5. Amy Sherman-Palladino

amy sherman palladino

DOB: 1966 (Age 47/48)

First TV break: 1990 (Age 24)

Amy Sherman-Palladino is a Emmy award winning screenwriter, producer and director, best known for the show Gilmore Girls.

She was a trained dancer since the age of four and well into her teens, so much so that in her early twenties she was given the opportunity to join the cast of the broadway show Cats, however she refused the role when she and writing partner Jennifer Heath were given the opportunity to join the third series of the TV sitcom Roseanne.

Married to writer and producer Daniel Palladino, after leaving her three-season-stint on Roseanne, the couple began working on what would be their greatest hit, and on October 5th 2000, the series premier of Gilmore Girls aired on to national TV and received widespread critical acclaim – and continued to do so, until it’s finale, seven years later on May 15th 2007.

Known for her trademark ‘rapid-fire’ dialogue and pop-culture references, Sherman-Palladino has made great contribution to the world of TV sitcom writing, and truly is one that we could all learn from.

To date, Sherman-Palladino has 9 writing credits in both Film and TV credits, including 46 episodes of Gilmore Girls.

“I always find it funny that people take the wrong message from any success. Like “Bridesmaids” comes out and people go, “Oh, women are funny, they shit in the street. Let’s make sure now everybody shits in the street!” Not like, “OK, but it’s a well-constructed script with very good characters and the core of it is actually about female relationships,” nothing about that. They take the one shitting in the street thing and then for months you’re going to have every actress that you love shitting in the street. Until they realize, “Oh, it doesn’t work that way, I guess, so now women aren’t funny.” No, no, no! It’s not that women aren’t funny, it’s just that all of them don’t have to shit in the street!”

“I think every writer has got to direct. If you don’t direct, you can’t protect your work. The only way to ensure that it’s going to be as close as possible to what you put down on paper-and what you see and hear in your head-is to do it yourself.”

“Many people in the business will refer to a woman who did something or acted a certain as crazy’. I then say, “you have to define what ‘crazy’ is.” To me, crazy is not someone who has a creative vision and will fight for it.”