Female Screenwriters

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 1 Tina Fey

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.

 2 Fran Drescher

Fran Drescher.
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: September 30, 1957
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Kew Gardens, New York, United States

Fran Drescher is an American actress and comedian. Characterized by her thick New York accent and nasal voice, Fran Drescher serves as an inspiration to many cancer patients as she successfully fought off the disease after suffering from uterine cancer. She is also an outspoken LGBT rights activist and healthcare advocate.

 3 Amber Tamblyn

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

 4 Teri Hatcher

Teri Hatcher.
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: December 8, 1964
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Palo Alto, California
Teri Hatcher is best known for her Golden Globe- and SAG Award-winning performance as Susan Mayer in Desperate Housewives. She also voiced Dottie in the Planes movies and was seen as Lois Lane in Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman and as Paris Carver in Tomorrow Never Dies.

 5 Sofia Coppola

Sofia Coppola.
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Famous As: Director
Birthdate: May 14, 1971
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States

The daughter of the popular filmmaker Francis Ford Coppola, Sofia Coppola followed in her father's footsteps to become a screenwriter and filmmaker. Sofia became only the second woman to win the Best Director award in the history of Cannes Film Festival when she won the award at the 2017 Festival.

 6 Shelley Duvall

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

 7 Ali Wong

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

Judith Sheindlin.
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Famous As: TV personality
Birthdate: October 21, 1942
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York, United States

Judith Sheindlin is a prosecution lawyer, television personality, and author. Since 1996, she has been presiding over her own arbitration reality court show Judge Judy, which has won four Daytime Emmy Awards. The longest-serving judge in the history of the courtroom-themed program, Judith Sheindlin was honored with a Lifetime Achievement Emmy for her work.

 10 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.

 11 Emily Mortimer

Emily Mortimer.
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: December 1, 1971
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Hammersmith

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.

 12 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

 13 Iliza Shlesinger

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

 14 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.

 15 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

 16 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. 

 17 Kate Siegel

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

 18 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

 19 Sophie Marceau

Sophie Marceau.
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Famous As: Actress, Screenwriter, Director
Birthdate: November 17, 1966
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Paris
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.

 20 Cara Buono

Cara Buono.
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: March 1, 1971
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: The Bronx, New York, United States
Cara Buono is best known for her Emmy-nominated role of Faye Miller in Mad Men and as Karen Wheeler from Netflix’s Stranger Things. Fans also loved her as Kelli Moltisanti in The Sopranos. She has also appeared in Broadway and off-Broadway productions and in movies such as Let Me In.

 21 Rachel Bloom

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

 22 Roselyn Sánchez

Roselyn Sánchez.
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: April 2, 1973
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: San Juan, Puerto Rico

Roselyn Sánchez is a Puerto Rican singer, dancer, songwriter, actress, model, producer, and writer. She is best known for playing Elena Delgado in the popular police procedural drama TV series Without a Trace, for which she received the 2008 ALMA Award. Roselyn Sánchez also works with organizations like Fundación de Niños San Jorge, which helps sick children from poor families.

 23 Brit Marling

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

 24 Shannyn Sossamon

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

 25 Rhea Seehorn

Rhea Seehorn.
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: May 12, 1972
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Norfolk, Virginia, United States
First seen in independent comedy films, Rhea Seehorn gained prominence with her performance in Breaking Bad and Better Call Saul. Her works also include a number of supporting roles and short-lived comedy series. 

 26 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

 27 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.

 28 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

 29 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. 

 30 Clea DuVall

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

 31 Catherine Tate

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

 32 Michaela Coel

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

 33 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.

 34 Dyan Cannon

Dyan Cannon.
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: January 4, 1937
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Tacoma, Washington
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.

 35 Sharon Horgan

Sharon Horgan
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: July 13, 1970
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Hackney, London, England

 36 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.

 37 Nancy Meyers

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

 38 Jennifer Westfeldt

Jennifer Westfeldt.
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: February 2, 1970
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Guilford, Connecticut, United States

Jennifer Westfeldt is an American screenwriter and actress best known for her work in the independent romantic comedy film, Kissing Jessica Stein, for which she received a Satellite Award. Also known for her work in theater, Jennifer Westfeldt received a Tony Award nomination in 2004 for her portrayal of Eileen Sherwood in the popular musical, Wonderful Town.

 39 Lena Waithe

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

 40 Camille Grammer

Camille Grammer.
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Famous As: Television Personality
Birthdate: September 2, 1968
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Newport Beach, California, USA
Camille Grammer began her career as a dancer and then modeled for Playboy and appeared in R-rated films. She soared to fame with her appearance on the reality show The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills. She is part owner of Grammnet Productions, her former husband Kelsey Grammer’s production company.

 41 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.

 42 Lena Dunham

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

 43 Meaghan Oppenheimer

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.

 44 Caitlin McHugh

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

 45 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

 46 Antonia Thomas

Antonia Thomas.
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: November 3, 1986
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: London, United Kingdom
Antonia Thomas is best known as Alisha Daniels from the series Misfits, Claire Brown from The Good Doctor, and Evie from Lovesick. She lent her voice to the opening and closing lines of the Teletubbies reboot. She was also featured on the Coldplay music video Charlie Brown.

 47 Emerald Fennell

Emerald Fennell
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: October 1, 1985
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Hammersmith, London, England, UK

 48 Miranda Bailey

Miranda Bailey
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: January 30, 1977
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Vail, Colorado, USA

 49 Riki Lindhome

Riki Lindhome
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: March 5, 1979
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Coudersport, Pennsylvania, USA

 50 Konkona Sen Sharma

Konkona Sen Sharma
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: December 3, 1979
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: New Delhi, India