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David Lee Smith About Elizabeth

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David Lee Smith talks about Elizabeth during an interview.

November 15, 1994

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OLTL‘s David Lee Smith has made a smooth transition to soaps, the city, and new-found celebrity

Before David Lee Smith moved to New York City from Dallas a little more than two years ago, he learned all he needed to know about Manhattan from a Lou Reed album titled, appropriately enough, New York. “He sings, ‘I’ll take Manhattan in a garbage bag with Latin written on the side that says, “It’s hard to give a s— these days.”‘ When I came here I kind of looked around and said, ‘He’s right; Lou didn’t lie,'” says Smith, who admits to having a love/hate relationship with the city. “There are a lot of great things about New York, and there are a lot of awful things.” Among the great things are Smith’s steady relationship with actress Elizabeth Mitchell (Dinah Lee, Loving), and his role as wisecrackin’ physical therapist Brent Sutton on One Life To Live.

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SOW | Great Review About Elizabeth’s Performance On Loving

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November 8, 1994

EMLov2.jpgLoving: As I wrote here only two weeks ago, Loving is better right now that it’s ever been – more creative and, to say the least, more adventure-some. What I admire about the show are the choices being made by its production team.

It took all of two episodes for Elizabeth Mitchell to impress as the new Dinah Lee. Her lovely natural aura is quite special.

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Soap Opera Digest Interview | Meet Loving’s new Dinah Lee

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September 13, 1994

EMcasting.jpgMeet Loving‘s new Dinah Lee

After a whirlwind casting search, Loving execs have chosen Elizabeth Mitchell to replace Jessica Collins as Dinah Lee Mayberry Alden. Mitchell started taping on August 12;  she’ll start airing September 9.

Although the Texan raised actress is new today-time, she wasn’t nervous during her audition. “I tested with Robert Tyler [Trucker] and he couldn’t have made things easier. We were kind of on the same wavelength,” Mitchell recalls. Also at the screen test was Jessica Collins. Was that awkward? “Oh, not at all,” Mitchell laughs, “I can’t tell you how sweet she was.”

It’s been a good month for Mitchell, who learned that she had the job shortly after her boyfriend, David Lee Smith was cast as Luna’s physical therapist, Brent Sutton, on One Life To Live. “We found out within a week of each other,” she laughs. “We’re the ABC kids.”

Mitchell has been learning as much as she can about Dinah Lee and so far, she likes what she sees, “I think because Jessica Collins was so popular, the writers wrote an incredible character for her. I have so much material at my disposal, which is wonderful. So although I’m nervous, it’s kind of exciting.”

“There’s a lot of optimism around here,” nods Randolph Mantooth (Alex). “The Aldens are back and we’ve got a great actress playing Dinah Lee. Mark my words – this girl is good.”

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Elizabeth has been cast on Loving

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August 30, 1994

elizabeth_mitchell_loving_debut.JPGIN: Elizabeth Mitchell has been cast as the new Dinah Lee on Loving, replacing Jessica Collins, who decided not to renew her contract.

Mitchell’s credits include an episode of CBS’ Dangerous Curves, and regional stage productions of Chicago, Baby and As You Like It. Mitchell makes her daytime debut Sept. 12.

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Amateurs Preview

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By Jerome Weeks
The Dallas Morning News
Published February 28, 1992

WHAT: Amateurs
WHEN: Previews Saturday at 8:15 p.m., Sunday at 2:30 and 7:30 p.m. and Monday at 8:15 p.m. Regular run Wednesday through April 11, with performances each Tuesday through Friday at 8:15 p.m., Saturday at 2:30 and 8:15 p.m. and Sunday at 2:30 and 7:30 p.m. (April 7 through 9 performances at 7:30 p.m.; miser matinee April 4 at 2:30 p.m.).
WHERE: Theatre Three, the Quadrangle, 2800 Routh
ADMISSION: Previews $12.50 to $15; regular shows $12.50 to $25; miser matinee $5. Call 871-3300 or Rainbow Ticketmaster at 373-8000 or metro 647-5700.

Written by Tom Griffin, the author of The Boys Next Door, Amateurs could be construed as a comedy about people who are a little off-kilter upstairs: It’s about amateur actors and theater artists. Mr. Griffin is a former member of Adrian Hall’s Trinity Repertory Theater in Providence, R.I. — which is where the play debuted — so he knows whereof he spoofs. Being given its area premiere by Theatre Three, Amateurs takes place at th e opening-night party of the Timberly Troupers, who are presenting a musical about that favorite Broadway topic: “singing funeral parlors.’ We meet the typical incompetents, dreamers, hangers-on and even the occasionally talented person of such organizations, including a nebbishy ventriloquist, a bullying leading man and a young actress who may be on her way to Hollywood. Into their midst comes (Jaws theme music starts up) — the local drama critic! Amateurs, directed by Jac Alder, is neither a horror story nor a sequel to Revenge of the Nerds.

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