Lena Waithe is best known for her role as Denise from the series Master of None, but that hardly begins to describe this Chicago born talent. She is an actress, a producer and also a screenwriter, who has won an Emmy award for Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series "Thanksgiving," the episode of the second season of Master of None in 2017. The episode is about a young girl, who comes out as a lesbian in her 20s just like Lena’s real life.
She is the first black woman to win the Emmy for Outstanding Writing in a Comedy Series. Additionally, she got listed under the top 10 comedies to watch by Variety in 2014 and got declared as Out100: Artist of the Year by Out Magazine on 8 November 2017.
Lena Waithe’s Net worth
Lena is not only recognized for her scripted series Master of None but also her contribution as a writer and a producer at The Chi and Ready Player One.
All of her screenplays have gained a huge success in the industry and has helped to enhance whooping net worth—she is estimated to have $15 million. Additionally, she has also signed a new contract with Amazon although she has already served the production with two seasons of the horror series THEM. The new contract is dealt with an agreement of creating and producing other original series.
Undoubtedly, the contract furthermore will add more dollars to the Queen & Slim writer's net worth.
Is Lena Waithe Married?
"We snuck and did it, you know. We didn’t make any announcements or a big … you know,” said Lena Waithe at The Ellen DeGeneres Show in November 2019.
Although Lena had secretly wedded her long term girlfriend Alana Mayo, she later publicly revealed the news to the guest host of The Ellen DeGeneres Show and the recently declared Sexiest man Alive, John Legend.
Lena married her girlfriend-turned-fiancée with whom she had been in a dating relationship since 2015. They secretly vowed the wedding in front of Harvey Milk's bust as a tribute to Milk (an activist and one of the first openly gay elected officials in CA in 1978).
Lena Waithe and Alana Mayo secretly married in front of Harvey Milk (Source: Lena's Instagram)
They had first met at a business meeting, and eventually, the business associate turned into a romantic partner. They got engaged in 2018 on the occasion of Thanksgiving day in Tokyo.
Split From Wife
About two months after revealing her secret wedding to the world, Lena and Alana have decided to part ways. The news of their split was published exclusively by E! News on 22 January 2020. The article also brought forth a joint statement by the representatives of the duo.
The statement read that the estranged couple decided to part ways after careful thought and consideration. The statement went on saying how the lovebirds have nothing but support for each other. Finally, it ended with the separated couple asking their fans and media to respect their privacy during this time.
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Lena’s Bio- Wiki & Family
Lena Waithe was born as Lena Diane Waithe in Chicago, IL on 17 May 1984. She attended the Turner-Drew Elementary Language Academy and Chute Middle School in Illinois. Also, she got enrolled at Evanston Township High School in Evanston.
Later in 2006, she graduated from Columbia College Chicago majoring in a cinema and Television Arts.
As a child, Lena used to watch a lot of movies and shows that influenced her to become a TV writer at just the age of 7. Her family strongly support her ambition, as a result, she became successful in carving her name in the industry. Her first TV show appearance was in 2013 show TakePart Live, where she had the role of guest.
A single mother Ethel Laverne raised her at her grandmother’s house after her parents got divorced when she was only of age three. In the separated family includes her sibling sister with whom she and her mother moved to the suburbs: Evanston, north of Chicago.
Estranged from father since three, sadly, she again had to lose her father at the age of 14.