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Overview (3)

Date of Birth 4 August 1983Sacramento, California, USA
Birth NameGreta Celeste Gerwig
Height 5' 9" (1.75 m)

Mini Bio (2)

Greta Celeste Gerwig is an American actress and filmmaker. She was born in Sacramento, California, to Christine Gerwig (nee Sauer), a nurse, and Gordon Gerwig, a financial consultant and computer programmer. She has German, Irish, and English ancestry. Gerwig was raised as a Unitarian Universalist, but also attended an all-girls Catholic school. She has described herself as "an intense child". With an early interest in dance, she intended to get a degree in musical theatre in New York. She graduated from Barnard College, where she studied English and philosophy, instead. Originally intending to become a playwright, Gerwig was cast in a minor role in Joe Swanberg's LOL (2006) in 2006, while still studying at Barnard. Mainstream success remained elusive. Yet in 2011, Gerwig received an award for Acting from the Athena Film Festival for her artistry as one of Hollywood's definitive screen actresses of her generation.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Lily S.

Born in 1986 in Sacramento, California, Greta Gerwig studied philosophy at Barnard College in New York. At the same time, with a career on the boards in view, she set up the 'Tea Part Ensemble' improv group. After graduating from Barnard and meeting young film director Joe Swanberg she became the star of of a series of intellectual low budget movies made by first-time filmmakers, a trend dubbed "mumblecore". She personally co-directed, co-wrote and co-produced one of these entitled Nights and Weekends (2008). She then worked with good quality directors such as Ti West (The House of the Devil (2009)), Whit Stillman (Damsels in Distress (2011)), or Woody Allen (To Rome with Love (2012)) but success and (international) recognition did not come until Frances Ha (2012), directed by Noah Baumbach, a film she also co-wrote. Both tall and immature, awkward and graceful, blundering and candid, annoying and engaging, Greta Gerwig has won all hearts in the title role of Frances Ha(liday).

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Guy Bellinger

Trivia (14)

Grew up in Sacramento, California.
Went to Barnard College, where she majored in philosophy, wrote plays and was co-founder of an improv group called "The Tea Party Ensemble".
Living in New York City.
Actress, director and playwright.
Is a fan of the Alan Partridge character played by Steve Coogan.
Studied philosophy at Barnard College.
Detailed the 42 takes she did in one 28-second scene of Frances Ha (2012) in NYTimes Magazine article in May 2013 titled 'I Know I'm Doing the Scene Badly, But I Can't Figure Out How to Do It Well'.
She has German, Irish, and English ancestry.
One major Hollywood stylist has described Gerwig as a "modern Catherine Deneuve" because of her fashionable look and sensibility.
Member of the jury for the Main Competition at The 64th Berlin Film Festival, alongside Michel Gondry, Christoph Waltz, Trine Dyrholm, Tony Chiu Wai Leung and others.
Her real-life parents, Gordon Gerwig and Christine Gerwig, portrayed the parents to her character in Frances Ha (2012). Her father declared that he was reluctant to do it, even though he doesn't have any lines, as he believed the role should be given to a professional actor.
In February 2014, it was announced that she would star, produce and occasionally write in the planned spin-off to How I Met Your Mother (2005). This created an outburst in the "blogosphere", as several fans and writers claimed that Gerwig was failing her indie roots. One writer compared the rage among fans to be "like when Nirvana signed to Geffen Records".
Has been in a relationship with Noah Baumbach since 2011.
Member of the 'Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' (AMPAS) since 2016.

Personal Quotes (4)

When I was a kid, I used to do my homework in the living room, where there was a picture window. I was hoping that someone would walk by and see me looking very studious in my living room.
Some of the independent movies that make money have a very specific thing that you can tell audiences they'll feel about it. 'This will make you feel so happy'. 'This will make you feel something about your family'. And anything that's not that, if it's 'This will make you feel perhaps uncomfortable about choices you've made in your life. [Frances Ha (2012)] will touch your deep feelings of failure and unworthiness. [My father said about it:] 'You know they play that Steve Miller song in the beginning? You think, This is really gonna make you feel great'. He was 'Yes!' and then 'What?'
[on her screenplay for Frances Ha (2012)] So much of writing is like baking a cake. I can't tell you where the sugar is.
Sitting and waiting is such an awful way to live, but it's a big part of being an actor. Creating projects is really what's happening these days. The chance to participate in your own career is a lot more exciting than just hoping that it all works out.

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