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Lena Dunham Book Proposal 'Not That Kind of Girl' Sells To Random House for $3.7 Million UPDATE

Photo of Beth Hanna By Beth Hanna | Thompson on Hollywood October 8, 2012 at 1:57PM

UPDATE: "Not That Kind of Girl" sells to Random House for $3.7 million.
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Lena Dunham

UPDATE: "Not That Kind of Girl" sells to Random House for $3.7 million.

EARLIER: Strike while the iron is hot. Following her four Emmy nominations, 26-year-old writer-director-actress Lena Dunham coninues her consummate overachieving with a book proposal worth $3.6 million, per Deadline New York.

The outline for a collection of essays, currently titled "Not That Kind of Girl," is half-inspired by late "Cosmo" editor Helen Gurley Brown's "Having It All," although Dunham knowingly admits that Brown's notorious, feminist-ruffling advice book is a bit bonkers.

True to the self-deprecating nature of Dunham's film and TV work, her "Not That Kind of Girl" proposal features outlines and sample chapters of personal tales focusing on such poignant-funny-embarrassing topics as her virginity loss, attempts to eat healthily and Woody Allen-style death obsessing. Hannah Horvath would be proud.

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.