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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 of women playwrights includes Sharon Pollock, Joan Larkin and more. Featuring American playwrights and more, this list has it all. 

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?"
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

Age: Died at 86 (1928-2014)

Birthplace: St. Louis, Missouri, United States of America

Profession: Poet, Journalist, Television producer, Film Producer, Actor, + more

Credits: Good Hair, As Seen Through These Eyes, The Richard Pryor Special?, Song for Cesar

Also Ranked

#89 on The Greatest American Writers of All Time

#20 on The Best Female Authors of All Time

#10 on The Best Female Celebrity Role Models

#2 on The Best Female Poets of All Time

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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 ...more

Age: Died at 77 (1905-1982)

Birthplace: Saint Petersburg, Russia

Profession: Novelist, Screenwriter, Philosopher, Playwright

Credits: The Fountainhead, Atlas Shrugged: Part I, Atlas Shrugged II: The Strike, Love Letters

Also Ranked

#48 on The Greatest Female Novelists Ever

#13 on The Best Jewish Authors

#1 on The Most Unbearably Pretentious Authors In Literary History

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Lisa Edelstein is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Female Playwrights
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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

Age: 50

Birthplace: Boston, Massachusetts, United States of America

Profession: Actor, Voice acting, Playwright

Credits: ouse M.D., What Women Want, As Good as It Gets, Daddy Day Care

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Agatha Christie is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Female Playwrights
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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

Age: Died at 86 (1890-1976)

Birthplace: Torquay, United Kingdom

Profession: Poet, Novelist, Screenwriter, Writer, Playwright

Credits: Witness for the Prosecution, Agatha Christie: Poirot, And Then There Were None, Agatha Christie's Marple

Also Ranked

#5 on The Best Female Authors of All Time

#40 on The Best Short Story Writers of All Time

#23 on The Best Novelists of All Time

#1 on The Best Mystery Authors

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