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Phyllis Smith      

Actress Known for Playing Phyllis Lapin on "The Office"

Phyllis Smith is a film and television actress who is best known for playing Phyllis Lapin on "The Office."

Smith was born in Lemay, MO, outside St. Louis. In the 1970s and 1980s, she worked as a dancer, a cheerleader for the old St. Louis football Cardinals, and a burlesque performer. She was forced to quit dancing after suffering a knee injury. Smith later worked in Hollywood as an actress and in casting; she was working as a casting associate on "The Office" when she was offered the role of Phyllis, a character created specifically for her.

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