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Anna Deavere Smith wins $300,000 Dorothy and Lillian Gish Prize
Anna Deavere Smith wins $300,000 Dorothy and Lillian Gish Prize

Anna Deavere Smith, famed for creating one-woman, documentary theater pieces about taut social issues in which she portrays multiple people she’s interviewed, has won the $300,000 Dorothy and Lillian Gish Prize, one of the most lucrative awards in the arts and literature. The annual career-achievement award, initiated in 1994 when Los Angeles architect Frank Gehry was the first recipient, is for “an outstanding contribution to the beauty of the world and to mankind’s understanding and enjoyment of life.” It was created under the will of Lillian Gish, whose long career -- including roles alongside her younger sister, Dorothy -- began as one of Hollywood’s...

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