Who is Greta Gerwig?
Greta Gerwig is an actress and filmmaker known for her work in films like Greenberg, Frances Ha, Mistress America, Damsels in Distress, To Rome with Love, Maggie’s Plan, Jackie, 20th Century Women, and Isle of Dogs. Greta Gerwig has also co-written and co-directed movies such as Hannah Takes the Stairs and Nights and Weekends. Gerwig also directed films such as Lady Bird and Little Women which were both nominated for the Academy Award for Best Picture. In 2018, Gerwig was included in Time’s 100 lists of the most influential people in the world.
|Full name||Greta Celeste Gerwig|
|Known as||Greta Gerwig|
|Birthday||August 4, 1983|
|Age||39 years old|
|Place of birth||Sacramento, California, U.S.|
Early life, upbringing, and education
Greta Gerwig was born on August 4, 1983, in Sacramento, California. Her mother’s name is Christine Sauer who is a nurse. Likewise, her father’s name is Gordon Gerwig who worked for a credit union on small business loans. Greta grew up in the River Park neighborhood in Sacramento, California. She has two siblings. Her older brother is a landscape architect and her sister is a manager at Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.
Greta studied at an all-girls Catholic school called St. Francis High School. She graduated from there in 2002. Growing up, Greta was interested in dancing and fencing. However, she had to quit competitive fencing since it was quite a costly sport. After graduating high school, Gerwig joined Barnard College. She graduated from there with a degree in English and Philosophy.
Greta Gerwig career
At the start of her career, Greta Gerwig had a small role in Joe Swanberg’s LOL which was her debut movie. After this, she appeared in many “mumblecore” movies such as Hannah Takes the Stairs, Baghead, and Yeast. Initially, Greta’s talent went unrecognized and due to this, she struggled financially. As a result, she worked part-time as a tutor and nanny to make ends meet.
When Greta was cast by Noah Baumbach in Greenberg, her career took a dramatic turn. She gained a lot of recognition for her work and following this, the actress appeared in Arthur, No Strings Attached, Damsels in Distress, and Woody Allen’s To Rome With Love.
Gerwig and Baumbach have, in fact, collaborated on a lot of projects. They co-wrote Frances Ha for which Gerwig received a Best Actress Golden Globe nomination. Likewise, they co-wrote the 2015 film Mistress America. Presently, Greta Gerwig is focusing more on direction and writing instead of acting. Gerwig expressed her desire to create more women-centered films at the Women in Entertainment Summit in 2017.
She made her directorial debut with the comedy-drama film Lady Bird starring Saoirse Ronan, Laurie Metcalf, Tracy Letts, Lucas Hedges, and Timothée Chalamet. The film received critical acclaim along with many accolades for Greta Gerwig’s exceptional direction and screenplay. Lady Bird went on to win the Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy award at the 75th Golden Globe Awards.
After this, Greta went on to direct Little Women starring Saoirse Ronan, Emma Watson, Timothée Chalamet, and Meryl Streep. The film received six nominations at the 92nd Academy Awards.
Marriage and children
Greta Gerwig is an unmarried woman. However, the director has been in a relationship with filmmaker Noah Baumbach since 2011. They welcomed their son in March 2019.
Greta Gerwig Filmography:
|2007||Hannah Takes the Stairs||Hannah||Also co-writer|
|2008||Nights and Weekends||Mattie (Also co-writer, co-director, co-producer)||Joe Swanberg|
|2008||Quick Feet, Soft Hands||Lisa||Paul Harrill|
|2008||I Thought You Finally Completely Lost It||Greta||Rod Webber|
|2009||You Wont Miss Me||Bridget||Ry Russo-Young|
|2009||The House of the Devil||Megan||Ti West|
|2010||Greenberg||Florence Marr||Noah Baumbach|
|2010||Art House||Nora Ohr||Victor Fanucchi|
|2010||Northern Comfort||Cassandra (Also co-writer )||Rod Webber|
|2010||The Dish & the Spoon||Rose||Alison Bagnall|
|2011||No Strings Attached||Patrice||Ivan Reitman|
|2011||Damsels in Distress||Violet Wister||Whit Stillman|
|2011||Arthur||Naomi Quinn||Jason Winer|
|2012||Lola Versus||Lola||Daryl Wein|
|2012||To Rome with Love||Sally||Woody Allen|
|2012||Frances Ha||Frances Halladay (Also co-writer )||Noah Baumbach|
|2014||The Humbling||Pegeen Mike Stapleford||Barry Levinson|
|2015||Mistress America||Brooke Cardinas (Also co-writer and co-producer)||Noah Baumbach|
|2015||Maggie’s Plan||Maggie Hardin||Rebecca Miller|
|2016||Wiener-Dog||Dawn Wiener||Todd Solondz|
|2016||Jackie||Nancy Tuckerman||Pablo Larraín|
|2016||20th Century Women||Abigail Porter||Mike Mills|
|2017||The Meyerowitz Stories||Victoria (voice)||Noah Baumbach|
|2018||Isle of Dogs||Tracy Walker (voice)||Wes Anderson|
|TBA||White Noise||Babette Gladney||Noah Baumbach|
|2008||Nights and Weekends||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|2009||A NY Thing||Tamera|
|2011–15||China, IL||Pony Merks (voice)|
|2012||The Corrections||Julia Vrais|
|2014||How I Met Your Dad||Sally|
|2016||The Mindy Project||Sarah Branum|
|2017||Saturday Night Live||Ms. Reynolds|
|2014||The Village Bike||Becky||MCC Theater, Off-Broadway|
Awards and nominations
|Year||Film||Academy Awards||BAFTA Awards||Golden Globe Awards|
|2017||Lady Bird||5 Nominations|
|2019||Little Women||6 Nominations|
Directed Academy Award performances
|Academy Award for Best Actress (2018)||Saoirse Ronan||Lady Bird||Nominated|
|Academy Award for Best Actress (2020)||Saoirse Ronan||Little Women||Nominated|
|Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress (2018)||Laurie Metcalf||Lady Bird||Nominated|
|Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress (2020)||Florence Pugh||Little Women||Nominated|