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Famous Female Playwrights

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List of famous female playwrights, listed by their level of prominence with photos when available. This greatest female playwrights list contains the most prominent and top females known for being playwrights. There are thousand of females working as playwrights in the world, but this list highlights only the most notable ones. Historic playwrights have worked hard to become the best that they can be, so if you're a female aspiring to be a playwright then the people below should give you inspiration.

List includes Sharon Pollock, Joan Larkin and more.

While this isn't a list of all female playwrights, it does answer the questions "Who are the most famous female playwrights?" and "Who are the best female playwrights?"

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    Maya Angelou is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Female Playwrights
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    Maya Angelou was an American author, poet, dancer, actress, and singer. She published seven autobiographies, three books of essays, and several books of poetry, and was credited with a list of plays, movies, and television shows spanning over 50 years. She received dozens of awards and more than 50 ...more

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    • Age: Died at 86 (1928-2014)
    • Birthplace: USA, St. Louis, Missouri
    • Profession: Poet, Journalist, Television producer, Film Producer, Actor, + more
    • Credits: Roots, Tyler Perry's Madea's Family Reunion, Poetic Justice, The Runaway, How to Make an American Quilt, + more
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    Ayn Rand is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Female Playwrights
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    Ayn Rand was a Russian-American novelist, philosopher, playwright, and screenwriter. She is known for her two best-selling novels, The Fountainhead and Atlas Shrugged, and for developing a philosophical system she called Objectivism. Born and educated in Russia, Rand moved to the United States in 1926.more

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    • Age: Died at 77 (1905-1982)
    • Birthplace: Saint Petersburg, Russia
    • Profession: Novelist, Screenwriter, Philosopher, Playwright
    • Credits: Atlas Shrugged: Part I, Atlas Shrugged: Part II, The Fountainhead, Love Letters, Gawaahi, + more
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    Lisa Edelstein is an American actress and playwright known for playing Dr. Lisa Cuddy on the medical drama series House M.D..more

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    • Age: 49
    • Birthplace: Boston, USA, Massachusetts
    • Profession: Actor, Voice acting, Playwright
    • Credits: House, As Good as It Gets, The Doors, Superman: The Animated Series, The Legend of Korra, + more
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    Dame Agatha Mary Clarissa Christie, DBE was an English crime novelist, short story writer, and playwright. She also wrote six romances under the name Mary Westmacott, but she is best known for the 66 detective novels and 14 short story collections she wrote under her own name, most of which revolve ...more

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    • Age: Died at 86 (1890-1976)
    • Birthplace: Devon, Torbay, Eurasia, South West England, United Kingdom, + more
    • Profession: Poet, Novelist, Screenwriter, Writer, Playwright
    • Credits: Murder on the Orient Express, Witness for the Prosecution, And Then There Were None, Death on the Nile, Ten Little Indians, + more
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    Mae West is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Female Playwrights
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    Mary Jane "Mae" West was an American actress, singer, playwright, screenwriter, and sex symbol whose entertainment career spanned seven decades. Known for her bawdy double entendres, West made a name for herself in vaudeville and on the stage in New York before moving to Hollywood to become a ...more

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    • Age: Died at 87 (1893-1980)
    • Birthplace: Bushwick, New York City, New York, United States of America
    • Profession: Pin-up girl, Comedian, Screenwriter, Actor, Singer, + more
    • Credits: She Done Him Wrong, Myra Breckinridge, My Little Chickadee, Sextette, Belle of the Nineties, + more
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    Joyce Carol Oates is an American author. Oates published her first book in 1963 and has since published over forty novels, as well as a number of plays and novellas, and many volumes of short stories, poetry, and nonfiction. She has won many awards for her writing, including the National Book Award, for ...more

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    • Age: age 77
    • Birthplace: Buffalo–Niagara Falls metropolitan area, Contiguous United States, New York, Niagara County, United States of America, + more
    • Profession: Editor, Poet, Literary critic, Professor, Novelist, + more
    • Credits: Foxfire, Smooth Talk, We Were the Mulvaneys, Foxfire: Confessions of a Girl Gang, Getting to Know You, + more
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    Sarah Kane is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Female Playwrights
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    Sarah Kane was an English playwright. Her plays deal with themes of redemptive love, sexual desire, pain, torture — both physical and psychological — and death. They are characterised by a poetic intensity, pared-down language, exploration of theatrical form and, in her earlier work, the use of extreme ...more

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    • Age: Died at 28 (1971-1999)
    • Birthplace: Brentwood, United Kingdom
    • Profession: Writer, Playwright
    • Credits: Skin
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    Meital Dohan is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Female Playwrights
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    Meital Dohan is an Israeli award-winning actress in theater, film, and television; including two Israeli Oscar nominations and an Israeli Tony Award. In Israel she was part of major productions such as, Dancing with the Stars, Ugly Betty, Romeo and Juliet, and many more. US audiences were first ...more

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    • Age: age 36
    • Birthplace: Ra'anana, Israel
    • Profession: Activist, Comedian, Musician, Author, Radio personality, + more
    • Credits: Woke Up Dead, Monogamy, God's Sandbox, Failing Better Now
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