Victoria Shaw (actress)
Shaw with her then-husband, Roger Smith, in an episode of 77 Sunset Strip, 1962
Jeanette Ann Lavina Mary Elizabeth Elphick|
25 May 1935
17 August 1988 (aged 53)|
|Cause of death||Emphysema|
(m. 1956; div. 1965)
(m. 1966; div. 1969)
|Parent(s)||Captain and Mrs. Francis W. Elphick|
Victoria Shaw (25 May 1935 – 17 August 1988) was an Australian-born American actress.
Shaw was born Jeanette Ann Lavina Mary Elizabeth Elphick in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. Her parents were Captain and Mrs. Francis W. Elphick. She lived in Croydon, New South Wales, and attended a convent school.
Shaw worked in an insurance office for six months before she went to the Dally-Watkins Agency, where she studied modelling with June Dally-Watkins before making her Australian screen debut opposite Chips Rafferty in The Phantom Stockman (1953). Bob Hope spotted her while touring Australia and urged her to try her luck in Hollywood, where in 1955, she signed a contract with Columbia Pictures.
She played opposite Tyrone Power in The Eddy Duchin Story (1956), her United States film debut. 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) 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, and Charlie's Angels and NBC's Ironside with Raymond Burr.
Shaw married actor Roger Smith in North Hollywood, California, on July 28, 1956. 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). She married producer Elliott Alexander in 1966. They also divorced.
Shaw was named Australia's Model of the Year in 1951. The next year, she was named Photographer's Model of the Year.
- Victoria Shaw, Glamour Girls of the Silver Screen
- 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 Newspapers.com.
- "Australian Cinderella Wins A Hollywood Leading Role". Ford Lauderdale News. Florida, Fort Lauderdale. October 16, 1955. p. 45. Retrieved July 19, 2018 – via Newspapers.com.
- "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 Newspapers.com.
- Portrait of Jeanette Elphick (picture), Shmith, Athol, 1914–90. Collection of fashion photographs, National Library of Australia
- 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 Newspapers.com.
- Gwynn, Edith (August 20, 1955). "Hollywood". The Mercury. Pennsylvania, Pottstown. p. 4. Retrieved July 19, 2018 – via Newspapers.com.
- "Victoria Shaw, Actress From Australia, Wed". The Los Angeles Times. California, Los Angeles. July 19, 1956. p. 52. Retrieved July 19, 2018 – via Newspapers.com.
- "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.