Fast Facts

  • First short film, Dealing (2006), premiered at the Slamdance Film Festival in Park City, UT; first feature, Creative Nonfiction (2009), played at South by Southwest in Austin, TX.
  • In 2009, was named one of the 25 New Faces of Independent Film by Filmmaker magazine. 
  • Made breakthrough by writing, directing and starring in Tiny Furniture (2010), a low-budget indie hit shot in 18 days in her family's New York apartment (it also starred her sister and mother, the photographer Laurie Simmons); it won an Independent Spirit Award for Best First Screenplay and the Narrative Feature Award at South by Southwest.
  • Created HBO's Girls, which premiered in 2012 and costars high-school friend Jemima Kirke, who was also in Tiny Furniture.
  • Other work includes the Web series Tight Shots and Delusional Downtown Divas.

Awards

  • 2013, Emmy — Outstanding Directing for a Comedy Series: Nominee
  • 2012, Emmy — Outstanding Comedy Series: Nominee
  • 2014, Emmy — Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series: Nominee
  • 2013, Emmy — Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series: Nominee
  • 2012, Emmy — Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series: Nominee
  • 2012, Emmy — Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series: Nominee
  • 2013, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series - Comedy or Musical: Winner
  • 2012, Emmy — Outstanding Directing for a Comedy Series: Nominee
  • 2014, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series - Comedy or Musical: Nominee
  • 2013, Emmy — Outstanding Comedy Series: Nominee
  • 2015, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series - Comedy or Musical: Nominee

Relationships

  • Jack Antonoff — Significant Other
  • Laurie Simmons — Mother
  • Carroll Dunham — Father
  • Grace Dunham — Sister

College

  • Oberlin College, Oberlin, OH (2008)