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Lauren Morelli

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22, 1982
Pittsburgh, PA
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22, 1982 (age 39)
Pittsburgh, PA


Screenwriter and producer best recognized as a staff writer for the hit Netflix series Orange is the New Black.

Before Fame

After graduating high school, she studied dance at Marymount Manhattan College. Intent on pursuing it professionally, her career was cut short after a terrible back injury. However, at the encouragement of a professor, she turned her sights to a career in writing.


A playwright as well as a screenwriter, she authored Roach & Rat which was featured in Lesser America's production of Just Right Just Now.

Family Life

Openly lesbian, she discovered her sexuality while writing for Orange is the New Black. She then filed for divorced from her husband of two years, Steve Basilone, before beginning a relationship with Orange is the New Black actress Samira Wiley. She and Samira married in 2017.

Associated With

She has served as a staff writer on Orange is the New Black, a show created by Jenji Kohan.