Playwright Anna Deavere Smith wins Gish Prize

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Photo -   FILE - This Nov. 15, 2011 file photo shows actress Anna Deavere Smith at The Museum of Modern Art Film Benefit tribute to Pedro Almodovar in New York. The Gish Prize Trust announced Friday, Jan. 18, 2013 that Smith has been selected to receive the 19th annual Dorothy and Lillian Gish Prize. The prize, given annually as a legacy from the legendary film and stage actresses, will be awarded on Feb. 13. (AP Photo/Evan Agostini)
FILE - This Nov. 15, 2011 file photo shows actress Anna Deavere Smith at The Museum of Modern Art Film Benefit tribute to Pedro Almodovar in New York. The Gish Prize Trust announced Friday, Jan. 18, 2013 that Smith has been selected to receive the 19th annual Dorothy and Lillian Gish Prize. The prize, given annually as a legacy from the legendary film and stage actresses, will be awarded on Feb. 13. (AP Photo/Evan Agostini)
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NEW YORK (AP) — Anna Deavere Smith has won one of the largest and most prestigious awards in the arts.

The committee that awards the Dorothy and Lillian Gish Prize announced Friday that the playwright and actress is this year's winner.

The Gish Prize, now in its 19th year, recognizes leading artists in such fields as drama, music and dance, as well as literature. Smith joins past winners including Bob Dylan, Arthur Miller, Chinua Achebe and Robert Redford. The prize comes with $300,000.

Smith creates documentary-style stage works such as "Fires in the Mirror" and "Twilight: Los Angeles, 1992." As an actress, she has appeared on "Nurse Jackie" and "The West Wing."

She also has won a MacArthur Foundation "genius grant."

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Online:

http://www.gishprize.com

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