Phyllis Smith

  • Birth Place: Lemay, Missouri, United States
  • Profession: Actor, Dancer
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Fast Facts

  • Developed a love for dance as a child.
  • Performed various dance disciplines (including ballet, tap and jazz) and danced professionally with the St. Louis Civic Ballet and the St. Louis Dance Theater.
  • Sang, danced and performed comedy in a vaudeville burlesque show.
  • Was a cheerleader for the former St. Louis Cardinals football team.
  • Dance career was eventually sidelined by a knee injury.
  • Worked as a television casting associate for shows such as Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman and Spin City.
  • Helped audition the cast for The Office, impressing the show's producers so much that they hired her to play the role of office drone Phyllis Lapin.

Awards

  • 2012, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series: Nominee
  • 2008, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series: Nominee
  • 2011, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series: Nominee
  • 2007, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series: Winner
  • 2010, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series: Nominee
  • 2009, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series: Nominee
  • 2006, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series: Winner

College

  • University of Missouri, St. Louis, Missouri, United States (BA in Elementary Education, 1972)

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