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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 honorary degrees. Angelou is best known for her series of seven autobiographies, which focus on her childhood and early adult experiences. The first, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, tells of her life up to the age of 17 and brought her international recognition and acclaim. She became a poet and writer after a series of occupations as a young adult, including fry cook, prostitute, nightclub ...more on Wikipedia

Age: Died at 86 (1928-2014)

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

Also Ranked

#95 on The Greatest American Writers of All Time

#24 on The Best Female Authors of All Time

#44 on The Best American Poets

#61 on The Best Poets of the 20th Century

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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. She had a play produced on Broadway in 1935–1936. After two early novels that were initially unsuccessful in America, she achieved fame with her 1943 novel, The Fountainhead. In 1957, she published her best-known work, the novel Atlas Shrugged. Afterward, she turned to non-fiction to promote her philosophy, publishing her own magazines and releasing several collections of essays until her ...more on Wikipedia

Age: Died at 77 (1905-1982)

Birthplace: Saint Petersburg, Russia

Also Ranked

#1 on The Most Unbearably Pretentious Authors In Literary History

#23 on The Best Jewish Authors

#50 on The Greatest Female Novelists Ever

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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 on Wikipedia

Age: 51

Birthplace: Boston, Massachusetts, United States of America

Also Ranked

#30 on The Best Actresses Who've Never Won an Emmy (for Acting)

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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 around the investigations of such characters as Hercule Poirot, Jane Marple, Parker Pyne, Harley Quin/Mr Satterthwaite, and Tommy and Tuppence Beresford. She wrote the world's longest-running play, The Mousetrap. Born into a wealthy upper-middle-class family in Torquay, Devon, Christie served in a hospital during the First World War, before marrying and starting a family in London. She was ...more on Wikipedia

Age: Died at 86 (1890-1976)

Birthplace: Torquay, United Kingdom

Also Ranked

#31 on The Best Writers of All Time

#7 on The Best Female Authors of All Time

#21 on The Best Novelists of All Time

#96 on The Most Inspiring (Non-Hollywood) Female Role Models

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