L Word creator Ilene Chaiken on her 'first romance' and coming out: 'I didn't know how to lie'
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Ilene Chaiken’s life as a lesbian provided inspiration for her legendary TV show, The L Word.
Chaiken’s “first romance” with a woman ended in heartbreak, but the famed producer says the experience proved to be the perfect storyline for L Word characters Marina and Jenny.
“It was the same story,” Chaiken, 60, says. “After that, I was a lesbian. I knew it. I didn’t use the word. I think it took some time to come to terms with even calling myself gay … I just simply started living as a lesbian. I wasn’t a particularly bold person, but I just didn’t know how to lie.”
This article originally appeared on People.com
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