Born 1921 in Penticton, British Columbia, Canadian-American actress and singer Alexis Smith had her first credited role in Dive Bomber (1941), playing the female lead opposite Errol Flynn. It was a “decorative” part but the film was very successful. Warners decided to build her up as a star. She had a support role in The Smiling Ghost (1941) and appeared with her future husband Craig Stevens in Steel Against the Sky (1941), the first time she was top billed.
Smith appeared in several major Hollywood films in the 1940s and had a notable career on Broadway in the 1970s, winning a Tony Award in 1972 for the Stephen Sondheim-James Goldman musical Follies. Her last film role was in The Age of Innocence (1993).
Smith died of brain cancer in Los Angeles in 1993, the day after her 72nd birthday. Her final film, The Age of Innocence (1993), was released shortly after her death. Take a look at these vintage photos to see the beauty of young Alexis Smith in the 1940s and 1950s.