Female television directors

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  1. Jennifer Love Hewitt

    Jennifer Love Hewitt


    Jennifer Love Hewitt (born February 21, 1979) is an American actress, producer, author, television director and singer-songwriter. Hewitt began her acting career as a child by appearing in television commercials and the Disney Channel series Kids Incorporated. She rose to fame in teenage popular culture in her roles in the Fox series Party of Five (1995–2000) as Sarah Reeves Merrin, and films I Know What You Did Last Summer (1997) and its 1998 sequel as Julie James.

  2. Sophia Bush

    Sophia Bush


    Sophia Anna Bush (born July 8, 1982) is an American actress, director, spokesperson, and activist. She starred in The WB/CW television series One Tree Hill, in which she portrayed Brooke Davis from 2003 to 2012. She is also known for her film roles in John Tucker Must Die (2006), The Hitcher (2007), and The Narrows (2008). Since January 2014, she has starred as Detective Erin Lindsay in the NBC police procedural drama Chicago P.D.

  3. Drew Barrymore

    Drew Barrymore


    Drew Blythe Barrymore (born February 22, 1975) is an American actress, author, director, modeler and producer. She is a descendant of the Barrymore family of well-known American stage and cinema actors, and is a granddaughter of film legend John Barrymore. Barrymore first appeared in an advertisement when she was eleven months old. In 1980, she made her film debut in Altered States. In 1982, she starred in her breakout role as Gertie in Steven Spielberg's E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial and quickly became one of Hollywood's most recognized child actresses, going on to establish herself in mainly comic roles.

  4. Shannen Doherty

    Shannen Doherty


    Shannen Maria Doherty (/ˈd.ərti/; born April 12, 1971) is an American actress, producer, author, and television director. She is known for her roles as Brenda Walsh in Beverly Hills, 90210 (1990–94), and as Prue Halliwell in Charmed (1998–2001).

  5. Fran Drescher

    Fran Drescher


    Francine Joy "Fran" Drescher (born September 30, 1957) is an American film and television comedian, model, actress, producer, ordained minister, and activist. She is best known for her role as Fran Fine in the hit TV series The Nanny (1993–99), and for her nasal voice and thick New York accent.

  6. Amanda Tapping

    Amanda Tapping


    Amanda Tapping (born 28 August 1965) is an English-born Canadian actress, producer and director. She is best known for portraying Samantha Carter in the Canadian–American military science fiction television series Stargate SG-1 and Stargate Atlantis. She also starred as Helen Magnus in the Syfy Channel series Sanctuary.

  7. Rachel Ward

    Rachel Ward


    Rachel Claire Ward, AM (born 12 September 1957) is an English-born Australian actress, columnist, film director, and screenwriter.

  8. Melissa Joan Hart

    Melissa Joan Hart


    Melissa Joan Hart (born April 18, 1976) is an American actress, television director, and television producer. Hart is known for her title roles in the television series Clarissa Explains It All (1991–94), Sabrina, the Teenage Witch (1996–2003), and Melissa & Joey (2010–15).

  9. Helen Hunt

    Helen Hunt


    Helen Elizabeth Hunt (born June 15, 1963) is an American actress, film director, and screenwriter. She starred in the sitcom Mad About You for seven years, and played single mother Carol Connelly in the 1997 romantic comedy film As Good as It Gets, for which she won the Academy Award for Best Actress. Some of her other notable films include Twister, Cast Away, What Women Want, Pay It Forward, and The Sessions. She made her directorial debut in 2007 with Then She Found Me. In addition to her Oscar, Hunt has won four Emmy awards, four Golden Globe awards, and two Screen Actors Guild awards.

  10. Melissa Gilbert

    Melissa Gilbert


    Melissa Ellen Gilbert (born May 8, 1964) is an American actress, television director, and 2016 Democratic candidate for Michigan's 8th congressional district.

  11. Mindy Kaling

    Mindy Kaling


    Vera Mindy Chokalingam (born June 24, 1979), known professionally as Mindy Kaling, is an American actress, comedian, and writer. She is the creator and star of the Fox and Hulu sitcom The Mindy Project, and also serves as executive producer and writer for the show. She is also known for her work on the NBC sitcom The Office, where she portrayed the character Kelly Kapoor and served as executive producer, writer and director.

  12. Diane Keaton

    Diane Keaton


    Diane Keaton (born Diane Hall; January 5, 1946) is an American film actress, director, producer and screenwriter. She began her career on stage and made her screen debut in 1970. Her first major film role was as Kay Adams-Corleone in The Godfather (1972), but the films that shaped her early career were those with director and co-star Woody Allen, beginning with Play It Again, Sam in 1972. Her next two films with Allen, Sleeper (1973) and Love and Death (1975), established her as a comic actor. Her fourth, Annie Hall (1977), won her the Academy Award for Best Actress.

  13. Renée O'Connor

    Renée O'Connor


    Evelyn Renee O'Connor (born February 15, 1971) is an American actress, producer and director, known for the role of Gabrielle on the television series Xena: Warrior Princess.

  14. Debbie Allen

    Debbie Allen


    Deborrah Kaye “Debbie” Allen (born January 16, 1950) is an American actress, dancer, choreographer, television director, television producer, and a member of the President's Committee on the Arts and Humanities. She is perhaps best known for her work on the 1982 musical-drama television series Fame, where she portrayed dance teacher Lydia Grant, and served as the series' principal choreographer. She plays Catherine Avery on Grey's Anatomy. She is the younger sister of actress/director/singer Phylicia Rashād.

  15. Susan Oliver

    Susan Oliver


    Susan Oliver (February 13, 1932 – May 10, 1990) was an American actress, television director and aviator.

  16. Kimberly Williams-Paisley

    Kimberly Williams-Paisley


    Kimberly Williams-Paisley (née Williams; born September 14, 1971) is an American actress who is known for her co-starring role on According to Jim, as well as her breakthrough performance in Father of the Bride, for which she was nominated for several awards, and its sequel, Father of the Bride Part II.

  17. Katherine Helmond

    Katherine Helmond


    Katherine Marie Helmond (born July 5, 1929) is an American film, theater and television actress, voice artist and director, who played Emily Dickinson on Meeting of Minds, as well as fictional television characters, for which she is best known, including Jessica Tate on Soap, Mona Robinson on Who's the Boss?, Doris Sherman on Coach, and Lois Whelan on Everybody Loves Raymond.

  18. Lea Thompson

    Lea Thompson


    Lea Thompson (born May 31, 1961, Rochester, Minnesota) is an American actress, television director, and television producer. She is best known for her role as Lorraine Baines in the Back to the Future trilogy and as the title character in the 1990s NBC sitcom Caroline in the City. Other films she is known for include All the Right Moves, The Beverly Hillbillies, Howard the Duck, Jaws 3-D, Red Dawn, and Some Kind of Wonderful. Since 2011 she has co-starred as Kathryn Kennish in the ABC Family series Switched at Birth.

  19. Amanda Bearse

    Amanda Bearse


    Amanda Bearse (born August 9, 1958) is an American actress, director and comedienne best known for her role as neighbor Marcy D'Arcy (formerly Marcy Rhoades) on Married... with Children, a sitcom that ran in the United States between 1987 and 1997, and for her performance in the 1985 horror film Fright Night opposite William Ragsdale.

  20. Ida Lupino

    Ida Lupino


    Ida Lupino (4 February 1918 – 3 August 1995) was an English-American film actress, singer, director, and producer, a pioneer among women filmmakers. In her forty-eight-year career, she appeared in fifty-nine films and directed seven others, mostly in the United States, where she became a citizen in 1948. She co-wrote and co-produced some of her own films as well. She appeared in serial television programmes fifty-eight times and directed fifty other episodes. Additionally, she contributed as a writer to five films and four TV episodes.

  21. Bonnie Hunt

    Bonnie Hunt


    Bonnie Lynne Hunt (born September 22, 1961) is an American actress, director, producer, writer, host, and voice artist. Her most notable film roles have been in Beethoven (1992), Jumanji (1995), The Green Mile (1999), Cheaper by the Dozen (2003), and Return to Me (2000), which she also wrote and directed. She is also known for voice work in the Pixar films A Bug's Life (1998), Monsters, Inc. (2001), Cars (2006), Toy Story 3 (2010), Cars 2 (2011), and Monsters University (2013). Hunt has starred in Grand and Davis Rules, and has created, produced, written, and starred in The Building, Bonnie, and Life with Bonnie. From 2008 to 2010, she hosted the daytime talk show The Bonnie Hunt Show.

  22. Roxann Dawson

    Roxann Dawson


    Roxann Dawson (née Caballero, also credited as Roxann Biggs and Roxann Biggs-Dawson) is an American actress, producer, and director, best known as B'Elanna Torres on the television series Star Trek: Voyager.

  23. Kathy Bates

    Kathy Bates


    Kathleen Doyle "Kathy" Bates (born June 28, 1948) is an American actress, film director and producer. After appearing in several minor roles in film and television during the 1970s and the 1980s, Bates rose to prominence with her performance in Misery (1990), for which she won the Academy Award for Best Actress; she also received a Golden Globe. She followed this with major roles in Fried Green Tomatoes (1991) and Dolores Claiborne (1995), before playing a featured role as Molly Brown in Titanic (1997).

  24. Bonnie Franklin

    Bonnie Franklin


    Bonnie Gail Franklin (January 6, 1944 – March 1, 2013) was an American actress, best known for her leading role in the television series One Day at a Time (1975–1984). She was nominated for Emmy, Tony and Golden Globe Awards.

  25. Kim Fields

    Kim Fields


    Kim Victoria Fields (born May 12, 1969) is an American actress, singer, and television director. She is known for her roles as Tootie Ramsey on the NBC sitcom The Facts of Life, and as Regine Hunter on the Fox sitcom Living Single. She is the daughter of actress/director Chip Fields.

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