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Anna Deavere Smith

Biography

Maryland-born actress and playwright who was simply a string regular for the Western Wing and Nurse Jackie. Her one-woman play, Fires in the Reflection, was nominated for the 1993 Pulitzer Reward for Crisis. After graduating from Arcadia College or university, she went to the American Conservatory Theater’s Get better at of Good Arts system. She later trained at Stanford, Carnegie Mellon, and NY University. She made an appearance in The American Chief executive, Rachel ENGAGED AND GETTING MARRIED, Philadelphia, and additional acclaimed movies. She was created in Baltimore, Maryland to Anna Youthful Smith and Deavere Smith. She made an appearance inside a Joseph Papp-produced Off-Broadway creation from the Merry Wives of Windsor.

Quick Facts


Date Of Birth September 18, 1950
Place Of Birth Baltimore, MD
Profession Stage Actress
Education American Conservatory Theater, Arcadia University, Western High School
Nationality American
Parents Deavere Young Smith, Anna Young
Siblings Rosalind Allen
Awards MacArthur Fellowship, Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Solo Performance, Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Solo Show, New York Drama Critics' Circle Special Citation, Guggenheim Fellowship for Humanities, US & Canada, Obie Award for Special Citations, Helen Hayes Awards for Outstanding Lead Actress, Non-Resident Production, Outer Critics Circle Special Award, Glamour Woman of the Year Award, Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Lead Actress, Obie Award for Best Play, Washington D.C. Area Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actress, Black Reel Award for Best Supporting Actress - Film
Nominations Tony Award for Best Play, NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series, NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series, Pulitzer Prize for Drama, Tony Award for Best Lead Actress in a Play, Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series, Critics' Choice Movie Award for Best Acting Ensemble, Gotham Independent Film Award for Best Ensemble Performance, Drama League Award for Distinguished Performance, Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding Solo Performance
Movies The American President, Rachel Getting Married, Philadelphia, The Human Stain, Dave, The Kingdom, Cry Wolf (Theatrical), The Manchurian Candidate, Life Support, Rent, Soup for One, Can You Ever Forgive Me?, Expert Witness, Twilight: Los Angeles, Fires in the Mirror
TV Shows Nurse Jackie, The West Wing, Presidio Med, For the People
Star Sign Virgo

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#Fact
1She was awarded the 1993-1994 New York Drama Critics Circle Award for "Twilight: Los Angeles, 1992," on Broadway in New York City for "Unique Contribution to Theatrical Form.".
2She was awarded the 1993 Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Award for Distinguished Creation Performance for "Twilight: Los Angeles, 1992," at the Mark Taper Forum Theatre in Los Angeles, California.
3She was awarded the 1994 NAACP Image Award for Best Actress for "Twilight: Los Angeles, 1992," at the Mark Taper Forum Theatre in Los Angeles, California.
4She was awarded the 1994 NAACP Image Award for Best Playwright for "Twilight: Los Angeles, 1992," at the Mark Taper Forum Theatre in Los Angeles, California.
5She was awarded for a 1993-1994 New York Drama Desk Award for Best Solo Performance for "Twlight: Los Angeles, 1992," on Broadway in New York City.
6Her play, "Twilight: Los Angeles, 1992," on Broadway in New York City was awarded 1993-1994 OBIE Award for Best Play.
7Her play, "Twilight: Los Angeles, 1992," at the Mark Taper Forum Theatre in Los Angeles, California was awarded the 1994 NAACP Image Award for Best Play.
8She was nominated for a 1994 Antoinette Perry (Tony) Award for Best Actress for "Twilight: Los Angeles, 1992," on Broadway in New York City.
9Her play, "Twilight: Los Angeles, 1992," on Broadway in New York City was nominated for a 1994 Antoinette Perry (Tony) Award for Best Play.
10(12-17 Nov 1996) Performing her play Twilight: Los Angeles, 1992 (Boston, Colonial Theatre)
11Her most recent play, House Arrest, explores the US national identity as it revealed by the American presidency, past and present. This spring Ms. Smith will bring House Arrest as a one-woman show to the Public Theatre in New York. The New York premiere of House Arrest, directed by Jo Bonney, will open Tuesday, March 7 and play through April 19, 2000.
12Her new play, "Let Me Down Easy" is set to debut at the Public Theater in New York City in 2006-2007. [April 2006]
13She received an honorary degree from John Jay College of Criminal Justice. Doctorate of Humane Letters. [May 2010]
14Is a tenured professor at New York University's Tisch School of the Arts.
15Nominated for the 1993 Pulitzer Prize for Drama for the play "Fires in the Mirror".
16Was nominated for two 1994 Tony Awards: as Best Actress (Play) and Author of Best Play nominee, "Twilight: Los Angeles, 1992."
17Has had parts in Dave (1993) and The American President (1995), as well as a recurring role on The West Wing (1999). All three are primarily set in the White House.
18Recipient of MacArthur Foundation "genius" grant. [June 1996]
19Ann O'Day Maples Professor of the Arts at Stanford University.


Actress

Actress

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Berlin Station2016TV Series
BoJack Horseman2016TV SeriesBetty Bruce
Legends of Tomorrow2016TV SeriesOlder Kendra
Black-ish2015-2016TV SeriesAlicia
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit2016TV SeriesWarden Lucille Fenton
Nurse Jackie2009-2015TV SeriesGloria Akalitus
Madam Secretary2015TV SeriesMary Campbell
The Surgeon General2013TV MovieVice President
Rachel Getting Married2008Carol
The Kingdom2007Maricella Canavesio
Life Support2007TV MovieLucille
The West Wing2000-2006TV SeriesNancy McNally
Rent2005Mrs. Jefferson
Cry_Wolf2005Headmaster Tinsley
Numb3rs2005TV SeriesDon's Boss
The Manchurian Candidate2004Political Pundit
The Human Stain2003Mrs. Silk
Expert Witness2003TV Movie
Presidio Med2002TV SeriesDr. Letty Jordan
Life 3602001TV Series
100 Centre Street2001TV SeriesMs. Davis
The Practice2000TV SeriesD.A. Kate Brunner
Twilight: Los Angeles2000Performer
American Experience1997TV Series documentaryNarrator
The American President1995Robin McCall
Philadelphia1993Anthea Burton
Dave1993Mrs. Travis
American Playhouse1993TV SeriesRev. Al Sharpton Angela Davis Various
Unfinished Business1987Anna
Touched1983Switch Board Operator
Soup for One1982Deborah
All My Children1970TV SeriesHazel, Glamorama shampoo girl (1983)

Writer

Writer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
My America2012TV Series 1 episode
Twilight: Los Angeles2000play "Twilight: Los Angeles, 1992" / screenplay
American PlayhouseTV Series play "Fires in the Mirror: Crown Heights, Brooklyn and Other Identities" - 1 episode, 1993 teleplay - 1 episode, 1993

Producer

Producer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Twilight: Los Angeles2000producer

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates, Jr.2014TV Series documentaryHerself
Real Time with Bill Maher2009-2014TV SeriesHerself - Guest / Herself
Ronan Farrow Daily2014TV SeriesHerself
Anna Deavere Smith: A YoungArts Masterclass2014TV Movie documentaryHerself
Masterclass2014TV SeriesHerself
Lidia Celebrates America2013TV Series documentaryHerself
The Barnes Collection2012TV Movie documentaryHerself - Host
The 2012 Annual Actors Fund Gala Awards2012TV SpecialHerself
Tavis Smiley2011TV SeriesHerself - Guest
42nd NAACP Image Awards2011TV SpecialHerself
Texas Monthly Talks2003-2010TV SeriesHerself - Interviewee
Studs Terkel: Listening to America2009TV Short documentary
New York 360º Presents: The 2007 Matrix Awards2007TV SpecialHerself
The Mystery of Love2006TV Movie documentaryHost
Now2006TV Series documentaryHerself
Legends Ball2006TV Movie documentaryHerself
34th NAACP Image Awards2003TV SpecialHerself
Charlie Rose1995-2001TV SeriesHerself - Guest
Women's Day: The Making of a Bill1998Documentary short
The 48th Annual Tony Awards1994TV SpecialHerself - Nominee: Best Play & Best Leading Actress in a Play

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2004Black ReelBlack Reel AwardsFilm: Best Supporting ActressThe Human Stain (2003)
2003WAFCA AwardWashington DC Area Film Critics Association AwardsBest Supporting ActressThe Human Stain (2003)

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2016Image AwardImage AwardsOutstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy SeriesNurse Jackie (2009)
2014Image AwardImage AwardsOutstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy SeriesNurse Jackie (2009)
2013Image AwardImage AwardsOutstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy SeriesNurse Jackie (2009)
2013ActorScreen Actors Guild AwardsOutstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy SeriesNurse Jackie (2009)· Mackenzie Aladjem
· Eve Best
· Bobby Cannavale
· Jake Cannavale
· Peter Facinelli
· Edie Falco
· Dominic Fumusa
· Arjun Gupta
· Lenny Jacobson
· Ruby Jerins
· Paul Schulze
· Stephen Wallem
· Merritt Wever
2011Image AwardImage AwardsOutstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy SeriesNurse Jackie (2009)
2009Critics Choice AwardBroadcast Film Critics Association AwardsBest Acting EnsembleRachel Getting Married (2008)· Anne Hathaway
· Rosemarie DeWitt
· Debra Winger
· Bill Irwin
· Mather Zickel
· Anisa George
2009Gold Derby AwardGold Derby AwardsEnsemble CastRachel Getting Married (2008)· Tunde Adebimpe
· Rosemarie DeWitt
· Anne Hathaway
· Anisa George
· Bill Irwin
· Debra Winger
· Mather Zickel
2008Gotham Independent Film AwardGotham AwardsBest Ensemble PerformanceRachel Getting Married (2008)· Anne Hathaway
· Rosemarie DeWitt
· Bill Irwin
· Tunde Adebimpe
· Mather Zickel
· Anisa George
· Debra Winger
2004Image AwardImage AwardsOutstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama SeriesThe West Wing (1999)
2003Image AwardImage AwardsOutstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama SeriesThe West Wing (1999)


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1Do you want to be an artist so the whole world would look at you, or do you want to be an artist because you want to use your ability to attract attention, to have the world see itself through you differently?


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