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      Anna Deavere Smith

      Anna Deavere Smith

      Highest Rated: 100% Notes From The Field (2018)

      Lowest Rated: 42% The Human Stain (2003)

      Birthday: Sep 18, 1950

      Birthplace: Baltimore, Maryland, USA

      Known just as well for her socially relevant work as a playwright as for her stunning reputation as an actor, Anna Deavere Smith was born in Baltimore, Maryland in 1950. After graduating from Arcadia University with her Bachelor's in 1971, she earned an MFA in acting from American Conservatory Theater and embarked upon a career as a professional actor. Though she would earn quick notoriety for playing Glamorama the Shampoo Girl on the soap opera "All My Children" (ABC, 1970-2011) in 1970, Deavere Smith would find a real home on the stage, appearing in productions like the Riverside Shakespeare's "The Merry Wives of Windsor" and The American Place Theatre's "Aye, Aye, Aye, I'm Integrated." In 1992, she wrote and starred in "Fires in the Mirror," her first of several one-woman-shows written in the documentary theater style, with Deavere Smith portraying several real-life people who survived a socially tumultuous historical event. She would earn tremendous acclaim with several such plays including "Twilight: Los Angeles, 1992," "The Arizona Project," "Let Me Down Easy," and "On Grace." Deavere Smith has also consistently worked as a college professor, teaching at Stanford University, the University of Southern California, Carnegie Mellon University, and NYU's Tisch School of the Arts, in addition to enjoying a successful career on screen. She notably appeared in the White House films "Dave" (1993) and "The American President" (1995) before joining the cast of the presidential series "The West Wing" (NBC, 1999-2006). She later co-starred on the series "Nurse Jackie" (Showtime, 2009-2015). In 2018, Deavere Smith appeared in the biographical dramedy "Can You Ever Forgive Me?"

      Highest rated movies

      Notes From The Field poster Notes From The Field Can You Ever Forgive Me? poster Can You Ever Forgive Me? Dave poster
      The American President poster The American President Rachel Getting Married poster
      Rachel Getting Married
      Philadelphia poster Philadelphia Flora and Ulysses poster Flora and Ulysses The Kingdom poster
      The Kingdom




      47% 93% Here Today Dr. Vidor (Character) $2.8M 2021
      73% 61% Flora and Ulysses Dr. Meescham (Character) - 2020
      98% 81% Can You Ever Forgive Me? Elaine (Character) $8.8M 2018
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Notes From the Field Unknown (Character),
      Executive Producer
      - 2018
      100% 67% Notes From The Field Unknown (Character) - 2018
      84% 62% Rachel Getting Married Carol (Character) $12.8M 2008
      51% 76% The Kingdom Maricella Canavesio (Character) $47.5M 2007
      No Score Yet 81% Life Support Lucille (Character) - 2007
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Mystery of Love Unknown (Character) - 2006
      42% 48% The Human Stain Mrs. Silk (Character) $5.4M 2003
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Twilight: Los Angeles Performer (Character),
      $11.8K 2000
      91% 77% The American President Robin McCall (Character) $59.0M 1995
      95% 72% Dave Mrs. Travis (Character) $61.0M 1993
      81% 89% Philadelphia Anthea Burton (Character) $76.0M 1993
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Fires in the Mirror Unknown (Character) - 1993
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Soup for One Deborah (Character) - 1982


      64% 36% Inventing Anna Maud (Character) 2022
      69% 90% For the People Tina Krissman (Character) 2018-2019
      No Score Yet 64% Hablemos del Cosmos Guest 2019
      92% 51% black-ish Alicia (Guest Star) 2015-2018
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Poetry in America Guest 2018
      No Score Yet 66% Real Time With Bill Maher Guest 2013-2014 2018
      No Score Yet No Score Yet TED Talks Guest 2016
      89% 69% DC's Legends of Tomorrow Older Kendra (Guest Star) 2016
      78% 89% Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Unknown (Guest Star) 2016
      81% 87% Nurse Jackie Dr. Akalitus (Character) 2009-2015
      No Score Yet 77% Madam Secretary Mary Campbell (Guest Star) 2015
      No Score Yet 87% Finding Your Roots Guest 2014
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Lidia Celebrates America Guest 2013
      No Score Yet 0% The Talk Guest 2011
      75% 95% The West Wing Nancy McNally (Guest Star) 2000-2004 2006
      27% No Score Yet Presidio Med Dr. Letty Jordan (Character) 2002-2003 2006
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Practice Unknown (Guest Star) 2000