Lois Smith

Actor, Playwright
An esteemed, highly-charged and highly-talented player of stage, TV and film, Lois Smith has not always been regular in the visual media, but she has made the chances count. She made her Broadway debut as a high school ... Read more »
Born: 11/02/1930 in Topeka, Kansas, USA

Filmography

Actor (85)

The Greens Are Gone 2014 (Movie)

Grandma (Actor)

True Blood 2008, 2014 (Tv Show)

Actor

Roadie 2012 (Movie)

Mom (Actor)

The Man Who Came Out Only at Night 2012 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Odd Life of Timothy Green 2012 (Movie)

Aunt Mel (Actor)

All My Children 1969 - 2011 (TV Show)

Actor

A Dog Year 2009 - 2010 (TV Show)

Actor

Desperate Housewives 2010 (Tv Show)

Actor

Please Give 2010 (Movie)

Mrs. Portman (Actor)

Army Wives 2009 (Tv Show)

Actor

Killshot 2009 (Movie)

Lenore (Actor)

Diminished Capacity 2008 (Movie)

Belle Tyke (Actor)

Turn the River 2008 (Movie)

Abby (Actor)

ER 2007 (Tv Show)

Actor

Griffin and Phoenix 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

Actor

Grey's Anatomy 2006 (Tv Show)

Actor

Hollywoodland 2006 (Movie)

Helen Bessolo (Actor)

Sweet Land 2006 (Movie)

Inge (as an older woman) (Actor)

Law & Order 2005 (Tv Show)

Actor

Little Fugitive 2005 (Movie)

Elizabeth (Actor)

The Best Thief in the World 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

A Foreign Affair 2004 (Movie)

Ma (Actor)

Cold Case 2004 (Tv Show)

Actor

LAX 2004 (Tv Show)

Actor

Law & Order: Criminal Intent 2004 (Tv Show)

Actor

P.S. 2004 (Movie)

Ellie Silverstein (Actor)

Red Betsy 2003 (Movie)

Helen Rounds (Actor)

Going to California 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

Law & Order: Special Victims Unit 2002 (Tv Show)

Actor

Minority Report 2002 (Movie)

Dr. Iris Hineman (Actor)

Touched By an Angel 2002 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Pledge 2001 (Movie)

Helen Jackson (Actor)

Just Shoot Me 2000 (Tv Show)

Actor

Tumbleweeds 1999 (Movie)

Ginger (Actor)

The Practice 1997 - 1998 (Tv Show)

Actor

Frasier 1997 (Tv Show)

Actor

Trance 1997 (Movie)

Mrs Ferriter (Actor)

Hudson River Blues 1996 (Movie)

Julia (Actor)

Larger Than Life 1996 (Movie)

Luluna (Actor)

Twister 1996 (Movie)

Aunt Meg (Actor)

Dead Man Walking 1995 (Movie)

Helen's Mother (Actor)

How to Make An American Quilt 1995 (Movie)

Sophia (Actor)

Holy Matrimony 1994 (Movie)

Orna (Actor)

Falling Down 1993 (Movie)

D-Fen's Mother (Actor)

Skylark 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

Hard Promises 1992 (Movie)

Mrs Bell (Actor)

Coney Island 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Voice

Fried Green Tomatoes 1991 (Movie)

Mama Threadgoode (Actor)

Good Sports 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

The Grapes of Wrath 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

Green Card 1990 (Movie)

Bronte's Mother (Actor)

Midnight Run 1988 (Movie)

Mrs Nelson (Actor)

Black Widow 1987 (Movie)

Sara (Actor)

Fatal Attraction 1987 (Movie)

Martha (Actor)

Adams Apple 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

Doubletake 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

Twisted 1985 (Movie)

Helen (Actor)

Reckless 1984 (Movie)

Mrs Prescott (Actor)

Reuben, Reuben 1983 (Movie)

Mary Spofford (Actor)

The Doctors 1962 - 1983 (TV Show)

Actor

Four Friends 1981 (Movie)

Mrs Carnahan (Actor)

Foxes 1980 (Movie)

Mrs Axman (Actor)

Love of Life 1951 - 1980 (TV Show)

Actor

Resurrection 1980 (Movie)

Kathy (Actor)

Somerset 1969 - 1977 (TV Show)

Actor

Next Stop, Greenwich Village 1976 (Movie)

Anita (Actor)

Five Easy Pieces 1970 (Movie)

Partita Dupea (Actor)

The Way We Live Now 1969 (Movie)

Jane (Actor)

East of Eden 1955 (Movie)

Ann (Actor)

Strange Lady in Town 1955 (Movie)

Spurs O'Brien (Actor)

A Will of Their Own (TV Show)

Actor

Deadly Matrimony (TV Show)

Actor

Iron Jawed Angels (TV Show)

Actor

Keep the Change (TV Show)

Actor

Rage of Angels (TV Show)

Actor

Switched at Birth (TV Show)

Actor

The Donner Party (TV Show)

Voice

The Laramie Project (TV Show)

Actor

The Last Ferry Home (TV Show)

Actor

The Master Builder (TV Show)

Actor

The Unforgivable Secret (TV Show)

Actor

Truman (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

An esteemed, highly-charged and highly-talented player of stage, TV and film, Lois Smith has not always been regular in the visual media, but she has made the chances count. She made her Broadway debut as a high school student in "Time Out for Ginger" in 1952, and her TV debut in the live production of "The Apple Tree" the next year. Smith made an auspicious film debut as the thwarted barmaid Ann in Elia Kazan's "East of Eden" (1955). Although she was eclipsed in the public eye by James Dean and Jo Van Fleet, nevertheless, she was rewarded by the critics. Yet it was not until 1970 that Smith again had a showy film role. Her performance as Partita, Jack Nicholson's sister, in Bob Rafelson's "Five Easy Pieces", won her the National Society of Film Critics' Award as Best Supporting Actress. In 1976, she was the suicidal Anita in Paul Mazursky's cinematic memoir, "Next Stop, Greenwich Village" Film roles followed at the rate of about one per year, but rarely did she get to showcase her abilities until 1995 when Smith was the adult Sophie, still thinking of her years as a swimming champion, in Jocelyn Moorhouse's "How to Make an American Quilt" and Susan Sarandon's mother in "Dead Man Walking". In Jan De Bont's "Twister" (1996), she offered stalwart support as scientist Helen Hunt's aunt while in "Larger Than Life" (also 1996), Smith was a retired circus performer.

Relationships

Carrie Davis Humbert

Mother

William Humbert

Father

Moon Smith

Daughter
Born in 1958 father, Wesley Dale Smith

Wesley Smith

Ex-Husband
Married from 1948-1970

EDUCATION

University of Washington

Seattle , Washington 1948 - 1950
Dropped out

The Actors Studio

New York , New York
Trained with Lee Strasberg

Milestones

2011

Played the ailing mother of the titular character (Ron Eldard) in "Roadie"

2010

Guest starred as Tom’s (Doug Savant) mother Allison on "Desperate Housewives" (ABC)

2009

Co-starred in "A Dog Year" opposite Jeff Bridges

2008

Cast as Adele Stackhouse, Sookie's (Anna Paquin) grandmother on HBO's "True Blood"

2006

Played 'Superman' George Reeves' grieving mother in "Hollywoodland"

2006

Co-starred in the independent film "Sweet Land"

2005

Played Carrie Watts in a revival of Horton Foote's "The Trip to Bountiful" at Signature Theatre Company

2004

Appeared opposite Laura Linney in "P.S."

2003

Landed a recurring role on the ABC daytime drama "One Life to Live"

2002

Starred as Iris Hineman opposite Tom Cruise in "Minority Report"

2001

Landed small role in "The Pledge," directed by Sean Penn

2001

Portrayed Brecht's "Mother Courage" at the Steppenwolf Theater in Chicago, IL

1996

Directed by Sinise in stage production of "Buried Child"; earned second Tony nomination as Best Featured Actress in a Play

1996

Cast in a featured role opposite Helen Hunt and Bill Paxton in the natural disaster feature "Twister"

1995

Played Sophie in "How to Make an American Quilt"

1995

Co-starred with Sinise as Harry Truman's mother-in-law in the HBO film "Truman"

1990

Played Ma Joad to Gary Sinise's Tom Joad in Broadway production of "The Grapes of Wrath"; won Tony nomination as Best Featured Actress in a Play

1975

Cast as a regular on NBC daytime drama "The Doctors"

1972

Landed a regular role on NBC daytime drama "Somerset"

1969

Won acclaim as Jack Nicholson's sister in "Five Easy Pieces"

1957

Appeared in the original production of Tennessee Williams's "Orpheus Descending"

1955

Made film debut opposite James Dean in Elia Kazan's "East of Eden"

1953

First TV appearance as Megan in the Kraft Television Theater presentation of "The Apple Tree" (ABC)

1952

Made Broadway debut as Jeannie in "Time Out for Ginger"

1940

Moved with family to Seattle, WA

1885

First play as playwright produced, "All There Is"

Born and raised in Kansas

Began performing as a child in in evangelical church dramas

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