Jamie-Lynn Sigler

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Jamie-Lynn Sigler
Jamie-Lynn Sigler NYC.jpg
Sigler in New York City, November 2007
Born(1981-05-15) May 15, 1981 (age 32)
Jericho, New York, U.S.
OccupationActress, singer
Years active1997–present
Spouse(s)A.J. DiScala (m. 2003–06)
Partner(s)Cutter Dykstra (2012–present)
Children1
 
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Jamie-Lynn Sigler
Jamie-Lynn Sigler NYC.jpg
Sigler in New York City, November 2007
Born(1981-05-15) May 15, 1981 (age 32)
Jericho, New York, U.S.
OccupationActress, singer
Years active1997–present
Spouse(s)A.J. DiScala (m. 2003–06)
Partner(s)Cutter Dykstra (2012–present)
Children1

Jamie-Lynn Sigler (born May 15, 1981)[1] is an American actress and singer. She is best known for her role as Meadow Soprano on the HBO television series The Sopranos.

Early life[edit]

Jamie-Lynn Sigler was born in Jericho, New York,[1] on Long Island, to Steve and Connie Sigler; she has two brothers, Brian and Adam.[1] Her father, the founder of the Men's Senior Baseball League (MSBL), is of Greek Sephardic Jewish and Romanian Jewish descent, while her Cuba-born mother was born Catholic and converted to Judaism when marrying Sigler's father.[2] Sigler began acting and singing at age 7. She attended Jericho High School.[3] Sigler also studied at the Cultural Arts Playhouse in Old Bethpage.[3]

Career[edit]

Acting[edit]

In 1997, she was cast as the precocious Meadow Soprano, daughter of New Jersey mob boss Tony Soprano. The show premiered in 1999 and became a huge success, catapulting Sigler to fame as a TV actress. She continued to play the role through the series finale in 2007.[4][5]

In 2000, while filming Campfire Stories in Hamburg, New Jersey, Sigler was paralyzed from the waist down for several days by Lyme disease.[6] Sigler played the title role in Cinderella on tour and at The Theatre at Madison Square Garden in 2001.[7] She then spent five months on Broadway from October 2002 through February 2003 playing Belle in Beauty and the Beast. She has continued to appear in theatrical roles.

In 2004, she starred as "Hollywood Madam" Heidi Fleiss in the USA television movie Call Me: The Rise and Fall of Heidi Fleiss. In that same year, she had her first starring feature film role, Extreme Dating, an independent film. In 2005, Sigler starred in Love Wrecked and the following year in Homie Spumoni, when she played the role of Alli, the girlfriend of Renato/Leroy (Donald Faison) directed by Mike Cerron.[8]

In 2008, she appeared as herself in 13 episodes of the fifth and sixth season of the HBO series Entourage. In the fifth season, she appeared in the episodes First Class Jerk, Playing With Fire and Return to Queens Blvd, as the love interest of the character Sal 'Turtle' Assante, portrayed by Jerry Ferrara. She returned as a recurring guest star for season six of the series, after becoming Ferrara's real-life girlfriend.[9] On November 17, 2008, Sigler guest-starred as Jillian on the TV series How I Met Your Mother in the episode "Woooo!"[10] On the December 6, 2008 airing of Saturday Night Live, she appeared as the checkout girl for the Saturday Night Live Digital Short music video "Jizz in My Pants" by The Lonely Island.[11]

In 2009, she starred in the psychological thriller film Beneath the Dark, which originally had a working title of Wake.[12] The same year, she appeared on ABC's Ugly Betty in a five-episode arc.[13] Beginning in 2012, she appeared as a main character in the short lived series, Guys with Kids.

Music[edit]

In 2001, she released a pop album called Here to Heaven, which featured the single "Cry Baby". The album sold poorly and was a commercial failure. In 2007, Sigler said she was "embarrassed" by the album and regretted releasing it.[14] In 2012, she collaborated with Romeo Santos on the single "You" and appeared in its music video.[citation needed]

Writing[edit]

In 2002, she co-authored an autobiography, Wise Girl: What I've Learned About Life, Love, and Loss.[15]

Personal life[edit]

Sigler met A.J. DiScala when she was 19, and he became her manager.[16] They began dating soon before she turned 21,[16] and married on July 11, 2003.[17] She subsequently changed her name to Jamie-Lynn DiScala.[17] In September 2005, Sigler and DiScala separated, and she resumed using her maiden name.[17]

In 2008, Sigler visited Israel through the Birthright Israel program and was moved by the trip, calling Israel "one of the most beautiful, inspiring places I've ever been to." She said that the trip gave her a greater understanding to preserve her Jewish identity.[18] Also in 2008, Sigler began a romantic relationship with actor Jerry Ferrara, whom she met while guest-starring on Entourage as a love interest of Ferrara's character, Turtle.[19] They split up in 2009.[20] She then dated football player Mark Sanchez.[21]

Since 2012, Sigler has been dating baseball player Cutter Dykstra, who is the son of well-known MLB player Lenny Dykstra.[22][23] The two became engaged on January 28, 2013,[24] and announced in February 2013 that they were expecting a baby.[25] Sigler gave birth to their son, Beau Kyle Dykstra, on August 28, 2013.[26]

Filmography[edit]

Films
TitleYearRoleNotes
A Brooklyn State of Mind1998Young Angie
Campfire Stories2001Natalie
Death of a Dynasty2003Sexy Woman No. 3
Extreme Dating2005Amy Baker
Love Wrecked2005Alexis Manetti
Homie Spumoni2006Alli Butterman
Blinders2006Alexashort film
Dark Ride2006Cathy
New York City Serenade2007Lynn
Trophy Wife2010Christinashort film
Beneath the Dark2010Adrienne
Divorce Invitation2012
I Do2012Ali Federman
Jewtopia2012Hannah Daniels
Television
TitleYearRoleNotes
The Sopranos1999 – 2007Meadow Soprano72 episodes
Call Me: The Rise and Fall of Heidi Fleiss2004Heidi FleissTV-Movie
Will & Grace2004Ro2 episodes
Higglytown Heroes2005, 2007Ms. Fern3 episodes; voice role
The Gathering2007Maggy Ruleminiseries
How I Met Your Mother2008Jillian1 episode
Saturday Night Live2008Check-Out GirlUncredited role; segment: "Jizz in My Pants"
Entourage2008 – 2009Jamie-Lynn Sigler13 episodes
Ugly Betty2009Natalie5 episodes
Backwash2010Prudence1 episode
Criminal Behavior2011Brooke KrossTV-Movie
Drop Dead Diva2011Tina Howard1 episode
Last Man Standing2012Gabriella1 episode
Guys with Kids2012EmilyMain Cast - 17 episodes
Hollywood Game Night2013Herself1 episode

Discography[edit]

Awards and nominations[edit]

ALMA Award

Screen Actors Guild Award

TV Land Award

Young Artist Award

YoungStar Award

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Jamie-Lynn Sigler: Biography". TVGuide.com. Retrieved January 29, 2013. 
  2. ^ Bloom, Nate (22 January 2008). "Interfaith Celebrities: Jews on Ice, Christina's Baby and Meadow's Trip to Israel". InterfaithFamily.com. Retrieved 29 January 2013. 
  3. ^ a b Fischler, Marcelle S. (November 24, 2002). "Long Island Journal; Three Who Write the Island's Rhythms". The New York Times. Retrieved October 2, 2007. 
  4. ^ a b Reid, Shaheem (18 October 2001). "Meadow Soprano Sings About Debut Album". MTV.com. Retrieved 16 August 2008. 
  5. ^ "Festival Trailer - Wake". Dreadcentral.com. 2010-03-15. Retrieved 2010-09-23. 
  6. ^ NJ.com - New Jersey Online – The Sopranos[dead link]
  7. ^ Jones, Kenneth. "Being Stepmom Is Real Drag for Everett Quinton in 2000-2001 'Cinderella' Tour", Playbill.com, October 19, 2000, accessed December 16, 2011
  8. ^ "CNN interview December 23, 2005 with Jamie-Lynn Sigler, Jane Fonda, and Shane Sellers". Transcripts.cnn.com. Retrieved 2010-09-23. 
  9. ^ Font size Print E-mail Share By Rome Neal (2002-08-19). "Interview on Eating Disorders". Cbsnews.com. Retrieved 2010-09-23. 
  10. ^ "NY PIX Morning News Blog – WPIX-TV". Weblogs.cw11.com. 2008-10-15. Retrieved 2010-09-23. 
  11. ^ "hulu.com". hulu.com. 2010-06-29. Retrieved 2010-09-23. 
  12. ^ "SXSW '10: First Images from 'Shining'-Inspired 'Wake'!". Bloody-disgusting.com. Retrieved 2010-09-23. 
  13. ^ "IFC Midnight Acquires SXSW Thriller 'Wake'". Bloody-disgusting.com. 2010-06-09. Retrieved 2010-09-23. 
  14. ^ "Meadow's Mea Culpa". New York Post. May 9, 2007. 
  15. ^ http://www.publishersweekly.com/978-0-7434-5324-0
  16. ^ a b Wulff, Jennifer; Dagostino, Mark (March 3, 2006). "Jamie-Lynn on Ex: 'There's No Hatred'". People. Retrieved June 14, 2013. 
  17. ^ a b c "Jamie-Lynn DiScala, Husband Split Up". People. September 25, 2005. Retrieved January 29, 2013. 
  18. ^ Kraft, Dina. 'Sopranos' star on birthright discovers her Jewish spirit, The Jerusalem Post, January 22, 2008. Retrieved June 11, 2008.
  19. ^ "Jamie Lynn Sigler and Jerry Ferrara Going Strong". Hollyscoop.com. 2009-06-03. Retrieved 2010-09-23. 
  20. ^ "Jamie-Lynn Sigler and Jerry Ferrara Split –". Usmagazine.com. Retrieved 2010-09-23. 
  21. ^ Jamie-Lynn Sigler and Mark Sanchez Cozy Up at the Tonys People.com
  22. ^ "Jamie-Lynn Sigler reportedly dating Cutter Dykstra, Lenny’s son". 
  23. ^ "amie-Lynn Sigler Is Engaged to Cutter Dykstra: See Her Engagement Ring!". Us Weekly. January 28, 2013. Retrieved June 14, 2013. 
  24. ^ Caldwell, Sarah (January 29, 2013). "Jamie-Lynn Sigler is engaged". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved January 29, 2013. 
  25. ^ Nahas, Aili (February 12, 2013). "Cutter Dykstra and Jamie-Lynn Sigler Expecting First Child". People. Retrieved February 12, 2013. 
  26. ^ Takeda, Allison; Puliti, Alisandra (August 28, 2013). "Jamie-Lynn Sigler Gives Birth to Baby Boy, Names Him Beau Kyle Dykstra". Us Weekly. Retrieved September 1, 2013. 
  27. ^ Charlie Patton (14 December 2000). "Putting Civil War to song". The Florida Times-Union. Retrieved 22 February 2009. 

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