Jenny Lumet
Born (1967-02-02) February 2, 1967 (age 56)[1]
Occupation(s)Actress, screenwriter
Years active1982–present
Known for
(m. 1994; div. 2003)
Alexander Weinstein
(m. 2008)
Children2, including Jake Cannavale
RelativesLena Horne
(maternal grandmother)
Baruch Lumet
(paternal grandfather)

Jenny Lumet (born February 2, 1967)[1][2] is an American actress and screenwriter.[3] She is the daughter of director Sidney Lumet and granddaughter of Lena Horne. Lumet is perhaps most known for writing the original screenplay of the 2008 Jonathan Demme film Rachel Getting Married.[4][5]

Early life and education

Lumet was born on February 2, 1967, in New York City. She is the second daughter born to director Sidney Lumet[1] and journalist/writer Gail Buckley (Gail Buckley Jones). On her paternal side, she is of Polish-Jewish ancestry. Her paternal grandfather was Baruch Lumet, who was a Yiddish theatre actor. On her maternal side, she is African-American, European and Native American with extensive roots in post-colonial America. Her maternal grandmother was singer Lena Horne.[6] In 1984, Lumet graduated from Dalton School.[7]


Lumet began working in the entertainment industry as an actress. She appeared in small roles in two films directed by her father, Deathtrap and Running on Empty, before playing the role of Nancy Bosch in his 1990 film Q&A.[8] Lumet wrote the screenplay for the 2008 Jonathan Demme film, Rachel Getting Married.[9][10] In 2016, Lumet had a CBS drama with a pilot commitment.[11] Lumet was a script doctor for the 2017 version of The Mummy,[12] and was a drama teacher at the Manhattan Country School in New York City.[9] In 2018, Lumet joined the staff of Star Trek: Discovery as a consulting producer, and was subsequently promoted to co-executive producer.[13] She co-wrote "Runaway", the first of the Short Treks mini-episodes.[14] More recently, she signed an overall deal with CBS Studios.[15]

Personal life

Lumet was married to actor Bobby Cannavale from 1994 until their divorce in 2003.[16] Their son is the actor Jake Cannavale.[17] Lumet has a daughter with second husband Alexander Weinstein, whom she married in 2008.[18]

On November 30, 2017, Lumet alleged music producer Russell Simmons sexually assaulted her in 1991.[19] In response, Simmons said his recollection of the sexual incident differed from Lumet's and he was removing himself from leadership positions at his businesses.[12]




  1. ^ a b c Sidney Lumet: Interviews
  2. ^ Rapf, Joanna E., ed. (2005). Sidney Lumet: Interviews. University Press of Mississippi. p. Chronology xix. ISBN 978-1578067244. 1967 ... Daughter Jenny Lumet born
  3. ^ Jackson, Candace (July 24, 2009). "Jenny Getting Noticed". The Wall Street Journal. closed access
  4. ^ Scott, A. O. (October 2, 2008). "Anne Hathaway's Wreaking Havoc in Jonathan Demme's New Film". The New York Times.
  5. ^ Gross, Terry; Lumet, Jenny; Demme, Jonathan (October 9, 2008). "Behind The Scenes Of 'Rachel Getting Married': Demme, Lumet on Getting 'Rachel' Married" (Includes audio interview). Fresh Air. NPR.
  6. ^ Brozan, Nadine (June 20, 1986). "Born in a Trunk: The Story of the Hornes". The New York Times.
  7. ^ Stone, Michael (March 10, 1986). "Pressure Points: Frazzled Students at the City's Top Schools". New York. p. 31.
  8. ^ "Chatter: Family Ties". People. 33 (17). April 30, 1990.
  9. ^ a b King, Susan (September 28, 2008). "Going off script: Actress, teacher and finally writer -- Jenny Lumet arrives". Los Angeles Times. Los Angeles, California.
  10. ^ Wood, Gaby (January 25, 2009). "My debt to a dishwasher: Jenny Lumet, Hollywood's most exciting screenwriter, comes clean to Gaby Wood about the influences that helped shape her career". The Guardian. London, England.
  11. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (September 20, 2016). "CBS Nabs Jenny Lumet Hate Crimes Drama Produced By Alex Kurtzman & Katie Couric With Put Pilot Commitment". Deadline Hollywood. Los Angeles, California: Penske Media Corporation.
  12. ^ a b Marcin, Tim (November 30, 2017). "Who is Jenny Lumet? Russell Simmons resigns after screenwriter alleges sexual misconduct". Newsweek. New York City: IBT Media. Retrieved December 6, 2017.
  13. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (June 29, 2018). "'Star Trek: Discovery': James Duff Joins As Executive Producer & Inks CBS TV Studios Overall Deal, Duo Promoted". Deadline Hollywood. Los Angeles, California: Penske Media Corporation. Retrieved October 4, 2018.
  14. ^ Bloom, Mike (October 4, 2018). "'Star Trek: Short Treks' Episode 1 Packs a Lot into 15 Minutes". The Hollywood Reporter. Los Angeles, California: Eldridge Industries. Retrieved October 4, 2018.
  15. ^ "Jenny Lumet Inks Big CBS Studios Overall Deal". The Hollywood Reporter. March 3, 2021. Retrieved March 6, 2021.
  16. ^ Witchel, Alex (March 29, 2013). "Bobby Cannavale, Broadway's Hottest Outsider". The New York Times.
  17. ^ Gioia, Michael (February 20, 2015). "Heavy Metal Rocker and Broadway's New Fish: Get to Know Bobby Cannavale's Teenage Son, Jake". Playbill.
  18. ^ Horyn, Cathy (June 24, 2011). "For the Screenwriter Jenny Lumet, a Childhood With Two Icons". The New York Times.
  19. ^ Lumet, Jenny (November 30, 2017). "Writer Jenny Lumet: Russell Simmons Sexually Violated Me (Guest Column)". The Hollywood Reporter. Los Angeles, California: Eldridge Industries.
  20. ^ Cuthrell-Tuttleman, Willa (August 2, 2019). "Jenny Lumet Will Co-Showrun CBS All Access' "The Man Who Fell To Earth" Adaptation". Women in Hollywood. Retrieved October 3, 2019.
  21. ^ "2008 Awards: Best Screenplay: Jenny Lumet, Rachel Getting Married". New York Film Critics Circle. 2008.
  22. ^ "Author Q&A: Jenny Lumet, Screenwriter, "Rachel Getting Married"". Write On Online. Retrieved December 5, 2017.
  23. ^ Sperling, Nicole (August 1, 2021). "Can Paramount+ Succeed? One Producer Hopes to Make It So". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved August 5, 2021.