McCurdy at the premiere of Beautiful Creatures, Los Angeles, February 6, 2013
|Birth name||Jennette Michelle Faye McCurdy|
June 26, 1992 |
Long Beach, California, U.S.
|Origin||Garden Grove, California|
|Genres||Country, country pop|
|Labels||Your Tyme, Capitol Records Nashville|
Jennette Michelle Faye McCurdy (born June 26, 1992) is an American film and television actress and country pop singer-songwriter. She is best known for her role as Sam Puckett on the Nickelodeon sitcom iCarly. She will be reprising her role as Sam in a new spin-off series called Sam & Cat. She has also appeared in a number of notable television series, including Victorious, Zoey 101, True Jackson, VP, Malcolm in the Middle, and Lincoln Heights.
McCurdy was born in Long Beach, California, raised in Garden Grove, California, and has three older brothers: Marcus, Scott, and Dustin. She gained interest in acting after watching Harrison Ford in Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope right after her mother recovered from breast cancer.
McCurdy started her acting career in 2000 at the age of eight on MADtv. Since then she appeared in television series, including CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, Malcolm in the Middle, Lincoln Heights, Will & Grace, Penguins of Madagascar, Zoey 101, True Jackson, VP, Law and Order SVU, Medium, Judging Amy, The Inside, Karen Sisco, Over There and Close to Home. In 2003, she had the chance to act with her inspiration, Harrison Ford in the movie Hollywood Homicide. In 2005, she was nominated for a Young Artist Award for Best Performance in a Television Series – Guest Starring Young Actress for her performance in Strong Medicine as Hailey Campos. She has also appeared in several commercials such as one for Sprint and another commercial for crossing the road safely.
From 2007 to 2012, she had a starring role in the Nickelodeon TV series iCarly opposite Miranda Cosgrove, Nathan Kress, Jerry Trainor, and Noah Munck, as one of Carly Shay's best friends Sam Puckett. In 2008, she was nominated for a Young Artist Award for her work on iCarly, and for her performance as Dory Sorenson in the TV movie The Last Day of Summer. She was nominated for a 2009 Teen Choice Award, in the Favorite TV Sidekick category for her work on iCarly. She played Bertha in Fred: The Movie, a movie based on a YouTube series about Fred Figglehorn. On December 1, 2011, she signed into United Talent Agency's cast of actors and performers for film, TV, music and other areas, to a deal starring her in a pilot vehicle. She was previously with Creative Artists Agency and Larry Galper. McCurdy will star alongside Ariana Grande in the new Nickelodeon show Sam and Cat. She will reprise her role as Sam Puckett, and Grande will reprise her role as Cat Valentine. The two will become friends in this new sitcom, and is expected to premiere in fall of 2013.
In June 2008, McCurdy announced on her official website that she was working on her debut album. The first single, "So Close", was released on March 10, 2009. The second single, "Homeless Heart", was released on May 19. The song was released in honor of McCurdy's recently deceased friend Cody Waters, who died at the age of 9 from brain cancer, and 20% of the proceeds were donated to the Cody Waters Foundation. She met Waters through St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. In mid-2009, McCurdy signed with country music label Capitol Records Nashville.
On April 16, 2010, samples of select songs from McCurdy's upcoming debut country album were released online. The song clips were released in order for fans to vote for which one they believed should be McCurdy's first single. "Not That Far Away" received the most votes, and was released to country radio on May 24, 2010 and iTunes shortly after on June 1.
Capitol Nashville released an EP on August 17, 2010 which included "Not That Far Away" and four new songs, "Stronger", "Put Your Arms Around Someone", and "Break Your Heart". The iTunes version included "Me with You" as a bonus track. "Stronger" was later included on Now That's What I Call Music! Vol. 35, released on August 31, 2010.
McCurdy's second single, "Generation Love", was released as a digital download on March 22, 2011, followed by its release to radio April 25, 2011. Capitol Nashville released McCurdy's self-named-seven-track extended play on February 8, 2012 at clothing retailer Justice. The full length 10-track edition was released to iTunes on June 5, 2012 and is her first full-length album.
On July 11, 2012, Fanlala released an interview with Jennette in which Jennette confirmed that she has since left Capitol Records Nashville saying "I’m kind of between projects right now. I actually just left Capitol Records recently. I’m really just deciding what else I want to do next. Right now I’m working on my new show, and I’m just figuring out where I should take my music from here."
On July 31, 2012, How To Rock released an interview with Jennette in which she talked about her acting and music. Then on August 8, 2012 in another interview with How To Rock, Jennette reflects on her music career. 
In addition to supporting the Cody Waters Foundation, McCurdy was active in campaigns such as stopping child soldiers (she has been involved with the Invisible Children Inc. group) and St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. McCurdy did a PSA for Safe Kids USA which is aired on Nickelodeon and TeenNick.
McCurdy currently serves as a StarPower Ambassador for Starlight Children’s Foundation, encouraging other young people to commit their time, energy and resources to help other kids and working with Starlight to brighten the lives of seriously ill children.
McCurdy composed an article titled, "Off-Camera, My Mom's Fight With Cancer", that was published in the Wall Street Journal on June 11, 2011. It describes in detail, her mother Debra's on-going battle with cancer and how her family is coping with the situation. The article also features tips from McCurdy on living with such a situation.
- Studio albums
- Extended plays
|Not That Far Away||
|"—" denotes releases that did not chart|
|2009||"So Close"||—||Non-album song|
|2010||"Not That Far Away"||58||Not That Far Away (EP)|
|2011||"Generation Love"||44||Jennette McCurdy|
- Music videos
|2010||"Not That Far Away"||Roman White|
|2001||Shadow Fury||Anna Markov|
|2002||My Daughter's Tears||Mary Fields|
|2003||Hollywood Homicide||Van family daughter|
|2003||Taylor Simmons||Amanda Simmons|
|2004||Breaking Dawn||Little girl|
|2004||Tiger Cruise||Kiley Dolan|
|2005||See Anthony Run||Lucy||Short film|
|2007||The Last Day of Summer||Dory Sorenson|
|2008||iGo to Japan||Sam Puckett|
|2010||Fred: The Movie||Bertha|
|2011||Best Player||Christina "Prodigy" Saunders|
|2012||Ice Age: Continental Drift||Voice|
|2013||The Goree Girls||Billie Crow|
|2002||CSI: Crime Scene Investigation||Jackie Trent||Episode: "Cats in the Cradle"|
|2003||Malcolm in the Middle||Daisy||Episodes: "If Boys Were Girls"|
|2004||Karen Sisco||Josie Boyle||Episode: "No One's Girl"|
|2004||Strong Medicine||Hailey Campos||Episode: "Selective Breeding"|
|2005||Law & Order: Special Victims Unit||Holly Purcell||Episode: "Contagious"|
|2005||Medium||Sara Crewson||Episode: "Coded"|
|2005||Judging Amy||Amber Reid||Episode: "My Name is Amy Gray"|
|2005||Malcolm in the Middle||Penelope||Episode: "Buseys Take a Hostage"|
|2005||The Inside||Madison St. Clair||Episode: "Everything Nice"|
|2005||Over There||Lynne||Episode: "Situation Normal"|
|2005||Zoey 101||Trisha Kirby||Episode: "Bad Girl"|
|2006||Will & Grace||Lisa||Episode: "Von Trapped"|
|2006||Close to Home||Stacy Johnson||Episode: "Escape"|
|2007||Lincoln Heights||Beckie||Episodes: "Betrayal", "Tricks and Treats", and "House Arrest"|
|2007–2012||iCarly||Samantha "Sam" Puckett/Melanie Puckett||Lead Role|
|2008||True Jackson, VP||Pinky Turzo||Episodes: "Amanda Hires a Pink" and "True Drama"|
|2010,2013||The Penguins of Madagascar||Becky||Voice
Episode: "Badger Pride" and Episode: "Tunnel of Love"
|2010||Glenn Martin, DDS||Mazy||Episode: "Courtney's Pony"|
|2011||iParty with Victorious||Samantha "Sam" Puckett|
|2011||Cupcake Wars||Herself||Guest judge|
|2012||Victorious||Ponnie/Linda/Fawn||Episode: "Crazy Ponnie"|
|2012||Bucket & Skinner's Epic Adventures||Devon||Episode: "Epic Breakups"|
|2012||Figure It Out||Herself||Panelist
|2012||Camp Orange: Girls VS Boys||Herself||Co-host|
|2013-present||Sam & Cat||Samantha "Sam" Puckett||Lead Role|
Awards and nominations
|2005||Young Artist Awards||Best Performance in a Television Series – Guest Starring Young Actress||Strong Medicine||Nominated|
|2008||Best Performance in a TV Movie, Miniseries or Special – Supporting Young Actress||The Last Day of Summer||Nominated|
|Best Performance in a TV Series – Supporting Young Actress||iCarly||Nominated|
|2009||Best Performance in a TV Series (Comedy or Drama) – Supporting Young Actress||Nominated|
|Outstanding Young Performers in a TV Series||Nominated|
|Teen Choice Awards||Choice TV Sidekick||Nominated|
|2010||Young Artist Awards||Outstanding Young Performers in a TV Series||Nominated|
|2010 Australian Kids' Choice Awards||LOL Award (shared with ensemble)||Won|
|2011||2011 Kids' Choice Awards||Favorite TV Sidekick||Won|
|Teen Choice Awards||Choice TV: Female Scene Stealer||Nominated|
|Choice Music: Female Country Artist||Herself||Nominated|
|2011 Australian Kids' Choice Awards||LOL Award||iCarly||Won|
|Meus Prêmios Nick Brazil||Funniest Character||Won|
|2012||2012 Kids' Choice Awards||Favorite TV Sidekick||Won|
|2013||2013 Australian Kids' Choice Awards||Aussie’s Fave Nick Star||Nominated|
- "Jennette McCurdy Biography". Yahoo! TV. Yahoo! Inc. Retrieved 2009-12-12.
- McCurdy, Jennette (2011). Lunchables: Jennette McCurdy interview No. 1 (Interview). Lunchables. Retrieved 2012-05-30. "I was born in Long Beach and I grew up in a place called Garden Grove right here in California."
- Hatch, Danielle. "sheSam on 'iCarly' – Peoria, IL". pjstar.com. Retrieved 2010-05-19.
- "TV Roles". Jennette McCurdy's Official Website. Retrieved 2011-09-04.
- UTA Signs Actress-Singer Jennette McCurdy. Deadline.com. 2011-12-02.
- "First Single "Not That Far Away" From Upcoming Debut Album". Jennettemccurdy.com. Retrieved 2011-11-07.
- "Homeless Heart – Single by Jennette McCurdy – Download Homeless Heart – Single on iTunes". itunes.apple.com. 2009-05-19. Retrieved 2010-05-19.
- McCurdy, Jennette (2009-05-04). "New single". Jennette McCurdy's Official Website. Retrieved 2009-05-08.[dead link]
- "Jennette McCurdy of Nickelodeon's iCarly Signs With Capitol Nashville". Country Music Television. 2009-07-08. Retrieved 2012-01-18.
- "Jennette McCurdy Lets Fans Help Decide Debut Single". The Boot. 2010-04-16. Retrieved 2010-05-19.
- PR Newswire, World's Best-Selling Music Compilation Series Announces August 31 Release Date For 'NOW That's What I Call Music! Vol. 35', PR Newswire, 2010-08-02.
- ""Generation Love" is Now Available!". Jennettemccurdy.com. 2011-03-22. Retrieved 2011-11-07.
- "Future Releases for Country Radio Stations". All Access. Retrieved 2011-05-30.
- "Jennette McCurdy". Jennette McCurdy. Retrieved 2012-03-05.
- "New Music In Justice Stores Tuesday, January 24!". Jennette McCurdy official website. 2012-01-18.
- Exclusive interview on. Fanlala.com. Retrieved 2012-12-18.
- Interview on. Learnhowtorock.alloyentertainment.com (2012-12-12). Retrieved 2012-12-18.
- Another interview on. Learnhowtorock.alloyentertainment.com (2012-12-11). Retrieved 2012-12-18.
- "Jennette McCurdy On iTunes". itunes.apple.com. 2012. Retrieved 2012.
- Jennette McCurdy. 2009-04-25. Tweet. Twitter.com, Santa Monica, CA. Web.
- "Starlight Children's Foundation – StarPower Ambassadors". Starlight.org. 2009-07-04. Retrieved 2010-05-19.
- McCurdy, Jennette (2011-06-11). "Off-Camera, My Mom’s Fight With Cancer". The Wall Street Journal. Retrieved 2011-06-11.
- Jennette McCurdy –. Amazon.com. Retrieved 2012-12-18.
- "Jennette McCurdy Album & Song Chart History – Country Albums". Billboard. Retrieved 2011-04-16.
- "Jennette McCurdy Album & Song Chart History – Heatseekers Albums". Billboard. Retrieved 2011-04-16.
- "Top Country Songs & Charts, Country Music Hits & Popular Country Music Charts". Billboard.com. Retrieved 2011-04-21.
- "Billboard Country Update". Billboard. 2011-05-16. p. 9. Retrieved 2011-05-16.
- "CMT : Videos : Jennette McCurdy : Not That Far Away". Country Music Television. Retrieved 2011-04-23.
- "CMT : Videos : Jennette McCurdy: Generation Love". Country Music Television. Retrieved 2011-04-23.
- McCurdy, Jennette. 2012-01-19.. Tweet. Twitter.com, Los Angeles, CA. Mobile Web.
- Jennette McCurdy. 2011-08-08. Tweet. Twitter.com, Los Angeles, CA. Mobile Web.
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- "29th Annual Young Artist Awards". Young Artist Awards.
- "30th Annual Young Artist Awards". Young Artist Awards.
- "Teen Choice Awards 2009 nominees".
- "Announcing the Winners of the 2009 Teen Choice Awards!". BuzzSugar.
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- "Premios Teen Choice 2011: Ganadores, lista completa: 7/08/11".
- "2011 Kids’ Choice Awards Australia". ClevverTV.
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- "Lista completa de ganadores Kids Choice Awards 2012".
- "Aussie’s Fave Nick Star". Nickelodeon.
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- Jennette McCurdy at the TCM Movie Database
- Jennette McCurdy at TV Tropes
- Jennette McCurdy at the Notable Names Database