Naomi Foner (née Achs; b. 1946) also credited as Naomi Foner Gyllenhaal, is an American screenwriter, producer, and director, who began her career working on productions by the Children's Television Workshop.

A graduate from Columbia University with a degree in developmental psychology, Foner joined the crew of Sesame Street in 1969, beginning as a production assistant.[1] A year later, she was part of the content team for the Workshop's second program, The Electric Company, serving as associate producer. She was referenced in the show's soap opera parody Love of Chair, which always ended with the dramatic question, "And what about Naomi?"[2] In 1977, she produced The Best of Families, a historical drama series focusing on fictionalized families in the late 19th century, and CTW's first production for adult and family audiences.[3]

She has written for several feature films, including Running on Empty (nominated for Oscar in Best Original Screenplay) and Losing Isaiah (for which she was also a producer). She made her directoral debut with Very Good Girls, starring Dakota Fanning and Elizabeth Olsen.

She is the mother of Jake and Maggie Gyllenhaal.


  1. LA Times "The kids are all right, and so is their mom" December 27, 2005
  2. Street Gang page 217
  3. The Central New Jersey Home News "Perspective sets shows apart" October 13, 1977

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