Anna Deavere Smith

Anna Deavere Smith Brief Biography

Anna Deavere Smith (born September 18, 1950) is an American actress, playwright, and professor. She is currently the artist-in-residence at the Center for American Progress. Smith is widely known for her roles as National Security Advisor Dr. Nancy McNally in The West Wing (2000-06), and as hospital administrator Gloria Akalitus in the Showtime series Nurse Jackie (2009-15). She is a recipient of The Dorothy and Lillian Gish Prize (2013), one of the richest prizes in the American arts, with a remuneration of $300,000, and was named the Jefferson Lecturer for 2015.

Anna Deavere Smith News

• 'Nurse Jackie' renewed for sixth season by Showtime
• Phylicia Rashad and Anna Deavere Smith to perform at Mead Center
• Rob Lowe and other alums returning for final 'West Wing' episodes

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