Birth Place: Topeka, Kansas, USA
Smith's TV work in the 70s consisted mostly of daytime dramas, with regular roles on both "Somerset" and "The Doctors". In the 80s, she began to make episodic guest appearances and was featured in several TV-movies, most notably "Skylark" (CBS, 1993). Two years later, she was Harry Truman's waspish, nasty, bigoted mother-in-law in "Truman" for HBO.
For all her TV and film roles, Smith has worked most consistently on stage. Her list of credits includes many plays on Broadway and in key American theaters, such as the Long Wharf in New Haven, CT, and the Steppenwolf Theatre Company in Chicago, IL. It was with the latter that Smith created the role of the indomitable Ma Joad in the stage versi... Continue Bio >>
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