Gerwig at the premiere of No Strings Attached, January 11, 2011
|Born||Greta Celeste Gerwig
August 4, 1983
Sacramento, California, U.S.
|Occupation||Actress, playwright, director|
Greta Celeste Gerwig (born August 4, 1983) is an American actress and filmmaker. Gerwig first came to prominence through her association with the mumblecore film movement. She has collaborated with directors Joe Swanberg and Noah Baumbach on several projects, including the film Nights and Weekends, which she and Swanberg co-wrote, co-directed and in which they co-starred. Notable work with Baumbach has included Greenberg in 2010 and Frances Ha, which she co-wrote, in 2012. Gerwig made her mainstream debut in 2011, in No Strings Attached. She also co-starred alongside Russell Brand in the remake of Arthur.
Life and career
A native of Sacramento, California, Gerwig is the daughter of Christine (née Sauer), a nurse, and Gordon Gerwig, a financial consultant and computer programmer. She has German, Irish, and English ancestry. Gerwig was raised as a Unitarian Universalist, but also attended an all-girls Catholic school. She has described herself as "an intense child". With an early interest in dance, she intended to do a degree in musical theatre in New York. She graduated from Barnard College, where she studied English and philosophy instead. Originally intending to become a playwright, Gerwig was cast in a minor role in Joe Swanberg's LOL in 2006, while still studying at Barnard. She began a partnership with the director and an association with other mumblecore filmmakers. Commenting on her work in Greenberg and other films, New York Times critic A. O. Scott described the actress as an "ambassador of a cinematic style that often seems opposed to the very idea of style." She made her first talk show appearance, on Jimmy Kimmel Live!, in 2010. Mainstream success remained elusive "I was really depressed. I was 25 and thinking, 'this is supposed to be the best time and I'm miserable' but it felt like acting was happening for me, and I went back to acting classes'. Yet in 2011, Gerwig received an award for Acting from the Athena Film Festival for her artistry as one of Hollywood's definitive screen actresses of her generation.
Gerwig has reportedly been dating writer-director Noah Baumbach since late 2011, though they have only officially acknowledged the relationship recently. They worked together on his film Greenberg in 2010, and co-wrote Frances Ha, which was theatrically released in May 2013, after being screened on the festival circuit since September 2012.
|2007||Hannah Takes the Stairs||Hannah||Also co-writer|
|Nights and Weekends||Mattie||Also co-writer & co-director|
|Quick Feet, Soft Hands||Lisa||short|
|I Thought You Finally Completely Lost It||Greta|
|2009||You Wont Miss Me|
|The House of the Devil||Megan|
|2010||Greenberg||Florence Marr||Nominated - Central Ohio Film Critics Association Award for Breakthrough Film Artist
Nominated - Detroit Film Critics Society Award for Best Supporting Actress
Nominated - Detroit Film Critics Society Award for Breakthrough Performance
Nominated - Gotham Independent Film Award for Best Breakthrough Actor/Actress
Nominated - Independent Spirit Award for Best Female Lead
|Art House||Nora Ohr|
|Northern Comfort||Cassandra||Also co-writer
Won - Best Feature Film at Southern New England Indie Film Fest
|The Dish & the Spoon||Rose|
|2011||No Strings Attached||Patrice|
|Damsels in Distress||Violet||Dublin Film Critics Award for Best Actress
Nominated - Detroit Film Critics Society Award for Best Actress
Nominated - International Cinephile Society Award for Best Actress
|2012||To Rome with Love||Sally|
|Frances Ha||Frances||Also co-writer|
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