Annick Smith

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Annick Smith (born 1936) is a writer and filmmaker whose work often focuses on the natural world.

The daughter of Hungarian émigrés, Smith was born in Paris[1] and raised in Chicago, Illinois. In 1964, she moved to Montana, where she and her husband and sons eventually settled on a 163-acre (0.66 km2) ranch in the Blackfoot River valley. Her husband died from heart failure in 1974, but Smith remained on the land to raise her sons.

Among her books are Homestead, Big Bluestem, In This We Are Native and Crossing the Plains with Bruno. She also co-edited an anthology of Montana writing, The Last Best Place. Her travel writing and essays have appeared in journals such as Audubon, Outside, Islands, Travel + Leisure, and National Geographic Traveler.

Smith served as executive producer of the film Heartland[2] and co-producer of A River Runs Through It, directed by Robert Redford. She was also a founding board member of Redford’s Sundance Institute.

Smith lives in Montana with her partner, the writer William Kittredge.


  1. ^ (2 July 1995). STAKING A CLAIM: AUTHOR ANNICK SMITH BRINGS HER ESSAYS AND LOVE OF THE WEST TO S.L., Deseret News ("Smith was born in France to Jewish parents who left Hungary for exile...")
  2. ^ Ferretti, Fred (22 November 1981). "Heartland" - A Triumph of True Grit, The New York Times

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