Vanessa Claire Stewart

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Vanessa Claire Stewart
Born New Orleans, Louisiana, U.S.
Other names Vanessa Perkins, Vanessa Claire Smith
Occupation Actress, writer, producer
Spouse(s) French Stewart (2011-present)

Vanessa Claire Stewart is an actress and writer living and working in Los Angeles, California.

Background and education[edit]

Born in New Orleans, Louisiana, Vanessa Claire Stewart attended Webster Conservatory for the Performing Arts in St. Louis, Missouri. After graduating, she won a spot as a student at the Oxford School of Drama in Great Britain.

Personal life[edit]

She moved to Los Angeles in 1999 where she met and married her first husband, Lance Arthur Smith. They later divorced in 2005. In 2009, while performing at the Geffen Playhouse, she met actor French Stewart. They married in 2011 and had a daughter, Helene Claire in 2013. [1] Once married, Vanessa Claire Smith took the surname Stewart. [2]

Professional career[edit]

In 2004, Vanessa Claire Stewart received an LA Weekly Theatre Award for Best Leading Female Performance, for her gender-bending portrayal of Alex in Los Angeles director Brad Mays' controversial multi-media production of Anthony Burgess' A Clockwork Orange at the ARK Theatre Company in 2003.[3][4][5] She also directed the popular Return to the Forbidden Planet [6] while at ARK.

In 2010, she received an LA Weekly Theatre Award, a Garland and an Ovation Award for Louis and Keely Live at the Sahara, in which she portrayed legendary jazz vocalist Keely Smith.[7][8]

In 2012, Stewart penned Stoneface for Sacred Fools Theater Company, about the life of Buster Keaton starring her husband French Stewart. [9] Stoneface won the 2013 LA Weekly award for best production.[10] Stoneface will appear in the 2013-2014 season at Pasadena Playhouse. [11]

Stewart has appeared in various film and television productions, including Chase The Slut, Shakespeare's Merchant, Joan of Arcadia, Rules of Engagement, and The List

Awards and Nominations[edit]

Ovation Awards

  • 2009: Won the award for Lead Actress in a Musical for the role of Keely Smith in "Louis & Keely, Live at the Sahara"[12]


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