Leslye Headland

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Leslye Headland
Born1981 (age 37–38)
Maryland, United States
Notable worksPlay Bachelorette (2008)
Play Assistance (2012)
Film Bachelorette (2012)
Film Sleeping with Other People (2015)
TV series Russian Doll (2019)
Years active2007–present
Rebecca Henderson (m. 2016)

Leslye Headland (born 1981) is an American playwright, screenwriter, and director. She is best known for the play and 2012 film Bachelorette and 2015 film Sleeping with Other People.[1][2] She co-created the Netflix series, Russian Doll, along with Natasha Lyonne and Amy Poehler. The series premiered on February 1, 2019.[3]

Background and education[edit]

Headland, raised in suburban Maryland[4], graduated in 1999 from Staples High School. She received her BFA from the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University in 2002.


Upon graduating college, Headland spent six years working as an assistant at Miramax.[5][6] As a playwright, she is best known for her Seven Deadly Sins cycle: Cinephillia (lust), Bachelorette (gluttony), Assistance (greed), Surfer Girl (sloth), Reverb (wrath), The Accidental Blonde (envy), and Cult of Love (pride)[5][7] Headland wrote and directed the 2012 film version of Bachelorette. Dramatists Play Service published Assistance in late 2013.[8]


Headland has directed episodes of the television series Heathers (for which she also served as an executive producer). She has also directed episodes for SMILF and Black Monday. Recently, Headland directed four episodes of Russian Doll, which she co-created for Netflix with Natasha Lyonne and Amy Poehler.[9] The series premiered on February 1, 2019.[10]


In 2012, the film version of Headland's play Bachelorette premiered at the Sundance Film Festival. Headland directed from her own script; the film co-starred Kirsten Dunst, Lizzy Caplan, and Isla Fisher as three troubled women who reunite for the wedding of a friend (played by Rebel Wilson) who was ridiculed in high school.


Assistance premiered in 2008 and was staged in 2012 at the New York theatre space Playwrights Horizons. Television rights were acquired by NBC, to be executive-produced by Will Ferrell and Adam McKay; Krysten Ritter, of the ABC series Don't Trust the B---- in Apartment 23 is set to both star and executive produce.[11][dead link]

About Last Night[edit]

Headland is the screenwriter of the 2014 remake of the film About Last Night, itself an adaptation of the 1974 David Mamet play Sexual Perversity in Chicago.

Sleeping with Other People[edit]

In 2015, Headland directed Sleeping with Other People based on her own script, which starred Jason Sudeikis and Alison Brie. The film premiered at the Sundance Film Festival.

Personal life[edit]

Headland married actress Rebecca Henderson in September 2016.[12][13]


  1. ^ Kate Knibbs (2019-02-02). "Leslye Headland Doesn't Mind Repeating Herself". The Ringer. Retrieved 2019-02-13.
  2. ^ Samantha Rollins (2019-02-01). "For 'Russian Doll' Co-Creator Leslye Headland, Comedy's Next Frontier Is The Question Of Life Or Death". Bustle. Retrieved 2019-02-13.
  3. ^ "'Russian Doll': Premiere Date & First-Look Photos For Netflix's Natasha Lyonne Comedy". deadline.com. Retrieved January 4, 2019.
  4. ^ McGee, Celia (July 13, 2010). "A March of Deadly Sins, One by One". nytimes.com. Retrieved January 4, 2019.
  5. ^ a b "Leslye Headland on Sin, Certainty, and Harvey Weinstein". american theatre.oprg. Retrieved January 4, 2019.
  6. ^ Aubry D'Arminio, "Harvey Weinstein's former personal assistant writes tell-all play (sorta)," Entertainment Weekly, February 28, 2012.
  7. ^ "Leslye Headland". IAMA. Retrieved 4 March 2013.
  8. ^ "Assistance Dramatists Play Service". Retrieved 19 March 2018.
  9. ^ "Netflix Greenlights Comedy From Natasha Lyonne, Leslye Headland & Amy Poehler". September 20, 2017. Retrieved January 4, 2019.
  10. ^ Ramos, Dino-Ray (January 9, 2019). "'Russian Doll' Trailer: Natasha Lyonne Relives Death On An Endless Loop In Netflix Comedy". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved February 1, 2019.
  11. ^ "Krysten Ritter Will Star in NBC Adaptation of Leslye Headland's Assistance". Playbill. February 19, 2013.
  12. ^ Soloski, Alexis. "Look Out! Playwright Leslye Headland Has Her Eye on You". New York Times. Retrieved January 23, 2019.
  13. ^ Lee, Ashley. "Leslye Headland Explores One-Night Stands' Lasting Impressions in New Play 'The Layover' (Q&A)". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved January 23, 2019.

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