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Rocker Patti Smith Makes Her Acting Debut on 'Law & Order: Criminal Intent'

by Catherine Lawson, posted Jun 17th 2011 5:20AM
Patti SmithPatti Smith, a.k.a., Godmother of Punk, has made her mark in the worlds of music, poetry and the visual arts, and now she's tackling acting.

According to TVGuide.com Smith will make her acting debut in Sunday night's episode of 'Law & Order: Criminal Intent.'

In true 'L&O' fashion the plot is ripped straight from the headlines: Detectives Goren and Eames investigate a Broadway musical, 'Icarus,' after an actor dies while performing a stunt.

The case is based on the many injuries stemming from Bono and the Edge's new Broadway musical 'Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark.' Smith plays Columbia University mythology professor Cleo Alexander, an old friend of Goren's, who helps the detectives figure out the meaning behind 'Icarus.'

Smith was brought to the drama by 'CI' star Vincent D'Onofrio, and she said of her first foray into acting: "I've never really acted, but I highly respect the craft. ... I knew that it wasn't going to be simple, but it was a little more daunting than I expected."

She praised D'Onofrio for his help and guidance, saying he proved to be a great teacher, giving her direction "that will last a lifetime."

"He's been taught by the greatest, and he taught me, so I feel like if I had to do it again, I'd be really good," she said. "He's such a great actor, such a great director and becoming such a good friend."

Smith and her longtime partner and collaborator, artist Robert Mapplethorpe, burst onto the New York City arts scene in the late '60s and her 1975 debut album, 'Horses,' put Smith at the center of American punk. Her best-known song is the 1978 hit 'Because the Night,' which she co-wrote with Bruce Springsteen.

Afte taking a break to raise her family, Smith re-emerged onto the arts and music scenes in the late '90s. She was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2007, and in 2010 she won the National Book Award for 'Just Kids,' her memoir of life with Mapplethorpe.

'Law & Order: Criminal Intent' airs Sunday, 9PM ET on USA.

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You hate to say bad things about people but...damn!! She looks horrid.

June 18 2011 at 9:24 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Gawd, I hope they cut her hair-it's silly on someone her age, or at least run a brush through it!

June 18 2011 at 4:13 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

WHO? I can see that she is very very unattractive. I don't want to see her...She looks like a verrrry unattractive drag addict man

June 18 2011 at 2:29 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Ian McKellan in drag!

June 18 2011 at 2:16 PM Report abuse -2 rate up rate down Reply


June 18 2011 at 11:37 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

That is a women???? Good God I hope the only way we see her is in a zipped-up body bag!!!

June 18 2011 at 11:13 AM Report abuse -4 rate up rate down Reply

Patti Smith was/is the antithesis of the fluff of the pop/disco genre of the mid '70's. She is analogous to that of a thought-provoking beat poet of her time and it was her job to smack faces, kick a few rears, and take no prisoners. Her peers are no less such icons as Brian Eno, Lou Reed, John Cale, and everyone else who was determined to break free from the mold of plastic mediocrity.

June 18 2011 at 10:33 AM Report abuse +3 rate up rate down Reply

And why did they use a picture of Steven Tyler?

June 18 2011 at 10:00 AM Report abuse -3 rate up rate down Reply
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Nw THAT was really funny lolololol

June 18 2011 at 2:31 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply

Maybe she will break out huge like Madonna or Mariah? Oh wait,never mind. At least no one will accuse her of just being another pretty face.

June 18 2011 at 9:58 AM Report abuse -7 rate up rate down Reply

She should not be cast in anything as punk is not music it is noise only and should never have been thought of in the field of music, it is not rock it is junk only.

June 18 2011 at 9:41 AM Report abuse -5 rate up rate down Reply

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