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Hillary B. Smith Bio

(Nora, OLTL)

Steven Bergman

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HAILS FROM: Born in Massachusetts and raised in Palm Beach, FL MARITAL STATUS: Married to Phillip "Nip" Smith since 1983
CHILDREN: Daughter Courtney, born in 1986, and son Phillip "Phips," born in 1988
YEARS ON SHOW: 1992-present
AWARDS: Smith won an Outstanding Lead Actress Emmy for her portrayal of Nora in 1994 and was nominated again in 2000.

Hillary B. Smith caught the acting bug at age 5, but she got her "big break" while attending Sarah Lawrence College in Bronxville, NY, where a school production of Song Night in the City made it to off-Broadway. After several theater roles and prime-time TV gigs like NO SOAP, RADIO with Steve Guttenberg, Smith entered the daytime world. Her first soap role was Nurse Kit McCormick on THE DOCTORS in 1982. The following year, she replaced Margaret Colin as Margo on AS THE WORLD TURNS, but after six years in the popular role, she left the show to explore other opportunities. With the frenzied pace of shooting pilots on both coasts, however, the time away from her family eventually inspired a return to daytime.

et cetera 5 random facts
  1. She met husband when she was 14 years old.
  2. Her 2005 stroke storyline hit close to home because Smith overcame facial paralysis caused by the removal of a tumor from her salivary gland when she was 19 years old.
  3. Her first OLTL audition was for the role of Becky Lee Abbott, one of Bo's love interests.
  4. She became friends with Alec Baldwin while working on THE DOCTORS, where he played Billy, and they lived together in California for a while as friends.
  5. When Smith was filming Love Potion No. 9 in Georgia, co-star Sandra Bullock baby-sat for son Phips and "spoiled him rotten."
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Other Roles


Theater Roles
A Real American Hero (Broadway)
The Heidi Chronicles (Broadway)
A World of Black & White (off-Broadway)
Lips Together, Teeth Apart (off-Broadway)
Song Night in the City (off-Broadway)

Other Soap Roles
THE DOCTORS (Kit McCormick, 1982)
AS THE WORLD TURNS (Margo, 1983-89)

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