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Alexis Smith

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“When they tell me one of my old movies is on TV, I don't look at it.”

 

Biography

Statuesque, smart Canadian-born with blue/green eyes and a seductively husky voice, who lent a touch of class to her leading ladies of the 1940’s and 50’s. Alexis already performed in ballet at the age of thirteen. She graduated in drama from the Los Angeles City College, having previously won an acting contest while still at high school. During a performance of a play on campus, she was spotted by a Warner Brothers talent scout and signed to a contract in 1941. Until the early 1950’s, she was paired with the top male stars in Hollywood, including Clark Gable, Humphrey Bogart, William Holden and Bing Crosby. While often simply decorative (as, for example, in ‘Of Human Bondage’,1946, and ‘Stallion Road’,1947,), stylishly attired by costume designers like Milo Anderson and Helen Rose in the most glamorous gowns, Alexis also proved her mettle as a spirited actress, in spite of relatively few opportunities to break out of the mould of the seductress or the ‘other woman’.

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