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Overview (3)

Born in Sacramento, California, USA
Birth NameGreta Celeste Gerwig
Height 5' 9" (1.75 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Greta Gerwig is an American actress, playwright, screenwriter, and director. She has collaborated with Noah Baumbach on several films, including Greenberg (2010), Frances Ha (2012), for which she earned a Golden Globe nomination, and Mistress America (2015). Gerwig made her solo directorial debut with the critically acclaimed comedy-drama film Lady Bird (2017), which she also wrote, and has also had starring roles in the films Damsels in Distress (2011), Jackie (2016), and 20th Century Women (2016).

Greta Celeste Gerwig was born in Sacramento, California, to Christine Gerwig (née 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 in NY, where she studied English and philosophy, instead. Originally intending to become a playwright, after meeting young film director Joe Swanberg, she became the star of a series of intellectual low budget movies made by first-time filmmakers, a trend dubbed "mumblecore".

Gerwig was cast in a minor role in Swanberg's LOL (2006) in 2006, while still studying at Barnard. She then appeared in many of Swanberg's films, and personally co-directed, co-wrote and co-produced one entitled Nights and Weekends (2008). She has 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 has won all hearts in the title role of Frances Ha(liday).

In 2017, she wrote and directed the highly acclaimed, semi-autobiographical teen movie Lady Bird (2017), set in 2002-2003, and starring Saoirse Ronan, Laurie Metcalf, and Timothée Chalamet.

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. and and Pedro Borges

Family (3)

Spouse Noah Baumbach (? - present)  (1 child)
Children Harold
Parents Christine Gerwig
Gordon Gerwig

Trade Mark (1)

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Trivia (31)

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.
Wrote in detail about the 42 takes she did of one 28-second scene in Frances Ha (2012) in a N.Y. Times Magazine article titled 'I Know I'm Doing the Scene Badly, But I Can't Figure Out How to Do It Well' [May 2013].
She has German, Irish, English, and Cornish ancestry. One of her paternal great-grandmothers, Amelia Issac Rogers, was born in Brazil, to parents from Cornwall.
One major Hollywood stylist has described Gerwig as a "modern Catherine Deneuve" because of her fashionable look and sensibility.
Member of the 'Official Competition' jury at the 64th Berlin International Film Festival in 2014.
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. On March 19, 2019, it was announced they had welcomed a son, Harold.
Member of the 'Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' (AMPAS) since 2016.
Never officially attended film school, instead learning everything she could about filmmaking from on-set observations as an actress and writer.
Is very receptive to improvisation from her actors as long as the established dialogue informs the characterization. She prefers not to rewrite her dialogue.
Counts Barry Jenkins' Moonlight (2016) as a major influence.
Close friend of Adam Driver.
Is an avid fan of fellow Sacramento author Joan Didion.
While attending St. Francis Catholic High School (Sacramento), Greta participated in such shows as "Into the Woods," "The Boy Friend," "Pippin" and "The Apple Tree" before graduating in 2002.
Attended New York's Barnard College (Columbia University).
Grew up in a household without television.
Directed 3 actress in Oscar-nominated performances: Saoirse Ronan (twice), Laurie Metcalf, and Florence Pugh.
Favorite sex scene in film was between Donald Sutherland and Julie Christie in Don't Look Now (1973). Favorite romantic scene occurred in David Lean's Brief Encounter (1945) between Trevor Howard and Celia Johnson.
Gerwig, Oscar-nominated for her directorial debut, joins the rank of other such distinguished artists similarly recognized, namely: Orson Welles (Citizen Kane (1941)), Delbert Mann (Marty (1955)), Sidney Lumet (12 Angry Men (1957)), Jack Clayton (Room at the Top (1958)), Mike Nichols (Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1966)), Warren Beatty & Buck Henry (Heaven Can Wait (1978)), Robert Redford (Ordinary People (1980)), Hugh Hudson (Chariots of Fire (1981)), James L. Brooks (Terms of Endearment (1983)), Roland Joffé (The Killing Fields (1984)), Kenneth Branagh (Henry V (1989)), Jim Sheridan (My Left Foot (1989)), Kevin Costner (Dances with Wolves (1990)), John Singleton (Boyz n the Hood (1991)), Spike Jonze (Being John Malkovich (1999)), Sam Mendes (American Beauty (1999)), Rob Marshall (Chicago (2002)), Bennett Miller (Capote (2005)), Tony Gilroy (Michael Clayton (2007)), Benh Zeitlin (Beasts of the Southern Wild (2012)).
Having had aspirations to be a ballet dancer as a young girl, Greta's notion of royalty has always been the ballet greats like Mikhail Baryshnikov and Gelsey Kirkland.
Lifelong cinematic crush has been veteran actor John Wayne, especially her memories of him in such titles as Red River (1948) and Rio Bravo (1959).
She said that in the wake of the newly covered allegations of sexual misconduct by Woody Allen against his adopted daughter Dylan Farrow that she will never work with Allen again.
Originally signed on to a petition by supporters of the international boycott movement against Israel that unsuccessfully demanded that an Israeli theatre production be cancelled, but publicly stated soon afterwards that the petition did not reflect her views and that she disavowed signing it.
When she's directing, Greta forbids all cellphones on set.
Had she been nominated for Best Director in 2020, (for Little Women) she would have been the first woman in Academy Awards history to be nominated twice.

Personal Quotes (8)

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.
[on her meticulous preparation] If I fall on my face and it's dreadful and everybody says it's dreadful, I'd rather have tried than not.
It's a real privilege to make films and I hope to make films that touch people or connect with people in some way.
In film, you can establish rhythm from editing, but in theater, you can only establish rhythm through language, so I think I still have that sense of wanting it to sound correct. I know it when I hear it, and when it's wrong, it's like someone I don't know is touching my belly button.
I'm very interested in desires that don't have categories.

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