She was the first woman to win the Directors Guild of America Award for ‘Outstanding Directing – Comedy Series’. Lena Dunham worked her way to prominence through her impeccable works of acting, writing, and producing, and directing; carving a niche for herself in the industry. She is most notable for her award-winning series Girls, which aired from 2012 to 2017. The series which she wrote, produced, and starred in as well, took her to the high pedestal of notable producers in the industry. This feat of hers may have been part of the motivating factor behind her enlistment as Time’s 100 Most Influential People in the world, in 2013. Apart from her on-screen endeavors, there is so much to know about Lena Dunham. Here are lesser known facts about the talented figure.
Lena Dunham’s Bio
She was born on May 13, 1986, to her parents Carroll Dunham and Laurie Simmons in New York City. She attended Saint Ann’s school, Brooklyn, New York, started writing at a very young age and won a Scholastic Art and Writing Award when she was in her teens. After her high school, she enrolled at Oberlin College and took a course in creative writing. Dunham started from college to actualize her dreams, creating various independent short films which she would upload on YouTube.
She created the web series Delusional Downtown Divas in 2009. That same year, she released a comedy Creative Nonfiction which she also starred in. 2010 was the year of Dunham’s breakthrough; she released the feature film Tiny Furniture, which earned her several accolades and shot her to prominence.
In 2011 Dunham’s Girls was already in the works and was premiered in April 2012. The HBO series received wide critical acclaim upon its release and further pushed Dunham to prominence. With many awards and recognition including four Emmy nominations for the first season; Lena earned a slot on the table of talented producers, becoming the first woman to win a Directors Guild of America Award for Outstanding Directing – Comedy Series.
Her Net Worth
The versatile Lena Dunham has garnered a lot of wealth with her unparalleled writing, producing, and directing skills. Lena sits on an enviable net worth of $12 million, a figure which is likely to become a trifling amount in the coming years.
Dunham signed a whopping $3.5 million deal with Random House in 2012 to publish her first book which became a New York Times Best Seller. She co-launched a production company with Jennifer Konner and Ericka Naegle in 2015. The company named ‘A Casual Romance Productions’ has created two productions – It’s Me Hilary: The Man Who Drew Eloise, and Suite. She also makes money from her TV appearances.
Family – Parents, Sister
Dunham was born into a religious family, having a Protestant for a father and a Jewish mother. She may have gotten her talent from her mother who is an artist and a photographer. Her father is also a painter. Dunham’s parents started early to inculcate in her the values of morality and decency. The actress and producer often sees herself as culturally Jewish and upholds Jewish values.
Lena is an older sister to Grace Dunham who is a writer and an activist. The older Dunham daughter featured her sister in one of her movie, Tiny Furniture which was released in 2010. Lena played the lead role of ‘Aura’ in the semi-autobiography which starred her real mother, Laurie Simmons as her mother and her real sister Grace as her on-screen sister.
Grace does a lot of public motivational speaking and writing and works closely with transgender activist Reina Gosset.
Personal Life – Boyfriend, Molestation Scandal
Lena Dunham has had her fair share of life’s misfortunes and she is not one to keep shut about her pitfalls or her flaws. Before we talk about this, it is important to note that Lena used to be in a relationship with Jack Antonoff, the lead guitarist of ‘Fun’ band. They broke up in December 2017 on mutual and amicable grounds.
Lena Dunham suffered sexual assault during her days at Oberlin College. This and more she revealed in her memoir; Not That Kind of Girl: A Young Woman Tells You What She’s “Learned” published in 2014. She revealed that her classmate in school sexually assaulted her.
The actresss and writer also earned criticism from the general public following revelations in the same memoir that she playfully molested her younger sister sexually, as a kid. In the passages, Dunham described the incident when she was seven and her younger sister who was one at the time, was playing. Lena after some female anatomy chit-chats with her mother had gotten curious and proceeded to open her sister’s vagina only to see that the toddler has stuffed six or seven pebbles in there.
The release of the memoir caused an uproar which ended with apologies to fans and the general public from the writer.