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Born: May 22, 1967 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: New York City, New York, USA Profession: actor

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A tall (5'10"), striking brunette, Brooke Smith garnered attention as the tenacious captive of a serial killer in Jonathan Demme's Oscar-winning "The Silence of the Lambs" (1991) and as Sonya in Louis Malle's "Vanya on 42nd Street" (1994).The daughter of a writer and a publicist (her mother Lois Smith has handled such clients as Robert Redford and Michelle Pfeiffer), Smith has worked almost exclusively from her NYC base and has frequently been seen on stage. She earned strong reviews for her work as a victim in the 1991 Off-Broadway production "Walking the Dead" and in "The Triumph of Love" at Princeton's McCarter Theatre. For more than four years, she was a company member rehearsing "Uncle Vanya," directed by Andre Gregory at the Victory Theatre. She reprised the part in "Vanya on 42nd Street," which focused on the trials and tribulations of Gregory's troupe working on a production of the Chekhov play. Smith's take on Sonya varied from prior interpretations, presenting the character as intelligent and capable, not slow and pitiful.Raised in Rockland County, New York, Smith attended the American Academy of Dramatic Arts and found work soon after graduation in an episode of the CBS drama "The...

A tall (5'10"), striking brunette, Brooke Smith garnered attention as the tenacious captive of a serial killer in Jonathan Demme's Oscar-winning "The Silence of the Lambs" (1991) and as Sonya in Louis Malle's "Vanya on 42nd Street" (1994).

The daughter of a writer and a publicist (her mother Lois Smith has handled such clients as Robert Redford and Michelle Pfeiffer), Smith has worked almost exclusively from her NYC base and has frequently been seen on stage. She earned strong reviews for her work as a victim in the 1991 Off-Broadway production "Walking the Dead" and in "The Triumph of Love" at Princeton's McCarter Theatre. For more than four years, she was a company member rehearsing "Uncle Vanya," directed by Andre Gregory at the Victory Theatre. She reprised the part in "Vanya on 42nd Street," which focused on the trials and tribulations of Gregory's troupe working on a production of the Chekhov play. Smith's take on Sonya varied from prior interpretations, presenting the character as intelligent and capable, not slow and pitiful.

Raised in Rockland County, New York, Smith attended the American Academy of Dramatic Arts and found work soon after graduation in an episode of the CBS drama "The Equalizer" (1988). That same year, she made her feature film debut in Alan Rudolph's stylish "The Moderns." The actress then alternated between stage and film, with small roles in "Mr. Wonderful" and as Matthew Broderick's flaky blind date in "The Night We Never Met" (both 1993). Smith appeared in Barbara Kopple's documentary "A Century of Women" (1994), was a willful female bonding with others at a yoga ranch in the independent feature "The Woman in the Moon" and an aspiring actress in Henry Jaglom's "Last Summer in the Hamptons" (both 1995). The following year, she was part of the ensemble casts of Robert Altman's "Kansas City" and Steve Buscemi's directorial debut "Trees Lounge." In 2001, Smith had her best role to date in "Series 7" as a very pregnant woman who was the reigning champion of a fictional TV series called "The Contenders" in which contestants had to kill one another to survive. Her character of Dawn returns to her hometown for the final round; if she survives, she would win her freedom. But first, she also had to confront demons from her past, including a former lover who is now pitted against her. Smith was terrific, running the gamut from cold-blooded killer to caring mother.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Day Out of Days (2015)
2.
 Interstellar (2014)
3.
 Labor Day (2013)
4.
 Little Help, A (2010)
5.
 Fair Game (2010)
6.
 Namesake, The (2006)
7.
 In Her Shoes (2005) Cast
8.
 Melinda and Melinda (2004) Cast
9.
 Iron Jawed Angels (2004) Mabel Vernon
10.
 Bad Company (2002) Agent Swanson
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Raised in Rockland County, New York
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Sang in a rock band while a high school student
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Acted in off-off-Broadway productions after graduating from the American Academy of Dramatic Arts
1988:
Made feature film debut in "The Moderns"
1988:
TV acting debut, an episode of the CBS drama series "The Equalizer"
1990:
First major film role, "The Silence of the Lambs"
1991:
Won critical praise in "Walking the Dead" at NY's Circle Repertory Company
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Rehearsed production of "Uncle Vanya" directed by Andre Gregory over a four and a half year period
1994:
Played Sonya in "Vanya on 42nd Street"
1996:
Appeared in "Trees Lounge"
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Wrote, directed and starred in short feature "Sheep's Meadow"
2001:
Played Dawn Largato, the reigning champ of a fictional TV series in the satirical "Series 7"
2004:
Cast in the TV movie "Iron Jawed Angels"
2004:
Played one of Claire Fisher's art teachers in the HBO series, "Six Feet Under"
2005:
Cast in Woody Allen's "Melinda and Melinda"
2005:
Starred in the Curtis Hanson directed "In Her Shoes," adapted from Jennifer Weiner's best-selling novel
2006:
Joined the cast of Neil LaBute's off-Broadway play "Some Girl(s)," co-starring Eric McCormack
2006:
Had a recurring role as Dr. Erica Hahn in five episodes of "Grey's Anatomy's" (ABC) third season; became a regular cast member replacing Dr. Preston Burke as the hospital's head of cardiothoracics in the fourth season; character was written off just seven episodes into season five
2007:
Had a recurring role as Dr. Kate Switzer on "Crossing Jordan"
2007:
Cast opposite Kal Penn in director Mira Nair's "The Namesake," an adaptation of Jhumpa Lahiri best selling novel
2007:
Cast in a recurring role on the Showtime series, "Weeds," as the ex-wife of Peter Scottson
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Education

American Academy of Dramatic Arts: New York , New York -

Notes

Her godfather is actor Robert Redford.

"Brooke can literally turn on a dime emotionally. She can be in despair, then in ecstasy, then angry, in seconds. She is willing to show us the human being in all its ambiguity, strangeness and wonder. She also has an incredible sweetness and openness. And she works like a maniac." --Andre Gregory in The New York Times, December 4, 1994.

"My mother sort of knows everyone in the business. She could definitely open doors for me early on. It bothers ma, I have to admit. I'm sure Jonathan [Demme] knew who my mom was. Years ago he was a publicist." --Brooke Smith in The New York Times, December 4, 1994.

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husband:
Steve Lubensky. Cameraman.

Family close complete family listing

father:
Gene Smith. Writer, editor.
mother:
Lois Smith. Publicist. Runs PMK in NYC; has handled Sean Penn, Michelle Pfeiffer, Robert Redford, many others.
brother:
Luke Smith.
brother:
Scott Smith.
brother:
Eric Smith.
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