She had earlier begun studying with the legendary Lee Strasberg at the Actors Studio, and has since performed extensively in the stage, television, and film mediums.
Ms. Smith has twice been a Tony Award nominee, for her performances in productions of The Grapes of Wrath and Buried Child. Both of these productions originated at Chicago's Steppenwolf Theatre Company, of which she is a member. Most recently, she starred in Harris Yulin's off-Broadway staging of Horton Foote's The Trip to Bountiful. The latter performance earned her the Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle, Obie, and Lucille Lortel Awards.
Her television appearances range from The United States Steel Hour (acting with John Cassavetes) and Naked City (opposite George C. Scott) to Frasier and Law & Order: Criminal Intent, amongst others. Her telefilms include Katja von Garnier's Iron Jawed Angels and Joseph Sargent's Skylark.
Ms. Smith was cited as Best Supporting Actress by the National Society of Film Critics for her performance opposite Jack Nicholson in Bob Rafelson's Five Easy Pieces. Her dozens of film credits also include Sean Penn's Dead Man Walking and The Pledge; Steven Spielberg's Minority Report (opposite Tom Cruise); Jan De Bont's Twister; Jocelyn Moorhouse's How to Make an American Quilt; Paul Mazursky's Next Stop, Greenwich Village; Daniel Petrie's Resurrection; Adrian Lyne's Foxes and Fatal Attraction; Bob Rafelson's Black Widow; Peter Weir's Green Card; Jon Avnet's Fried Green Tomatoes; Joel Schumacher's Falling Down; and, with Hollywoodland costar Diane Lane, John Madden's Killshot.
She is currently shooting George LaVoo's A Dog Year, opposite Jeff Bridges.
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|November 3, 1930 (93)
|Topeka, Kansas, USA