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Born: December 9, 1969 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Bronx, New York, USA Profession: actor, singer

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An attractive red-haired performer who literally grew up on TV, Allison Smith may perhaps be remembered as Jennie Lowell, Jane Curtain's daughter, on the long-running CBS sitcom "Kate & Allie" (1984-89). The perky Smith had previously established herself as a child performer to reckon with by playing the title role in the Broadway musical "Annie", racking up more than 1,000 performances over a two-year run. She had debuted in the ensemble of another musical "Evita" and ironically made her primetime TV debut as the young Eva in the 1981 NBC biographical miniseries "Evita Peron". After honing her comic timing as part of the ensemble on "Kate & Allie", Smith went on to amass an impressively diverse string of credits that includes guest appearances on sitcoms and dramatic shows, theater (the West Coast premiere of David Mamet's "Oleanna") and the occasional feature film (e.g., "Jason Goes to Hell: The Final Friday" 1993). Smith excelled as a college student who is raped at a party in the earnest film "A Reason to Believe" (1995). She then starred in the short-lived "Spy Game" (CBS, 1997) and offered capable support as the aspiring actress who doubles as secretary to Dennis Farina's 60s-era private...

An attractive red-haired performer who literally grew up on TV, Allison Smith may perhaps be remembered as Jennie Lowell, Jane Curtain's daughter, on the long-running CBS sitcom "Kate & Allie" (1984-89). The perky Smith had previously established herself as a child performer to reckon with by playing the title role in the Broadway musical "Annie", racking up more than 1,000 performances over a two-year run. She had debuted in the ensemble of another musical "Evita" and ironically made her primetime TV debut as the young Eva in the 1981 NBC biographical miniseries "Evita Peron". After honing her comic timing as part of the ensemble on "Kate & Allie", Smith went on to amass an impressively diverse string of credits that includes guest appearances on sitcoms and dramatic shows, theater (the West Coast premiere of David Mamet's "Oleanna") and the occasional feature film (e.g., "Jason Goes to Hell: The Final Friday" 1993). Smith excelled as a college student who is raped at a party in the earnest film "A Reason to Believe" (1995). She then starred in the short-lived "Spy Game" (CBS, 1997) and offered capable support as the aspiring actress who doubles as secretary to Dennis Farina's 60s-era private investigator "Buddy Faro" (CBS, 1998). In 1999, Smith began a recurring role as Rob Lowe's love interest on the popular NBC series "The West Wing".

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CAST: (feature film)

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2.
 Helter Skelter (2004) Patricia "Kate" Krenwinkel
3.
 Holes (2003) Linda
4.
 Terror Tract (2000) Mary Ann Doyle
5.
 Stolen Years, The (1998) Susan
6.
 Switchback (1997) Becky
7.
 Full Circle (1996) Averill Merritt
8.
 Lying Eyes (1996) Jennifer
9.
 At First Sight (1995) Rhonda Glick
10.
 Reason to Believe, A (1995) Charlotte Byrne
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Raised in Waldwick, New Jersey
1979:
Professional stage debut in "Evita"
1980:
Assumed title role in the Broadway musical "Annie"; played over 1,000 performances
1981:
TV debut as the young Eva in the NBC miniseries "Evita Peron"
1984:
Appeared as a young girl who pretends to be a boy in order to play the lead in a local production of "Oliver!" in "A Different Twist" (ABC)
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Played Jane Curtin's daughter Jennie on the CBS sitcom "Kate & Allie"
1991:
Co-starred in the Lifetime TV-movie "Wildflower"
1993:
Feature film debut in the horror film "Jason Goes to Hell: The Final Friday"
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Had recurring role of Sara Pratt on the NBC legal drama "Sweet Justice"
1995:
Had leading role of a college student who is raped in "A Reason to Believe"
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Starred in the West Coast premiere of David Mamet's play "Oleanna"
1997:
Co-starred in the short-lived CBS series "Spy Game"
1998:
Co-starred in "Buddy Faro"
1999:
Had a recurring role on the NBC drama "The West Wing", playing Rob Lowe's love interest
2001:
Appeared opposite Alan Alda in the L.A. stage production "Q.E.D."
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Notes

"You know, singing at the Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade with the Cabbage Patch Kids when you're 16 isn't exactly the cooest thing to be doing." --Allison Smith on what she regrets about her childhood in show business, quoted in TIME OUT NEW YORK, November 12-19, 1998

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husband:
Randy Grimmett. Attorney. Born c. 1969; married on June 23, 2001 in Napa Valley; serves as vice president at ASCAP.

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