is Alexis Smith birthday?

    Alexis Smith was born at 1921-06-08

  • When was Alexis Smith died?

    Alexis Smith was died at 1993-06-09

  • Where was Alexis Smith died?

    Alexis Smith was died in Los Angeles

  • Which age was Alexis Smith died?

    Alexis Smith was died at age 72

  • Where is Alexis Smith's birth place?

    Alexis Smith was born in Penticton, British Columbia

  • What is Alexis Smith nationalities?

    Alexis Smith's nationalities is Canadian

  • Who is Alexis Smith spouses?

    Alexis Smith's spouses is Craig Stevens

  • What is Alexis Smith's sun sign?

    Alexis Smith is Gemini

  • How famous is Alexis Smith?

    Alexis Smith is famouse as Actress