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Victoria Shaw (actress)

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

Victoria Shaw
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Shaw with her then-husband, Roger Smith, in an episode of 77 Sunset Strip, 1962
Jeanette Ann Lavina Mary Elizabeth Elphick

(1935-05-25)25 May 1935
Sydney, Australia
Died17 August 1988(1988-08-17) (aged 53)
Sydney, Australia
Cause of deathEmphysema
Years active1953–1978
Roger Smith
(m. 1956; div. 1965)

Elliott Alexander
(m. 1966; div. 1969)
Parent(s)Captain and Mrs. Francis W. Elphick


Early yearsEdit

Shaw was born Jeanette Ann Lavina Mary Elizabeth Elphick[1][2] in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. Her parents were Captain and Mrs. Francis W. Elphick.[3] She lived in Croydon, New South Wales, and attended a convent school.[4]


Shaw worked in an insurance office for six months before she went to the Dally-Watkins Agency,[3] where she studied modelling with June Dally-Watkins[5] before making her Australian screen debut opposite Chips Rafferty in The Phantom Stockman (1953).[3] Bob Hope spotted her while touring Australia and urged her to try her luck in Hollywood,[6] where in 1955, she signed a contract with Columbia Pictures.[7]

She played opposite Tyrone Power in The Eddy Duchin Story (1956), her United States film debut.[2] 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), Alvarez Kelly (1966)[4] 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,[4] and Charlie's Angels and NBC's Ironside with Raymond Burr.[citation needed]

Personal lifeEdit

Shaw married actor Roger Smith in North Hollywood, California, on July 28, 1956.[8] After their divorce in 1965, Smith had joint custody of their three children, Tracey Leone (born 1957), Jordan F. (born 1958), and Dallas E. (born 1961).[1] She married producer Elliott Alexander in 1966. They also divorced.[9]


On August 17, 1988, Shaw died in Hornsby Hospital[4] in Sydney at the age of 53 from emphysema.[9]


Shaw was named Australia's Model of the Year in 1951. The next year, she was named Photographer's Model of the Year.[3]


  1. ^ a b Victoria Shaw, Glamour Girls of the Silver Screen
  2. ^ a b Kleiner, Dick (June 29, 1956). "America Gets Aussie Model Vickie Shaw For TV; Two Broadway Shows Disappoint". The Sandusky Register. Ohio, Sandusky. Newspaper Enterprise Association. p. 7. Retrieved July 19, 2018 – via  
  3. ^ a b c d "Australian Cinderella Wins A Hollywood Leading Role". Ford Lauderdale News. Florida, Fort Lauderdale. October 16, 1955. p. 45. Retrieved July 19, 2018 – via  
  4. ^ a b c d "Victoria Shaw, model who went to Hollywood". The Sydney Morning Herald. Australia, Sydney, New South Wales. August 19, 1988. p. 4. Retrieved July 19, 2018 – via  
  5. ^ Portrait of Jeanette Elphick (picture), Shmith, Athol, 1914–90. Collection of fashion photographs, National Library of Australia
  6. ^ Bacon, James (August 31, 1955). "Model Goes in Search of Acting Fortune". The Indianapolis News. Indiana, Indianapolis. Associated Press. p. 17. Retrieved July 19, 2018 – via  
  7. ^ Gwynn, Edith (August 20, 1955). "Hollywood". The Mercury. Pennsylvania, Pottstown. p. 4. Retrieved July 19, 2018 – via  
  8. ^ "Victoria Shaw, Actress From Australia, Wed". The Los Angeles Times. California, Los Angeles. July 19, 1956. p. 52. Retrieved July 19, 2018 – via  
  9. ^ a b "VICTORIA SHAW, MODEL WHO WENT TO HOLLYWOOD; OBITUARY". Sydney Morning Herald. 19 August 1988. pp. NEWS AND FEATURES, Pg. 4. Miss Shaw's second marriage in 1966 to a producer, Elliott Alexander, also ended in divorce....Miss Shaw, who was 53...suffered from emphysema for several years and became seriously ill on Monday. She died on Wednesday in Hornsby Hospital.

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