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10 Amazing Gay Women in Showbiz 2009

Megan Cavanagh

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cavanaghMegan Cavanagh is most often recognized as Marla Hooch in “A League of Their Own," also played Broomhilde in Mel Brooks’ “Robin Hood: Men in Tights," among numerous other films roles. Currently starring on the LOGO series “Exes & Oh’s," she also voices Hillary on Amy Poehler’s “The Mighty B!." As Trudy on “Home Improvement," she married Al in the series finale. She has guest starred on “Will & Grace," “Friends," “West Wing," “Just Shoot Me," “Roseanne” and “ER” to name a few. Having graced numerous stages, she recently received rave reviews in San Francisco as Madame Arcati in the Noel Coward musical “High Spirits." She voiced the Mom in the Academy Award nominated film (and series) “Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius."
 

Angela Courtin

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courtinAngela Courtin serves as SVP of Marketing, Entertainment and Content for MySpace. An accomplished creative and vision-oriented marketing executive, Angela has developed key relationships with Fortune 500 companies and production executives to create rich product campaigns, branded entertainment and game-changing marketing executions. She was the VP of Integrated Marketing at MTV and VP of Rock the Vote. She began her career in political fundraising for organizations such as Human Rights Campaign, GLAAD and the DNC. Her work was recognized in 2004 in Out Magazine’s OUT 100, the annual list of the year’s most interesting, influential, and newsworthy LGBT people.
 

Liz Feldman

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feldmanLiz Feldman (writer/producer/comedian) is a four-time Emmy award winning writer/producer for “The Ellen DeGeneres Show." She got her start as a writer/performer on Nickelodeon’s “All That” and has since written for “Blue Collar TV," “The 79th Annual Academy Awards” and “Ellen’s Really Big Show." She performs stand-up regularly in Los Angeles, and currently hosts the popular internet talk shows “This Just Out” on afterellen.com and “Shack Talk” on funnyordie.com.
 

Sharon Isbin

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isbanGRAMMY Award winner Sharon Isbin has been hailed as “the pre-eminent guitarist of our time.” She has made over 25 award-winning recordings, and her 2001 GRAMMY was the first for classical guitar in 28 years. Her latest bestseller, “Journey to the New World” (SONY), includes guests Joan Baez and Mark O’Connor. Her CD with the New York Philharmonic received Latin Grammy and GLAAD Media Award nominations. Soloist with over 160 orchestras, she was featured on “the L word," in Scorsese’s “The Departed” soundtrack, and on 30 magazine covers. Author of “The Classical Guitar Answer Book," she directs The Juilliard School’s guitar department.
 

Carol Leifer

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leiferCarol Leifer is an accomplished stand-up comedian, and an Emmy-nominated writer and producer for her work on such television shows as “Seinfeld," “The Larry Sanders Show," “Saturday Night Live” and “The Academy Awards." She has starred in several of her own comedy specials which have aired on HBO, Showtime and Comedy Central. Her “big break” came when David Letterman unexpectedly showed up one night at The Comic Strip in New York City and caught Leifer’s show. His visit led to twenty-five guest appearances on “Late Night with David Letterman." Carol has also been seen on “The Tonight Show," “Real Time with Bill Maher," “Conan O’Brien," and “The Oprah Winfrey Show." She starred in and created the WB sitcom, “Alright Already." She lives in Santa Monica with her partner, their son and seven rescue dogs.
 

Harriet Newman Leve

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leveHarriet Newman Leve is an award-winning Broadway producer. Broadway productions: “The Norman Conquests;" “Alfred Hitchcock’s The 39 Steps;" “Coram Boy;" “Lieutenant of Inishmore;" Eve Ensler’s “The Good Body;" “The Crucible” starring Liam Neeson and Laura Linney; “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom” starring Whoopi Goldberg; “Hedda Gabler” starring Kate Burton; “Kat and the Kings;" Anna Deavere Smith’s “Twilight: Los Angeles, 1992;" “Diary of Anne Frank” starring Natalie Portman. Off-Broadway: “STOMP;" “Shockheaded Peter; Necessary Targets;" “Bunny Bunny: Gilda Radner;" “Edith Stein;" “Communicating Doors” starring Mary Louise Parker; “Family Secrets;" “Beebo Brinker Chronicles." Film: “Pulse: a STOMP Odyssey." Ms. Leve is a member of the Broadway League.
 

Rachel Maddow

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maddowRachel Maddow hosts MSNBC’s newest primetime success, the critically acclaimed “The Rachel Maddow Show.” “The Rachel Maddow Show” features Maddow’s take on the biggest stories of the day, political and otherwise, including lively debate with guests from all sides of the issues, in-depth analysis and stories no other shows in cable news will cover. Since its launch in September 2008, “The Rachel Maddow Show” has de-throned “Larry King Live,” beating the long-running CNN show head-to-head in the key adults 25-54 demographic. She is currently working on a book on the changing role of the military in U.S. politics, due out in 2009. She lives in New York City and Massachusetts with her partner, artist Susan Mikula.
 

Kelly McGillis

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mcgillisKelly McGillis had her big break being cast to star opposite Harrison Ford in Peter Weir’s “Witness” playing the unforgettable role of the Amish widow, Rachel Lapp. This was soon followed by other films such as Tony Scott’s “Top Gun” opposite Tom Cruise, Alan Rudolph’s “Made In Heaven” with Timothy Hutton and Deborah Winger and Jonathan Kaplan’s “The Accused” opposite Jodie Foster. Numerous other films followed. Not restricting herself to the big screen, Kelly continued to work in television, starring in several mini series and movies of the week and recently, she completed filming a guest star ‘arc’ on the Showtime series, “the L word." She also found time to produce and star in a film adaptation of Kate Chopin’s novel, “Grand Isle." She has spent most of the past decade undertaking one of her most demanding roles – being a mother and raising her two daughters, Kelsey and Sonora.
 

Susan Miller

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millerSusan Miller is the writer/executive producer of the hit web series, “Anyone But Me," Consulting Producer “the L word;" Story Editor “thirtysomething." Other television: “Family," “Trials of Rosie O’Neill," “L.A Law," “Urban Anxiety” (Head writer). Original screenplays: Disney, Universal, Warner Bros. Films: “Lady Beware” (Diane Lane); “The Grand Design” (Eric Stoltz director). She is also a Guggenheim Fellow in playwriting: “My Left Breast” (OBIE); “A Map of Doubt And Rescue” (Susan Smith Blackburn Prize), “Nasty Rumors And Final Remarks” (OBIE). Productions: The Public Theatre, Second Stage, Naked Angels, New York Stage and Film, Mark Taper Forum.
 

Patricia Resnick

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resnickPatricia Resnick wrote the book for, “9 to 5 The Musical” currently on Broadway; wrote the films “9 to 5," “A Wedding," “Quintet," “Maxie” and “Straight Talk;" and for television she was the Executive-Producer for “Olivia," animated hit series for Nick Jr., “Hell On Heels: The Battle of Mary” (Golden Globe nominations for Shirley MacLaine and Parker Posey.) Other theatre work includes sketches for Lily Tomlin’s Broadway show, “Appearing Nightly," and a stage musical adaptation of her own PBS movie, “Ladies in Waiting," for the Chicago Lyric Opera House. Currently she is writing a pilot, “The Twelve," and working on a memoir, “Dancing with Nancy Reagan.”
 

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