American Female Playwrights

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 1 Danai Gurira

Danai Gurira.
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: February 14, 1978
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Grinnell, Iowa
Danai Gurira is best known as Michonne from The Walking Dead and as Okoye from the Marvel films Black Panther, Avengers: Infinity War, and Avengers: Endgame. She earned a Tony nomination for writing the Broadway play Eclipsed. She has been a UN Goodwill Ambassador and promotes arts and women empowerment.

 2 Zoe Kazan

Zoe Kazan.
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: September 9, 1983
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, USA
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 3 Nora Ephron

Nora Ephron.
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Famous As: Screenwriter, Producer, Director
Birthdate: May 19, 1941
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States
Died: June 26, 2012

Nora Ephron was an American writer, filmmaker, and journalist. She is known for writing films like Sleepless in Seattle and When Harry Met Sally... The Nora Ephron Prize was created by the Tribeca Film Festival in her memory. Her life and work inspired the 2016 documentary film Everything Is Copy, which was directed by her son Jacob Bernstein.

 4 Yolanda King

Yolanda King.
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Famous As: Activist
Birthdate: November 17, 1955
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Montgomery, Alabama
Died: May 15, 2007

African American activist, Yolanda King, was the first-born child of civil rights leaders Martin Luther King Jr. and Coretta Scott King. Exposed to social justice activism at a young age, she grew up to be an outspoken supporter of civil rights and LGBTQA+ rights. She was also known for her artistic endeavors. She died of heart disease at 51. 

 5 Lorraine Hansberry

Lorraine Hansberry.
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Famous As: Writer, Theatre director, Screenwriter, Playwright, Human rights activist
Birthdate: May 19, 1930
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Chicago
Died: January 12, 1965

 6 Ruby Dee

Ruby Dee
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: October 27, 1922
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Cleveland, Ohio, USA
Died: June 11, 2014

 7 Lillian Hellman

Lillian Hellman.
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Famous As: Dramatist and Screenwriter
Birthdate: June 20, 1905
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: New Orleans, Louisiana
Died: June 30, 1984
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 8 Roxann Dawson

Roxann Dawson.
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: September 11, 1958
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California

 9 Joyce Carol Oates

Joyce Carol Oates.
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: June 16, 1938
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Lockport, New York, United States

 10 Elaine May

Elaine May
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Famous As: Actor, Film director, Screenwriter, Writer, Playwright
Birthdate: April 21, 1932
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

 11 Carrie Hamilton

Carrie Hamilton
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: December 5, 1963
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: New York City, New York, USA
Died: January 20, 2002

 12 Tovah Feldshuh

Tovah Feldshuh
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Famous As: Television actor, Film actor, Writer, Playwright, Stage actor
Birthdate: December 27, 1952
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: New York City

 13 Patricia Wettig

Patricia Wettig
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Famous As: Actor, Playwright, Stage actor, Television actor
Birthdate: December 4, 1951
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Cincinnati

 14 Anna Deavere Smith

Anna Deavere Smith
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Famous As: Stage actor, Film actor, Television actor, Writer, Playwright, Actor, Screenwriter
Birthdate: September 18, 1950
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Baltimore

 15 Frances Hodgson Burnett

Frances Hodgson Burnett.
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Famous As: Novelist
Birthdate: November 24, 1849
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Cheetham, Manchester, England
Died: October 29, 1924

 16 Charlayne Woodard

Charlayne Woodard.
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: December 29, 1953
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Albany, New York

 17 Marilyn vos Savant

Marilyn vos Savant
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Famous As: Columnist
Birthdate: August 11, 1946
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: St. Louis, Missouri, United States

 18 Amanda Palmer

Amanda Palmer
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Famous As: Singer, Street artist, Composer, Pianist, Musician, Playwright, Blogger, Songwriter
Birthdate: April 30, 1976
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: New York City

 19 Clare Boothe Luce

Clare Boothe Luce
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Famous As: Former U.S. Congressman, Diplomat, Journalist, Writer
Birthdate: March 10, 1903
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States
Died: October 9, 1987

 20 Gypsy Rose Lee

Gypsy Rose Lee
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Famous As: Entertainer
Birthdate: January 8, 1911
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Seattle, Washington, USA
Died: April 26, 1970

Gypsy Rose Lee was an American vedette and burlesque entertainer best remembered for her striptease act. She was also an actress, playwright, and author whose memoir inspired the 1959 stage musical, Gypsy. Lee's life inspired several works of art, including a song titled Gypsy Rose Lee by The Distillers. She also has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

 21 Annie Baker

Annie Baker
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Famous As: screenwriter, author, writer
Birthdate: March 31, 1981
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Boston

 22 Patrisse Cullors

Patrisse Cullors
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Famous As: Artist
Birthdate: June 20, 1983
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, U.S.

 23 Kathy Acker

Kathy Acker
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Famous As: Author
Birthdate: April 18, 1947
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: New York City, New York
Died: November 30, 1997

 24 Eve Ensler

Eve Ensler
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Famous As: Artist, Actor, Playwright, Autobiographer, Writer, Feminist
Birthdate: May 25, 1953
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: New York City

 25 Carrie Fisher

Carrie Fisher.
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: October 21, 1956
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Burbank, California, United States
Died: December 27, 2016

Carrie Fisher was an American actress best known for playing Princess Leia in the Star Wars films. Some of her other films notable film wereShampoo, Soapdish, The Blues Brothers, When Harry Met Sally and The Women. She had issues with bipolar disorder and drug addiction and spoke publicly about it. She died after suffering a sudden cardiac arrest while on a transatlantic flight.

 26 Lynn Nottage

Lynn Nottage
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Famous As: Playwright
Birthdate: November 2, 1964
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York, United States

 27 Ntozake Shange

Ntozake Shange
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Famous As: Playwright
Birthdate: October 18, 1948
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Trenton, New Jersey, United States
Died: October 27, 2018

 28 Sarah Ruhl

Sarah Ruhl
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Famous As: playwright
Birthdate: 1974 AD
Birthplace: Wilmette

 29 Natalie Clifford Barney

Natalie Clifford Barney
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Famous As: Playwright
Birthdate: October 31, 1876
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Dayton, Ohio, United States
Died: February 2, 1972

 30 Leslye Headland

Leslye Headland
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Famous As: film director, screenwriter, playwright
Birthdate: 1981 AD
Birthplace: Westport

 31 Zhang Ailing

Zhang Ailing
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: September 30, 1920
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Shanghai, China
Died: September 8, 1995

 32 Suzan-Lori Parks

Suzan-Lori Parks
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Famous As: American playwright
Birthdate: May 10, 1963
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Fort Knox, Kentucky, United States

 33 Betty Comden

Betty Comden
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Famous As: Screenwriter, Librettist, Performer, Stage actor, Lyricist, Songwriter
Birthdate: May 3, 1917
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: New York City
Died: November 23, 2006

 34 Wendy Wasserstein

Wendy Wasserstein
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Famous As: Playwright
Birthdate: October 18, 1950
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States
Died: January 30, 2006

 35 Shirley Graham Du Bois

Shirley Graham Du Bois
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Famous As: Author
Birthdate: November 11, 1896
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Indianapolis, Indiana, United States
Died: March 27, 1977

 36 Susan Glaspell

Susan Glaspell
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Famous As: Playwright
Birthdate: July 1, 1876
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Davenport, Iowa, United States
Died: July 28, 1948

 37 Mina Loy

Mina Loy
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Famous As: Poet
Birthdate: December 27, 1882
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: London, England
Died: September 25, 1966

 38 Jane Bowles

Jane Bowles
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: February 22, 1917
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: New York, New York, United States
Died: May 4, 1973

 39 Mabel Dodge Luhan

Mabel Dodge Luhan
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Famous As: Biographer
Birthdate: February 26, 1879
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Buffalo, New York
Died: August 13, 1962

 40 Maria Irene Fornés

Maria Irene Fornés
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Famous As: Dramatist
Birthdate: May 14, 1930
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Havana, Cuba
Died: October 30, 2018

 41 Linda Hogan

Linda Hogan
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Famous As: Poet
Birthdate: July 16, 1947
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Denver, Colorado, United States

 42 Jean Webster

Jean Webster
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: July 24, 1876
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Fredonia, New York, United States
Died: June 11, 1916

 43 Diane di Prima

Diane di Prima
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Famous As: Poet
Birthdate: August 6, 1934
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York, United States

 44 Beth Henley

Beth Henley
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Famous As: Playwright
Birthdate: May 8, 1952
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Jackson,Mississippi,United States

 45 Gerda Lerner

Gerda Lerner
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Famous As: Historian
Birthdate: April 30, 1920
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Vienna, Austria
Died: January 2, 2013

 46 Angelina Weld Grimké

Angelina Weld Grimké
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Famous As: Journalist
Birthdate: February 27, 1880
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Boston, Massachusetts, USA
Died: June 10, 1958

 47 Judith Sargent Stevens Murray

Judith Sargent Stevens Murray
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Famous As: Advocate
Birthdate: May 1, 1751
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Gloucester, Massachusetts, United States
Died: July 9, 1820

 48 Jean Kerr

Jean Kerr
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Famous As: Author
Birthdate: July 10, 1922
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Scranton, Pennsylvania, United States
Died: January 5, 2003

 49 Jay Presson Allen

Jay Presson Allen
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Famous As: Screenwriter
Birthdate: March 3, 1922
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: San Angelo, Texas, United States
Died: May 1, 2006

 50 Ana Castillo

Ana Castillo
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Famous As: Novelist
Birthdate: June 15, 1953
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States