How tall is Lena Waithe? Her Religion, Parents, Husband

The American actress/ film producer Lena Waithe stands at a tall height of 5 feet and 9 inches (1.75 m) tall. She weighs about 68 kilograms, which is said to be balanced considering her height. She has natural Black colored hair and Dark Brown colored eyes. This article is all about the biography of Waithe alongside some interesting facts about her.

Is she Lesbian?

Regarding her sexual orientation, Lena is a masculine-presenting lesbian. The actress predominantly expresses masculinity with a touch of femininity.

Is Lena Waithe married?

Moving towards her marital status, Lena Waithe is a divorced person. Previously, she was married to film executive Alana Mayo (born on May 2, 1984). They celebrated their engagement in 2017 in Tokyo on Thanksgiving Day. Lena was gifted with a pair of exclusive Etonic, Akeem the Dream sneakers at the time of their engagement. They got married in San Francisco in 2019.

After two months of their marriage, the pair decided to separate which was announced on January 23, 2020. Mayo filed for a divorce in the month of November. Their relationship status as “single” was restored on May 24, 2021. As per the case for spousal support, they had to deal with dividing up property and other assets.

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is Lena Waithe Kenyan? What’s her Ethnicity?

Because of her physical appearance, many people are curious to know the nationality of actress Waithe. She is not a Kenyan but an American born in Chicago, Illinois, the United States. She is AfroAmerican by ethnicity.


Lena Waithe is a Christian and describes her family as “lazy Christian.’ She has a strong faith in God and Jesus and thanks to him for making all those things she is now. She believes that being a good and honest person is the key base of her religion.

About her Spouse: Alana Mayo

Her ex-spouse Alana mayo is a film executive best noted for being the President of motion picture producing company Orion Pictures. She was raised in Chicago although being born in New York.

Who are Lena Waithe parents?

Lena Waithe’s parents divorced when she was just 3 years old after which she was raised by her single mother and grandmother. Her mother’s name is Ethel Laverne. Her father died when she was 14 years old. She has memorable childhood days spent together with her sister.

How old is Lena Waithe?

The comedy-drama Master of None actress, Lena Waithe was born on May 17, 1984 which makes her age be 38 years old as of 2022.

Early Life and Educational Background

She was not passionate about acting as a child as she dreamt of being a television writer at the age of 7. Her family also supported her in her writing. Regarding her education, she went to a local, mostly African-American elementary magnet school and later moved to Evanston. She completed her middle school by joining Chute Middle School. She completed her high school graduation by getting enrolled at Evanston Township High School. For her higher education, she went to Columbia College Chicago from where she earned her bachelor’s degree in cinema and television arts in 2006. 

After having a degree, she started looking for opportunities to work in the television and film industry. She has worked in a movie theatre, Blockbuster and a Best Buy during her early days.

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Career and Professional Achievements

She moved to Los Angeles which gained her multiple opportunities. She was hired as an assistant to the executive producer of the sitcom television series Girlfriends. She grabbed a role in the comedy-drama television series The Comeback. Her next work was serving as a writer for the crime-procedural comedy-drama television series Bones. She also served as a writer for the teen sitcom How to Rock in 2012.

She produced the 2014 satirical dark comedy film, Dear White People which was directed by Justin Simien. She has also made her appearance for the YouTube series “Twenties”. One of her popular projects named “Save Me”, a short film was written and directed by her. Her writing works also include the 2011 viral video called Shit Black Girls Say.

She appeared in the limelight in 2014 after being named “10 Comedians to Watch” by Variety. She also wrote for the series “The Chi” which was produced by rapper Common. By co-chairing the Committee of Black Writers at the Writers Guild, she worked for the support of the Black-American community in the entertainment industry.

She was starred in “Master of None”, a Netflix comedy-drama streaming television series. She alongside Aziz Ansari (born on  February 23, 1983) were able to earn the Primetime Emmy Award for the category, Outstanding Writing for a Comedy series for Thanksgiving’s season 2 in 2017. This made her become the first Black-American woman in history to win the award in that category. On November 8, 2017, she was named the Out100: Artist of the Year by LGBTQ magazine, Out Magazine.

She has also been offering her voice for the tagline of a multinational company, AT&T’s commercials. She also produced the romantic road crime drama film Queen & Slim which was directed by Melina Matsoukas (born January 14, 1981). It was released by Universal Pictures in November 2019.

She also founded her production company, Hillman Grad Productions which began a mentoring and training program in 2020. In order to work for a television version of the documentary film Hoop Dreams, she signed with the Warner Bros. TV Group.

What has Lena Waithe produced?

The list of projects which Lena has produced are:

  1. Dear White People (2014)
  2. Ladylike (2014)
  3. Step Sisters (2018)
  4. Boomerang (2019–2020- Executive Producer
  5. The 40-Year-Old Version (2020)
  6. Twenties (2020)- Executive Producer
  7. The One and Only Dick Gregory (2021)- Executive Producer
  8. Them (2021)- Executive Producer

What is the Net worth of Lena Waithe?

From her long contribution to the entertainment industry, Lena Waithe has an estimated net worth of US$11 million. She has produced a number of television projects and worked as an actress and writer. Her work with various brands’ commercials has made her have regular financial returns.

Wikipedia and Social Networking Accounts

The biography of Lena Waithe is prepared by various wiki sites including Wikipedia and IMDb. She has amassed more than 1 million followers on her Instagram account @lenawaithe. Her verified Twitter and Facebook accounts are not available.

Quick Facts

  • Birth Name: Lena Waithe
  • Nicknames: Katraukus
  • Date of Birth: May 17, 1984
  • Place of Birth: Chicago, Illinois, the United States
  • Profession: Actress, Producer, Writer
  • Marital Status: Divorced
  • Sexual Orientation: Lesbian
  • Nationality: American
  • Ethnicity: Afro-American
  • Children: Not yet
  • Height: 5 feet and 9 inches (1.75 m)
  • Weight: 68 kilograms

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