Lena Dunham is born in New York City to artist parents Carroll Dunham, painter, and Laurie Simmons, photographer and painter. She has one sister, Grace. She attends St. Ann School in Brooklyn, and divides her time between New York and her family’s home in Salisbury, Connecticut. Dunham writes about her life at age eight:
My name is Lena Dunham. I am eight almost nine. I was born May 13 1986. My grate grandmother who I never met was named Lena. My papa is namd Carroll dunham. My mama is Laurie Simmons.