Amy Sherman-Palladino Biography

Amy Sherman-Palladino
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Birthday: January 17, 1966

Nationality: American

Age: 55 Years, 55 Year Old Females

Sun Sign: Capricorn

Also Known As: Amy V. Sherman

Born Country: United States

Born in: Van Nuys, Los Angeles, California, United States

Famous as: Director

Directors Screenplay Writers

Family:

Spouse/Ex-: Daniel Palladino

father: Don Sherman

mother: Maybin Hewes

U.S. State: California

City: Los Angeles

Founder/Co-Founder: Dorothy Parker Drank Here Productions

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education: North Hollywood High School

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Who is Amy Sherman-Palladino?

Amy Sherman-Palladino is a reputed American television writer, director, and executive producer, best known for creating women-oriented dramedy series Gilmore Girls, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel and Bunheads. She initially worked as a staff writer during third season of the comedy-drama sitcom Roseanne. Her writing pursuits there included writing an Emmy-nominated episode on birth control. She then went on to work on several other projects before gaining prominence as creator, executive producer, writer and director of the comedy-drama television series Gilmore Girls. Moving on, she bolstered her career as creator of other shows, in particular the ongoing period comedy-drama television series, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel. Amy is also an executive producer, writer and director of the critically acclaimed show that fetched her several Primetime Emmy Awards including Outstanding Directing for a Comedy Series, Outstanding Music Supervision, and Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series, marking her as the first woman to win in the categories of comedy writing and directing at the Primetime Emmy Awards. She is the founder and board member of Dorothy Parker Drank Here Productions and is reputed for her preferred master shot filming style and her trademark rapid-fire dialogue which often includes pop culture references.

Childhood & Early Life

Amy Sherman-Palladino was born on January 17, 1966, in Los Angeles, California, US to comedian Don Sherman and dancer Maybin Hewes. Sherman was the stage name of her father who was a Jew from the Bronx while Amy’s mother was a Southern Baptist from Gulfport, Mississippi. Don died in May 2012 and Amy, the only child of her parents, dedicated the first episode of Bunheads to her father.

Amy started taking classical ballet lessons at just four years of age and learnt other dance forms in her teens. She got a callback to the sung-through musical Cats as also had a possible writing position offer for the American comedy-drama sitcom television series Roseanne. She eventually chose a writing career over her dance career and joined the staff of Roseanne with her writing partner Jennifer Heath.

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Career

In 1990, Amy contributed as a writer in a single episode of the CBS aired American sitcom television series City. Same year she joined team of the American comedy-drama sitcom television series Roseanne as a staff writer during third season of the show. She contributed as writer in thirteen episodes of the show of which the one that dealt about birth control earned an Emmy nomination. She also remained an executive producer for 36 episodes of the show. She departed from the show following its sixth season in 1994 and then worked for different other programs including the sitcoms Love and Marriage (1996), Over the Top (1997) and Veronica's Closet (1998–1999).

Real breakthrough of Amy came when she created the American comedy-drama television series Gilmore Girls that premiered on The WB on October 5, 2000, and became one of the flagship series of the network. She wrote 52 episodes of the show, directed 15 and also contributed as one of its executive producers. The show that gained her widespread recognition ran for seven seasons till May 15, 2007 with its first six seasons airing on The WB and the seventh and final one airing in The CW. Amy and her husband Daniel Palladino, who also donned the hat of a writer, director and executive producer of the show, left the show following its sixth season. It was announced on April 20, 2006, that the couple could not come to an agreement with The CW to continue their contracts.

Amy Sherman-Palladino co-authored the 2002 book Gilmore Girls: The Other Side Of Summer with American television writer, director, and producer Helen Pai. The latter serves at Amy’s production company Dorothy Parker Drank Here Productions and also co-produced Gilmore Girls and later the TV series Bunheads. The recurring character of Lane Kim in Gilmore Girls was modelled by Amy loosely after Pai.

Amy later created the American comedy-drama streaming television miniseries Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life, a four-episode revival, unofficial eighth season and a sequel of Gilmore Girls. The miniseries which included four 88-to-102-minute episodes was released on Netflix on November 25, 2016, and later aired on The CW and UP TV in November 2020.

Meanwhile The Hollywood Reporter made an announcement on August 1, 2006, that Fox Network had ordered a pilot of a new comedy project from Amy Sherman-Palladino. The latter wrote, executive produced and directed the pilot. She announced the name of her new sitcom as The Return of Jezebel James during the Hitmakers luncheon of Hollywood Radio & Television Society in December 2006. Created by Amy and executive produced by Amy and her husband, the show was produced by Regency Television and Amy’s Dorothy Parker Drank Here Productions. It premiered on March 14, 2008, on Fox television network and had to be cancelled because of unacceptably low ratings just after airing three of its seven episodes. The remaining four episodes were later released on May 6, 2008, on Apple iTunes.

Her pilot Bunheads was picked up to series by ABC Family. Created by Amy and Lamar Damon and starring Sutton Foster and Kelly Bishop as the leading ladies, the series premiered on June 11, 2012, and ran for a season till February 25, 2013. On July 22, 2013, ABC Family announced that the series would not be renewed for a second season. Amy contributed as writer in 8 episodes of the show. She garnered praise from the critics for her distinct writing style. Amy also directed 5 episodes of the show and remained one of its executive producers.

It was confirmed in June 2016 that Amazon had ordered Amy for an hour-long pilot titled The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel. She wrote and executive produced the pilot episode which was reported to premiere on March 17, 2017, as a part of Spring 2017 pilot season of Amazon Studios. The viewers were given the option to vote for the pilot to be ordered to series. After the pilot episode received critical acclaim, the series was picked up by Amazon Studios. It received an "unprecedented" 2-season order from Amazon on April 10, 2017. Amy serves as executive producer of the critically acclaimed show along with her husband Daniel and also contributes as writer and director.

One of the most notable shows created by Amy Sherman-Palladino, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel starring Rachel Brosnahan among others has over the years received several awards and nominations including winning a Golden Globe award for Best Television Series – Musical or Comedy and a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Comedy Series in 2018. The pilot fetched Amy Primetime Emmy Awards for Outstanding Directing for a Comedy Series and Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series at the 70th Primetime Emmy Awards in 2018. With this she became the first woman to bag awards in the directing and comedy writing categories at the Primetime Emmy Awards.

Amy was given the Norman Lear Achievement Award in Television by the Producers Guild of America in 2019.

Personal Life

Amy is married to award-winning American television executive producer, director and screenwriter Daniel Palladino with whom she has collaborated in different projects including Gilmore Girls, Bunheads and The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel.

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