Female Screenwriters

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 1 Emma Thompson

Emma Thompson
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Famous As: Only Person to Win Academy Awards for Both Acting & Writing
Birthdate: April 15, 1959
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Paddington, London, England

One of the most celebrated British actresses, Emma Thompson has received plaudits for her work in films, television and stage. Her film credits include Howards End, The Remains of the Day as well as Sense and Sensibility which she also wrote. Her television appearances include miniseries Angels in America. The award winning actress is also an author, activist and comedian.

 2 Michelle Rodriguez

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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: July 12, 1978
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: San Antonio, Texas, United States

The quintessential action queen of Hollywood, Michelle Rodriguez is known for appearing in many successful action films, including the Fast & Furious franchise. Regarded as a Hollywood bad girl, Michelle has had many brushes with the law. An openly bisexual actress, she also serves as an inspiration to the LGBT community.

 3 Tina Fey

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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: May 18, 1970
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Upper Darby, Pennsylvania, United States
Emmy-winning comedian Tina Fey became the first female head writer of SNL. She wrote the series 30 Rock and Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, and the film Mean Girls. Her impersonation of Sarah Palin on SNL won her the AP Entertainer of the Year award. She has also written a bestselling memoir.

 4 Famke Janssen

Famke Janssen
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Famous As: Actress who played mutant Jean Grey in the X-Men film franchise and played Xenia in GoldenEye
Birthdate: November 5, 1964
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Amstelveen, Netherlands

Famke Janssen is a Dutch actress best known for playing important roles in popular Hollywood films like the X-Men film series and the Taken film trilogy. A former fashion model, Janssen achieved international recognition when she played Bond girl Xenia Onatopp in GoldenEye. Over the course of her acting career, Famke Janssen has recieved several awards, including the Saturn Award.

 5 Ali Wong

Ali Wong
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: April 19, 1982
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: San Francisco, California, USA

 6 St. Vincent

St. Vincent
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist who was a member of the Polyphonic Spree as well as a collaborator with Andrew Bird, Arcade Fire, and Kid Cudi
Birthdate: September 28, 1982
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Tulsa, Oklahoma, United States

 7 Phoebe Waller-Bridge

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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: July 14, 1985
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: London, England

Phoebe Waller-Bridge is credited with creating and writing one of the greatest TV series of the 21st century, Fleabag. She is also famous for contributing as the executive producer and head writer of another highly-acclaimed TV series, Killing Eve. In 2020, she was named in Time magazine's list of 100 most influential people in the world.

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 8 Zoe Kazan

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

 9 Amber Tamblyn

Amber Tamblyn
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: May 14, 1983
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Santa Monica, California, United States

 10 Sally Hawkins

Sally Hawkins
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: April 27, 1976
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Dulwich, London, England, UK

Sally Hawkins is a prominent English actress who has been nominated for two Academy Awards and five British Independent Film Awards. She graduated from the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art and began her career as a stage actress and became immensely successful. She eventually ventured into films as well and acted in numerous hit films. 

 11 Alex Borstein

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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: February 15, 1973
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Highland Park, Illinois, United States
Alexandrea Borstein is best known as the voice of Lois Griffin in Family Guy and as Susie Myerson from The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, both of which fetched her Emmys. She also appeared on MADtv, both as a writer and a performer, and wrote for Casper and Pinky and the Brain.

 12 Shelley Duvall

Shelley Duvall
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: July 7, 1949
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Fort Worth, Texas, United States

 13 Melissa Mathison

Melissa Mathison
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Famous As: Screenwriter
Birthdate: June 3, 1950
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States
Died: November 4, 2015

Melissa Mathison was a screenwriter and an activist for the Tibetan independence movement. She attended the University of California, Berkeley, for a while but quit before graduating. She was acquainted with Francis Ford Coppola who encouraged her to pursue a screenwriting career. She was once married to actor, Harrison Ford, and had two children.

 14 Mélanie Laurent

Mélanie Laurent
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: February 21, 1983
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Paris, France

French actor Mélanie Laurent shot to fame with her Étoiles d'Or-winning role in Dikkenek and her César Award-winning performance in Don't Worry, I'm Fine. She made her Hollywood debut with Quentin Tarantino's Inglourious Basterds, and was also seen in Now You See Me. She has also released a music album.

 15 Iliza Shlesinger

Iliza Shlesinger
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: February 22, 1983
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Manhattan, New York, United States

 16 Whitney Cummings

Whitney Cummings
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Famous As: Comedian
Birthdate: September 4, 1982
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Georgetown, Washington, District of Columbia, USA

 17 Emily Mortimer

Emily Mortimer
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: October 6, 1971
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Hammersmith, London, England

Emily Mortimer is an English-American screenwriter and actress. Mortimer, who started her acting career in stage productions, went on to establish herself as a bankable actress in the British film and TV industry. In 2010, she became an American citizen and has since been playing important roles in American films.

 18 Pamela Adlon

Pamela Adlon
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: July 9, 1966
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: New York City, New York, USA

 19 Kate Siegel

Kate Siegel
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: August 9, 1982
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Silver Spring, Maryland, United States

 20 Wanda Sykes

Wanda Sykes
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: March 7, 1964
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Portsmouth, Virginia, United States

Wanda Sykes is an American actress, writer, and comedian. In 2004, Sykes was named in Entertainment Weekly magazine's list of 25 funniest people in America. Also known for her role as an activist, Sykes has been emceeing fundraisers and hosting events to tackle issues concerning same-sex marriages. She is also an ardent supporter of the Ruth Ellis Center.

 21 Sophie Marceau

Sophie Marceau
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: November 17, 1966
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Paris, France
Sophie Marceau is best known for her César Award-winning performance in the French comedy La Boum 2. She has also appeared in English films such as Braveheart, Firelight, and The World Is Not Enough. She has written a novel, is a trained cellist, and has delivered an award-winning directorial debut.

 22 Rachel Bloom

Rachel Bloom
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: April 3, 1987
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, USA

 23 La La Anthony

La La Anthony
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Famous As: Television personality
Birthdate: June 25, 1979
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York, USA

 24 Jennifer Saunders

Jennifer Saunders
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Famous As: Comedians
Birthdate: July 6, 1958
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Sleaford, Lincolnshire, England, UK

 25 Chloe Zhao

Chloe Zhao
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Famous As: Film Director
Birthdate: March 31, 1982
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Beijing, China
Chinese filmmaker Chloé Zhao is best known for directing films such as Songs My Brothers Taught Me and The Rider, both of which earned Independent Spirit Award nominations. Her film Nomadland won her the Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival. She is also directing the Marvel film Eternals.

 26 Shannyn Sossamon

Shannyn Sossamon
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: October 3, 1978
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Honolulu, Hawaii, United States

 27 Kathryn Bigelow

Kathryn Bigelow
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Famous As: Film director
Birthdate: November 27, 1951
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: San Carlos, California, United States

 28 Catherine Tate

Catherine Tate
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: May 12, 1968
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Bloomsbury, London, England

 29 Tracey Ullman

Tracey Ullman
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: December 30, 1959
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Slough, Berkshire, England, UK

British-American actor Tracey Ullman began her career with sketch-comedy shows such as Three of a Kind and later had her own Fox show, The Tracey Ullman Show, which featured 30-second segments of The Simpsons in between, making the latter a hit, too. She rose to become the third-richest comedian from Britain.

 30 Brit Marling

Brit Marling
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: August 7, 1982
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, USA

 31 Ilana Glazer

Ilana Glazer
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Famous As: Actress, Comedian
Birthdate: April 12, 1987
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Long Island, New York, United States
Ilana Glazer gained fame with her appearance on the Comedy Central show Broad City, as Ilana Wexler. She was part of the 2017 movie Rough Night and launched her stand-up comedy special The Planet Is Burning in 2020. She is openly queer and is married to computational biologist David Rooklin.

 32 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.

 33 June Diane Raphael

June Diane Raphael
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: January 4, 1980
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Rockville Centre, Long Island, New York, USA

 34 Natasha Leggero

Natasha Leggero
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: March 26, 1974
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Rockford, Illinois, United States

Natasha Leggero hosted the MTV reality series The 70s House. She has also been a panelist on Chelsea Lately. She is known for her satirical stance on celebrity culture and gained fame with the period sitcom Another Period. She has also voiced Shannon in Netflix's animated sitcom Hoops.

 35 Clea DuVall

Clea DuVall
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: September 25, 1977
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, USA

 36 Michaela Coel

Michaela Coel
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: October 1, 1987
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: London, England

 37 Victoria Wood

Victoria Wood
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Famous As: Comedian
Birthdate: May 19, 1953
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Prestwich, Greater Manchester, Lancashire, England, UK
Died: April 20, 2016

Multi-talented English comedian, Victoria Wood was also an actress, lyricist, singer, composer, pianist, screenwriter, producer, and director. Wood started her career with the TV show That's Life! and established herself as one of Britain's greatest stand-up comedians. She wrote sketches, dramas, and popular sitcoms and her self-deprecating humor got her 14 BAFTA nominations of which she won four. 

 38 Renée Estevez

Renée Estevez
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: April 2, 1967
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: New York, New York, United States
Renée Estevez, daughter of actor Martin Sheen and sister of actor Charlie Sheen, is best known for her performance as Betty in the teen comedy film Heathers. She also appeared as Nancy in the series The West Wing and wrote for the series Anger Management, starring Charlie Sheen.

 39 Nancy Meyers

Nancy Meyers
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Famous As: Director
Birthdate: December 8, 1949
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Pennsylvania, USA

 40 Dyan Cannon

Dyan Cannon
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: January 4, 1937
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Tacoma, Washington, United States
Dyan Cannon is best known for her Academy Award-nominated roles in Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice and Heaven Can Wait. She has also written, directed, and produced the Academy Award-nominated film Number One. She has appeared in series such as Ally McBeal and Three Sisters, too.

 41 Jemima Khan

Jemima Khan
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Famous As: Screenwriter
Birthdate: January 30, 1974
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Chelsea, London, England

 42 Lena Waithe

Lena Waithe
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Famous As: Screenwriter
Birthdate: May 17, 1984
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, U.S.

 43 Eileen Atkins

Eileen Atkins
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: June 15, 1934
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Clapton, London, England
Eileen Atkins is best known for her BAFTA- and Emmy-winning performance in the miniseries Cranford. A talented Shakespearean theater actor, she has also won three Olivier Awards and four Drama Desk Awards. She is a breast cancer survivor and has received the honors CBE and DBE.

 44 Caitlin McHugh

Caitlin McHugh
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: May 13, 1986
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Altadena, California, USA

 45 Jillian Bell

Jillian Bell
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Famous As: Actress, Comedian
Birthdate: April 25, 1984
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Jillian Bell is best known for her performances as Jillian in the series Workaholics and Lorraine in the film Goosebumps. She was nominated for an Emmy for her writing work on Saturday Night Live. Fans also loved her in the films Godmothered and 22 Jump Street, and the sitcom Idiotsitter.

 46 Kathy Najimy

Kathy Najimy
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: February 6, 1957
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: San Diego, California, United States
Kathy Najimy is best known for her Annie Award-winning voice role as Peggy Hill in King of the Hill. She initially gained fame for the play The Kathy and Mo Show. Fans loved her as Sister Mary Patrick in the Sister Act movies. She supports LGBT and women’s rights.

 47 Jackie Collins

Jackie Collins
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Famous As: Novelist
Birthdate: October 4, 1937
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: London, England, UK
Died: September 19, 2015

 48 Lena Dunham

Lena Dunham
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: May 13, 1986
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: New York City, U.S.

 49 Meaghan Oppenheimer

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Famous As: Screenwriter
Birthdate: March 28, 1986
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Tulsa, Oklahoma

As an American movie and television screenwriter, Meaghan Oppenheimer has played an instrumental role in the success of many projects over the years. Some of her screenwriting credits include the 2015 drama film, We Are Your Friends, which became successful at the box office, and The Remains. Meaghan Oppenheimer has also appeared in a couple of films.

 50 Pauline Chalamet

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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: January 25, 1992
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: New York, New York, United States