American actress, playwright, and professor, Anna Deavere Smith, may be best known for her roles as National Security Advisor, Nancy McNally, in The West Wing and as Hospital Administrator, Gloria Akalitus, in the Showtime series Nurse Jackie. Born in Baltimore, Maryland, she received her M.F.A. in Acting from the American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco, California. Her film credits include Philadelphia, The American President, Rent, and Rachel Getting Married. Smith has taught in the Department of Performance Studies at the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University and in the drama... (Read More ...)