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Guinevere Jane Turner (born May 23, 1968)[citation needed] is an American actress and screenwriter. She has written such films as American Psycho and The Notorious Bettie Page and played the lead role of the dominatrix Tanya Cheex in Preaching to the Perverted.

Guinevere Turner
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Guinevere Turner in January 2006
Guinevere Jane Turner

(1968-05-23) May 23, 1968 (age 51)
Alma materSarah Lawrence College
  • Actress
  • screenwriter
  • film director
Years active1994–present



Turner was born in Boston, and is the oldest of six children. She has three brothers and two sisters. She is also an aunt to one niece and two nephews. Her paternal grandmother Elizabeth Hobbs Turner belonged to the United States Marine Corps in 1944 during World War II.[1]

Turner spent the first 11 years of her life as part of the Lyman Family, raised in various communes around the U.S. with over 100 members who were devotees of Mel Lyman and who believed they would eventually live on Venus. Though Turner acknowledged that the Lyman Family had been portrayed as a cult she argued against using the word to describe them. In accordance with the customs of the Lyman Family, Turner was not raised by her mother but she, and her younger sister, were eventually ejected from the Family after their mother chose to leave.[2] Turner considered rejoining the group when she was 18, but eventually chose to attend college instead in part because of the deeply misogynistic and sexist attitudes of the group.[3]


Turner and I Shot Andy Warhol director Mary Harron wrote a screenplay, which ended up being selected for the film version of Bret Easton Ellis' American Psycho. She has a brief cameo in the film, in which she delivers the in-joke, "I'm not a lesbian!" (Turner is openly lesbian[4]). There is also a line about attending Sarah Lawrence College, Turner's real-life alma mater.

Turner emerged on the scene with the film Go Fish, which she co-wrote and co-produced with her then-girlfriend, Rose Troche.[5] Turner also starred in the film, portraying a young woman named Max whose friends help her find a new girlfriend, Ely, portrayed by VS Brodie. Director Kevin Smith was a fan of the movie, particularly a scene in it wherein, in an imagined sequence, some of a character's friends chastise her for "selling out" and sleeping with a man, and used it as an inspiration for his own take on a similar theme in his own film Chasing Amy. Turner has cameos in both Chasing Amy and Smith's later film Dogma; her name is used as that of Joey Lauren Adams' character in Smith's Mallrats.

A writer and story editor for the first two seasons of The L Word, Turner also made several guest appearances on the show as Alice Pieszecki's screenwriter ex-girlfriend, Gabby.

In 2005, Turner wrote the script for BloodRayne. It was nominated for a Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Screenplay in 2006. In the documentary Tales from the Script, she stated in an interview that director Uwe Boll only used about 25% of her screenplay.[6] In 2005, she co-wrote the script for The Notorious Bettie Page with Mary Harron, who directed the film.

Turner's first foray into web television is the 2008 online drama series, FEED, directed by Mel Robertston, launched on[7] In 2014 she appeared alongside Nayo Wallace, Candis Cayne and Cathy DeBuono in Jane Clark's horror comedy film Crazy Bitches.[8]

Turner has directed several short films, such as The Hummer and Hung, which have appeared in many international film festivals.



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  2. ^ Peleg, Oren. "How to Understand Charles Manson: Hire a Screenwriter Who Grew Up in a Cult". Retrieved May 9, 2019.
  3. ^ Turner, Guinevere. "My Childhood in a Cult". Retrieved April 29, 2019.
  4. ^ Interview with Guinevere Turner (page 2)
  5. ^ Maslin, Janet (June 10, 1994). "Review/Film; Girl Meets Girl, Laughter Included". The New York Times. New York Times Company: New York Times Company. Retrieved August 21, 2018.
  6. ^ Gilbert, Ben (October 26, 2011). "Bloodrayne screenwriter explains the perils of working with Uwe Boll". Engadget. Los Angeles, California: Weblogs, Inc. Retrieved August 21, 2018.
  7. ^ Hustvedt, Marc (July 28, 2008). "Real-Life Digital Vigilante Inspires Gritty New Series 'FEED'". Tubefilter News. Los Angeles, California: Tubefilter, Inc. Retrieved August 21, 2018.
  8. ^ Wilson, Staci Layne (February 10, 2015). "Exclusive Interview with Crazy Bitches Writer-Director Jane Clark". Dread Central. San Diego, California: Dread Central Media, LLC. Retrieved August 21, 2018.
  9. ^ A Lez in Wonderland (original title: Broute-minou à Palm Springs) on IMDb

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