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Lena Dunham (born May 13, 1986 in New York City, New York) is an American actress, writer, and director.

A protege of Judd Apatow, Dunham is perhaps best for creating, writing, directing, and starring in the HBO series Girls, for which she received a total of seven Emmy Award nominations in four categories note  and became the first female recipient of the Directors Guild of America Award for Outstanding Directing in a Comedy Series. Girls (as well as her earlier film Tiny Furniture) are considered two prominent works in the "mumblecore" genre, for better or worse.

In 2014, she published her first book of memoirs, Not That Kind of Girl: A Young Woman Tells You What She's "Learned", which peaked at #2 on The New York Times Best Seller list. She also hosted an episode of Saturday Night Live, and has guested on the shows Scandal and Adventure Time.

Her parents are artists Carroll Dunham and Laurie Simmons, the latter of whom appeared as her fictional mother in Tiny Furniture.

Selected filmography:


  • Not That Kind of Girl: A Young Woman Tells You What She's "Learned" (2014)

Lena Dunham provides examples of the following tropes:

  • Growing Up Sucks: The quarter-life crisis and the modern concept of "adulting" is a typical theme of her work.
  • Manchild: Usually plays and/or writes young adults who are uncomfortably immature for their age and mooch off their parents (and knowing what we know about her, it's clearly meant to be Self-Deprecation). Both Girls and Tiny Furniture are in part critiques of millennial attitudes about responsibility and maturity.
  • Production Posse: Dunham has worked frequently with mentor Judd Apatow, and appeared in his 2012 film This Is 40. She also cast friends Allison Williams, Zosia Mamet, and Jemima Kirke on Girls to play her best friends; Kirke in particular appeared in her early film Tiny Furniture. She's even featured her mother Laurie Simmons and sister Grace in multiple projects.