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Victoria Shaw (actress)

Victoria Shaw
Shaw with her then-husband, Roger Smith, in an episode of 77 Sunset Strip, 1962.
Born Jeanette Ann Lavina Mary Elizabeth Elphick
(1935-05-25)25 May 1935
Sydney, Australia
Died 17 August 1988(1988-08-17) (aged 53)
Sydney, Australia
Cause of death emphysema
Occupation Actress
Years active 1953-1978
Spouse(s) Roger Smith (1956-1965) (divorced) 3 children
Elliott Alexander (1966-1969) (divorced)
Children Tracey (born. 1957)
Jordan (b. 1958)
Dallas (b. 1961)

Victoria Shaw (25 May 1935 – 17 August 1988) was an Australian-born American actress.


Victoria Shaw was born Jeanette Ann Lavina Mary Elizabeth Elphick[1] in Sydney. She studied modelling with June Dally-Watkins[2] before making her Australian screen debut opposite Chips Rafferty in The Phantom Stockman (1953). Bob Hope spotted her while touring Australia and urged her to try her luck in Hollywood, where in 1955 she signed a contract with Columbia Pictures.

She played opposite Tyrone Power in The Eddy Duchin Story (1956). Her subsequent films included The Crimson Kimono and Edge of Eternity (both 1959), Because They're Young and I Aim at the Stars (both 1960), and Westworld (1973). She also made appearances in TV shows including guest-starring in 1964 as Barbara Talbot in the first season episode 12, "Soldiers Sometimes Kill", and in 1966 as Pati Conboy "the Danzig Lady" in the second season episode 29, "Siren Voices" of 12 O-Clock High. She also appeared in ABC's General Hospital, and Charlie's Angels and NBC's Ironside with Raymond Burr.

Victoria Shaw was married to fellow-actor Roger Smith from 1956 to 1965. After their divorce, Smith had joint custody of their three children, Tracey Leone (born 1957), Jordan F. (born 1958), and Dallas E. (born 1961).[1] Shaw then married producer Elliott Alexander in 1966. They subsequently divorced as well.[3]

She died in 1988 in Sydney at the age of 53 from emphysema.[3]


  1. ^ a b Victoria Shaw, Glamour Girls of the Silver Screen
  2. ^ Portrait of Jeanette Elphick (picture), Shmith, Athol, 1914–90. Collection of fashion photographs., National Library of Australia

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