TG4 to air documentary on Irish Hollywood star with a tragic tale 1 year ago

TG4 to air documentary on Irish Hollywood star with a tragic tale

Limerick-born Constance Smith starred in over 30 movies but her time in Hollywood was short-lived.

TG4 will air the "tragic story" of Limerick-born Constance Smith, an actress seemingly poised for mega-stardom in the golden age of Hollywood.

Smith featured in over 30 movies from 1947 to 1959 including Brighton Rock and Man in the Attic. She also presented at the Academy Awards ceremony in 1952.

As the TG4 documentary Constance Smith - Hollywood Tragedy explains, Smith was a determined and independent woman who operated in "an industry that welcomed neither".

Her refusal to be pigeonholed was admirable, but Hollywood ultimately cut her loose.

The hour-long documentary explores the fallout, focusing on "a downward spiral into drugs and drink" that ended in imprisonment and an impoverished death.

Hollywood Tragedy features interviews with Smith's family, fans and contemporaries and airs on TG4 this Thursday January 3 at 9.3opm.

You can check out the trailer below.

Clip via Cristin Reddin