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Anna Deavere Smith

Worked for an airline to support herself when she first moved to New York City. Interviewed more than 50peoplefrom Brooklyn's Crown Heights neighborhood about their experiences to create her 1992 one-woman show Fires in the Mirror. Portrays cyclist Lance Armstrong as one of the characters in her stage show Let Me Down Easy. Has taughtat academic institutions includingNew York University, Yale University, the University of Southern California at Los Angeles, and as a tenured professor at Stanford University. Has been an Artist in Residenceforthe Ford Foundation, MTV Networks, the Aspen Institute, the Center for American Progress, and Grace Cathedral. Has received honorary degrees from academicinstitutions including theJuilliard School; the School of Visual Arts, University of Pennsylvania; Wesleyan College; andBryn Mawr College.

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Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet Anna Deavere Smith: A Youngarts Masterclass
  • Actor
2014
84% Rachel Getting Married
  • Carol
2008
51% The Kingdom
  • Maricella Canavesio
2007
No Score Yet Life Support
  • Lucille
2006
No Score Yet The Mystery of Love
  • Actor
2006
46% Rent
  • Mrs. Jefferson
2005
22% Cry Wolf
  • Headmaster Tinsley
2005
81% The Manchurian Candidate
  • Political
2004
43% The Human Stain
  • Mrs. Silk
2003
No Score Yet Twilight: Los Angeles
  • Actor
2000
90% The American President
  • Robin McCall
1995
78% Philadelphia
  • Anthea Burton
1993
94% Dave
  • Mrs. Travis
1993
No Score Yet Fires in the Mirror
  • Actor
  • Screenwriter
1993
No Score Yet Soup for One
  • Deborah
1982

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT
No Score Yet Real Time With Bill Maher
2003
  • Panelist
No Score Yet Masterclass
2010-2014
  • Appearing
No Score Yet Great Performances
2000
  • Host
  • Actor
No Score Yet Madam Secretary
2014
  • Attorney General Mary Perlowski
No Score Yet Finding Your Roots With Henry Louis Gates Jr.
2012
  • Appearing
No Score Yet American Experience
1988
  • Voice
84% Nurse Jackie
2009-2015
  • Mrs. Gloria Akalitus
No Score Yet Lidia Celebrates America
2011
  • Guest
No Score Yet Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
1999
  • Actor
93% black-ish
2014
  • Alicia
No Score Yet The West Wing
1999-2006
  • National Security Adviser Nancy Nancy McNally

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