Jane Anderson

screenwriter, Olive Kitteridge


Jane Anderson is an Emmy award-winning writer and director for theater, film and television. Most recently she wrote the teleplay for the HBO 4-part mini-series Olive Kitteridge, starring Fran McDormand (nominated for 2 Golden Globes and WGA Award). Other work for television includes: HBO’s The Positively True Adventures of the Alleged Texas Cheerleader Murdering Mom, for which she received an Emmy, a Penn Award and Writers Guild Award for best teleplay. She wrote and directed The Baby Dance (adapted from her play) which received a Peabody Award, and Golden Globe and Emmy nominations for best writing and made-for-TV film. She wrote and directed Normal for HBO (adapted from her play) which garnered Emmy nominations, Golden Globe nominations and Directors’ Guild and Writers’ Guild nominations for best writing and directing. Her other television films include When Billie Beat Bobby and the first segment of If These Walls Could Talk II which starred Vanessa Redgrave and earned Ms. Anderson an Emmy nomination for best writing. Screenwriting credits include: How to Make An American Quilt, It Could Happen to You and The Prizewinner of Defiance, Ohio, which she also directed. Plays include: The Escort, The Baby Dance, Defying Gravity, Looking for Normal, The Quality of Life, Lynette at 3AM