Women Screenplay Writers

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Throughout history, there have been many women screenplay writers who have made significant contribution to the field. The list includes many familiar and great female such as Nora Ephron, Lillian Hellman, Elvira Lindo, Hella Wuolijoki, Shonda Rhimes. The women featured in this list are from United States, United Kingdom, Canada, Australia and many more countries.
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Shonda Rhimes
(Television Producer)
Shonda Rhimes
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Birthdate: January 13, 1970
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Chicago

Shonda Rhimes is a screenwriter, author, and television producer. She is credited with creating, writing, and executive producing one of the most popular American medical drama TV series ever, Grey's Anatomy. She is also credited with creating series like Private Practice and Scandal. In 2007, she was named in Time magazine's list of 100 People Who Help Shape the World.

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Leslie Jones
(Comedian)
Leslie Jones
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Birthdate: September 7, 1967
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Memphis, Tennessee, United States
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Nora Ephron
(Screenwriter, Producer, Director)
Nora Ephron
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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.

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Caroline Aherne
(Actress Best Known for Her Performance as ‘Mrs Merton’ in the Mock Talk Show ‘The Mrs Merton Show’)
Caroline Aherne
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Birthdate: December 24, 1963
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Ealing, London, England
Died: July 2, 2016
BAFTA-winning comedian Caroline Aherne is remembered for her portrayal of the character Mrs. Merton on various shows, such as Frank Sidebottom's Fantastic Shed Show and The Mrs Merton Show. Fans also loved her as Denise Royle in the sitcom The Royle Family and as a narrator on Gogglebox. 
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Amy Sherman-Palladino
(She is the creator of the comedy-drama series Gilmore Girls)
Amy Sherman-Palladino
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Birthdate: January 17, 1966
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States
Amy Sherman-Palladino created many popular comedy-drama series, such as Gilmore Girls, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, and Bunheads. The six-time Primetime Emmy-winning director became the first female won win the Emmy for direction and comedy writing. She owns a production house and is known for her signature master-shot style.
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S. E. Hinton
(Writer)
S. E. Hinton
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Birthdate: July 22, 1948
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Tulsa, Oklahoma, United States
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Elaine May
(Actor, Film director, Screenwriter, Writer, Playwright)
Elaine May
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Birthdate: April 21, 1932
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
 8 
Diablo Cody
(Screenwriter, Producer, Director, Dancer, Writer, Journalist)
Diablo Cody
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Birthdate: June 14, 1978
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Lemont, Illinois, United States
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Paula Pell
(Screenwriter)
Paula Pell
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Birthdate: April 15, 1963
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Joliet, Illinois, United States
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Amelia Bullmore
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Birthdate: January 31, 1964
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Chelsea, London, England, United Kingdom
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Martha Fiennes
(actor, screenwriter, writer)
Martha Fiennes
3
Birthdate: February 5, 1964
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Suffolk
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Lillian Hellman
(Dramatist and Screenwriter)
Lillian Hellman
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Birthdate: June 20, 1905
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: New Orleans, Louisiana
Died: June 30, 1984
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Kim Eun-sook
(Screenplay Writer)
Kim Eun-sook
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Birthdate: 1973 AD
Birthplace: Gangneung, South Korea

Kim Eun-sook is a South Korean screenwriter known for writing popular TV series like Secret Garden, for which she won many awards, including Korea Drama Award and the prestigious Baeksang Arts Award. Over the years, Kim Eun-sook's writing has appealed to viewers of all ages. In 2012, she was honored at the SBS Drama Awards with a Lifetime Achievement Award.

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Fran Walsh
(Screenwriter, film producer who has won three Academy Awards for the final film of the trilogy, The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King)
Fran Walsh
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Birthdate: January 10, 1959
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Wellington, New Zealand

Fran Walsh is a New Zealand film producer and screenwriter. Along with her partner Peter Jackson, Fran Walsh has produced films like The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, which earned her three Academy Awards in 2004.

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Lise Mayer
(screenwriter)
Lise Mayer
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Birthdate: November 29, 1959
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Chicago
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Emma Donoghue
(Novelist)
Emma Donoghue
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Birthdate: October 24, 1969
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Dublin, Ireland

Alex Awards winning Irish-Canadian playwright, literary historian, short story writer, novelist, and screenwriter Emma Donoghue is best known for authoring award winning novels like Room and Hood. Room, an international best-seller, was adapted into a film bearing same title that not only emerged as a critical and commercial success but also garnered four Oscar nominations at the 88th Academy Awards.

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Melissa Rosenberg
(Screenwriter, Writer)
Melissa Rosenberg
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Birthdate: August 28, 1962
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Marin County
Kari Skogland
2
Birthplace: Ottawa
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Katsura Hoshino
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Birthdate: April 21, 1980
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Shiga Prefecture
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Rosie Shuster
(Screenwriter)
Rosie Shuster
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Birthdate: June 19, 1950
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Toronto
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Terri Tatchell
(screenwriter)
Terri Tatchell
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Birthdate: 1978 AD
Birthplace: Canada
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Deborah Moggach
(Contemporary Novelist)
Deborah Moggach
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Birthdate: June 28, 1948
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Middlesex, England
 23 
Frances Marion
(Screenwriter)
Frances Marion
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Birthdate: November 18, 1888
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: San Francisco, California, United States
Died: May 12, 1973
 24 
Gerda Lerner
(Historian)
Gerda Lerner
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Birthdate: April 30, 1920
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Vienna, Austria
Died: January 2, 2013
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Irna Phillips
(Scriptwriter)
Irna Phillips
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Birthdate: July 1, 1901
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States
Died: December 23, 1973
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Maimouna Gueye
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Birthplace: Sénégal
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Lucia Siposová
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Birthdate: May 21, 1980
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Bratislava, Slovakia
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Elvira Lindo
(Journalist)
Elvira Lindo
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Birthdate: January 23, 1962
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Cádiz
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B.M. Bower
(Author)
B.M. Bower
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Birthdate: November 15, 1871
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Cleveland, Montana, United States
Died: July 23, 1940
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Annalee Whitmore Fadiman
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Birthdate: May 27, 1916
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Price, Utah, United States
Died: February 5, 2002
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Catherine Tregenna
(Playwright known for Torchwood (2006), The Bench (2001) and Lucky Man (2016))
Catherine Tregenna
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Birthplace: Wales