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Overview (1)

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 Philadelphia (1993), All My Children (1970) and Rachel Getting Married (2008).

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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)
Her play, "Twilight: Los Angeles, 1992," on Broadway in New York City was nominated for a 1994 Antoinette Perry (Tony) Award for Best Play.
She was nominated for a 1994 Antoinette Perry (Tony) Award for Best Actress for "Twilight: Los Angeles, 1992," on Broadway in New York City.
Her 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.
Her play, "Twilight: Los Angeles, 1992," on Broadway in New York City was awarded 1993-1994 OBIE Award for Best Play.
She 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.
She 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.
She 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.
She 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.
She 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.".
Serves on the Board of Trusteesfof Grace Cathedral (Episcopal) in San Francisco, and was the Cathedral's first "Artist in Residence," in 2012 at which time she premiered her work, On Grace, to sold out performances.

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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