Shop by the Stars aisle featuring Alexis Smith (1921-1993) vintage movie cards, still photos, ephemera, and other collectibles.
Canadian born, Smith's family moved to Los Angeles about a year after her birth. She danced ballet at the Hollywood Bowl at age thirteen, and was discovered by a Warner Bros. talent scout while performing at Los Angeles City College in 1940. She signed with Warner and made several bit appearances before receiving her first billing cast opposite Errol Flynn in Dive Bomber (1941). Thus began the busiest portion of Smith's film career, which saw her alongside Flynn again in Gentleman Jim (1942), San Antonio (1945), and Montana (1950); Joan Fontaine's foil for Charles Boyer's attention in The Constant Nymph (1943); wife to Fredric March's title character in The Adventures of Mark Twain (1944); opposite Jack Benny in The Horn Blows at Midnight (1945); opposite Bogart in Conflict (1945) and The Two Mrs. Carrolls (1947); wife again to Cary Grant's Cole Porter in Night and Day (1946); starring with Eleanor Parker in the excellent adaptation of Wilkie Collins' The Woman in White (1948); and Clark Gable's wife in the underrated Any Number Can Play (1949). She married actor Craig Stevens in 1944, and they often appeared together on both stage and screen. Despite her busy Hollywood career, Alexis Smith is best remembered for her Broadway debut in Stephen Sondheim's Follies, a part that won her a Tony Award for Best Actress in a Musical in 1972. Smith kept working the rest of her life with multiple Broadway appearances during the 1970s, numerous television appearances from the 1950s through to her recurring role on '80s hit Dallas, and motion pictures up to and including The Age of Innocence (1993), which was released shortly after her death.
Birthday: June 8