Brooke Smith (actress)

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Brooke Smith
Erica Hahn.jpg
Born (1967-05-22) May 22, 1967 (age 49)
New York, New York, U.S.
Spouse(s) Steve Lubensky (1999–present)[1]
Children 2

Brooke Smith (born May 22, 1967) is an American actress. She is 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. She recently guest starred on Freeform's Stitchers, which aired April 12, 2016.

Early life[edit]

Brooke Smith was born in New York City. 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.[2][3]


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), The Namesake (2006), and Interstellar (2014).


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.[citation needed]

Brooke originated the role of Andrea in the pilot of the ABC drama Dirty Sexy Money, but was replaced by Sheryl Lee after she became a series regular on Grey's Anatomy.[4]

She has also had roles in Homicide: Life on the Street, Law & Order: Criminal Intent, Law & Order, Criminal Minds and The Hunger.[citation needed]

In 2012, Smith also appeared in an episode of the second season of the FX TV series American Horror Story. In 2015, she appeared in the Showtime series Ray Donovan.

Grey’s Anatomy[edit]

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.[5][6]

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.[7]


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.[8]

Personal life[edit]

She was a participant in the New York City hardcore punk scene of the late 1980s, as evidenced by her photo gallery submission to the site “Street Boners and TV Carnage”.[9][10]

Smith married Russian cinematographer Steve Lubensky on January 6, 1999.[11] They have a daughter together, Fanny Grace Lubensky, born March 12, 2003 in New York City.[12][13] In May 2008, she and her husband adopted a baby girl from Ethiopia, named Lucy Dinknesh Lubensky.[14] They currently live in Upper West Side of New York City[1] and Beachwood Canyon, Los Angeles, California.[12]


Year Title Role Notes
1988 The Moderns Abigail
1991 The Silence of the Lambs Catherine Martin
1993 The Night We Never Met Catha
Mr. Wonderful Jan
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
1996 Trees Lounge Tina
Kansas City Babe Flynn
1998 The Broken Giant Rosemary Smith
Remembering Sex Jennifer Sharp
1999 Random Hearts Sarah
2000 Eventual Wife Susan
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
2006 The Namesake Sally
2010 A Little Help Kathy Helms
Fair Game Diana
The Aspern Papers Tita Bordereau
2013 Labor Day Evelyn
2014 Interstellar Nurse
2017 To the Bone Post-production
Dude Post-production
Year Title Role Notes
1988 The Equalizer Risa 1 episode
1996–2007 Law & Order Margot Bell / Ms. Kurland 3 episodes
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
2006 Heist Sarah 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 Recurring (season 2)
Guest (season 3)
Main cast (season 4–5): 25 episodes
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
American Horror Story: Asylum Dr. Gardner 1 episode
2013 Graceland Marianne O'Connor Episode: "Pilot"
2013–2015 Ray Donovan Frances 13 episodes
2016 Nashville Jackie Hudson 1 episode
Stitchers Dr. Naomi Burke 1 episode


  1. ^ a b "Smith fights back again in 'Series 7'". 2001-03-08. Retrieved 2010-08-03. 
  2. ^ "Brooke Smith Biography". 1967-05-22. Archived from the original on 2011-05-22. Retrieved 2010-08-03. 
  3. ^
  4. ^ "Sheryl Lee Replaces Brooke Smith as Holy Mistress at Dirty Sexy Money". 2007-11-04. Retrieved 2010-08-03. 
  5. ^ Grey's Doc is Staying! Now for the Big Question... – Ausiello Report |
  6. ^ "Best. Lesbian. Week. Ever. (November 2, 2007)". 2007-11-02. Retrieved 2010-08-03. 
  7. ^ Ausiello, Michael (2008-11-03). "Grey's Anatomy Discharges Erica Hahn". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 2008-11-03. 
  8. ^ Sheehan, Mike, Scholars and Rogues, August 28, 2008
  9. ^ "Brooke Smith". Double Cross. 3 March 2011. 
  10. ^ Tim Barber. "Old New York Hardcore Photos". Street Carnage. 
  11. ^ "Mormon News for WE 10 January 1999: Liz Smith: Wedding Belles". Retrieved 2010-08-03. 
  12. ^ a b Sicha, Choire (2007-10-28). "Dr. Hahn, you are wanted in surgery". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2010-08-03. [dead link]
  13. ^ "Fanny Grace Lubensky – Entertainment News, Births, Media". Variety. 2003-05-06. Retrieved 2010-08-03. 
  14. ^ Ingrassia, Lisa (2008-05-16). "Grey's Anatomy's Brooke Smith Adopts Baby Girl". Retrieved 2010-08-03. 

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