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Lois Smith

 
Date Of Birth:
November 03, 1930 (92)
Birth Place:
Topeka, KS, USA
Bio:
Lois Smith is an American character actress. She made her film in East of Eden and later played supporting roles in a number of movies, including Five Easy Pieces (1970), Resurrection (1980), Fatal Attraction (1987), Fried Green Tomatoes (1991), How to Make an American Quilt (1995), Dead Man Walking ... (read complete bio)
 
Date of Birth: November 03, 1930 (92)

Birth Place: Topeka, KS, USA

Bio:
Lois Smith is an American character actress. She made her film in East of Eden and later played supporting roles in a number of movies, including Five Easy Pieces (1970), Resurrection (1980), Fatal Attraction (1987), Fried Green Tomatoes (1991), How to Make an American Quilt (1995), Dead Man Walking ... (read complete bio)

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Stage Credits

  [Broadway]
Broadway Premiere, 2019
Margaret
  [Off-Broadway]
Playwrights Horizons New York Premiere, 2018
Carla
  [Off-Broadway]
The New Group World Premeire, 2018
Mary Frances
  [Off-Broadway]
Playwrights Horizons Original Off-Broadway Production, 2015
Marjorie
  [Off-Broadway]
Signature Theatre Off-Broadway Production, 2015
Performer
  [Off-Broadway]
World Premiere, 2013
Mamie Borden
  [Off-Broadway]
Signature Theatre Production, 2012
Performer
  [Off-Broadway]
Signature Theatre Company Production, 2011
Performer
  [Off-Broadway]
2007
Colleen
  [Off-Broadway]
2005
Carrie Watts
  [Off-Broadway]
1999
Maggie Donovan
  [Off-Broadway]
Original Off-Broadway Production, 1999
Performer [Replacement]
Performer [Replacement]
  [Off-Broadway]
1998
Kandall Kingsley
  [Off-Broadway]
1997
Betty
  [Broadway]
1996
Halie
  [Broadway]
1990
Ma
  [Off-Broadway]
1989
Mary
  [Off-Broadway]
1989
Misress Overdone
  [Off-Broadway]
1986
Mrs. Dotson
  [Off-Broadway]
1985
Performer
  [Off-Broadway]
1978
Performer
  [Broadway]
1978
Lady Customer
Silvia
Blonde Sister
Nurse
  [Broadway]
1973
Cora
  [Off-Broadway]
1972
Judith Kalmus (Twas Brillig)
A Woman (So Please Be Kind)
Mother (Present Tense)
Louise Harper (Come Next Tuesday)
  [Off-Broadway]
1970
Mary
  [Broadway]
1963
Lucha Moreno
  [Broadway]
1958
Mary Devlin
  [Broadway]
1957
Carol Cutrere
  [Broadway]
1955
Josephine Perry
  [Broadway]
1955
Antoinette
  [Broadway]
1952
Joan

Lois Smith Biography

Lois Smith is an American character actress. She made her film in East of Eden and later played supporting roles in a number of movies, including Five Easy Pieces (1970), Resurrection (1980), Fatal Attraction (1987), Fried Green Tomatoes (1991), How to Make an American Quilt (1995), Dead Man Walking (1995), Twister (1996), Minority Report (2002), The Nice Guys (2016) and Lady Bird (2017).

She is a three-time Tony Award nominee for The Grapes of Wrath (1990), Buried Child (1996), and The Inheritance (2020). She also starred Off-Broadway in the revival of The Trip to Bountiful for which she received an Obie Award for Best Actress, an Outer Critics Circle Award, a Lucille Lortel Award, and a Drama Desk Award. Smith is an ensemble member of Steppenwolf Theatre Company in Chicago.

Lois Smith Awards and Nominations

 
Drama Desk Awards - 2020 - Outstanding Featured Actress in a Play Gold Star
Lois Smith, The Inheritance
 
Outer Critics Circle Awards - 2020 - Outstanding Featured Actress in a Play Gold Star
Lois Smith, The Inheritance
 
Tony Awards - 2020 - Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Play Gold Star
Lois Smith, The Inheritance
 
- 2016 - Legend of Off Broadway Honoree Gold Star
Lois Smith
 
Drama League Awards - 2016 - Distinguished Performance Award
Lois Smith, John
 
Drama League Awards - 2016 - Distinguished Performance Award
Lois Smith, Marjorie Prime
 
New York Drama Critics Circle Awards - 2016 - Special Citation Gold Star
Lois Smith
 
The Lortels - 2016 - Outstanding Featured Actress in a Play
Lois Smith, John
 
Obie Awards - 2013 - Lifetime Achievement Gold Star
Lois Smith
 
The Lortels - 2011 - Outstanding Featured Actress
Lois SmithAfter the Revolution
 
Drama Desk Awards - 2006 - Outstanding Actress in a Play Gold Star
Lois Smith, The Trip to Bountiful
 
Obie Awards - 2006 - Performance Gold Star
Lois Smith, The Trip to Bountiful
 
Outer Critics Circle Awards - 2006 - Outstanding Actress in a Play Gold Star
Lois Smith, The Trip to Bountiful
 
The Lortels - 2006 - Outstanding Lead Actress Gold Star
Lois Smith, The Trip to Bountiful
 
Tony Awards - 1996 - Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Play
Lois Smith , Buried Child
 
Outer Critics Circle Awards - 1990 - Best Actress - Play
Lois Smith, The Grapes of Wrath
 
Outer Critics Circle Awards - 1990 - Best Actress - Play
Lois Smith, Grapes of Wrath
 
Tony Awards - 1990 - Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Play
Lois Smith , The Grapes of Wrath

Lois Smith News

2022 Key West Film Festival Announces Golden Key Awards for Chris Cooper and Elegance Photo 2022 Key West Film Festival Announces Golden Key Awards for Chris Cooper and Elegance Bratton
by Michael Major - Oct 12, 2022

The Key West Film Festival announced the recipients of its annual Golden Key Awards to be presented to screen legend Chris Cooper and Elegance Bratton, director of the upcoming release The Inspection. Past recipients of the award include Burt Reynolds, Marisa Tomei, Kimberly Peirce, Tom Skerritt, Lois Smith, Paul Verhoeven and Alan Cumming.

Signature Theatre to Unveil 42 Street Intersection as Jim Houghton Way Photo Signature Theatre to Unveil 42 Street Intersection as Jim Houghton Way
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Oct 3, 2022

On the afternoon of October 4, Signature Theatre will unveil the 42nd Street and Dyer Avenue intersection in New York City’s Hell’s Kitchen neighborhood as the newly co-named Jim Houghton Way, celebrating the groundbreaking company’s founder, James Houghton (1958-2016).

Eugene O'Neill Theater Center Announces Final Casting for the 2022 National Playwrights Conference
by Stephi Wild - Jul 5, 2022

The Eugene O’Neill Theater Center has announced the casts for the final two plays featured in the 2022 National Playwrights Conference: House of India by Deepak Kumar and Nightwatch by Max Yu.

Bob Gunton, John Rubinstein, & Carolyn McCormick to Star in THE SOAP MYTH in The Hamp Photo Bob Gunton, John Rubinstein, & Carolyn McCormick to Star in THE SOAP MYTH in The Hamptons This Summer
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Jun 23, 2022

Bob Gunton, a two-time Tony nominee, Drama Desk and Obie winner (Sweeney Todd, Evita, How I Got That Story) will return to the New York area stage after a thirty-year hiatus to star in the acclaimed drama The Soap Myth by Drama Desk winner Jeff Cohen Aug 10-28 at Southampton Cultural Center.

Photos: Go Inside the 2022 New York Drama Critics' Circle Awards Ceremony! Photo Photos: Go Inside the 2022 New York Drama Critics' Circle Awards Ceremony!
by Bruce Glikas - May 23, 2022

The winners of the 2022 New York Drama Critics' Circle Awards were announced during a private ceremony on Friday, May 20 at Feinstein's/54 Below. The stars turned out for the exclusive event including Victoria Clark, LaChanze, Jeanine Tesori, David Lindsay-Abaire, Alli Mauzey, and more!

Mercedes Ruehl & Harris Yulin to Star in Suffolk Theater's LOVE LETTERS By A.R. Gurne Photo Mercedes Ruehl & Harris Yulin to Star in Suffolk Theater's LOVE LETTERS By A.R. Gurney
by Chloe Rabinowitz - May 23, 2022

Suffolk Theater will present Academy Award winner Mercedes Ruehl and Harris Yulin starring in a production of Love Letters, written by A.R. Gurney, directed by Harris Yulin, and produced by Josh Gladstone on Saturday, July 9 at 8PM and Sunday, July 10 at 3PM.

New York Drama Critics' Circle Awards Will Be Announced Tomorrow Photo New York Drama Critics' Circle Awards Will Be Announced Tomorrow
by Stephi Wild - May 11, 2022

The winners of the 2022 New York Drama Critics' Circle Awards will be announced Thursday, May 12 at 6pm. The selections will be made immediately beforehand at the organization's 86th annual voting meeting.

Photos: On the Red Carpet for THE MINUTES Opening Night Photo Photos: On the Red Carpet for THE MINUTES Opening Night
by Bruce Glikas - Apr 18, 2022

Tracy Letts' The Minutes, the newest work from the Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright of August: Osage County, has officially opened on Broadway last night at Studio 54. BroadwayWorld was there for the special occasion and you can check out photos from the red carpet arrivals .

Carrie Coon, Ann Harada & More to Take Part in SELECTED SHORTS: DANGEROUS WOMEN Photo Carrie Coon, Ann Harada & More to Take Part in SELECTED SHORTS: DANGEROUS WOMEN
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Apr 12, 2022

Symphony Space will present Selected Shorts: Dangerous Women, an¬†evening of short stories celebrating women who subvert expectations and disrupt the peace, including Charlotte Perkins Gilman's feminist classic ‚ÄúThe Yellow Wallpaper.‚ÄĚ

Brooks Ashmanskas, Nikki M. James, Rosie Perez & More to Star in UNUSUAL ACTS OF DEVO Photo Brooks Ashmanskas, Nikki M. James, Rosie Perez & More to Star in UNUSUAL ACTS OF DEVOTION Reading
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Mar 1, 2022

On March 14, Rattlestick Playwrights Theater will present a star-studded reading of legendary playwright Terrence McNally's Unusual Acts of Devotion, presented in partnership with Tom Kirdahy Productions. The Benefit will be held at the Daryl Roth Theatre (101 E 15th Street), followed by a cocktail party.

Lois Smith Videos

VIDEO: Sarah Paulson Talks RUN on GOOD MORNING AMERICA Videoplay
VIDEO: Sarah Paulson Talks RUN on GOOD MORNING AMERICA

by Stage Tube - Nov 19, 2020

The Golden Globe and Emmy Award-winning actress plays a protective mother who becomes quite terrifying over the course of the movie.

VIDEO: See Sarah Paulson in the Trailer for RUN on Hulu Videoplay
VIDEO: See Sarah Paulson in the Trailer for RUN on Hulu

by Stage Tube - Oct 22, 2020

They say you can never escape a mother‚Äôs love... but for Chloe, that‚Äôs not a comfort ‚ÄĒ it‚Äôs a threat.

VIDEO: Watch the Trailer for UNCLE FRANK, Starring Paul Bettany Videoplay
VIDEO: Watch the Trailer for UNCLE FRANK, Starring Paul Bettany

by Stage Tube - Oct 15, 2020

In 1973, teenaged Beth Bledsoe (Sophia Lillis) leaves her rural Southern hometown to study at New York University where her beloved Uncle Frank (Paul Bettany) is a revered literature professor.

VIDEO: Sarah Paulson Says She Almost Didn't Star in RATCHED on LATE NIGHT WITH SETH M Videoplay
VIDEO: Sarah Paulson Says She Almost Didn't Star in RATCHED on LATE NIGHT WITH SETH MEYERS

by Stage Tube - Sep 24, 2020

Sarah Paulson talks about her work with Ryan Murphy, playing a villain audiences root for and dipping her toes into interacting with fans on Instagram Live.

VIDEO: Sarah Paulson Talks About Her Love of Performing for an Audience on THE LATE S Videoplay
VIDEO: Sarah Paulson Talks About Her Love of Performing for an Audience on THE LATE SHOW

by Stage Tube - Sep 18, 2020

Stephen's good friend Sarah Paulson makes her fifth appearance on the show, commiserating with our host about the challenges of performing without an audience and their shared love for Cate Blanchett.

VIDEO: Tony Goldwyn, Kyle Soller, Andrew Burnap Talk THE INHERITANCE on TODAY Videoplay
VIDEO: Tony Goldwyn, Kyle Soller, Andrew Burnap Talk THE INHERITANCE on TODAY

by Stage Tube - Jan 17, 2020

On Friday morning, actors Tony Goldwyn, Kyle Soller and Andrew Burnap joined the 3rd hour of TODAY to discuss their critically acclaimed Broadway show, a?oeThe Inheritance,a?? which follows the lives of gay men in Manhattan a generation after the AIDS epidemic.

BWW TV: Matthew Lopez & Company Explain What THE INHERITANCE is All About! Videoplay
BWW TV: Matthew Lopez & Company Explain What THE INHERITANCE is All About!

by TV - Press Previews - Oct 31, 2019

The acclaimed play, The Inheritance, is currently in previews at Broadway's Ethel Barrymore Theater, where it will officially open on Sunday, November 17, 2019. 

VIDEO: Watch Sarah Paulson Talk About Meeting Cher on THE TONIGHT SHOW Videoplay
VIDEO: Watch Sarah Paulson Talk About Meeting Cher on THE TONIGHT SHOW

by Stage Tube - Sep 18, 2019

Sarah Paulson discusses her 'personal experience' with Cher during her Met Gala performance, how her past Tonight Show impressions helped win her a voiceover role in Abominable and putting on a bikini for The Goldfinch. Watch the clip below!

VIDEO: Broadway's Beanie Feldstein Discusses LADY BIRD and BFF Ben Platt Videoplay
VIDEO: Broadway's Beanie Feldstein Discusses LADY BIRD and BFF Ben Platt

by Stage Tube - Nov 19, 2017

Beanie Feldstein currently leaves audiences infatuated with her adorable portrayal of Minnie Fay in Broadway's HELLO, DOLLY! Now she's delving further into film with this season's breakaway hit indie pic LADY BIRD. Feldstein visited Seth Meyers to chat about the film and her relationship with DEAR EVAN HANSEN's Ben Platt, watch below!

VIDEO: First Look - Saoirse Ronan, Laurie Metcalf, Tracy Letts Star in New Comedy LAD Videoplay
VIDEO: First Look - Saoirse Ronan, Laurie Metcalf, Tracy Letts Star in New Comedy LADY BIRD

by Caryn Robbins - Sep 5, 2017

From writer/director Greta Gerwig comes LADY BIRD, in theaters November 10th. The all-star cast includes Broadway vets Saoirse Ronan (THE CRUCIBLE), Laurie Metcalf (A DOLL'S HOUSE PART 2), Tracy Letts (WHO'S AFRAID OF VIRGINIA WOOLF?)


Lois Smith Frequently Asked Questions

How many Broadway shows has Lois Smith been in?
Lois Smith has appeared on Broadway in 11 shows.

How many West End shows has Lois Smith been in?
Lois Smith has not appeared in the West End

What awards has Lois Smith been nominated for?
Outstanding Featured Actress in a Play (Drama Desk Awards) for The Inheritance , Outstanding Featured Actress in a Play (Outer Critics Circle Awards) for The Inheritance , Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Play (Tony Awards) for The Inheritance , Legend of Off Broadway Honoree () , Distinguished Performance Award (Drama League Awards) for John , Distinguished Performance Award (Drama League Awards) for Marjorie Prime , Special Citation (New York Drama Critics Circle Awards) for , Outstanding Featured Actress in a Play (The Lortels) for John , Lifetime Achievement (Obie Awards) for , Outstanding Featured Actress (The Lortels) for After the Revolution , Outstanding Actress in a Play (Drama Desk Awards) for The Trip to Bountiful , Performance (Obie Awards) for The Trip to Bountiful , Outstanding Actress in a Play (Outer Critics Circle Awards) for The Trip to Bountiful , Outstanding Lead Actress (The Lortels) for The Trip to Bountiful , Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Play (Tony Awards) for Buried Child , Best Actress - Play (Outer Critics Circle Awards) for The Grapes of Wrath Best Actress - Play (Outer Critics Circle Awards) for Grapes of Wrath and Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Play (Tony Awards) for The Grapes of Wrath .

What awards has Lois Smith won?
Outstanding Featured Actress in a Play (Drama Desk Awards) for The Inheritance, Outstanding Featured Actress in a Play (Outer Critics Circle Awards) for The Inheritance, Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Play (Tony Awards) for The Inheritance, Legend of Off Broadway Honoree (), Special Citation (New York Drama Critics Circle Awards) for , Lifetime Achievement (Obie Awards) for , Outstanding Actress in a Play (Drama Desk Awards) for The Trip to Bountiful, Performance (Obie Awards) for The Trip to Bountiful Outstanding Actress in a Play (Outer Critics Circle Awards) for The Trip to Bountifuland Outstanding Lead Actress (The Lortels) for The Trip to Bountiful.