Early life[ edit ] Dunham was born in New York City. Oberlin College and early works[ edit ] While a student at Oberlin College, Dunham produced several independent short films and uploaded them to YouTube. Many of her early films dealt with themes of sexual enlightenment and were produced in a mumblecore filmmaking style, a dialog-heavy style in which young people talk about their personal relationships. In , she produced Pressure, in which a girl and two friends talk about experiencing an orgasm for the first time, which makes Dunham's character feel pressured to do so as well.
The production was unpaid, so Dunham and her friends "pooled their money from babysitting and art-assistant gigs and borrowed some camera gear. She was initially rejected by the festival the year before; she re-edited it and successfully resubmitted the film. Breakthrough with Tiny Furniture[ edit ] Main article: Actually, [ New Girl creator] Liz Meriwether told me about it and said, 'Oh, there's this great movie. This girl, she's 23, she wrote, directed, and starred in it; she's in her underwear the whole time.
I used to, like, give out copies of the movie. But I'd just broken up with my writing partner and couldn't be less interested in the idea of supervising anybody. I really was like, "I'm going to find my voice, and be on my own.
They asked me if I wanted to be a part of it, and I was thrilled to jump in. In an interview with IndieWire , she said: Something I wanted to avoid was tokenism in casting. If I had one of the four girls, if, for example, she was African-American, I feel like — not that the experience of an African-American girl and a white girl are drastically different, but there has to be specificity to that experience [that] I wasn't able to speak to.
I really wrote the show from a gut-level place, and each character was a piece of me or based on someone close to me. And only later did I realize that it was four white girls. As much as I can say it was an accident, it was only later as the criticism came out, I thought, 'I hear this and I want to respond to it. According to the man's attorney, Aaron Minc, that description warrants enough detail to point a finger at his client.
The Man Who Drew Eloise, with additional projects in development. Second novel and Camping[ edit ] In June , Dunham announced she would be writing another book.
After Dunham posed with bare legs for Glamour 's February cover, she praised the magazine for featuring an unedited photo and leaving the cellulite on her thighs visible.