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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
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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: St. Louis, Missouri, United States of America
    • 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
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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: age 49
    • Birthplace: Boston, Massachusetts, United States of America
    • 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: Torquay, United Kingdom
    • 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
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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
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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: Lockport, New York, United States of America
    • 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 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
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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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    Katherine Lucy Bridget Burke is an English actress, comedian, playwright and theatre director. She won Best Actress at the 1997 Cannes Film Festival for her performance in the Gary Oldman film Nil by Mouth. Burke's film debut was in Mai Zetterling's Scrubbers in 1983. In the 1990s, she became known for ...more

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    • Age: age 51
    • Birthplace: Camden Town, England, London
    • Profession: Theatre Director, Comedian, Actor, Playwright
    • Credits: Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, Flushed Away, Elizabeth, Sid and Nancy, French and Saunders, + more
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    Meera Syal
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    Meera Syal CBE is a British comedian, writer, playwright, singer, journalist, producer and actress. She rose to prominence as one of the team that created Goodness Gracious Me and became one of the UK's best-known Indian personalities portraying Sanjeev's grandmother, Ummi, in The Kumars at No. 42. She ...more

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    • Age: age 54
    • Birthplace: Wolverhampton, United Kingdom
    • Profession: Journalist, Comedian, Film Producer, Screenwriter, Actor, + more
    • Credits: Beautiful Thing, Jhoom Barabar Jhoom, Jekyll, You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger, Goodness Gracious Me, + more
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    Laura Wade is an English playwright.more

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    • Age: age 38
    • Birthplace: Bedford, United Kingdom
    • Profession: Screenwriter, Writer, Playwright
    • Credits: Posh
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    Patricia Wettig
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    Patricia Wettig is an American actress and playwright. She received three Primetime Emmy Awards and a Golden Globe Award for her role as Nancy Krieger Weston in the ABC television drama Thirtysomething. Other notable works include the portrayal of Vice President Caroline Reynolds in the Fox serial drama ...more

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    • Age: age 64
    • Birthplace: Cincinnati, Ohio, United States of America
    • Profession: Film Producer, Actor, Playwright
    • Credits: Prison Break, City Slickers, Thirtysomething, Guilty by Suspicion, Brothers & Sisters, + more
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    Eve Ensler is an American playwright, performer, feminist, and activist, best known for her play The Vagina Monologues.more

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    • Age: age 62
    • Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States of America
    • Profession: Performer, Activist, Film Producer, Screenwriter, Author, + more
    • Credits: Beautiful Daughters, V-Day: Until the Violence Stops, Vagina Monologues: Eve Ensler, One Billion Rising
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    Charlotte Lennox
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    "Mrs Lenox was the author of "The Female Quixote" and various other works . In he "Shakespeare Illustrated" she gives an account of the source of whence the poet derived the plots of his plays". Samuel Johnson wrote the dedicatory in this book for her, to the Earl of Orrery in 1753.more

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    • Age: Died at 74 (1730-1804)
    • Birthplace: Gibraltar, United Kingdom, with Dependencies and Territories
    • Profession: Poet, Novelist, Author, Actor, Writer, + more
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    Aphra Behn
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    Aphra Behn [Aphara] was a British playwright, poet, translator and fiction writer from the Restoration era. As one of the first English women to earn her living by her writing, she broke cultural barriers and served as a literary role model for later generations of women authors. Rising from obscurity, ...more

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    • Age: Died at 49 (1640-1689)
    • Birthplace: Canterbury, United Kingdom
    • Profession: Poet, Novelist, Writer, Playwright
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    Clare Boothe Luce
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    Clare Boothe Luce was the first American woman appointed to a major ambassadorial post abroad. A versatile author, she is best known for her 1936 hit play The Women, which had an all-female cast. Her writings extended from drama and screen scenarios to fiction, journalism, and war reportage. She was the ...more

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    • Age: Died at 84 (1903-1987)
    • Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States of America
    • Profession: Editor, Politician, Journalist, Diplomat, Writer, + more
    • Credits: The Women, The Opposite Sex, The Women, Margin for Error, Kiss the Boys Goodbye
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    Jane West, who published as Prudentia Homespun and Mrs. West, was an English novelist, poet, playwright, and writer of conduct literature and educational tracts.more

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    • Age: Died at 94 (1758-1852)
    • Birthplace: London, United Kingdom
    • Profession: Poet, Novelist, Writer, Playwright
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    Tovah Feldshuh is an American actress, singer and playwright. She has been a Broadway star for more than four decades, earning four Tony Award nominations. She has also received two Emmy Award nominations for Holocaust and Law & Order, and appeared in such films as A Walk on the Moon, She's Funny That ...more

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    • Age: age 63
    • Birthplace: New York City, USA, New York
    • Profession: Actor, Singer, Playwright
    • Credits: Silver Bullet, Just My Luck, Lady in the Water, Brewster's Millions, Kissing Jessica Stein, + more
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    Elizabeth S. "Lisa" Kron is an American actress and playwright.more

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    • Age: age 54
    • Birthplace: Ann Arbor, Michigan, United States of America
    • Profession: Actor, Playwright
    • Credits: Sex and the City, Deception
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    Marissa Jaret Winokur
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    Marissa Jaret Winokur, sometimes credited as Marissa Winokur, is an American actress known for her performance as Tracy Turnblad in the highly successful Broadway musical adaptation of John Waters' film Hairspray, as well as her work on the Pamela Anderson sitcom Stacked. Some of her other TV Credits ...more

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    • Age: age 42
    • Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States of America
    • Profession: Actor, Voice acting, Singer
    • Credits: American Beauty, Fever Pitch, Never Been Kissed, Shrek the Halls, Dancing with the Stars, + more
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