Fast Facts

  • Daughter of famous publicist Lois Smith.
  • Played bass in a band during high school.
  • Studied at the Actors' Studio.
  • Made her film debut in 1988's The Moderns. 
  • Gained 25 pounds for her role as the kidnapped Catherine Martin in The Silence of the Lambs; had nightmares about the role beforehand, but found all the screaming she did during filming to be therapeutic.
  • Is also a successful journalist who has interviewed celebrities such as Ed Harris and Steve Buscemi.
  • Role as Dr. Erica Hahn on Grey's Anatomy reunited her with some of her previous costars: Ellen Pompeo (a 1996 episode of Law & Order), Sandra Oh (they played lovers in Stop Kiss, a 1998 play) and Patrick Dempsey (2004's Iron Jawed Angels).


  • 2007, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series: Nominee
  • 1995, Independent Spirit Awards — Best Supporting Female: Nominee


  • Luke Smith — Brother
  • Scott Smith — Brother
  • Steven Lubensky — Husband
  • Fanny Lubensky — Daughter
  • Eric Smith — Brother
  • Lois Smith — Mother
  • Gene Smith — Father
  • Lucy Dinknesh Lubensky — Daughter


  • Attended the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, New York, NY

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  • Birth Place: New York, NY
  • Birthday: May 22, 1967, Gemini
  • Profession: Actor, Journalist