Female screenwriters - Oscar winners or nominated

by Rodrigo_Amaro | created - 03 Jan 2014 | updated - 4 months ago | Public

1. Jane Campion

Writer | The Piano

Jane Campion was born in Wellington, New Zealand, and now lives in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. Having graduated with a BA in Anthropology from Victoria University of Wellington in 1975, and a BA, with a painting major, at Sydney College of the Arts in 1979, she began filmmaking in the early...

2. Sofia Coppola

Director | Lost in Translation

Sofia Coppola was born on May 14, 1971 in New York City, New York, USA as Sofia Carmina Coppola. She is a director, known for Somewhere (2010), Lost in Translation (2003) and Marie Antoinette (2006). She has been married to Thomas Mars since August 27, 2011. They have two children. She was ...

3. Emma Thompson

Actress | Sense and Sensibility

Emma Thompson was born in London on April 15, 1959, into a family of actors - her father was Eric Thompson, who has passed away, and her mother, Phyllida Law, has co-starred with Thompson in several films (her sister, Sophie Thompson, is an actor as well). Her father was English-born and her mother...

4. Diana Ossana

Writer | Brokeback Mountain

Diana Ossana was born in August 1949 in St. Louis, Missouri, USA as Diana Lynn Ossana. She is a writer and producer, known for Brokeback Mountain (2005), Streets of Laredo (1995) and Dead Man's Walk (1996).

5. Callie Khouri

Writer | Thelma & Louise

Raised in Texas and Kentucky by her doctor father and mother. Went to Purdue University to study landscape architecture but switched to drama. Moved to Nashville after college to be with her family before heading to Los Angeles in 1982 to study at the Strasburg Institute. Worked for a commercials ...

6. Pamela Wallace

Writer | Witness

Pamela Wallace is a writer and producer, known for Witness (1985), Love's Unending Legacy (2007) and The Place God Forgot.

7. Fran Walsh

Writer | The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring

Fran Walsh was born on January 10, 1959 in Wellington, New Zealand. She is known for her work on The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001), The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003) and The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002). She has been married to Peter Jackson ...

9. Claudine West

Writer | Mrs. Miniver

British novelist and playwright, who began as a writer of magazine articles. In Hollywood from 1929, she worked under contract at MGM, often on continuity scripts or additional dialogue, on British-themed prestige pictures, invariably in collaboration with others.

10. Frances Marion

Writer | The Big House

The most renowned female screenwriter of the 20th century, and one of the most respected scripters of any gender, Frances Marion was born in San Francisco. She modeled and acted and had some success as a commercial artist. She entered into journalism and served in Europe as a combat correspondent ...

11. Ruth Prawer Jhabvala

Writer | Howards End

Ruth Prawer Jhabvala was born on May 7, 1927 in Cologne, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany as Ruth Prawer. She was a writer, known for Howards End (1992), A Room with a View (1985) and The Remains of the Day (1993). She was married to Cyrus Jhabvala. She died on April 3, 2013 in Manhattan, New York ...

12. Diablo Cody

Writer | Juno

Diablo Cody is originally from Chicago, Illinois, and moved to Minnesota to live with her Internet boyfriend, Jonny who later became her husband. While there, she decided on a whim to take up stripping as a hobby of sorts.

She was working at an ad agency and got a promotion. The job wore her ragged ...

13. Muriel Box

Writer | The Seventh Veil

Sister-in-law of Betty Box.

14. Sarah Y. Mason

Writer | Little Women

The very first continuity girl. She suggested the position to Allan Dwan, who accepted the idea for his film Arizona (1918).

15. Nancy Dowd

Writer | Slap Shot

Nancy Dowd was born in 1945 in Framingham, Massachusetts, USA. She is a writer and director, known for Slap Shot (1977), Coming Home (1978) and Ladies and Gentlemen, the Fabulous Stains (1982).

16. Julie Delpy

Actress | Trois couleurs: Blanc

Julie Delpy was born in Paris, France, in 1969 to Albert Delpy and Marie Pillet, both actors.

She was first featured in Jean-Luc Godard's Détective (1985) at the age of fourteen. She has starred in many American and European productions since then, including Disney's The Three Musketeers (...

17. Tamara Jenkins

Director | The Savages

Tamara Jenkins was born on May 2, 1962 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA. She is married to Jim Taylor.

18. Alice Arlen

Writer | Silkwood

Alice Albright Patterson was born in November 1940 to the journalist and former aviatrix Josephine Patterson Albright and her husband artist Ivan Albright. Brought up in Chicago and educated at Radcliffe College and the University of Columbia Alice returned to Chicago to work as a journalist and ...

19. Nora Ephron

Writer | Julie & Julia

Nora Ephron was educated at Wellesley College, Massachusetts. She was an acclaimed essayist (Crazy Salad 1975), novelist (Heartburn 1983), and had written screenplays for several popular films, all featuring strong female characters, such as anti-nuclear activist Karen Silkwood (Silkwood (1983), ...

20. Lisa Cholodenko

Director | The Kids Are All Right

Lisa Cholodenko earned an MFA at Columbia University Film School where she made an award-winning short film Dinner Party (1997) Her feature High Art (1998) won the National Society of Film Critics award for Ally Sheedy's performance and The Waldo Salt Screenwriting award at Sundance. Both "High Art...

21. Susannah Grant

Writer | Erin Brockovich

Susannah Grant was born on January 4, 1963 in New York City, New York, USA as Susannah Rawson Grant. She is a writer and producer, known for Erin Brockovich (2000), The 5th Wave (2016) and Ever After: A Cinderella Story (1998). She has been married to Christopher Henrikson since 1995. They have two...

22. Lina Wertmüller

Writer | Pasqualino Settebellezze

Lina Wertmüller was born on August 14, 1928 in Rome, Lazio, Italy as Arcangela Felice Assunta Wertmüller von Elgg Spañol von Braueich. She is a writer and director, known for Seven Beauties (1975), The Basilisks (1963) and Swept Away (1974). She was previously married to Enrico Job.

23. Courtney Hunt

Director | Frozen River

Courtney Hunt was born in 1964 in Memphis, Tennessee, USA. She is a director and writer, known for Frozen River (2008), The Whole Truth (2016) and Fear the Walking Dead (2015).

24. Kristen Wiig

Actress | Bridesmaids

Kristen Carroll Wiig was born on August 22, 1973 in Canandaigua, New York, to Laurie J. (Johnston), an artist, and Jon J. Wiig, a lake marina manager. She is of Norwegian (from her paternal grandfather), Irish, English, and Scottish descent. The family moved to Lancaster, Pennsylvania, before ...

25. Annie Mumolo

Actress | Bridesmaids

Currently a member of the famed comedy troupe The Groundlings. Annie performed her first comedy act in the seventh grade. She graduated from U.C. Berkeley with a degree in history. She received theater training at South Coast Repertory in Costa Mesa, California before moving to Los Angeles. ...

26. Sarah Polley

Actress | The Sweet Hereafter

Sarah Polley is an actress and director renowned in her native Canada for her political activism. Blessed with an extremely expressive face that enables directors to minimize dialog due to her uncanny ability to suggest a character's thoughts, Polley has become a favorite of critics for her ...

27. Jay Presson Allen

Writer | Cabaret

Oscar-nominated screenwriter Jay Presson Allen was born Jacqueline Presson in San Angelo, Texas on March 3, 1922, the daughter of a department store manager. Educated at Miss Hockaday's School for Young Ladies in Dallas, Presson in her own words received no education at all. At the age of 18, she ...

28. Shari Springer Berman

Director | American Splendor

Shari Springer Berman was born on July 13, 1963 in New York City, New York, USA. She is a director and writer, known for American Splendor (2003), The Nanny Diaries (2007) and Off the Menu: The Last Days of Chasen's (1997). She has been married to Robert Pulcini since 1994.

29. Nia Vardalos

Actress | My Big Fat Greek Wedding

Nia Vardalos was born on September 24, 1962 in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada as Antonia Eugenia Vardalos. She is an actress and writer, known for My Big Fat Greek Wedding (2002), My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 (2016) and My Big Fat Greek Life (2003). She was previously married to Ian Gomez.

30. Lucy Alibar

Writer | Beasts of the Southern Wild

Lucy Alibar is a writer, known for Beasts of the Southern Wild (2012), Troop Zero (2019) and Sundance Directors Lab (2009).

31. Bridget O'Connor

Writer | Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

Bridget was born and raised in Harrow, London. From a large family, she was the second of 5 children. Her parents are Irish, her mother Bridie hails from Limerick and her father Jim is from Cork. As a result, Bridget grew up around Ceilidh bands and dancing. She attended Catholic schools and went ...

32. Bess Meredyth

Writer | A Woman of Affairs

Bess Meredyth was born on February 12, 1890 in Buffalo, New York, USA as Helen Elizabeth MacGlashen. She was a writer and actress, known for A Woman of Affairs (1928), Wonder of Women (1929) and Metropolitan (1935). She was married to Michael Curtiz, Wilfred Lucas and Burton Leslie. She died on ...

33. Nancy Oliver

Writer | Lars and the Real Girl

Nancy Oliver was born on February 8, 1955 in Framingham, Massachusetts, USA. She is a producer and writer, known for Lars and the Real Girl (2007), True Blood (2008) and Six Feet Under (2001).

34. Frances Goodrich

Writer | Seven Brides for Seven Brothers

Frances Goodrich was born on December 21, 1890 in Belleville, New Jersey, USA. She was a writer, known for Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (1954), Easter Parade (1948) and In the Good Old Summertime (1949). She was married to Albert Hackett, Henrik Van Loon and Robert Ames. She died on January 29, ...

35. Iris Yamashita

Writer | Letters from Iwo Jima

Born in Missouri, raised in Hawaii and having lived in Guam, California, and Japan at different stages in her life, Iris Yamashita was able to experience a diversity of culture while growing up. She graduated with a B.S. Cum Laude in Bioengineering from UC San Diego and an M.S. in Mechanical ...

36. Joan Harrison

Writer | Rebecca

In 1933, she was hired to be a secretary by Alfred Hitchcock. She soon graduated to reading books and scripts, writing synopses and contributing to scripts. In 1939, she accompanied Hitchcock to Hollywood, working as his assistant and as a writer. In 1941, she was hired as a scriptwriter by MGM. In...

37. Meg Kasdan

Writer | Grand Canyon

Meg Kasdan was born as Meg Goldman. She is an actress and writer, known for Grand Canyon (1991), Body Heat (1981) and Silverado (1985). She has been married to Lawrence Kasdan since November 28, 1971. They have two children.

38. Barbara Benedek

Writer | The Big Chill

Barbara Benedek is known for her work on The Big Chill (1983), Sabrina (1995) and Immediate Family (1989). She is married to Peter Benedek.

39. Melissa Mathison

Writer | E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial

Melissa Mathison was born on June 3, 1950 in Los Angeles, California, USA as Melissa Marie Mathison. She was a writer and producer, known for E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982), The BFG (2016) and Twilight Zone: The Movie (1983). She was married to Harrison Ford. She died on November 4, 2015 in Los ...

40. Anne Spielberg

Producer | Big

Anne Spielberg was born on December 25, 1949 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA. She is known for her work on Big (1988), Amazing Stories (1985) and The Killings at Outpost Zeta (1980).

41. Naomi Foner

Producer | Running on Empty

Naomi Foner was born on March 15, 1946 in New York City, New York, USA as Naomi Achs. She is a producer and writer, known for Running on Empty (1988), Very Good Girls (2013) and Moon Flower of Flying Tigers. She was previously married to Stephen Gyllenhaal and Eric Foner.

42. Anna Thomas

Writer | The Haunting of M.

Anna Thomas was born on July 12, 1948 in Stuttgart, Germany. She is a writer and producer, known for The Haunting of M. (1979), Frida (2002) and El Norte (1983).

43. Tess Slesinger

Writer | A Tree Grows in Brooklyn

Mother of Peter Davis, who is the writer, filmmaker and director of the Academy Award-winning documentary Hearts and Minds (1974), and Jane Davis, a wellness and mind-body specialist.

44. Nancy Meyers

Writer | It's Complicated

Nancy Meyers was born on December 8, 1949 in Pennsylvania, USA as Nancy Jane Meyers. She is a writer and producer, known for It's Complicated (2009), Something's Gotta Give (2003) and The Holiday (2006). She was previously married to Charles Shyer.

45. Valerie Curtin

Writer | ...and justice for all.

Valerie Curtin was born on March 31, 1945 in New York City, New York, USA. She is an actress and writer, known for ...and justice for all. (1979), All the President's Men (1976) and Toys (1992). She was previously married to Barry Levinson.

46. Anna Pavignano

Writer | Il postino

Anna Pavignano is a writer, known for The Postman (Il Postino) (1994), Le vie del Signore sono finite (1987) and Casomai (2002).

47. Lenore J. Coffee

Writer | Four Daughters

Novelist and screenwriter, educated at Dominican College in San Rafael, California. An avid movie enthusiast in her youth, she came to films after replying to an advertising campaign launched by actress Clara Kimball Young, who was on the lookout for better scripts. Coffee won the competition and ...

49. Agnieszka Holland

Director | Pokot

Agnieszka Holland was born 28 of November 1948 in Warsaw but went to Czechoslovakia to study film directing at FAMU in Prague. She began her film career working in Poland with Krzysztof Zanussi as assistant director, and Andrzej Wajda as her mentor. She wrote several scripts with Wajda before ...

50. Debra Granik

Director | Leave No Trace

Debra Granik (born February 6, 1963) is an American New York City-based independent film and documentary film director and screenwriter. She is most known for 2004's Down to the Bone, which starred Vera Farmiga, 2010's Winter's Bone, which starred Jennifer Lawrence in her breakout performance and ...

51. Dorothy Parker

Writer | A Star Is Born

Dorothy Rothschild was born on August 22, 1893 into a family of comfortable financial means. Raised by her father and Stepmother after her mother's death, she was given an excellent education for the times. Highly intelligent, she pursued a career after her formal education and proved herself to be...

53. Anna Hamilton Phelan

Writer | Mask

Anna Hamilton Phelan is a writer and producer, known for Mask (1985), Girl, Interrupted (1999) and Gorillas in the Mist (1988).

54. Terri Tatchell

Writer | District 9

Terri Tatchell is a writer, known for District 9 (2009), Chappie (2015) and Yellow (2006).

55. Beth Henley

Writer | Crimes of the Heart

Beth Henley was born on May 8, 1952 in Jackson, Mississippi, USA as Elizabeth Becker Henley. She is a writer and actress, known for Crimes of the Heart (1986), True Stories (1986) and Miss Firecracker (1989).

56. Naomi Sheridan

Writer | In America

Naomi Sheridan is a writer and director, known for In America (2002), My Left Foot (1989) and Prodigy (2018).

57. Josephine Lovett

Writer | Our Dancing Daughters

Josephine Lovett was born on October 21, 1877 in San Francisco, California, USA as Josephine Shaw. She was a writer and actress, known for Our Dancing Daughters (1928), Annie Laurie (1927) and The Fighting Blade (1923). She was married to John S. Robertson. She died on September 17, 1958 in Rancho ...

58. Becky Johnston

Writer | The Prince of Tides

Becky Johnston is known for her work on The Prince of Tides (1991), Seven Years in Tibet (1997) and Under the Cherry Moon (1986).

59. Elizabeth Hill

Writer | The Citadel

Elizabeth "Betty" Hill acquired her small place in film history when she married twice-divorced director King W Vidor in 1932 and became his script assistant for the next several years, gaining co-writer credits on a few of his major films like the socially-conscious "Our Daily Bread" and "The ...

60. Elaine May

Actress | Small Time Crooks

Elaine May was born on April 21, 1932 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA as Elaine Iva Berlin. She is an actress and writer, known for Small Time Crooks (2000), A New Leaf (1971) and Primary Colors (1998). She was previously married to David L. Rubinfine, Sheldon Harnick and Marvin May.

62. Gladys Hill

Writer | The Man Who Would Be King

Gladys Hill was born in 1916. She is known for her work on The Man Who Would Be King (1975), Victory (1981) and Annie (1982). She died on April 8, 1981 in New York City, New York, USA.

63. Janice Loeb

Cinematographer | The Quiet One

64. Gladys Lehman

Writer | Meet Joe Black

Gladys Lehman was born on January 24, 1892 in Gates, Oregon, USA as Gladys Collins. She was a writer, known for Meet Joe Black (1998), Luxury Liner (1948) and Two Girls and a Sailor (1944). She was married to Benjamin H. Lehman Jr. She died on April 7, 1993 in Newport Beach, California, USA.

65. Helen Levitt

Writer | All in the Family

Children: son Tom; daughter Ann.

66. Lillian Hellman

Writer | The Little Foxes

During the 1930s, it was fashionable to be a part of the radical political movement in Hollywood. Lillian Hellman devoted herself to the cause along with other writers and actors in their zeal to reform. Her independence set her apart from all but a few women of the day, and gave her writing an ...

67. Ruth Gordon

Actress | Rosemary's Baby

When Ruth Gordon convinced her father, a sea captain, to let her pursue acting she came to New York and studied at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts. She acted in a few silents made at Fort Lee, New Jersey, in 1915. She made her Broadway debut in "Peter Pan" as Nibs the same year. The next 20 ...

68. Betty Comden

Soundtrack | On the Town

Songwriter ("New York, New York", "Lonely Town", "The Party's Over", "Just in Time"), author and actress. educated at New York University with a Bachelor of Science degree. While a student, she acted with the Washington Square Players. She was a member of the Revuers, a night club act which also ...

69. Suzanne De Passe

Producer | Lonesome Dove

Suzanne De Passe was born on July 19, 1946 in the USA as Suzanne Celeste DePasse. She is a producer and writer, known for Lonesome Dove (1989), Lady Sings the Blues (1972) and Motown 25: Yesterday, Today, Forever (1983).

70. Gloria Katz

Writer | Howard the Duck

Gloria Katz was born on October 25, 1942 in Los Angeles, California, USA as Gloria Pearl Katz. She was a writer and producer, known for Howard the Duck (1986), American Graffiti (1973) and Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (1984). She was married to Willard Huyck. She died on November 25, 2018 ...

71. Virginia Kellogg

Writer | White Heat

Virginia Kellogg was born on December 3, 1907 in Los Angeles, California, USA. She was a writer, known for White Heat (1949), Caged (1950) and T-Men (1947). She was married to Albert Mortenseen, Frank Lloyd, Thomas Milton Fine and Walter Cochrane. She died on April 8, 1981 in Los Angeles.

72. Suzanne Schiffman

Writer | Le dernier métro

Suzanne Schiffman was born on September 27, 1929 in Paris, France as Suzanne Klochendler. She is known for her work on The Last Metro (1980), Day for Night (1973) and The Story of Adele H (1975). She died on June 6, 2001 in Paris.

73. Harriet Frank Jr.

Writer | Hud

Harriet Frank Jr. was born on March 2, 1917 in Portland, Oregon, USA. She is a writer and producer, known for Hud (1963), The Cowboys (1972) and Conrack (1974). She was previously married to Irving Ravetch.

74. Sonya Levien

Writer | Interrupted Melody

Sonya, a graduate with a law degree from New York University, briefly practiced law before becoming a magazine editor and fiction writer. After several of her stories were adapted to the screen, she became a screenwriter. Levien wrote several screenplays for Will Rogers films and for Fox studios ...

75. Bridget Boland

Writer | Anne of the Thousand Days

Bridget Boland was born on March 13, 1913 in St George's Hanover Square, London, England as Bridget Mary Boland. She was a writer, known for Anne of the Thousand Days (1969), The Prisoner (1955) and Laugh It Off (1940). She died on January 19, 1988 in Surrey, England.

76. Fay Kanin

Writer | Teacher's Pet

This screenwriter and playwright began working in Hollywood in the early 1940s, usually in collaboration with her husband, Michael Kanin, and blossomed after his retirement as a writer and producer of some of the small screen's most distinguished TV-movies. Statuesque, articulate, with the air of a ...

77. Ariane Mnouchkine

Director | Molière

Ariane Mnouchkine was born on March 3, 1939 in Boulogne-Billancourt, Hauts-de-Seine, France as Ariane Svetlana Mnouchkine. She is a director and writer, known for Molière (1978), That Man from Rio (1964) and 1789 (1974).

78. Penelope Gilliatt

Writer | Sunday Bloody Sunday

Penelope Gilliatt was born on March 25, 1932 in London, England as Penelope Ann Douglass Conner. She was a writer, known for Sunday Bloody Sunday (1971), Contrasts (1967) and Centre Play (1973). She was married to John Osborne and Dr. Roger William Gilliatt. She died on May 9, 1993 in London.

79. Irma von Cube

Writer | Johnny Belinda

Irma von Cube was born on December 26, 1899 in Hannover, Germany as Irmgard Kalischer. She was a writer and director, known for Johnny Belinda (1948), Street of Shadows (1937) and Nie wieder Liebe! (1931). She was married to Erwin Kalser. She died on July 25, 1977 in Hollywood, California, USA.

80. Eleanor Perry

ABC Stage 67

Eleanor Perry was born in 1914 in Cleveland, Ohio, USA as Eleanor Irene Rosenfeld. She was a writer and producer, known for ABC Stage 67 (1966), David and Lisa (1962) and The House Without a Christmas Tree (1972). She was married to Frank Perry and Leo G. Bayer. She died on March 14, 1981 in New ...

81. Sally Benson

Writer | Shadow of a Doubt

Sally Benson was born in St. Louis on September 3 1897. Her family moved to New York, where she spent her formative years and was educated at the Horace Mann School. At the age of seventeen, she took her first job working at the National City Bank, 'singing into a dictaphone', as she later put it. ...

82. Marguerite Duras

Writer | Le camion

Ms. Duras was born in southern Vietnam and lost her father at age 4. The family savings of 20 years bought the family a small plot in Cambodia, but everything was lost in a single season's flooding. The disaster killed her mother as a result. After high school in Saigon, Ms. Duras left Indochina to...

83. Helen Deutsch

Writer | Lili

Screenwriter, songwriter ("Hi-Lili, Hi-Lo"), composer, screenwriter and author, educated at Barnard College with a Bachelor of Arts degree. She headed the Theatre Guild press department in 1937-1938. Joining ASCAP in 1953, her chief musical collaborators included Jay Livingston, Bronislaw Kaper, ...

84. Kirsten Sheridan

Writer | In America

Kirsten Sheridan was born on July 14, 1976 in Dublin, Ireland. She is a writer and director, known for In America (2002), Patterns (1999) and Disco Pigs (2001).

85. Renée Taylor

Actress | The Nanny

Renée Taylor was born in the Bronx, New York to Frieda (née Silverstein) and Charles Wexler. She worked as a comedian in the early 1960s at the New York City nightclub Bon Soir. Her opening act was a then unknown Barbra Streisand. She earned notice for her portrayal of Eva Braun in Mel Brooks's The...

86. Isobel Lennart

Writer | Funny Girl

Isobel Lennart was born on May 18, 1915 in Brooklyn, New York City, New York, USA. She was a writer, known for Funny Girl (1968), Love Me or Leave Me (1955) and Meet Me in Las Vegas (1956). She was married to John Briard Harding. She died on January 25, 1971 in Hemet, California, USA.

87. Melisa Wallack

Writer | Dallas Buyers Club

Melisa Wallack is a writer and producer, known for Dallas Buyers Club (2013), Mirror Mirror (2012) and Meet Bill (2007).

88. Carol Sobieski

Writer | Fried Green Tomatoes

Carol Sobieski was born on March 16, 1939 in Chicago, Illinois, USA as Caroline O'Brien. She was a writer and producer, known for Fried Green Tomatoes (1991), Annie (1982) and The Bourne Identity (1988). She died on November 4, 1990 in Santa Monica, California, USA.

89. Emma Donoghue

Writer | Room

Emma Donoghue is a writer and producer, known for Room (2015), Immaculate Conceptions: Inside a Lesbian Baby Boom (2007) and The Wonder.

90. Andrea Berloff

Writer | Straight Outta Compton

Andrea Berloff is a writer and actress, known for Straight Outta Compton (2015), World Trade Center (2006) and Blood Father (2016).

91. Phyllis Nagy

Writer | Carol

Phyllis Nagy is a writer and director, known for Carol (2015), Mrs. Harris (2005) and So Much Love.

92. Meg LeFauve

Writer | Inside Out

Meg LeFauve is a writer and producer, known for Inside Out (2015), Captain Marvel (2019) and The Good Dinosaur (2015).

93. Allison Schroeder

Writer | Hidden Figures

Allison Schroeder is known for her work on Hidden Figures (2016), Christopher Robin (2018) and Pineapple Express (2008). She has been married to Aaron Brownstein since January 17, 2016.

94. Fannie Flagg

Writer | Fried Green Tomatoes

Fannie Flagg was born on September 21, 1944 in Birmingham, Alabama, USA as Patricia Neal. She is an actress and writer, known for Fried Green Tomatoes (1991), Grease (1978) and Five Easy Pieces (1970).

95. Vanessa Taylor

Writer | The Shape of Water

Vanessa Taylor is a producer and writer, known for The Shape of Water (2017), Game of Thrones (2011) and Alias (2001).

96. Dee Rees

Director | Mudbound

Writer/Director Dee Rees is an alumna of New York University's graduate film program and a Sundance Screenwriting & Directing Lab Fellow.

In 2018, Dee became the first Black woman nominated for an Oscar in the Best Adapted Screenplay category for her highly-acclaimed film Mudbound (2017). The film, ...

97. Emily V. Gordon

Writer | The Big Sick

Emily V Gordon started out as a masters-level couples and family therapist, practicing for about six years before changing careers. She moved on to booking stand up comedy for live audiences and TV, which led to a career as a writer and producer. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband, Kumail ...

98. Greta Gerwig

Writer | Lady Bird

Greta Gerwig is an American actress, playwright, screenwriter, and director. She has collaborated with Noah Baumbach on several films, including Greenberg (2010), Frances Ha (2012), for which she earned a Golden Globe nomination, and Mistress America (2015). Gerwig made her solo directorial debut ...

100. Nicole Holofcener

Director | Enough Said

Nicole Holofcener was born on March 22, 1960 in New York City, New York, USA. She is a director and writer, known for Enough Said (2013), Can You Ever Forgive Me? (2018) and Please Give (2010). She was previously married to Benjamin Allanoff.



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