Notable on her behalf Tony-nominated performance in the 1991 Broadway production of Our Country’s Great, she continued to win an Obie Award on her behalf work in the 1997 Off-Broadway staging of As Bees in Honey Drown. Her display screen acting credits consist of recurring assignments on True Bloodstream (as Melinda Mickens) and THE TIMES and Evenings of Molly Dodd (as Ramona Luchesse). After briefly participating in Florida State School, she produced her cinematic debut in the 1979 film Gal Teen ‘El and her Broadway debut within an early 1980s creation of Crimes from the Center. Between 1999 and 2005, she performed in Broadway productions of Evening Must Fall, Tartuffe, and Following the Night as well as the Music. Born Jean Isabel Smith and later referred to as both Jessica Smith-Cameron and J. Smith-Cameron, she spent her youth in Kentucky and SC. Her marriage to playwright Kenneth Lonergan produced a daughter named Nellie. She and Abigail Spencer were both in the cast from the Sundance Channel series Rectify.