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      Lois Smith

      Lois Smith

      Highest Rated: 99% Lady Bird (2017)

      Lowest Rated: Not Available

      Birthday: Nov 3, 1930

      Birthplace: Topeka, Kansas, USA

      An esteemed, highly-charged and highly-talented player of stage, TV and film, Lois Smith has not always been regular in the visual media, but she has made the chances count. She made her Broadway debut as a high school student in "Time Out for Ginger" in 1952, and her TV debut in the live production of "The Apple Tree" the next year. Smith made an auspicious film debut as the thwarted barmaid Ann in Elia Kazan's "East of Eden" (1955). Although she was eclipsed in the public eye by James Dean and Jo Van Fleet, nevertheless, she was rewarded by the critics. Yet it was not until 1970 that Smith again had a showy film role. Her performance as Partita, Jack Nicholson's sister, in Bob Rafelson's "Five Easy Pieces," won her the National Society of Film Critics' Award as Best Supporting Actress. In 1976, she was the suicidal Anita in Paul Mazursky's cinematic memoir, "Next Stop, Greenwich Village" Film roles followed at the rate of about one per year, but rarely did she get to showcase her abilities until 1995 when Smith was the adult Sophie, still thinking of her years as a swimming champion, in Jocelyn Moorhouse's "How to Make an American Quilt" and Susan Sarandon's mother in "Dead Man Walking." In Jan De Bont's "Twister" (1996), she offered stalwart support as scientist Helen Hunt's aunt while in "Larger Than Life" (also 1996), Smith was a retired circus performer.

      Highest rated movies

      Lady Bird
      Dead Man Walking
      The Nice Guys Marjorie Prime
      Minority Report
      Truman
      Five Easy Pieces
      Please Give

      Photos

      STRANGE LADY IN TOWN, from left: Lois Smith, Cameron Mitchell, 1955 SWEET LAND, Lois Smith, 2005. ©Libero TRANCE, Christopher Walken, Lois Smith, 1998 EAST OF EDEN, from left: Lois Smith, James Dean, 1955 STRANGE LADY IN TOWN, from left: Cameron Mitchell, Dana Andrews, Greer Garson, Lois Smith, 1955 STRANGE LADY IN TOWN, from top: Lois Smith, Greer Garson, Cameron Mitchell, 1955 EAST OF EDEN, Lois Smith, James Dean, 1955 RESURRECTION, James Harrell, Lois Smith, Ellen Burstyn, David Haney, 1980, (c) Universal STRANGE LADY IN TOWN, stading from left: Cameron Mitchell (far left), Lois Smith (bolo tie), Walter Hampden (priest); seated from left: Dana Andrews, Greer Garson, 1955 NEXT STOP, GREENWICH VILLAGE, Lois Smith, Christopher Walken, 1976, TM and Copyright (c) 20th Century Fox Film Corp. All rights reserved. TWISTER, Lois Smith, Helen Hunt, 1996 TWISTER, from left: Helen Hunt, Lois Smith, 1996, © Warner Brothers HUDSON RIVER BLUES, Lois Smith, Rya Kihlstedt, Mason Adams (seated), Polly Draper, Jane Krakowski, 1997. ©Romance Classics THE ODD LIFE OF TIMOTHY GREEN, from left: M. Emmet Walsh, Lois Smith, 2012. ph: Phil Bray/©Walt Disney Pictures HUDSON RIVER BLUES, Andre Gregory, Lois Smith, 1997. ©Romance Classics PLEASE GIVE, Ann Morgan Guilbert, Lois Smith, 2010. ph: Piotr Redlinksi/©Sony Pictures Classics The Americans, Lois Smith, 'Do Mail Robots Dream of Electric Sheep?', Season 3, Ep. #9, 03/25/2015, ©FX The Americans, Lois Smith, 'Do Mail Robots Dream of Electric Sheep?', Season 3, Ep. #9, 03/25/2015, ©FX TWISTER, front from left: Lois Smith, Helen Hunt, rear from left: Philip Seymour Hoffman, Todd Field, Jami Gertz, Bill Paxton, 1996, © Warner Brothers The Americans, Lois Smith, 'Do Mail Robots Dream of Electric Sheep?', Season 3, Ep. #9, 03/25/2015, ©FX

      Filmography

      Movies

      Credit
      23% 48% Mack & Rita Unknown (Character) $2.0M 2022
      77% 83% Uncle Frank Aunt Butch (Character) - 2020
      99% 79% Lady Bird Sister Sarah Joan (Character) $48.9M 2017
      90% 61% Marjorie Prime Marjorie (Character) $179.2K 2017
      24% 28% The Comedian Miriam (Character) $1.7M 2016
      91% 79% The Nice Guys Mrs. Glenn (Character) $36.2M 2016
      59% 56% Run All Night Margaret Conlon (Character) $26.5M 2015
      36% 67% The Odd Life of Timothy Green Aunt Mel (Character) $51.9M 2012
      68% 32% Roadie Mom (Character) $7.6K 2011
      86% 64% Please Give Mrs. Portman (Character) $4.0M 2010
      No Score Yet 37% A Dog Year Lois Blair (Character) - 2009
      38% 28% Killshot Lenore (Character) $17.0K 2009
      62% 45% Turn the River Abby (Character) - 2007
      No Score Yet 40% Little Fugitive Elizabeth (Character) - 2006
      No Score Yet 78% Griffin and Phoenix Dr. Imberman (Character) - 2006
      85% 83% Sweet Land Old Inge (Character) $1.7M 2005
      40% 15% The Best Thief in the World Helen (Character) - 2004
      56% 89% Iron Jawed Angels Reverend Anna Howard Shaw (Character) - 2004
      55% 39% P.S. Ellie Silverstein (Character) $175.4K 2004
      46% 37% A Foreign Affair Ma Adams (Character) $25.6K 2003
      75% No Score Yet Red Betsy Helen Rounds (Character) - 2003
      89% 80% Minority Report Dr. Iris Hineman (Character) $132.0M 2002
      78% 59% The Pledge Helen Jackson (Character) $19.7M 2001
      82% 65% Tumbleweeds Ginger (Character) $1.3M 1999
      33% 25% The Eternal Mrs. Ferriter (Character) - 1998
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Hudson River Blues Julia (Character) - 1997
      11% 30% Larger Than Life Luluna (Character) $8.3M 1996
      63% 58% Twister Meg Greene (Character) $241.7M 1996
      95% 86% Dead Man Walking Helen's mother (Character) $37.1M 1995
      63% 63% How to Make an American Quilt Sophia Darling Richards (Character) $23.6M 1995
      89% 74% Truman Madge Wallace Gates (Character) - 1995
      0% 24% Holy Matrimony Orna (Character) $616.9K 1994
      75% 84% Falling Down William Foster's Mother (Character) $40.4M 1993
      No Score Yet 73% Skylark Lou Wheaton (Character) - 1993
      No Score Yet 60% Keep the Change Lureen (Character) - 1992
      40% 59% Hard Promises Mrs. Bell (Character) $277.7K 1991
      No Score Yet 87% Switched at Birth Margaret (Character) - 1991
      No Score Yet No Score Yet White Hot: The Mysterious Murder of Thelma Todd Alice Todd (Character) - 1991
      59% 50% Green Card Brontë's Mother (Character) $29.8M 1990
      54% 41% Black Widow Sara (Character) $22.7M 1987
      No Score Yet 33% Twisted Helen Giles (Character) - 1985
      0% 69% Reckless Mrs. Prescott (Character) - 1984
      78% 72% Four Friends Mrs. Carnahan (Character) - 1981
      83% 75% Resurrection Kathy (Character) - 1980
      70% 56% Foxes Mrs. Axman (Character) - 1980
      86% 64% Next Stop, Greenwich Village Anita Cunningham (Character) - 1976
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Particular Men Anne Starr (Character) - 1972
      89% 84% Five Easy Pieces Partita Dupea (Character) - 1970
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Master Builder Hilda (Character) - 1960
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Strange Lady in Town Spurs O'Brien (Character) - 1955
      86% 90% East of Eden Anne (Character) - 1955

      TV

      Credit
      52% 88% The Son Unknown (Guest Star) 2019
      No Score Yet 82% Mom Claire (Guest Star) 2019
      100% 44% Impulse Deidre Jones (Guest Star) 2018
      19% 56% 9JKL Wrong Nana (Guest Star) 2017
      97% 79% Younger Belinda Lacroix (Guest Star) 2017
      90% 87% Grace and Frankie Mrs. Hanson (Guest Star) 2017
      68% 72% True Blood Adele Stackhouse (Guest Star) 2008 2011 2014
      72% 88% Desperate Housewives Allison Scavo (Guest Star) 2010
      No Score Yet 85% ER Gracie (Guest Star) 2007
      84% 73% Grey's Anatomy Unknown (Guest Star) 2006
      No Score Yet 83% Law & Order Unknown (Guest Star) 2005
      No Score Yet 95% Cold Case Unknown (Guest Star) 2004
      No Score Yet 71% Law & Order: Criminal Intent Unknown (Guest Star) 2004
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Touched by an Angel Unknown (Guest Star) 2002
      78% 80% Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Rebecca Tolliver (Guest Star) 2002
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Just Shoot Me Libby (Guest Star) 2000
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Practice Unknown (Guest Star) 1997
      95% 94% Frasier Moira (Guest Star) 1997
      83% No Score Yet thirtysomething Mrs. Warren (Guest Star) 1991
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Spenser: For Hire Unknown (Character) 1988
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Equalizer Dorothy Hermes (Guest Star) 1985 1987
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Tales of the Unexpected Sara (Character) 1984
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Dr. Kildare Unknown (Guest Star) 1963
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Route 66 Brycie Koseloff (Guest Star) 1961-1962
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Startime Unknown (Character) 1959
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The United States Steel Hour Jeannie (Character) 1956