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Smith was born as Lois Arlene Humbert in Topeka, Kansas, the daughter of Carrie Davis (née Gottshalk) and William Oren Humbert, who was a telephone company employee. She is a graduate of the University of Washington.
After two TV appearances, Smith made her film debut in East of Eden (1955). Other film credits include Five Easy Pieces, Up the Sandbox, Four Friends, Fatal Attraction, Fried Green Tomatoes, How to Make an American Quilt, Hard Promises, Dead Man Walking, Twister, Minority Report, Tumbleweeds, Hollywoodland, and Please Give.
She has been active in television, appearing in early anthology series (Studio One, Robert Montgomery Presents), soap operas (Another World, Somerset, The Edge of Night, All My Children, One Life to Live), prime-time dramas (The Defenders, Dr. Kildare, Route 66, thirtysomething, The Practice, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, Law & Order: Criminal Intent, Desperate Housewives, ER, Grey's Anatomy, Cold Case and True Blood), and sitcoms (Just Shoot Me! and Frasier).
Smith balanced her theater career out by taking on regular daytime roles, most notably the psychotic Zoe Cannell on Somerset where her character was revealed to be a killer who disguised herself as "Jingles the Clown". After a more stable role as Eleanor Conrad on The Doctors, she had a series of minor soap roles including country bumpkin Ella Fitz on Another World (a friend of the deadly Alma Rudder's), troubled mother Mrs. Oakes on The Edge of Night and years later Rae Cumming's Aunt on All My Children and Dorian Lord's aunt on One Life to Live.
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