Liz Feldman

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Liz Feldman
Born (1977-05-21) May 21, 1977 (age 43)
New York City, New York, U.S.
OccupationActress, comedian, writer, producer
Years active2004–present
Notable work
Dead to Me (2019–)
The Great Indoors (2016–2017)
One Big Happy (2015)
2 Broke Girls (2011–2017)
Spouse(s)
(m. 2013)

Liz Feldman (born May 21, 1977) is an American comedian, actress, producer and writer.[1] She is best known as the creator and executive producer of the Netflix dark comedy series Dead to Me.[2] She also created One Big Happy and has written for 2 Broke Girls, The Ellen DeGeneres Show, and Blue Collar TV.

Early life[edit]

Feldman was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York.[citation needed]

Career[edit]

Feldman began her career as a stand-up comic at the age of 16 and made her TV debut as a performer and writer for All That on Nickelodeon in 1995. She is a graduate of Boston University and an alumna of The Second City and The Groundlings. She went on to write for Blue Collar TV, Hot in Cleveland, The Great Indoors, the 79th, 86th and 87th Academy Awards, 2 Broke Girls and The Ellen DeGeneres Show, for which she won four Emmy awards. She created the NBC sitcom One Big Happy starring Elisha Cuthbert, executive produced by Ellen DeGeneres.

Since 2008, Feldman has been the host of This Just Out, a YouTube talk show that celebrates lesbian culture. The “gay positive” show is filmed at Liz's kitchen table and features LGBTQ and LGBTQ-friendly actors, comedians, writers and musicians. Liz has been an outspoken advocate for LGBTQ rights. In 2008, her joke about same-sex marriage (“It’s very dear to me, the issue of gay marriage, or as I like to call it ‘marriage,’ you know, because I had lunch this afternoon, not gay lunch. I park my car, I didn't gay park it.”) went viral, recreated thousands of times across various platforms in the campaign against Prop 8, which sought to outlaw same sex marriage. In 2012, she was named one of The Advocate's “40 Under 40.” In 2016, Liz signed a multi-year overall deal with CBS Studios to develop new projects.

In 2019, Feldman created and produced the Netflix dark comedy series Dead to Me, executive produced by Will Ferrell and Adam McKay.[3] Dead to Me premiered on Netflix on May 3, 2019.[4] The series was renewed for a second season which was released on Netflix on May 8, 2020.[5] In July 2020, Netflix renewed the series for a third and final season.[6] On July 6, 2020, Netflix announced that it had entered into an exclusive multi-year development deal with Feldman, under which all of her future productions will be Netflix Original series.[7][8]

In 2020, she won the WGA Award for Best Episodic Comedy for the pilot episode of Dead to Me.[9] She was also named to the The Hollywood Reporter's "50 Most Powerful LGBTQ Players in Hollywood" list.[10]

Personal life[edit]

Liz Feldman is married to musician Rachael Cantu. They were married in 2013 and live in Los Angeles, California.

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Association Category Nominated work Result Ref.
2006 Daytime Emmy Awards Outstanding Special Class Writing The Ellen DeGeneres Show Won [11]
Outstanding Talk Show Won
2007 Outstanding Special Class Writing Won
Outstanding Talk Show Won
2008 Outstanding Special Class Writing Nominated
Outstanding Talk Show Nominated
2020 Writers Guild of America Awards Episodic Comedy Dead to Me: "Pilot" Won
New Series Dead to Me Nominated
Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Comedy Series Nominated

References[edit]

  1. ^ Liz Feldman at IMDb
  2. ^ Sippell, Margeaux (May 3, 2019). "'Dead to Me': Creator Liz Feldman Tells the Deeply Personal Story That Inspired Netflix's Dark Comedy". The Wrap. Retrieved May 4, 2019. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  3. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (April 5, 2018). "Netflix Orders Dark Comedy Series 'Dead To Me' From Liz Feldman, Gloria Sanchez Prods. & CBS TV Studios". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved May 3, 2019. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  4. ^ Petski, Denise (April 1, 2019). "'Dead To Me' Trailer: First Look & Premiere Date For Netflix Dark Comedy". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved April 1, 2019. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  5. ^ Ramos, Dino-Ray (June 3, 2019). "'Dead To Me' Renewed For Season 2 By Netflix". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved June 4, 2019. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  6. ^ Otterson, Joe (July 6, 2020). "'Dead to Me' Renewed for Third and Final Season at Netflix". Variety. Retrieved July 6, 2020. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  7. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (July 6, 2020). "'Dead To Me' Renewed For Third & Final Season; Creator Liz Feldman Inks Overall Deal With Netflix". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved July 8, 2020.
  8. ^ Ausiello, Michael (July 6, 2020). "Dead to Me to End With Season 3". TVLine. Retrieved July 8, 2020.
  9. ^ Hipes, Patrick (2020-02-02). "WGA Awards: 'Parasite', 'Jojo Rabbit' Take Top Film Honors; HBO Sweeps Key TV Nods With 'Succession', 'Barry' & 'Watchmen' – The Complete List Of Winners". Deadline. Retrieved 2020-06-22.
  10. ^ "The 50 Most Powerful LGBTQ Players in Hollywood". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2020-06-22.
  11. ^ "Liz Feldman: Awards". IMDb. Retrieved 2020-08-31.