STL CELEBRITY FAQ: Phyllis Smith

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NBC-TV’s long-running hit comedy The Office couldn’t have operated as hysterically as it did without its St. Louis stars: Jenna Fischer, Phyllis Smith and Ellie Kemper. The three thespians hail from the Gateway City, as did several behind-the-scenes show staffers. In fact, there were so many St. Louis alums on The Office set, they once held a gooey butter cake bake-off contest.

Claim to fame: Portrayed party planning sales rep Phyllis for nine seasons on The Office. Stole the show and movie-goers’ hearts as the voice of Sadness in the Academy Award-winning animated film Inside Out.

Neighborhood: Lemay

High School: Cleveland High, Class of 1967

Passion: Dance. Phyllis was a member of the St. Louis Civic Ballet and made her career as a hoofer before a knee injury sidelined her and put her on the acting path. During the 1970s, Phyllis was rah-rah-rahing at Busch Stadium as a St. Louis Football Cardinals cheerleader.

More: Take a video scavenger hunt of The Office episodes to spot the mini-Fredbird plush toy that sits on Phyllis’ desk. And, get a taste of the blues by watching a clip of Phyllis’ Annie-award winning voice work as Sadness via this clip: www.youtube.com/watch?v=M5pfng5S8tQ