Greta Gerwig Biography, Awards and Nominations, Age, Height, Net Worth

There are a few women who come to Hollywood as directors and Greta Gerwig, is one of them. Her 2017 film Lady Bird, which was her directorial debut (which she has co-directed since 2008) was highly praised by critics.

It won the Golden Globe Award for Best Motion in Imagine and earned her an Oscar nomination for Best Director, making her the 5th woman to receive the nomination in the Oscar’s 90-year history. The last woman to be nominated was Kathryn Bigelow for The Hurt Locker in 2010.

Launching her career in 2006, Gerwig has excelled as an actress, writer and director. She announced herself after appearing in a number of mumblecore films (low budget improv productions) before going mainstream with films like No Strings Attached, Baghead, Arthur, To Rome with Love, Greenberg, Frances Ha, 20th Century Women and More.

Biography of Greta Gerwig (age and other general information)

Greta Celeste Gerwig was born on August 4, 1983, in Sacramento, California, to father Gordon Gerwig, a financial consultant, computer programmer, and mother, Christine (née Sauer), an obstetrics/gynecology nurse. She is of German, Irish and English descent. Greta has a younger brother who is a landscape architect.

Growing up as a child, Greta loved to dance and hoped to perform in musical theatre. Although she was raised as a Unitarian Universalist (a liberal religion characterized by a “free and responsible search for truth and meaning”), Greta’s parents sent her to a Catholic school for girls, St. Francis High School.

After graduating from high school, she attended a liberal private college for women’s arts, Barnard College, where she earned a degree in English and philosophy.

At Barnard, Greta launched her acting career making her debut in Joe Swanberg’s film LOL (2006). It would become his first of many future collaborations with the mumblecore filmmaker.

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They would later co-write the 2007 film Hannah Takes The Stairs with Greta in the lead role. The following year, they starred in and directed the film Nights and Weekends, which would become Greta’s first behind-the-scenes experience as a co-director.

In addition to Joe Swanberg, Gerwig has also worked with other top filmmakers like the Duplass Brothers in films like Baghead.

In 2010, she met Oscar-nominated filmmaker Noah Baumbach who would become her next frequent collaborator and partner. She appeared in his comedy-drama Greenberg which also starred Ben Stiller. Then the duo, who had started dating in late 2011, co-wrote Frances Ha (2013) and Mistress America (2015) with Greta in both.

Greta had other gigs that didn’t involve Bambach like Northern Comfort where she also co-wrote, The Dish & the Spoon, Damsels in Distress, and more. She grew more into the mainstream with films like Maggie’s Plan, Jackie and 20th Century Women.

Gerwig has also tried her hand at the small screen. She voiced the character Pony Merks in China, IL from 2011 to 2015. She landed the lead role in a pilot for How I Met Your Dad, a How I Met Your Mother spin-off but it was not sold.

Gerwig had guest roles on Mindy Kaling’s Portlandia and Mindy Project. She made her stage debut in May 2014 in Penelope Skinner’s The Village Bike at the Lucille Lortel Theater in New York City.

When she started acting, Gerwig aspired to become a playwright, but when she applied to study for an MFA, she was turned down.

However, Gerwig kept hope alive by learning from directors she met on set, including Mike Mills, fellow director Rebecca Miller, and of course her partner Noah Baumbach.

Gerwig learned quickly on the job and Lady Birden is proof. The teen drama film premiered at the Telluride Film Festival on September 1, 2017. It was released in theaters on November 3, 2017. Against a budget of $10 million, the film earned over $50 million.

Gerwig isn’t the only one receiving accolades for the film. Lead actress and supporting actresses Saoirse Ronan and Laurie Metcalf both scored Oscar nominations.

Awards and nominations

Greta Gerwig has garnered a plethora of nominations in her career, winning at least 9. Here are some of the most notable.

Greenberg (2010)

Detroit Film Critics Society – Breakthrough Artist (Nominated)

Gotham Independent Film Awards – Best Breakthrough Actor/Actress (Nominated)

Independent Spirit Awards – Best Female Lead (Nominated)

Damsels in Distress (2012)

Detroit Film Critics Society – Best Actress (Nominated)

Dublin International Film Festival – Best Actress (Won)

Frances Ha (2014)

Chlotrudis Awards – Best Actress and Best Original Screenplay (Nominated)

Critics’ Choice Movie Awards – Best Actress in a Comedy (Nominated)

Golden Globe Award – Best Actress – Motion Picture or Musical Comedy (Nominated)

London Film Critics’ Circle – Actress of the Year (Nominated)

Women of the 20th Century (2016)

Detroit Film Critics Society – Best Supporting Actress (Won)

Nominated: Houston Film Critics Society, Austin Film Critics Association, Critics’ Choice Movie Awards, London Film Critics’ Circle

Ladybird (2017)

Won: BCharts Annual Film Awards (Best Screen Play), Golden Globe Award for Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy, Mill Valley Film Festival (MVFF Award), National Board of Review (Best Director), Satellite Awards, (Author Award)

Nominated: Critics’ Choice Movie Awards, Best Screenplay – Golden Globe Award for Best Picture.

Net worth: $4 million

Height: 5 feet 9 inches (1.75m)