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Anna Deavere Smith stars in "Nurse Jackie" on Showtime as the old-guard, by-the-book, ER Administrator Gloria Akalitus, who keeps the hospital together and running smoothly.

Anna Deavere Smith has performed in film and television as well as on stage. She is probably most recognizable in popular culture as Nancy McNally, the National Security Advisor on NBC's hit series, "The West Wing."

Smith has been featured in several films, including "The American President," "The Human Stain," "Dave" and "Rent." She was a regular on the CBS series "Presidio Med." She recently starred in the independent film "Rachel Getting Married," opposite Anne Hathaway.

Smith also has an active career in the theater. She has been said to have created a new form of theater, which combines journalism, dramatic writing and keen acting skills. She creates one-person shows, based on interviews, in which she portrays several characters—as many as 46 in one show. Smith performed "Twilight: Los Angeles" around the U.S. and on Broadway. It received two Tony nominations, an Obie, a Drama Desk Award, a Special Citation from the New York Drama Critics and numerous other honors. President and Mrs. Clinton and Vice President Al Gore attended her Washington, D.C. performance. She produced, wrote and performed the movie version of "Twilight: Los Angeles" for PBS.

Another one of her plays, "Fires in the Mirror," examined a race riot that occurred in Crown Heights, Brooklyn (1991) when age-old racial tensions between Black and Jewish neighbors exploded. It received an Obie Award, numerous other awards and was a runner-up for the Pulitzer Prize. She performed the play around the U.S., in London and Australia. The film version of "Fires in the Mirror" was also broadcast on PBS.

Her latest play, "Let Me Down Easy," toured in spring 2011. The tour began in Washington and visited several other cities. The play ran with several extensions at the Second Stage Theatre in New York. The subject is the resilience and vulnerability of the human body. This play was inspired by work she did at the Yale School of Medicine, where she was a Visiting Professor.

Smith has received many awards for her work in the theater, among them the prestigious McArthur Prize. She has also received many honorary degrees including those from Juilliard, Smith, Wesleyan and Northwestern. She is a professor at New York University.

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How old is Anna Deavere Smith? Find out here.

Age: 66 years old
Birthday: September 18, 1950
Birthplace: Baltimore, MD

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