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Jane Espenson Biography

Birth Place:
Iowa, United States
Writer, producer

Fast Facts

  • Favorite shows while growing up included Barney Miller, Starsky and Hutch and The Love Boat
  • Wrote a script for M*A*S*H when she was 13 years old, but never submitted it to a studio
  • Served as a research assistant for linguist George Lakoff while in grad school at University of California in Berkeley
  • While attending grad school, she submitted three spec scripts to Star Trek: The Next Generation, which had an open-submission policy at the time, and eventually made her first TV sale to the show
  • Received a Walt Disney Writing Fellowship from 1992 to 1993


  • 2009Emmy-Outstanding Special Class - Short-Format Live-Action Entertainment Programs: nominated