Lena Dunham
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Lena Dunham became a household name as the star and executive producer of the HBO cult hit comedy “Girls,” which wrapped its sixth and final season in 2017. The tireless, multitalented millennial helms a growing comedic empire built on her unique ability to tap into her generation’s angst and insecurities, told with a distinct voice known for its unapologetic candor. 

Dunham’s frank explorations of sex and the female body have led many to hail her as the voice for empowered young women today, even as the feminist firebrand has become a lighting rod for critics. Dunham has already begun branching out through her production company, A Casual Romance, which has a number of film and TV projects in development.

She will return to primetime in 2018 as part of the cast of FX’s “American Horror Story” in season seven. Dunham is also busy supporting her feminist newsletter business, Lenny.

Born in New York City, Dunham broke out with her 2010 indie feature “Tiny Furniture.” The movie attracted the attention of executives at HBO, who asked her to develop a series for the network. “Girls” premiered in 2012 to instant critical acclaim. The groundbreaking series has won two Emmys and a Golden Globe and turned Dunham into a household name. Her bestselling memoir, “Not That Kind of Girl: A Young Woman Tells You What She’s Learned,'” was published in 2014.




  • Oberlin College (OH, USA)

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