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Jill Soloway

Jill Soloway
Jill Soloway, May 2013
Jill Soloway, May 2013
Born Jill L. Soloway
(1965-09-26) September 26, 1965 [1][2][3]
Chicago, Illinois
United States
Alma mater University of Wisconsin–Madison
Occupation Writer
Years active (2000-present)
Religion Jewish[4]
Spouse(s) Bruce Gilbert (m. 2011)
Partner(s) Dink Adams
Children 2
Relatives Faith Soloway (sister)
Website .comjillsoloway

Jill Soloway (born September 26, 1965)[2][3] is an American comedian, playwright, feminist and Emmy-winning television writer and award-winning director who won the Best Director award at the Sundance Film Festival for directing and writing the film Afternoon Delight. She is also known for her work on Six Feet Under and for creating, writing, executive producing and directing the Amazon original series Transparent.[5]


  • Early life 1
  • Career 2
    • Television 2.1
      • Six Feet Under episodes 2.1.1
    • Film 2.2
    • Writing 2.3
  • Themes 3
  • Honors 4
  • Personal life 5
    • Activism 5.1
  • Works or publications 6
  • References 7
  • External links 8

Early life

Soloway was born in Chicago, Illinois, the daughter of public relations consultant, coach and writer, Elaine Soloway,[6] and psychiatrist father,[7][8] Dr. Harry J. Soloway.[9] Around 2011 Soloway's father came out as transgender.[10][11][12]

She has an older sister, Faith Soloway, a Boston-based musician and performer with whom she sometimes collaborates.[13][14][7][15] They both attended Lane Technical College Prep High School in Chicago.[8] Her family is Jewish.[16][17] She graduated from the University of Wisconsin–Madison as a Communications Arts major.[10][18][19]

Soloway's mother was formerly a press aide to Chicago Mayor Jane Byrne and was a former communications director for School Superintendent Ruth Love.[20] After 30 years, Soloway's parents divorced.[21] Soloway has a stepfather named Tommy Madison.[22]


While at the University of Wisconsin–Madison, Soloway was a film/TV student of JJ Murphy and participated in the creation of an undergraduate experimental narrative film entitled Ring Of Fire as the AD under director Anita Katzman.

After college she worked as a production assistant in commercials and music videos in Chicago, as well as at Kartemquin Films on the movie Hoop Dreams.[10]

While in Chicago, Soloway and her sister co-developed a parody of The Brady Bunch TV show for live stage called The Real Live Brady Bunch, which began her professional theatrical writing and directing endeavors. With her sister, she sold a pilot script to HBO called Jewess Jones about a female superhero. Also at the Annoyance Theatre in Chicago, she and Faith created plays The Miss Vagina Pageant, and later, while in Los Angeles, Not Without My Nipples. Her short story "Courteney Cox's Asshole" caught the attention of Alan Ball and got her hired on Six Feet Under.[8]

With Maggie Rowe, Jill co-created Hollywood Hellhouse and Sit n' Spin.[23]


Soloway began her TV writing career on shows such as The Oblongs, Nikki and The Steve Harvey Show. She followed those shows by writing for four seasons on the HBO original series Six Feet Under, ultimately serving as co-executive producer. Six Feet Under ran from 2001 to 2005 for five seasons.[24]

Six Feet Under episodes

Soloway later wrote on Dirty Sexy Money, Grey's Anatomy, Tell Me You Love Me, and was executive producer/showrunner for Showtime's United States of Tara created by writer Diablo Cody as well as HBO's How to Make it in America, created by Ian Edelman.

Soloway created the pilot Transparent for, which became available for free streaming and download on February 6, 2014 and was part of Amazon's second pilot season.[25][26] She was inspired by her father, who came out as transgender.[12] The show stars Gaby Hoffman, Jay Duplass, and Amy Landecker as siblings whose father (played by Jeffrey Tambor) reveals she is going through a significant life transition.[27]

The pilot for Transparent was picked up by Amazon Studios.[10][28]

As part of the making of the show, Soloway enacted a "transfirmative action program", whereby transgender applicants are hired in preference to nontransgender ones.[10] As of August 2014, over eighty transgender people have worked on the show, including two transgender consultants.[10] All the bathrooms on set are gender-neutral.[29]

Soloway wrote the role Gaby Hoffmann plays in Transparent for her after seeing her performance on Louis C.K.'s most recent season of Louie.[30] Transparent premiered all ten episodes simultaneously in late September 2014.[31]


In addition to television, she has written and directed two films that have premiered at the Sundance Film Festival: Una Hora Por Favora (2012)[32] and Afternoon Delight (2013),[5] for which she won the Directing Award.[33]

Afternoon Delight played at national and international film festivals and was nominated for multiple awards, including a Gotham Award for Breakthrough Performance for Kathryn Hahn, and a Spirit Award for First Feature.[34]


She wrote the novella Jodi K., which was published in the collection Three Kinds of Asking For It: Erotic Novellas edited by Susie Bright. Jill's memoir, Tiny Ladies in Shiny Pants: Based on a True Story, was released in hardcover in 2005, and then in paperback in 2006.


Soloway said that she feels that she's always been writing similar themes, what she calls "The Heroine's Journey," which is "about repairing the divided feminine: the wife and the other woman confronting each other -- mom, stripper. That I think women's journeys are really about repairing these sort of divided parts of ourselves. And this divide in our culture that I think is responsible for so much that is a problem in our culture."[35]


At the 2013 Sundance Film Festival, Soloway received the Directing Award (United States, Drama) for her first film, the 2013 comedy-drama Afternoon Delight.[5][36] She has 3 Emmy nominations.[5] Soloway is also a member of the board of the San Francisco Film Society.[36]

In 2015, Soloway's show Transparent won a Golden Globe for Best Series - Musical or Comedy.[37] Later that same year, Soloway won a DGA Award and a Primetime Emmy Award for her work directing episode 108 of the show.[38][39]

Personal life

In 2011, Soloway married music supervisor Bruce Gilbert, with whom she has been in a relationship since 2008. They have a son named Felix Soloway Gilbert. Her older son, Isaac, is from a prior relationship.[4] She was in a relationship with Dennis "Dink" Adams, a key grip, who was featured in her book and who she referred to as her "husfriend" for at least 4 years when she was in her early 40s.[40]

Soloway lives in the Silver Lake neighborhood of Los Angeles.[5][41]


  • Soloway is a strong supporter of feminism[42]
  • Co-founded the website[43]
  • Co-founded the East Side Jews collective,[44] which is funded by the Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles.[16]

Works or publications

  • Bright, Susie, Eric Albert, Greta Christina, and Jill Soloway. "Jodi K." (novella) Susie Bright Presents: Three Kinds of Asking for It : Erotic Novellas. New York: Simon & Shuster, 2005. ISBN 978-0-743-24550-0
  • Soloway, Jill. Tiny Ladies in Shiny Pants: Based on a True Story. New York: Free Press, 2005. ISBN 978-0-743-27217-9


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  2. ^ a b Corcoran, Monica (4 September 2005). "Jill Soloway: To Tell the Truth".  
  3. ^ a b Caro, Mark (21 March 2014). "'"Jill Soloway hits it big with Amazon's 'Transparent.  
  4. ^ a b Haber, Gordon (1 January 2012). "Her Beachfront Home in Heaven: Jill Soloway Thrives by Balancing Success and Faith".  
  5. ^ a b c d e Ryzik, Melena (22 August 2013). "A Female Gaze on Ladies Who Lust: ‘Afternoon Delight’ Is Jill Soloway’s Sexually Frank Debut".  
  6. ^ Schmich, Mary (13 October 2010). "Risky to reveal your age? Businesswoman isn't afraid to reveal she's 72".  
  7. ^ a b Soloway, Faith; Soloway, Jill (25 October 2010). "The Funny Women Interview: The Soloway Sisters".  
  8. ^ a b c Miller, Danny (15 September 2005). "Confessions of a Masturgoogler: The Real Live Brady Bunch got her started, Six Feet Under made her legit, but Jill Soloway won't be happy until she's a household name.".  
  9. ^ Elaine, Soloway (14 February 2012). "Matching Bands". Soloway Stories. Retrieved 4 September 2014. 
  10. ^ a b c d e f Brodesser-Akner, Taffy (29 August 2014). "Can Jill Soloway Do Justice to the Trans Movement?".  
  11. ^ Ehrhardt, Michelle (29 August 2014). "5 Things We Learned About Jill Soloway’s Transparent".  
  12. ^ a b Wilson, Stacey (17 December 2014). Transparent' Boss Reveals the Moment She Decided to Make a Show About a Transgender Parent"'".  
  13. ^ Brune, Adrian Margaret (16 September 2011). "A Tale of Two Sisters: Jill and Faith Soloway, Collaborators, Partners, Emmy Writers".  
  14. ^ "Liz and Rebecca Feldman face off against Jill and Faith Soloway in a Sister Spelling Bee".  
  15. ^ King, Loren (14 September 2013). "Meet the Soloway sisters".  
  16. ^ a b Karpel, Ari (4 September 2013). "Is This ‘the Face of the Future of Judaism’ for a New Generation in Los Angeles? TV and film director Jill Soloway has been running a de facto Jewish community. The question is whether it can outlast her success.".  
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  18. ^ Trevis, Michael (21 November 2013). "Filmmaker Jill Soloway Visits Her Alma Mater". Department of Communication Arts. University of Wisconsin-Madison. Retrieved 31 August 2014. 
  19. ^ Shapiro, Gregg (6 September 2013). "UW-Madison alumna Jill Soloway says her Sundance Award-winning debut film is a tribute to sisterhood". Wisconsin Gazette. Retrieved 31 August 2014. 
  20. ^ "Elaine & Her Team". Elaine Soloway Consulting. Retrieved 31 August 2014. 
  21. ^ Elaine, Soloway (23 April 2009). "Sweet Tooth". Soloway Stories. Retrieved 31 August 2014. 
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  26. ^ Lyons, Margaret (13 February 2014). "Talking to Jill Soloway About Her Wonderful Amazon Pilot, Transparent".  
  27. ^ Goodman, Tim (18 February 2014). "Amazon's New Crop of Pilots, Including Chris Carter's 'The After': TV Review".  
  28. ^ Willmore, Alison (7 February 2014). "'"Why 'Transparent' Creator Jill Soloway Feels the Amazon Pilot Process is 'Revolutionary.  
  29. ^ Martin, Denise (2 September 2014). "Gaby Hoffmann on Girls, Growing Up in ’80s New York, and Her Amazon Show Transparent".  
  30. ^ Katz, Jessie (11 March 2014). "Pret-a Reporter: Dynamic Duos: Jill Soloway and Gaby Hoffmann are Ready to Inhabit Your Brain".  
  31. ^ Prudom, Laura (12 July 2014). "Amazon’s ‘Transparent’ Season 1 to Debut Late September, ‘Bosch’ Premiering Early 2015".  
  32. ^ Soloway, Jill (11 January 2012). "The Sundance Diaries: Why I Didn't Invite My Mother to Sundance".  
  33. ^ Soffer, Rebecca (19 August 2013). "Strippers, Jewish Guilt, and Loneliness Collide in Jill Soloway’s New Feature Film: The award-winning director talks about why ‘Afternoon Delight’ begins with a lap dance and ends with Shabbat" (podcast).  
  34. ^ Bronner, Sasha (29 August 2013). "Jill Soloway, 'Afternoon Delight' Filmmaker: I Should Have Written 'Girls' 10 Years Ago".  
  35. ^ Smith, Krista (22 January 2013). "Josh Radnor and Jill Soloway on Afternoon Delight" (Video interview).  
  36. ^ a b Soloway, Jill (16 August 2013). "17 Reasons Why Chicks Actually Make Better Directors".  
  37. ^ "Golden Globe Winners 2015".  
  38. ^ "DGA Awards Winners 2015".  
  39. ^ "Emmy Awards 2015: The complete winners list".  
  40. ^ Olen, Helaine (22 January 2006). "An Interview with Jill Soloway".  
  41. ^ Looseleaf, Victoria (13 October 2005). "My Favorite Weekend: Jill Soloway - A few feet away from 'Six Feet Under' days".  
  42. ^ "Jill Soloway - A Day In the Life".  
  43. ^ Bendix, Trish (18 February 2014). """Jill Soloway on queering television and the web with "Transparent.  
  44. ^ Rosenblatt, Gary (19 March 2013). "L.A. As A Model For The Jewish Future - Jewish Funders Network conference highlights efforts to reinvent Jewish life by challenging the status quo".  

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