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Amy Sherman-Palladino

  • American writer

Amy Sherman-Palladino (born January 17, 1966) is an American television writer, director, and producer. She is best known as the creator of the comedy-drama television series Gilmore Girls (2000–07, 2016), Bunheads (2012–13), and The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel (2017–present). Sherman-Palladino has received four Primetime Emmy Awards for her work, including Outstanding Comedy Series, Outstanding Directing for a Comedy Series, Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series, and Outstanding Music Supervision, all for The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel.


Families can be the most detrimental things to have in your life. They are sometimes the most poisonous relationships that people have. Sometimes family is the thing that keeps you from ever achieving what you want to achieve, and yet people hold it and hold it and grab it and try to fix it and twist it and turn it.




The dance world was a big part of my growing up.




I think every writer has got to direct. If you don't direct, you can't protect your work. The only way to ensure that it's going to be as close as possible to what you put down on paper - and what you see and hear in your head - is to do it yourself.




Well, I have no time for therapy.




If we based everything in Hollywood on who was a nice guy, holy moly, we would have no movies. No actors would work. This is not an industry that is ruled by kindness and generosity.




To me, crazy is not someone who has a creative vision and will fight for it.




When you write for a show that's not yours, your job is to hear the voices of the characters and write as best you can for those voices.




The thing about 'Gilmore Girls' is that it's such a specific voice, and I lived with it for so long before it got on the air It's a very specific rhythm and a very specific banter.




People have nannies and big cars, and they want to go to Maui for Christmas. When there are those kind of stakes involved, people get ruthless.




I like a certain style of show, I like a certain pace, I like a rhythm, I like a lot of comedy in with my drama.




Every pilot I've ever written, I've fallen deeply and madly in love with. It's the only way I work.




I think music on television is just uniformly dreadful. It is mundane, it says nothing.




With a sitcom, everyday you do a run through, and people are judging you, and the scripts are being changed nightly, nightly, nightly.




Well, I took ballet for many, many years, so my whole childhood really revolved around dance class. I grew up around dance; my mother was a dancer.




You simply cannot do a sitcom by committee. It will not work. You've got to have one or two clean, creative voices in charge, and there's got to be some faith by the studio and network in those people to make the right choices.




I think I would be making a mistake to actively try and just do everything completely different from 'Gilmore Girls.'




No one in my writers' room can wear sweatpants.




I don't go on the Internet. I never go on the Internet. I don't go on Twitter. I'm not on Facebook. I've seen friends go into dark, dark holes of sadness because of that. Frankly, I don't have the time or the attention span for it.




As a writer, all you want to do is write for great actors. That's all.




I grew up where my parents would literally shove me in the car rather than have to say hello to a neighbor.



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