Tuesday, December 16, 2014

A Dynamite Girl’s Film Noir

Alexis Smith (June 8, 1921 – June 9, 1993) was a versatile, Canadian-born actress who was equally at home playing in Hollywood Westerns, comedies, and noirs or just about any genre Tinseltown tossed her way. She played opposite many of the biggest Silver Screen draws including Humphrey Bogart, Barbara Stanwyck, Errol Flynn, and Cary Grant. The publicity machine of the era dubbed her the Dynamite Girl—casting her most often in the role of “The Other Woman”—and after two decades, she met her ultimate critical acclaim for 1959’s The Young Philadelphians opposite Paul Newman. Later, she turned to Broadway where she won a Tony Award in 1972 and in the very early 1990s was nominated for an Emmy Award for her guest appearance on an episode of Cheers. For nearly fifty years she was married to Peter Gunn’s Craig Stevens.

The rest of my article can be found at Macmillan's Criminal Element


Oscar said...

A fine actress that never received the notoriety of a Betty Grable or Marilyn Monroe.

David Cranmer said...

And she could easily out act both of them.

Cloudia said...

Nice reminiscence of a star

ALOHA from Honolulu

Charles Gramlich said...

I don't really know much about her but I have seen her in films.

R.T. said...

She is always a "must see" when she shows up on TCM listings. Thanks for the nice posting.