Greta Gerwig: The Voice Behind “Lady Bird”

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Abby Tow, Staff Writer

Greta Gerwig is the woman you’ve gotten to know the name of this year if you hadn’t already. She’s the mind, pen, and director of critically acclaimed 2017 film, Lady Bird, and was the fifth woman to ever be nominated for Best Director at the Oscars in 2017. She’s an actress, a playwright-screenwriter, and a director, but beyond that, she’s a trailblazer for women in film, and for women as a whole.

While Gerwig did not grow up Catholic, she attended an all-girl Catholic school because it was one of the only places that would allow her the absences she needed, as she was a competitive fencer. Later she aspired to become a playwright, but after being denied into several MFA programs to master her craft, she experimented with acting. She went on to major in English and Philosophy in college, but ended up where she is now beginning somewhere around 2006. She starred in several films by Joe Swanberg, accumulating some notice from the film community which, along with loads of intense work, allowed her to star in several fantastic films, notably, Frances Ha and 20th Century Women. Both films garnered her a few nominations.

Her film, Lady Bird, a drama about a teenage rebel girl in Sacramento, California set to the drabness of the early 2000’s won Best Motion Picture for a Drama or Comedy at the 75th Golden Globes.