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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.

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Early life[edit]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 theMen's Senior Baseball League (MSBL), is of Greek Sephardic Jewish and Romanian Jewish descent, while her Cuba-born mother was born Catholic and converted toJudaism 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]Edit

Acting[edit]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 atMadison 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 JerkPlaying 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]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]Edit

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

Personal life[edit]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]Edit

Films
Title Year Role Notes
A Brooklyn State of Mind 1998 Young Angie
Campfire Stories 2001 Natalie
Death of a Dynasty 2003 Sexy Woman No. 3
Extreme Dating 2005 Amy Baker
Love Wrecked 2005 Alexis Manetti
Homie Spumoni 2006 Alli Butterman
Blinders 2006 Alexa short film
Dark Ride 2006 Cathy
New York City Serenade 2007 Lynn
Trophy Wife 2010 Christina short film
Beneath the Dark 2010 Adrienne
Divorce Invitation 2012
I Do 2012 Ali Federman
Jewtopia 2012 Hannah Daniels
Television
Title Year Role Notes
The Sopranos 1999 – 2007 Meadow Soprano 72 episodes
Call Me: The Rise and Fall of Heidi Fleiss 2004 Heidi Fleiss TV-Movie
Will & Grace 2004 Ro 2 episodes
Higglytown Heroes 2005, 2007 Ms. Fern 3 episodes; voice role
The Gathering 2007 Maggy Rule miniseries
How I Met Your Mother 2008 Jillian 1 episode
Saturday Night Live 2008 Check-Out Girl Uncredited role; segment: "Jizz in My Pants"
Entourage 2008 – 2009 Jamie-Lynn Sigler 13 episodes
Ugly Betty 2009 Natalie 5 episodes
Backwash 2010 Prudence 1 episode
Criminal Behavior 2011 Brooke Kross TV-Movie
Drop Dead Diva 2011 Tina Howard 1 episode
Last Man Standing 2012 Gabriella 1 episode
Guys with Kids 2012 Emily Main cast - 17 episodes
Hollywood Game Night 2013 Herself 1 episode
Dads 2014 Elsa 1 episode

Discography[edit]Edit

Awards and nominations[edit]Edit

ALMA Award

  • 2001: Nominated, "Outstanding Actress in a Television Series" - The Sopranos
  • 2002: Nominated, "Outstanding Actress in a Television Series" - The Sopranos

Screen Actors Guild Award

  • 2000: Won, "Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series" - The Sopranos
  • 2001: Nominated, "Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series" - The Sopranos
  • 2002: Nominated, "Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series" - The Sopranos
  • 2003: Nominated, "Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series" - The Sopranos
  • 2005: Nominated, "Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series" - The Sopranos
  • 2007: Nominated, "Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series" - The Sopranos
  • 2008: Won, "Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series" - The Sopranos

TV Land Award

  • 2008: Nominated, "Siblings That Make You Grateful for Your Own Crazy Family" - The Sopranos (shared w/Robert Iler)

Young Artist Award

  • 2000: Nominated, "Best Performance in a TV Drama Series by a Supporting Young Actress" - The Sopranos
  • 2001: Nominated, "Best Performance in a TV Drama Series by a Supporting Young Actress" - The Sopranos

YoungStar Award

  • 1999: Won, "Best Performance by a Young Actress in a Drama TV Series" - The Sopranos
  • 2000: Won, "Best Performance by a Young Actress in a Drama TV Series" - The Sopranos
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