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The sister of "Will & Grace" creator David Kohan and the daughter of novelist Rhea Kohan and Emmy-winning TV writer Buz Kohan, Jenji Kohan was born July 5, 1969, in Los Angeles. She graduated from Columbia University in 1991 and landed her first job as a staff writer on "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air."

Although Kohan briefly considered rabbinical school, she went on to write for other TV series, including "Mad About You," "Gilmore Girls," "Sex and the City" and "Tracy Takes On," for which she earned an Emmy and a CableACE Award. But she's best known as the writer, producer and creator of the Emmy-nominated "Weeds," which follows a suburban widow who turns to selling pot to support herself and her sons.

Kohan is also the co-creator, writer and executive producer of "Orange Is the New Black," a Netflix original series based on Piper Kerman's memoir about her year in a women's prison.

Jenji Kohan in Orange Is the New Black

Orange Is the New Black

2013 TV-MA

From the creator of "Weeds" comes a heartbreaking and hilarious series set in a women's prison. Piper trades her comfortable life for an orange jumpsuit and finds unexpected conflict and camaraderie amidst an eccentric group of inmates.

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