Phyllis Smith

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Phyllis Vance on The Office

Born:

7/10/1951, Lemay, Missouri, USA.

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  • Phyllis Smith is best known for her role as Phyllis Lapin on NBC's hit series, The Office. She was born July 10, 1951 in Lemay, Missouri, and her previous jobs include casting director, dancer, and cheerleader for the St. Louis Cardinals. She danced for two St. Louis ballet companies and was a professional dancer under Raoul Appel.

    Birth Name:

    Phyllis Smith

    Gender:

    Female

    Birth Place:

    Lemay, Missouri, USA.

    Also Known As

    Phyllis Smith, Phyllis Lapin, Phylis Smith

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    • Phyllis: I walked around in my own anonymity for years. When I was younger, I may have turned a few heads because I was tall and thin. I wasn't real attractive, just sort of in the nebulous middle. Then I got older and got heavy, and people stopped holding doors for me at the bank-it was like I wasn't even there.

    • Phyllis: (on dating anyone; during a September 2007 interview) No one's ever asked me about that. Right now, I'm just not in a relationship. I've met a couple Mr. Almosts, but no Mr. Right.

    • Phyllis: (On working as a casting director for 18 years) I had been honing a craft I didn't really know I was honing. God did have a better plan for me.

    • Phyllis: In my casting life, it was nothing to work 12-hour days, so Monday through Friday, you're getting up and going to work. Please don't misinterpret-I loved my casting work and being with actors, but it was a full, 12-hour day. So I don't think I would have had the energy that I have now. There's just a pressure that's off now, so it frees you up to do other things that you want to do just because you love them.

    • Phyllis: I was like two different people when I was onstage and offstage. When I was onstage, I really beamed.

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    • Awards and Nominations: • 2009 (nomination) - SAG Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series for The Office. Shared with castmates. • 2008 (win) - SAG Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series for The Office. Shared with castmates. • 2007 (win) - SAG Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series for The Office. Shared with castmates. • 2006 (win) - Women in Film's WIN Award for Outstanding Comedy Series for The Office. Shared with female castmates.

    • Phyllis admits to being a total geek in high school.

    • Phyllis thought she was just doing her job as a casting director, when she was asked to read lines for The Office characters during auditions for the show. The show's producers were really auditioning Phyllis.

    • She has been living in Los Angeles, California. (2009)

    • She has worked as the receptionist for an aerospace defense company, where she earned the “Employee of the Year” award.

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