This 27-year-old writer/actress/director -- who last year inked a book deal worth a reported $3.5 million -- was recently nominated for an Emmy for Lead Actress in a Comedy for her highly acclaimed HBO series Girls.
1. Born May 13, 1986, in New York City -- her father is a painter and her mother a designer and photographer.
2. Says she had a hard time fitting in at her primary school, Friends Seminary, revealing she "had no friends and worried a lot."
3. Received as a Christmas present at age 14 a series of stand-up comedy lessons.
4. Began shooting her own videos and short films while attending Oberlin College in Ohio.
5. Her big break in Hollywood came after she directed the 2010 independent film Tiny Furniture.