Brooke Smith (actress)

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Brooke Smith
Born (1967-05-22) May 22, 1967 (age 51)
New York City, New York, U.S.
Spouse(s) Steve Lubensky (m. 1999)[1]
Children 2

Brooke Smith (born May 22, 1967) is an American actress, known for her role as Dr. Erica Hahn on the ABC medical drama series Grey's Anatomy, and for her role as Catherine Martin in the 1991 horror film The Silence of the Lambs. Smith portrayed Sheriff Jane Greene on the A&E horror series Bates Motel.

Early life[edit]

Smith was born in New York City. Her father, Eugene "Gene" Smith, worked as a publisher, and her mother, publicist Lois Eileen Smith (née Wollenweber), had worked with Robert Redford and other actors and directors.[2][3]

Career[edit]

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), Random Hearts (1999), Series 7: The Contenders (2001), Bad Company (2002), Melinda and Melinda (2004), Iron Jawed Angels (2004), Shooting Vegetarians (2005), In Her Shoes (2005), The Namesake (2006), and Interstellar (2014).

She 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.[citation needed]

Smith originated the role of Andrea in the pilot of the ABC drama series Dirty Sexy Money, but was replaced by Sheryl Lee after becoming a series regular on Grey's Anatomy.[4] On November 3, 2008, Smith told Entertainment Weekly that her character was being written out of Grey's Anatomy, stating 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.[5]

Smith has also had roles on Homicide: Life on the Street, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, Law & Order: Criminal Intent, Law & Order, Criminal Minds and The Hunger.[6] In 2012, Smith also appeared in an episode of the second season of the FX TV series American Horror Story. In 2015, she appeared as Frances Simpson on the Showtime drama series Ray Donovan.

As of spring 2017, Smith is appearing in the recurring role of Sheriff Jane Greene in the fifth and final season of A&E's scripted thriller series Bates Motel, opposite series stars Vera Farmiga--already-dead Norma Bates--who is a figment of the imagination of her mentally ill and murderous son Norman (Freddie Highmore). Bates Motel is a prequel series homage to director Alfred Hitchcock's 1960 horror classic Psycho, which starred Tony Perkins and Janet Leigh.[7]

Personal life[edit]

Family[edit]

Smith married Russian cinematographer Steve Lubensky on January 6, 1999.[8] Their daughter, Fanny Grace Lubensky, was born on March 12, 2003 in New York City.[9][10] In May 2008, the couple adopted a baby girl, Lucy Dinknesh Lubensky, from Ethiopia.[11] The family lives in New York's Upper West Side,[1] and in Beachwood Canyon, Los Angeles.[9]

Politics[edit]

On August 27, 2008, Smith spoke at an "Open the Debates" rally in Denver, Colorado, opposing 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.[12]

Filmography[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1988 The Moderns Abigail
1991 The Silence of the Lambs Catherine Martin
1993 The Night We Never Met Catha
1993 Mr. Wonderful Jan
1994 Vanya on 42nd Street Sonya 3rd Place—Boston Society of Film Critics Award for Best Actress
Nominated—Independent Spirit Award for Best Supporting Female
3rd Place—National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Supporting Actress
1995 Last Summer in the Hamptons Lois Garfield
1996 Trees Lounge Tina
1996 Kansas City Babe Flynn
1998 The Broken Giant Rosemary Smith
1998 Remembering Sex Jennifer Sharp
1999 Random Hearts Sarah
2000 Eventual Wife Susan
2001 Series 7: The Contenders Dawn Lagarto
2001 The Man Who Wasn't There Sobbing Prisoner
2002 For Earth Below Dede
2002 Bad Company Officer Swanson
2004 Melinda and Melinda Cassie
2004 Iron Jawed Angels Mabel Vernon
2005 Shooting Vegetarians The Chicken Man
2005 In Her Shoes Amy
2006 The Namesake Sally
2010 A Little Help Kathy Helms
2010 Fair Game Diana
2010 The Aspern Papers Tita Bordereau
2013 Labor Day Evelyn
2014 Interstellar Nurse
2017 To the Bone Olive
2017 The Angry River Katherine Alsea Short film
2018 Dude Lorraine
Television
Year Title Role Notes
1988 The Equalizer Risa Episode: "A Dance on the Dark Side"
1996–2005 Law & Order Margot Bell 2 episodes
1997 The Larry Sanders Show Tonya Bailey Episode: "Make a Wish"
1999 Homicide: Life on the Street Josephine Pitt Episode: "Truth Will Out"
1998–99 The Hunger Lee Cooper 2 episodes
2001 Big Apple Lois Mooney 3 episodes
2001 100 Centre Street Lynn Hoffman Episode: "Bottlecaps"
2002 Law & Order: Criminal Intent Tessa Rankin Episode: "Phantom"
2004 Six Feet Under Carolyn Pope 3 episodes
2006 Heist Sarah 4 episodes
2007 Crossing Jordan Dr. Kate Switzer 13 episodes
2007 Law & Order Ms. Kurland Episode: "Captive"
2007 Dirty Sexy Money Andrea Smithson Episode: "Pilot"
2007 Weeds Valerie Scottson 4 episodes
2006–08 Grey's Anatomy Dr. Erica Hahn 25 episodes
Nominated—Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series
2010 Criminal Minds Barbara Lynch Episode: "Mosley Lane"
2012 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Delia Wilson 3 episodes
2012 American Horror Story: Asylum Dr. Gardner Episode: "The Coat Hanger"
2013 Graceland Marianne O'Connor Episode: "Pilot"
2013–15 Ray Donovan Frances Simpson 13 episodes
2016 Nashville Jackie Hudson Episode: "It's Sure Gonna Hurt"
2016 Stitchers Dr. Naomi Burke Episode: "The Two Deaths of Jamie B."
2017 Hand of God Lesley Levay Episode: "I See That Now"
2017 Bosch Captain Ellen Lewis 5 episodes
2017 Bates Motel Sheriff Jane Greene 6 episodes
2018 Supergirl Jacqueline Nimball Episode: "Schott Through the Heart"
2018 The Crossing Diana 3 episodes

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Smith fights back again in 'Series 7'". USAtoday.com. 2001-03-08. Retrieved 2010-08-03. 
  2. ^ "Brooke Smith Biography". Movies.yahoo.com. 1967-05-22. Archived from the original on 2011-05-22. Retrieved 2010-08-03. 
  3. ^ https://www.nytimes.com/2012/10/10/movies/lois-smith-publicist-for-stars-dies-at-84.html
  4. ^ "Sheryl Lee Replaces Brooke Smith as Holy Mistress at Dirty Sexy Money". Televisionista.blogspot.com. 2007-11-04. Retrieved 2010-08-03. 
  5. ^ People Staff (2008-11-03). "Brooke Smith Axed From Grey's Anatomy". People. Retrieved 2017-03-29. 
  6. ^ "Brooke Smith". IMDb. Retrieved 24 January 2017. 
  7. ^ Ausiello, Michael (September 22, 2016). "Bates Motel Elects Grey's Anatomy Alum Brooke Smith (New) Sheriff". TVLine. Retrieved November 15, 2016. 
  8. ^ "Mormon News for WE 10 January 1999: Liz Smith: Wedding Belles". Mormonstoday.com. Retrieved 2010-08-03. 
  9. ^ a b Sicha, Choire (2007-10-28). "Dr. Hahn, you are wanted in surgery". LAtimes.com. Los Angeles Times. Archived from the original on 2008-12-25. Retrieved 2010-08-03. 
  10. ^ "Fanny Grace Lubensky". Variety. 2003-05-06. Retrieved 2010-08-03. 
  11. ^ Ingrassia, Lisa (2008-05-16). "Grey's Anatomy's Brooke Smith Adopts Baby Girl". People.com. Retrieved 2010-08-03. 
  12. ^ Sheehan, Mike (August 28, 2008). "Meet Satan's towel boy, Ralph Nader, and other famous rabblerousers in a call for open debates". ScholarsandRogues.com. Retrieved March 19, 2018. 

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