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Overview (2)

Born in New York City, New York, USA
Height 5' 3" (1.6 m)

Mini Bio (2)

Natasha Lyonne is an American stage, film, and television actress.

As a young child, she was signed by the Ford Modeling Agency and, at the age of six, she was cast as "Opal" on Pee-wee's Playhouse (1986), which was quickly followed by film appearances in Heartburn (1986), written by Nora Ephron, directed by Mike Nichols; A Man Called Sarge (1990); and Dennis the Menace (1993), with Walter Matthau and Christopher Lloyd. At the age of 16, Woody Allen cast her as his and Goldie Hawn's daughter in Everyone Says I Love You (1996), alongside Julia Roberts, Edward Norton, Natalie Portman, which led to appearances in almost 30 films over the next 10 years, including starring roles in the independent films Slums of Beverly Hills (1998) and But I'm a Cheerleader (1999). Lyonne's other films included Detroit Rock City (1999); Scary Movie 2 (2001); The Grey Zone (2001), directed by Tim Blake Nelson; James Mangold's Kate & Leopold (2001); Party Monster (2003); Die, Mommie, Die! (2003) and Blade: Trinity (2004), as well as TV appearances on shows including NBC's Will & Grace (1998). Lyonne is perhaps best-known for her roles in the "American Pie" films as the wise-cracking "Jessica".

After a short hiatus in 2008, due to well-documented health and legal struggles, Lyonne returned to work, making her New York stage debut in the award-winning New Group production of Mike Leigh's "Two Thousand Years" and in the films The Immaculate Conception of Little Dizzle (2009) and Goyband (2008). Since then, Lyonne has steadily worked in the New York theatre scene, in film and on television. Films include All About Evil (2010) with Thomas Dekker; Abel Ferrara's 4:44 Last Day on Earth (2011) with Willem Dafoe; and upcoming projects Girl Most Likely (2012) (aka "Imogene") with Kristen Wiig, Darren Criss, Matt Dillon and Annette Bening; The Rambler (2013) with Dermot Mulroney; Clutter (2013) with Carol Kane and Kathy Najimy; He's Way More Famous Than You (2013), written by Halley Feiffer and directed by Michael Urie, with Ben Stiller and Jesse Eisenberg. TV appearances include the hit series, New Girl (2011) and Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (1999). On stage, she was in the original cast of Nora Ephron and Delia Ephron's award-winning "Love, Loss, and What I Wore" with Samantha Bee, Tyne Daly, Katie Finneran and Rosie O'Donnell and in the original cast in Los Angeles at Geffen Playhouse with Tracee Ellis Ross, Carol Kane and Rita Wilson.

She received rave reviews in Kim Rosenstock's "Tigers Be Still", directed by Sam Gold, with Reed Birney, Halley Feiffer, John Magaro at the Roundabout Theatre Company and returned this past season to the New Group stage with Ethan Hawke, Gordon Clapp and Daphne Rubin-Vega in Tommy Nohilly's "Blood From a Stone". Most recently, she participated in New Group's benefit performance of "Women Behind Bars", with Charles Busch, Josh Hamilton, Cynthia Nixon, Rhea Perlman and Rosie O'Donnell.

Natasha was born Natasha Bianca Lyonne Braunstein in New York City, New York, to Ivette (Buchinger) and Aaron Braunstein, who is a talk radio host, boxing promoter, and race car driver. She is from a Jewish family. Her maternal grandparents, originally from Hungary, were Holocaust survivors who moved to Paris, France, where Natasha's mother was born.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: jodisc

Natasha Lyonne is an Emmy and Golden Globe nominated producer, actor, writer, and director.

Lyonne co-created Netflix series "Russian Doll", which received three Emmy awards, a total of 13 Emmy nominations including Comedy Series and Lead Actress for Lyonne, a Gotham Award nomination, and a Golden Globe acting nomination for Lyonne after premiering in 2019. She showruns, writes and directs for the series in which she stars alongside Greta Lee, Charlie Barnett and Chloe Sevigny.

Lyonne directed the October 2020 Netflix comedy special, "Sarah Cooper: Everything's Fine", a variety special dealing with issues of politics, race, gender, and class and featured Helen Mirren, Fred Armisen, Whoopi Goldberg, Jon Hamm, Aubrey Plaza, Ben Stiller, Winona Ryder, and Marisa Tomei among others. In addition to directing, Natasha executive produced the special through Animal Pictures, her production company with Maya Rudolph and Danielle Renfrew Behrens. Animal Pictures is developing and producing a slate of original content, including the half-hour series Desert People which Lyonne co-created with Alia Shawkat and Apple TV+'s upcoming comedy series starring Rudolph, created by Alan Yang and Matt Hubbard.

Lyonne portrayed Tallulah Bankhead opposite Andra Day in her Academy Award-nominated and Golden Globe-winning turn as legendary jazz singer, Billie Holiday, in Academy Award nominee Lee Daniels' The United States Vs. Billie Holiday. The biopic was released by Hulu in February 2021.

In 2019, Lyonne returned as Nicky Nichols in the seventh and final season of Netflix original drama series Orange Is the New Black for which she also directed an episode. Lyonne directed and appeared in an episode of Comedy Central s Awkwafina is Nora From Queens. She also directed an episode of Shrill starring Aidy Bryant and an episode of Hulu series High Fidelity starring Zoe Kravitz.

Lyonne made her directorial debut with Kenzo short film Cabiria, Charity, Chastity, featuring the Fall/Winter 2017 collection. She wrote the screenplay for the film which stars Rudolph, Armisen, and Leslie Odom Jr. among others. In 2017, she produced and starred in IFC Midnight s Antibirth, directed by Danny Perez, co-starring Sevigny. This independent farce horror hybrid which premiered at Sundance Film Festival in 2016, was released wide in the US in 2016, and released in the UK in 2017.

In 2014, Natasha earned an Emmy Nomination for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series for her role in Orange Is the New Black. Recent television credits include guest stints on Portlandia, Girls, Inside Amy Schumer, The Simpsons and IFC's Documentary Now.

As a young child, Lyonne was signed by the Ford Modeling Agency and at the age of six, she was cast as Opal on Pee-wee's Playhouse. She is well known for her acclaimed performances in Slums of Beverly Hills, the beloved comedy directed by Tamara Jenkins, and co-starring Alan Arkin and Marisa Tomei; the coming-of age comedy, But I'm a Cheerleader, with Clea Duvall and RuPaul; and Everyone Says I Love You. Additional film credits include: The Grey Zone, Sleeping with Other People, Hello, My Name is Doris, Blade: Trinity, Party Monster, James Mangold's Kate & Leopold, American Pie, American Pie 2, Detroit Rock City, A Futile & Stupid Gesture and Irresistible.

On stage, Lyonne starred alongside Ethan Hawke in The New Group's darkly comic Off-Broadway production of Blood from a Stone, written by Thomas Nohilly and directed by Scott Elliott. Lyonne earned critical-acclaim for her adept portrayal of the couch-ridden, heartbroken Grace in the Roundabout Theatre Company s production of Tigers Be Still, written by Kim Rosenstock and directed by Sam Gold. In 2019, Lyonne co-presented Jacqueline Novak: Get On Your Knees with executive producer Mike Birbiglia. The comedy showed at The Cherry Lane Theatre and received rave reviews. Natasha's other stage credits include roles in Love, Loss, and What I Wore, an intimate collection of monologues and stories by Delia and Nora Ephron, and the familial drama, Two Thousand Years, directed by Scott Elliot and written by the legendary Mike Leigh.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Anonymous

Family (3)

Children None
Parents Aaron Braunstein
Braunstein, Yvette
Relatives Braunstein, Adam (sibling)

Trivia (20)

Attended Yeshiva High School in Manhattan, where she acted in a school production of "The Magic Garden."
Arrested by Miami Beach police on charges of driving under the influence of alcohol, careless driving and leaving the scene of an accident. Her rented Dodge ran off the road into a traffic sign. She was arrested about 1:45am and released after posting a bond during the day. Her statement to the arresting officer was, "I'm a movie star. Can I talk to my entertainment lawyer?" [August 2001]
She and her family briefly lived in Israel (where she filmed A Man Called Sarge (1990)). After her parents divorced, she moved back to New York with her mother and brother while her father remained in Israel.
Rufus Wainwright's song "Natasha" is written about her.
Was originally set to play Candy in The Devil's Rejects (2005), but was replaced by Elizabeth Daily.
Has lived on her own since 16.
Was originally cast as Audie in the film Audie & the Wolf (2008) but was replaced by Tara Price.
After dropping out of NYU's Tisch School at age 17, she bought her own apartment, a penthouse with wraparound terrace in Manhattan's Gramercy Park area, using two semesters worth of tuition to make the down payment.
Her parents are both of Ashkenazi Jewish descent. Her maternal grandparents, Ella (Netzer) and Morris Buchinger, both originally from Hungary, were Holocaust survivors.
Her character in Orange Is the New Black (2013) mentions making The Exorcist (1973) jokes while being strapped down in the rehab clinic, which is a reference to her role in Scary Movie 2 (2001).
Close friends with her Orange Is the New Black (2013) co-stars, Laura Prepon and Taylor Schilling.
Attended a Zionist military camp when she was 13 years old, living in Israel.
Longtime friend of Chloë Sevigny.
Natasha has worked with Michael Harney twice - in Weeds (2005) and Orange Is the New Black (2013).
Between her TV debut at age 7 on Pee-wee's Playhouse (1986) and playing junkie Nicky on Orange Is the New Black (2013), Natasha fought, and kicked, an addiction to heroin. After getting clean, she underwent open-heart surgery to repair the damage she'd inflicted on her body during this period.
Received her first screen kiss from co-star Devin Ratray in the film Dennis the Menace (1993).
She was offered the title role in Buffy The Vampire Slayer (1997-2003) but turned it down as she wasn't interested in doing TV at the time.
Lyonne underwent open-heart surgery in 2012 to correct heart valve damage caused by her heart infection.
In 2005 Lyonne was admitted to Beth Israel Medical Center in Manhattan under a pseudonym, suffering from hepatitis C, a heart infection, and a collapsed lung; she was also undergoing methadone treatment for heroin addiction. Later that year Lyonne was admitted to a drug and alcohol treatment center.
She was born on the exact same day as Heath Ledger.

Personal Quotes (5)

My life is very much in the present today. And that's what theater is all about.
[re New York] I have a real love affair with the city. I just feel like when you're up or when you're down, the city really cushions you. I feel like I just have such the blood and bones of a New Yorker that I can almost imagine better, like, giving up the fight and not being able to afford the city and going out West, keeping a small place here, and then when I'm like 80, coming back here, living on the park and going to the theater. For the matinee.
I would have done well as a gypsy child, I think. A circus baby. I coulda played a great street urchin or ragamuffin. Or just been one. I certainly liked entertaining people and making jokes, but I don't know necessarily if that's what your child is prone to that you should necessarily put them in a real working industry at six years old. By the time I was 16, I was already an exhausted cynic.
I mean, I didn't have a 28-day drug problem. I had a take-five-years-off drug problem. [Because of] "my well-publicized drug problem, there was many years I couldn't get work...I mean, life is very short but life is also very long. I don't know that there's such a rush. I think I also needed a break just in terms of the child actor in me was tired. I mean, I'd been working from, like, 6 to 24, pretty much nonstop.
[on performing her role as a cat-loving school teacher in G.B.F. (2013)'] If you're at all a reasonable human being when you're 34 years old, you don't read scripts looking at the children's parts. I don't really feel like I need to be a teenager ever again. It's really a miracle that I made it out alive. I'm doing all right being in my 30s - I think I'm hitting my sweet spot. I'm glad to have already come of age.

Salary (1)

American Reunion (2012) $500,000

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