August 28, 1962
Marin County, California, United States
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Melissa Anne Rosenberg was born on Aug. 28, 1962, in Marin County, CA. Though originally bent on pursuing a career in dance, which she studied at Bennington College in VT, Rosenberg switched gears toward film and television production when she moved back to her home state and enrolled in a Master's program at the University of Southern California. In 1991, Rosenberg penned her first feature screenplay, titled "Working the Circuit," which was about her prior personal experiences as a New Jersey stripper. Although the script earned distinction as a semifinalist in the Academy Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting, it never begat a film. Shortly after, Rosenberg homed her attentions on television, writing for series including "Class of '96" (Fox 1993) and "Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman" (CBS 1993-98). She soon added producing to her résumé with credits on programs like "Party of Five" (Fox 1994-2000). As Rosenberg's clout grew within the industry, she accrued positions as a regular writer and executive producer for esteemed series like "The O.C." (Fox 2003-07) and "Dexter" (Showtime 2006-2013). Around the same time, Rosenberg tried her hand once more at the big screen, making her bona fide feature debut as the writer of "Step Up" (2006). From there, Rosenberg made her mark adapting Stephenie Meyers' popular Twilight book series to the cinema, writing each film in the franchise between the inceptive "Twilight" (2008) and the final "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2" (2012). The conclusion of the film series gave Rosenberg time to develop her own project: a television adaptation of the Marvel Comics series Alias, which would become Rosenberg's highly acclaimed, socially conscious "Jessica Jones" (Netflix 2015-), starring Krysten Ritter as the title character.