May 13, 1986 |
New York City
|Education||Oberlin College (BA)|
|Occupation||Actress, writer, director|
|Golden Globe Awards|
|Best Actress in a Television Series – Comedy
2013 Girls – Hannah Horvath
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. As of 2013, she has received eight nominations for Emmy Awards and won two Golden Globe Awards for Girls.
Dunham was born in New York City. Her father, Carroll Dunham, is a painter of "overtly sexualized pop art", and her mother, Laurie Simmons, is a photographer and designer who creates artistic domestic scenes with dolls. Dunham's father is Protestant, and according to Dunham, a Mayflower descendant; Dunham's mother is Jewish. She has a younger sister, Grace, a model and student at Brown University, who appeared in Dunham's first film, Creative Nonfiction, and starred in her second film, Tiny Furniture. As children, both Lena and Grace were babysat by artists Maghen Brown, C. Finley and photographers Orrie King, Sherri Zuckerman and Catherine McGann. Dunham was raised in Brooklyn. She spent her summers in a rented house in Salisbury, Connecticut; Meryl Streep was a neighbor and family friend. Her parents later purchased a weekend family home in Cornwall, Connecticut.
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. While in college, she worked at Geminola, an upmarket fashion boutique in New York's West Village.
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 ever to win a Directors Guild Award for Outstanding Director in a Comedy Series for her work on Girls.
On October 8, 2012, Dunham signed a $3.5 million deal with Random House to publish her first book, an essay collection called Not That Kind of Girl: A Young Woman Tells You What She's Learned. On December 7, 2012, New York-based gossip blog Gawker posted a 66-page proposal for Dunham's book on their website, criticizing various quotations from the proposal. Dunham's attorney demanded the removal of the proposal and the quotations.
Dunham appeared in a video advertisement promoting President Barack Obama's reelection, delivering a monologue to camera, 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 2012, Dunham began dating Jack Antonoff, lead guitarist of the band fun. Dunham is a feminist, and has stated that she will not get married until same-sex marriage is legalized. She was 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
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.
- Storey, Kate (May 7, 2012). "Dunham talks race". New York Post. Retrieved October 14, 2012.
- "The Most Boobs Ever: Lena Dunham and Judd Apatow in Conversation". Heeb. Heebmagazine.com. Retrieved October 14, 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
- Guthrie, Marisa (January 9, 2013). "The Rise of Lena Dunham: From the NYC Art Scene to Hollywood Lightning Rod". Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved July 29, 2013.
- Tomkins, Calvin (December 10, 2012). "A Doll's House". The New Yorker (Conde Nast) 88 (39): 34. Retrieved October 30, 2013 – via Go.galegroup.com General OneFile.
- "Living Large". Tmagazine.blogs.nytimes.com. Retrieved October 7, 2013.
- Tiny Furniture cast and crew. TinyFurniture.com.
- "The Clothes Make the 'Girls'". The New York Times. Retrieved July 14, 2013.
- 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.
- "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
- "Here Is Lena Dunham’s $3.7 Million Book Proposal", Gawker, December 7, 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.
- "Jimmy Kimmel Emmy Open". YouTube. September 23, 2012. Retrieved May 13, 2013.
- "Girls' Lena Dunham Is Dating Fun.'s Jack Antonoff", US Weekly, September 5, 2012.
- "Lena Dunham Defends "Feminist" Anne Hathaway, Disses Seth MacFarlane's "We Saw Your Boobs" Oscar Song". E Online. February 27, 2013. Retrieved July 14, 2013.
- "Lena Dunham, Jack Antonoff Not Engaged: 'Girls' Star Waiting For Gay Marriage Legalization", Huffington Post, January 14, 2013.
- Suval, Lauren. "Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder in the Media | World of Psychology". Psychcentral.com. Retrieved May 13, 2013.
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Lena Dunham.|
- 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