May 13, 1986 |
New York City
|Education||Oberlin College (BA)|
|Occupation||Actress, writer, director|
|Golden Globe Awards|
|Golden Globe Award for Best Television Series - Musical or Comedy
Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Television Series Musical or Comedy
Lena Dunham (/ / LEE-nə DUN-um; born May 13, 1986) is an American filmmaker and actress. She wrote and directed the independent film Tiny Furniture (2010), and is the creator and star of the HBO series Girls. She has received eight nominations for Emmy Awards as a writer, director, actress and producer and won two Golden Globe Awards for Girls. Dunham is also the first woman to win a Directors Guild Award for Outstanding Director in a Comedy Series.
Dunham was born in New York, United States of America. Her father, Carroll Dunham, is a painter of "overtly sexualized pop art", and her mother, Laurie Simmons, is an artist and photographer, and a member of the Pictures group. She is known for her use of dolls and dummies in her photographs of setup interior scenes.
Dunham attended Saint Ann's School in Brooklyn, where she met Tiny Furniture actress and Girls co-star Jemima Kirke. She graduated in 2008 from Oberlin College, where she studied creative writing.
Dunham's 2010 feature film Tiny Furniture won Best Narrative Feature at South by Southwest Music and Media Conference, and subsequently screened at such festivals as Maryland Film Festival. Dunham herself plays the lead role of Aura. Dunham's own mother plays Aura's mother, while her real sister, Grace, plays Aura's on-screen sibling.
Dunham's television series Girls was greenlit by HBO in early 2012. The show is executive produced by Judd Apatow. Three episodes were screened to positive response at the 2012 South by Southwest Festival. The first season premiered April 15, 2012, and has garnered Dunham four Emmy nominations for her roles in acting, writing, and directing the series and two Golden Globe wins for Best Comedy Series for Girls and for herself in Best Lead Actress in a Comedy or Musical Series. In February 2013, Dunham became the first woman to win a Directors Guild Award for Outstanding Director in a Comedy Series for her work on Girls.
As of January 2014, Girls has been produced for three seasons.
Dunham appeared in a video advertisement promoting President Barack Obama's re-election, delivering a monologue, which, according to a blog quoted in The Atlantic, tried to "get the youth vote by comparing voting for the first time to having sex for the first time". Fox News reported "intense criticism" from multiple media sources, who labeled the advertisement as "tasteless and inappropriate", but added that "not everyone was so offended". In February 2014, she was named the Recipient of Horizon Award 2014 by Point Foundation for her support to the gay community.
Dunham has been close friends with her Girls co-star Jemima Kirke since childhood. She was also diagnosed with obsessive compulsive disorder as a child, and continues to take a low dose of an antidepressant to relieve her anxiety.
Also writer, director
|2007||Una & Jacques||Video short|
|2009||The House of the Devil||911 Operator||Voice|
|2009||Creative Nonfiction||Ella||Also writer, director, editor|
|2009||The Viewer||Voice||Film short|
|2009||Family Tree||Lena||Film short|
|2010||Gabi on the Roof in July||Colby|
|2010||Tiny Furniture||Aura||Also director, writer|
|2012||This Is 40||Cat|
|2007||Tight Shots||Main role
Also writer, director, editor
|2009||Delusional Downtown Divas||Oona||Main role
Also writer, director, producer
|2011||Mildred Pierce||Nurse 1||"Part One" (Season 1, Episode 1)
"Part Two" (Season 1, Episode 2)
|2012–present||Girls||Hannah Horvath||Main role
Also creator, director, writer, co-executive producer/executive producer
|2014||Adventure Time||Betty||"Betty" (Season 5, Episode 48)|
|2014||Saturday Night Live||Host||"Lena Dunham/The National" (Season 39, Episode 15)|
Awards and nominations
- "Monitor". Entertainment Weekly (1259): 27. May 17, 2013.
- Busis, Hillary (July 1, 2013). "Lena Dunham, Jemima Kirke parody Miley". EW.com. Retrieved October 30, 2013.
- "Lena Dunham's Big Dreams Rest On 'Tiny Furniture'". NPR. December 6, 2010.
- "Lena Dunham". Argotistonline.co.uk. Retrieved October 14, 2012.
- Walker, Tim (October 6, 2012). "Lena Dunham: Could she be the voice of a generation? – Profiles – People". The Independent. Retrieved October 14, 2012.
- Mead, Rebecca (November 15, 2010). "Downtown's Daughter". The New Yorker (Condé Nast): 38–45. Retrieved April 7, 2012.
- Silverstein, Melissa (November 12, 2010). "Interview with Lena Dunham – Writer/Director of Tiny Furniture". Women & Hollywood. Womenandhollywood.com. Retrieved October 14, 2012.
- "'Girls' writer lays bare women's insecurities". Jewish Journal. April 25, 2012. Retrieved October 14, 2012.
- Howard, Caroline (November 12, 2010). "Names You Need to Know in 2011: Lena Dunham", Forbes
- "Living Large". Tmagazine.blogs.nytimes.com. Retrieved October 7, 2013.
- Tiny Furniture cast and crew. TinyFurniture.com.
- Maura, Sophie. "Lena Dunham Profile – Filmmaker". Marie Clare. Retrieved February 8, 2011
- "Lena Dunham's Show 'Girls' Picked Up By HBO". Huffington Post. January 7, 2011.
- Alexis, Nadeska. "Lena Dunham’s ‘Girls’ Picked Up by HBO". Black Book. January 7, 2011. Retrieved February 8, 2011.
- Nussbaum, Emily. "It's Different for 'Girls'" New York Magazine, April 1, 2012.
- "Lena Dunham ('Girls') makes DGA history as first female to win Best TV Comedy Director". Goldderby.com. February 3, 2013. Retrieved May 13, 2013.
- Maza, Erik (8 January 2014). "'Girls' Season 3 Premieres at Lincoln Center". WWD. Retrieved 8 January 2014.
- "Supporting Characters | Film Review". Slant Magazine. April 26, 2012. Retrieved October 14, 2012.
- Bosman, Julie. "Lena Dunham Signs Book Deal for More Than $3.5 Million", The New York Times, October 8, 2012
- Franke-Ruta, Garance (October 25, 2012). "Lena Dunham's New Obama Ad—As Controversial As Everything She Does?". The Atlantic.
- "Critics blast Obama campaign for new ad that likens voting for Barack Obama to a young woman losing her virginity". Fox News Channel. October 25, 2012. Retrieved October 28, 2012.
- "Actress Lena Dunham named Winner of Horizon Award 2014". IANS. news.biharprabha.com. Retrieved 22 February 2014.
- Ng, Philiana (February 25, 2014). "'Girls' Star Lena Dunham to Host 'SNL'". The Hollywood Reporter.
- "Girls' Lena Dunham Is Dating Fun.'s Jack Antonoff", US Weekly, September 5, 2012.
- "Lena Dunham Boyfriend: 'Girls' Star Won't Marry Until Gay Marriage Is Legal". The Huffington Post. Retrieved March 13, 2014.
- Simpson, Leah. "Lena Dunham shares ANOTHER steamy lesbian kiss with co-star Jemima Kirke - Mail Online". Daily Mail. Retrieved 22 March 2014.
- Sykes, Plum. "Child's Play: Lena Dunham and Jemima Kirke's First Appearance in Vogue - Vogue". Vogue. Retrieved 22 March 2014.
- Suval, Lauren. "Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder in the Media | World of Psychology". Psychcentral.com. Retrieved May 13, 2013.
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- Lena Dunham at the Internet Movie Database
- Lena Dunham on Fresh Air in 2012
- Lena Dunham on Fresh Air in 2010
- New York Magazine on Girls
- Criterion Collection Essay "Tiny Furniture Out There" by Phillip Lopate