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Lena Dunham names her biggest influences

Lena Dunham has given a rundown of the women who have most shaped her life.

Lena Dunham thinks her Girls co-executive Jenni Konner is dead if she doesn't text every hour.

As well as creating the hit TV show about four twenty-something girls coping with life in New York, Lena also stars as main protagonist Hannah. The cast all share a strong bond, but Lena feels especially close to producer and writer Jenni, who made it in to Lena's top 10 list of women that made her.

"Jenni and I started a production company founded on our belief that there aren't enough projects re-examining gender in interesting ways," Lena told the British edition of Glamour magazine. "It seems like she's been my best friend since kindergarten. If she doesn't text me for an hour, I think she's dead."

Facebook CEO Sheryl Sandberg also made the list thanks to her ideas on how to push feminism into the work place, as did the late poet Audre Lorde for her fight for equality.

Grey's Anatomy, Scandal and How to Get Away with Murder producer Shonda Rhimes also made the cut.

"Shonda has taken over a full freaking day of the week with her addictive programming," Lena laughed. "She's done it unapologetically. And Scandal has made wine and popcorn seem like a viable, even healthy meal."

Writer Ashley Ford also features, someone who has become a great friend to Lena. "Ashley and I fell in love via social media and then she flew from Indiana to meet me," the 29-year-old star shared. "We were both convinced that we were being catfished. Now Ashley writes for BuzzFeed and everyone can read her pieces about gender, race and Kenny Loggins."

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