Brooke Smith (actress)
May 22, 1967 |
New York, New York, USA
|Spouse(s)||Steve Lubensky (1999–present)|
Brooke Smith (born May 22, 1967) is an American actress. She is best known for her role on the TV show Grey's Anatomy as Dr. Erica Hahn and for her role as Catherine Martin in the 1991 film The Silence of the Lambs.
Brooke Smith was born in New York. Her father, Eugene "Gene" Smith, worked as a publisher. Her mother, publicist Lois Smith (née Lois Eileen Wollenweber), had worked with Robert Redford and other actors and directors. Her high schooling was done at Tappan Zee High School in Orangetown/ Blauvelt, NY. She attended the American Academy of Dramatic Arts but, by her own admission, was not asked back for the second year of study. She shared an apartment with Jeff Buckley before he recorded Grace.
Smith has appeared in numerous films, including The Moderns (1988), The Silence of the Lambs (1991), The Night We Never Met (1993), Mr. Wonderful (1993), Vanya on 42nd Street (1994), Last Summer in the Hamptons (1995), Trees Lounge (1996), Kansas City (1996), The Broken Giant (1998), Remembering Sex (1998), Random Hearts (1999), Eventual Wife (2000), Series 7: The Contenders (2001), For Earth Below (2002), Bad Company (2002), Melinda and Melinda (2004), Iron Jawed Angels (2004), Shooting Vegetarians (2005), In Her Shoes (2005), and The Namesake (2006).
Smith appeared as a guest star on the sixth season of Crossing Jordan as Dr. Kate Switzer, as one of Claire Fisher's art teachers on Six Feet Under and on Weeds as the ex-wife of Peter Scottson, the late husband of main character Nancy Botwin.
Smith returned to her role as Dr. Erica Hahn in Season 4 of Grey's Anatomy, in episode 5 “Haunt You Every Day”, in which it was announced that Dr. Hahn would become the hospital’s head of cardiothoracics, sealing Smith as the series’ newest season regular, but was let go after seven episodes into season 5.
On November 3, 2008, Smith told Entertainment Weekly that her character was being written out of Grey’s Anatomy. Smith stated that she was “really, really shocked”, and suggested that network executives’ discomfort with her character’s lesbian relationship might be the reason for her ousting. However, Shonda Rhimes, the show's creator, said that Smith was dismissed from the series because the writers did not find that the "magic and chemistry" that Smith's character had with Sara Ramirez's character, Callie Torres, would sustain in the long run.
Smith spoke at an Open the Debates rally in Denver, Colorado, at the Magness Arena in opposition to the Commission on Presidential Debates exclusion of third party candidates from the nationally televised Presidential debates and in support of Independent Presidential Candidate Ralph Nader on August 27, 2008.
Smith married Russian cinematographer Steve Lubensky on January 6, 1999. They have a daughter together, Fanny Grace Lubensky, born March 12, 2003 in New York City. In May 2008, she and her husband adopted a baby girl from Ethiopia, named Lucy Dinknesh Lubensky. They currently live in Upper West Side of New York City and Beachwood Canyon, Los Angeles, California.
|1991||The Silence of the Lambs||Catherine Martin|
|1993||The Night We Never Met||Catha|
|1994||Vanya on 42nd Street||Sonya||Nominated—Boston Society of Film Critics Award for Best Actress (3rd place)
Nominated—Independent Spirit Award for Best Supporting Female
Nominated—National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Supporting Actress (3rd place)
|1995||Last Summer in the Hamptons||Lois|
|Kansas City||Babe Flynn|
|1998||The Broken Giant||Rosemary Smith|
|Remembering Sex||Jennifer Sharp|
|2001||Series 7: The Contenders||Dawn Lagarto|
|2002||For Earth Below||Dede|
|Bad Company||Officer Swanson|
|2004||Melinda and Melinda||Cassie|
|Iron Jawed Angels||Mabel Vernon|
|2005||Shooting Vegetarians||The Chicken Man|
|In Her Shoes||Amy|
|2010||A Little Help||Kathy Helms|
|The Aspern Papers||Tita Bordereau|
|1988||The Equalizer||Risa||1 episode|
|1997||The Larry Sanders Show||Tonya||1 episode|
|1999||Homicide: Life on the Street||Josephine Pitt||1 episode|
|1998–1999||The Hunger||Lee Cooper||2 episodes|
|2001||Big Apple||Lois, Mooney's Sister||3 episodes|
|2002||Law & Order: Criminal Intent||Tessa Rankin||1 episode|
|2004||Six Feet Under||Carolyn Pope||3 episodes|
|1996–2007||Law & Order||Margot Bell / Ms. Kurland||3 episodes|
|2007||Crossing Jordan||Dr. Kate Switzer||13 episodes|
|Dirty Sexy Money||Andrea Smithson||1 episode|
|Weeds||Valerie Scottson||4 episodes|
|2006–2008||Grey's Anatomy||Erica Hahn||25 episodes, Series Regular
Nominated—Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series
|2010||Criminal Minds||Barbara Lynch||1 episode|
|2012||Law & Order: Special Victims Unit||Delia Wilson||3 episodes|
|2012||American Horror Story: Asylum||Johnny Morgan's Therapist||1 episode|
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- By (2003-05-06). "Fanny Grace Lubensky – Entertainment News, Births, Media". Variety. Retrieved 2010-08-03.
- Ingrassia, Lisa (2008-05-16). "Grey's Anatomy's Brooke Smith Adopts Baby Girl". People.com. Retrieved 2010-08-03.