Anna Deavere Smith Poster


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Date of Birth 18 September 1950Baltimore, Maryland, USA

Mini Bio (1)

Anna Deavere Smith was born on September 18, 1950 in Baltimore, Maryland, USA. She is an actress and writer, known for All My Children (1970), Philadelphia (1993) and Nurse Jackie (2009).

Trivia (10)

Ann O'Day Maples Professor of the Arts at Stanford University.
Recipient of MacArthur Foundation "genius" grant. [June 1996]
Has 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.
Was nominated for two 1994 Tony Awards: as Best Actress (Play) and Author of Best Play nominee, "Twilight: Los Angeles, 1992."
Nominated for the 1993 Pulitzer Prize for Drama for the play "Fires in the Mirror".
Is a tenured professor at New York University's Tisch School of the Arts.
She received an honorary degree from John Jay College of Criminal Justice. Doctorate of Humane Letters. [May 2010]
Her new play, "Let Me Down Easy" is set to debut at the Public Theater in New York City in 2006-2007. [April 2006]
Her 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.
(12-17 Nov 1996) Performing her play Twilight: Los Angeles, 1992 (Boston, Colonial Theatre)

Personal Quotes (1)

Do 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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