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      Lena Waithe

      Lena Waithe

      Highest Rated: 100% The One and Only Dick Gregory (2021)

      Lowest Rated: 22% BEAUTY (2022)

      Birthday: May 17, 1984

      Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, USA

      Multi-talented Lena Waithe made her name as a writer and producer on the likes of "The Real World" (MTV, 1992-), "Bones" (Fox, 2005-17) and "Dear White People" (2014) before stepping in front of the camera in Aziz Ansari comedy "Master of None" (Netflix, 2015-). Born in Chicago, IL in 1984, Waithe graduated from Columbia College with a degree in writing, producing and television and shortly after landed her first job as an editorial assistant on ground-breaking reality show "The Real World" (MTV, 1992-). Waithe went onto assist in the production of long-running sitcom "Girlfriends" (UPN, 2000-08) and several "E! Live from the Red Carpet" (E!, 1996-) specials, as well as the big screen adaptation of Sue Monk Kidd's fable "The Secret Life of Bees" (2008), Biggie Smalls biopic "Notorious" (2009) and Ava DuVernay's feature film debut "I Will Follow" (2010). After taking the director's chair herself on "Save Me" (2011), a short film about a 9-year-old boy's quest to find the man who saved his life, Waithe penned two episodes of kids musical comedy "How to Rock" (Nickelodeon, 2012), served as producer on race relations satire "Dear White People" (2014) and joined the staff of writers on crime procedural "Bones" (Fox, 2005-). Following a one-off appearance in Lisa Kudrow's meta-comedy "The Comeback" (HBO, 2005-), Waithe landed her first recurring acting gig as Dev's best friend Denise in "Master of None" (Netflix, 2015-). In September 2017, Waithe became the first black woman to win an Emmy Award for Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series, for co-writing the second-season "Master of None" episode "Thanksgiving" with Ansari. Her impassioned acceptance speech was one of the night's most memorable moments.

      Highest rated movies

      72% Ready Player One 63% Bad Hair

      Photos

      Lena Waithe, Aziz Ansari, Kelvin Yu at arrivals for MASTER OF NONE Series Premiere on NETFLIX, AMC Loews 19th Street East, New York, NY November 5, 2015. Photo By: Jason Smith/Everett Collection Lena Waithe at arrivals for The Trevor Project''s TrevorLIVE New York Gala, Cipriani Wall Street, New York, NY June 11, 2018. Photo By: Jason Mendez/Everett Collection Lena Waithe at arrivals for THE CHI FYC Event, Directors Guild of America (DGA) Theater, Los Angeles, CA March 9, 2018. Photo By: Priscilla Grant/Everett Collection Lena Waithe at arrivals for The 49th NAACP Image Awards Nominees' Luncheon, The Beverly Hilton Hotel, Beverly Hills, CA December 16, 2017. Photo By: Priscilla Grant/Everett Collection Lena Waithe at arrivals for MASTER OF NONE Series Premiere on NETFLIX, AMC Loews 19th Street East, New York, NY November 5, 2015. Photo By: Jason Smith/Everett Collection Master Of None, Lena Waithe (L), Aziz Ansari (R), 'Nashville', Season 1, Ep. #6, 11/06/2015, ©NETFLIX Master Of None, Aziz Ansari (L), Noël Wells (C), Lena Waithe (R), 'Season 1', 11/06/2015, ©NETFLIX Master Of None, Lena Waithe, 'Season 1', 11/06/2015, ©NETFLIX Master Of None, Lena Waithe (L), Aziz Ansari (R), 'Old People', Season 1, Ep. #8, 11/06/2015, ©NETFLIX Master Of None, Lena Waithe, 'Indians On TV', Season 1, Ep. #4, 11/06/2015, ©NETFLIX Master Of None, Lena Waithe (L), Aziz Ansari (R), 'Old People', Season 1, Ep. #8, 11/06/2015, ©NETFLIX Master Of None, Lena Waithe (L), James Ciccone (C), Aziz Ansari (R), 'Old People', Season 1, Ep. #8, 11/06/2015, ©NETFLIX Master Of None, Lena Waithe, 'Indians On TV', Season 1, Ep. #4, 11/06/2015, ©NETFLIX Master Of None, Lena Waithe, 'Indians On TV', Season 1, Ep. #4, 11/06/2015, ©NETFLIX Master Of None, Lena Waithe (L), Aziz Ansari (R), 'Nashville', Season 1, Ep. #6, 11/06/2015, ©NETFLIX Master Of None, Lena Waithe (L), Aziz Ansari (R), 'Nashville', Season 1, Ep. #6, 11/06/2015, ©NETFLIX Master Of None, Aziz Ansari (L), Noël Wells (C), Lena Waithe (R), 'Nashville', Season 1, Ep. #6, 11/06/2015, ©NETFLIX READY PLAYER ONE, FROM LEFT: TYE SHERIDAN, LENA WAITHE, 2018. PH: JAAP BUITENDIJK/© WARNER BROS. PICTURES READY PLAYER ONE, FROM LEFT: LENA WAITHE, TYE SHERIDAN, 2018. PH JAAP BUITENDIJK/© WARNER BROS. PICTURES READY PLAYER ONE, LENA WAITHE, 2018. PH: JAAP BUITENDIJK/© WARNER BROS. PICTURES

      Filmography

      Movies

      Credit
      99% 71% KOKOMO CITY Executive Producer $77.1K 2023
      97% 77% Being Mary Tyler Moore Producer - 2023
      97% 85% A Thousand and One Producer $3.4M 2023
      96% 73% Chang Can Dunk Producer - 2023
      22% 0% BEAUTY Screenwriter,
      Producer
      - 2022
      No Score Yet 54% Stand Out: An LGBTQ+ Celebration Self - 2022
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Huella Executive Producer - 2022
      100% No Score Yet The One and Only Dick Gregory Self,
      Executive Producer
      - 2021
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Coche Bomba Executive Producer - 2021
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Cinephile: A Rising Voices Film Executive Producer - 2021
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Soft Sounds of Peeling Fruit Executive Producer - 2021
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Shoebox Executive Producer - 2021
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Soñadora Executive Producer - 2021
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Only the Moon Stands Still Executive Producer - 2021
      63% 39% Bad Hair Brook-Lynne (Character) - 2020
      88% 95% Onward Officer Spector (Voice) $60.4M 2020
      83% 92% Queen & Slim Screenwriter,
      Producer
      $43.8M 2019
      72% 77% Ready Player One Aech/Helen (Character) $137.0M 2018
      22% 44% Step Sisters Producer - 2018
      91% 61% Dear White People Producer $4.4M 2014

      TV

      Credit
      No Score Yet 62% The Chi Writer,
      Creator,
      Executive Producer
      2018-2024
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Talk Guest 2018 2021-2022
      79% 75% Westworld Ash (Character) 2020 2022
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Ellen DeGeneres Show Guest 2019 2022
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Finding Your Roots Guest 2022
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Twenties After Show With B. Scott Executive Producer 2021
      88% 90% Twenties Creator 2021
      No Score Yet 36% Jimmy Kimmel Live! Guest,
      Host
      2018-2019 2021
      94% 71% Master of None Denise (Character),
      Writer
      2015 2017 2021
      79% 78% Them Executive Producer 2021
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Who Wants to Be a Millionaire Guest 2021
      No Score Yet 19% The Late Late Show With James Corden Guest 2018-2020
      100% 70% Boomerang Executive Producer 2020
      75% No Score Yet You Ain't Got These Executive Producer,
      Host
      2020
      No Score Yet 47% The Late Show With Stephen Colbert Guest 2018-2019
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Wendy Williams Show Guest 2018-2019
      80% 65% Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Guest 2019
      84% 72% RuPaul's Drag Race Judge 2019
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Top Chef Guest 2019
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Watch What Happens Live With Andy Cohen Guest 2018-2019
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Close Up With The Hollywood Reporter Guest 2018
      No Score Yet 61% Late Night With Seth Meyers Guest 2018
      No Score Yet 9% The View Guest 2018
      94% 80% This Is Us Animal Shelter Clerk (Guest Star) 2018
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Desus & Mero Guest 2018
      91% 76% Transparent Jane (Guest Star) 2016
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Last Call With Carson Daly Guest 2015
      74% 88% The Comeback Summer (Guest Star) 2014