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Anna Deavere Smith

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18, 1950
Baltimore, MD
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Baltimore, MD


Maryland-born actress and playwright who was a series regular on The West Wing and Nurse Jackie. Her one-woman play, Fires in the Mirror, was nominated for the 1993 Pulitzer Prize for Drama.

Before Fame

After graduating from Arcadia University, she attended the American Conservatory Theater's Master of Fine Arts program. She later taught at Stanford, Carnegie Mellon, and New York University.


She appeared in The American President, Rachel Getting Married, Philadelphia, and other acclaimed films.

Family Life

She was born in Baltimore, Maryland to Anna Young Smith and Deavere Smith.

Associated With

She appeared in a Joseph Papp-produced Off-Broadway production of The Merry Wives of Windsor.