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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 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?"
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  • Maya Angelou is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Female Playwrights
    Photo: Burns Library, Boston College / flickr / CC-BY-NC-ND 2.0
    Maya Angelou ( (listen); born Marguerite Annie Johnson; April 4, 1928 – May 28, 2014) was an American poet, singer, memoirist, and civil rights activist. She published seven autobiographies, three books of essays, several books of poetry, and is 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 (1969), 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... more on Wikipedia
    • Age: Dec. at 86 (1928-2014)
    • Birthplace: St. Louis, Missouri, United States of America
  • Ayn Rand (; born Alisa Zinovyevna Rosenbaum; February 2 [O.S. January 20] 1905 – March 6, 1982) was a Russian-American writer and philosopher. She is known for her two best-selling novels, The Fountainhead and Atlas Shrugged, and for developing a philosophical system she named Objectivism. Educated in Russia, she moved to the United States in 1926. She had a play produced on Broadway in 1935 and 1936. After two early novels that were initially unsuccessful, she achieved fame with her 1943 novel, The Fountainhead. In 1957, Rand published her best-known work, the novel Atlas Shrugged. Afterward, she turned to non-fiction to promote her philosophy, publishing her own periodicals and releasing... more on Wikipedia
    • Age: Dec. at 77 (1905-1982)
    • Birthplace: Saint Petersburg, Russia

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    • Age: 54
    • Birthplace: Boston, Massachusetts, United States of America

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  • Dame Agatha Mary Clarissa Christie, Lady Mallowan, (née Miller; 15 September 1890 – 12 January 1976) was an English writer. She is known for her 66 detective novels and 14 short story collections, particularly those revolving around her fictional detectives Hercule Poirot and Miss Marple. Christie also wrote the world's longest-running play, a murder mystery, The Mousetrap, and, under the pen name Mary Westmacott, six romances. In 1971 she was appointed a Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire (DBE) for her contribution to literature.Christie was born into a wealthy upper-middle-class family in Torquay, Devon. Before marrying and starting a family in London, she had served in a... more on Wikipedia
    • Age: Dec. at 86 (1890-1976)
    • Birthplace: Torquay, United Kingdom
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