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Lena Dunham Biography

Birth Place:
New York, New York, United States
Profession
Writer, director, producer, actor

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

  • 2015Golden Globe-Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series - Comedy or Musical: nominated
  • 2014Golden Globe-Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series - Comedy or Musical: nominated
  • 2014Emmy-Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series: nominated
  • 2013Golden Globe-Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series - Comedy or Musical: winner
  • 2013Emmy-Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series: nominated
  • 2013Emmy-Outstanding Comedy Series: nominated
  • 2012Emmy-Outstanding Comedy Series: nominated
  • 2012Emmy-Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series: nominated
  • 2011Independent Spirit Awards-Best First Feature: nominated
  • 2011Independent Spirit Awards-Best First Screenplay: winner
  • 2010L.A. Film Critics Association-New Generation Award: winner