Anna Deavere Smith Bio | Wiki
Anna Deavere Smith is an American actress, professor, and playwright. She is famous for her role as National Security Advisor Dr. Nancy McNally in The West Wing (2000–06). Smith was also cast as the hospital administrator Gloria Akalitus in the Showtime series Nurse Jackie (2009–15), and as U.S. District Court Clerk Tina Krissman on the ABC show For the People (2018–19).
Smith earned The Dorothy and Lillian Gish Prize in 2013. In addition, in 2015 she was chosen as the Jefferson Lecturer by the National Endowment for the Humanities. Smith is the founding director of the Institute on the Arts and Civic Dialogue at New York University.
Smith co-stars on the new ABC / Shonda Rhimes series, For the People. She also appears on the hit ABC series Black-ish. She previously starred as Gloria Akalitus on Showtime’s Nurse Jackie, and as the National Security Advisor on NBC’s The West Wing. Films include The American President, Rachel Getting Married, Philadelphia, Dave, Rent, and The Human Stain.
Anna Deavere Smith Age
She was born on September 18, 1950, in Baltimore, Maryland, United States. Smith is 71 years old.
Anna Deavere Smith Height
She is a woman of average stature. Smith stands at a height of 5 ft 4 in (Approx.1.62 m).
Anna Deavere Smith Parents | Family
Smith was born into an African-American family in Baltimore, Maryland. Her mother is Anna Rosalind, an elementary school principal, and her father is Deaver Young Smith Jr., a coffee merchant. Smith also has four siblings and one of her sisters is named Rosalind Allen.
Anna Deavere Smith Husband | Married
Smith is single and has not revealed whether she had any past relationships or whether she has any children.
Deavere Smith Education
She began attending school shortly after the city had started integrating the public schools. Smith attended both majority-black and majority-white schools during her lower years. She is an alumna of the historic Western High School, an all-girls school.
Subsequently, Smith studied acting at Beaver College, where she was one of seven African-American women in her class, and graduated in 1971. During her college career, she began to identify as Black. Later Smith went to the West Coast for graduate work, earning an M.F.A. in Acting from the American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco, California.
Anna Deavere Smith Twilight
Twilight: Los Angeles, 1992, was a crafted exploration of the violence that erupted after the acquittal of four white police officers charged in the videotaped beating of Rodney King, an African American. It was nominated for two Tony Awards as Best Actress (Play) and Author of Best Play nominee.
Anna Deavere Smith Let Me Down Easy
In 2008, Smith premiered a one-woman play, Let Me Down Easy. It explored the resiliency and vulnerability of the human body. She portrayed more than 20 characters, who spoke out about current events such as genocide in Rwanda, steroid use among athletes, AIDS in Africa, and the U.S. health care system.
Anna Deavere Smith Notes From The Field
Another one-woman play, Notes from the Field premiered in 2016. It explored the “pipeline” from school to prison for poor students in the United States. The play was later adapted into a TV movie in 2018 in which Smith starred in a variety of roles.
Anna Deavere Smith Net Worth
She is an actress, professor, and playwright. There is no doubt, therefore, that she has amassed a decent fortune over the years. Smith’s estimated net worth is $4 Million.
Is Anna Deavere Smith Married
Smith is single and has not revealed whether she had any past relationships or whether she has any children. This section will be updated as soon as Smith’s marital status comes into the limelight.