Dunham at the 2012 Tribeca Film Festival premiere of Supporting Characters
May 13, 1986 |
New York City, New York, United States
|Education||Oberlin College (BA)|
|Occupation||Actress, writer, director, comedienne|
|Golden Globe Awards|
|Best Actress in a Television Series – Comedy
2013 Girls – Hannah Horvath
Lena Dunham (pron.: / / 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. In 2012, she was nominated for four Emmy Awards and won two Golden Globe Awards for Girls.
Early life 
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 attended Saint Ann's School in Brooklyn, New York, 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 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".
Dunham made a cameo in the opening skit of the 2012 Emmy Awards, appearing naked for comedic effect.
Personal life 
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 
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- "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 2012-10-28.
- "Jimmy Kimmel Emmy Open". YouTube. 2012-09-23. Retrieved 2013-05-13.
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- "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 2013-05-13.
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