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Hillary B. Smith - Actress Profile and Biography

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Hillary B. Smith - Actress Profile and Biography

Actress Hillary B. Smith, who portrays Nora Buchanan on ABC's 'One Life to Live'

Copyright by ABC, 2011

Character on 'One Life to Live':

Date of First Appearance on OLTL:

September, 1992

Date of Birth and Location:

May 25, 1957
Boston, MA

Full Name:

Hillary Converse Bailey Smith

Marital Status:

Married to Philip ‘Nip’ Smith

Interesting Facts About Hillary B. Smith:

  • Hillary studied Genetics and Theatre at Pine Manor College and Sarah Lawrence College.
  • She was raised in Palm Beach, Florida.
  • She performed in several off Broadway and Broadway productions.
  • She is married with two children.
  • Awards and Nominations::

    1994 – Daytime Emmy Winner for One Life to Live – District Attorney Nora Hanen-Gannon-Buchanan for the storyline in which her character defended a rape co-ed victim.

    1986, 1988, 1989, 1994, 2000, 2001 – Nominated for Soap Opera Digest Awards for As the World Turns and One Life to Live.

    Filmography- TV/Video/Films:

  • The Young and the Restless – Herself, 1989
  • Family Feud Challenge – Herself, 1 episode, 1989
  • The $20,000 Pyramid – Herself, 10 episodes, 1991
  • The View - Herself, 2003)
  • Soap Talk – Herself, 2003-2006
  • Stanley’s Dinosaur Round Up – Paleontologist, 2006
  • Acting Sheriff – Assistant D.A. Donna, 1991
  • Driving Miss Daisy – Florine Wortham, 1992
  • Love Potion No. 9 – Sally, 1992
  • One Life to Live – Nora Hanen, 1992 – (Present)
  • Something Wilder – Annie Bergman (with Gene Wilder, 1994-1995 TV series, cancelled)
  • Other Works:
  • TV Commercial for Caltrate, 2005
  • Filmography - Sitcoms/Films, cont.:

  • Best Friends – Herself, 1981
  • Nurse – Tina, 1 episode, 1981
  • No Soap Radio – Karen, 1982
  • The Doctors – Kit McCormick, R.N., 1982
  • Baby Makes Five – Susan, 1983
  • Too Close for Comfort – Dottie Stewart, 1983
  • Law And Order: Special Victim’s Unit – Mrs. Stanton, 2005
  • Lifebreath – Edie Weinreb, 1997
  • It Had To Be You – Jewelry Saleswoman, 2000
  • Maid In Manhattan – Mrs. Lefferts, 2002
  • Palindromes – Robin Wallace, 2004
  • Profile and Biography of Hillary B. Smith:

    Ms. Smith was born in Boston, Massachusetts and raised in Palm Beach, Florida. While attending Sarah Lawrence College, she went on to appear in many Broadway productions including The Heidi Chronicles. She began her career in television as Nurse Kit McCormick on The Doctors in 1982. One year later, she took over the role of Margo Montgomery Hughes on As the World Turns from 1983-1990.

    Hillary is married to Philip Smith and they have two children together, Philip Webster Smith IV and Courtney. After Philip’s birth in 1988, she returned to daytime on One Life to Live in 1992, originating the role of tough-as-nails District Attorney Nora Hanen. Her character presently remains on the soap canvas.

    While working on One Life to Live, Hilary worked simultaneously on the sitcom, Something Wilder as Annie Bergman alongside Gene Wilder. However, the series was cancelled in 1995 after one season.

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