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J. Smith-Cameron

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Birth date1955
Place of birthLouisville, Kentucky
Alma materFlorida State University
SpouseKenneth Lonergan

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J. Smith-Cameron (born September 7, 1955) is an American actress.

Smith-Cameron was born Jean Isabel Smith in Louisville, Kentucky, the daughter of architect Richard Sharpe Smith. She was raised in Greenville, South Carolina, and attended Florida State University where she was enrolled in the School of Theatre. There she met film director Victor Nunez, who cast her as a lead in his film "Gal Young 'Un."

She added her grandmother's last name, Cameron, to hers when told by the Actors' Equity Association that there is already a J. Smith registered as a member, to stand out.

She made her Broadway debut in 1982 when she replaced Mia Dillon in Crimes of the Heart. Additional credits include Lend Me a Tenor, Our Country's Good, Tartuffe, Night Must Fall and After the Night and the Music.

Smith-Cameron won an Outer Critics Circle Award for Lend Me a Tenor and an Obie Award for the off-Broadway production As Bees in Honey Drown, which also earned her a Drama Desk nomination. Additional nominations include the Drama Desk for Sarah, Sarah and The Naked Truth and the Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in the play for Our Country's Good.

Smith-Cameron's film credits include 84 Charing Cross Road, Jeffrey, Mighty Aphrodite, Sabrina, Harriet the Spy, The First Wives Club, In & Out, You Can Count on Me, and Margaret, scheduled for release in 2011. On television, Smith-Cameron has appeared in True Blood, The Guiding Light, The Days and Nights of Molly Dodd, Homicide: Life on the Street, Spin City, Law & Order and Law & Order: Criminal Intent.

Smith-Cameron is married to playwright/screenwriter Kenneth Lonergan. They have one daughter, Nellie.

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