Jennette McCurdy

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Jennette McCurdy
Jennette McCurdy 2012.jpg
McCurdy at the 2012 Hall of Game Awards.
Born Jennette Michelle Faye McCurdy
(1992-06-26) June 26, 1992 (age 22)
Long Beach, California, United States
Occupation Actress, producer, screenwriter, singer, songwriter
Years active 2000–present
Musical career
Genres Country, country pop
Instruments Vocals, guitar, keyboard[1]
Labels Capitol Records Nashville

Jennette Michelle Faye McCurdy[2] (born June 26, 1992) is an American actress, singer, songwriter,[3] and screenwriter. She is known for her role as Sam Puckett on the Nickelodeon sitcom iCarly and its spin-off series Sam & Cat. She has also appeared in a number of television series, including Victorious, Zoey 101, True Jackson VP, Malcolm in the Middle, and Lincoln Heights. She is currently producing, writing, and starring in her online series What's Next for Sarah?,[4][5] and is in production for Between, which will debut in 2015.

Early life[edit]

McCurdy was born in Long Beach, California and was raised in Garden Grove, California.[6] She has three older brothers named Marcus, Scott, and Dustin. She gained interest in acting after watching Harrison Ford in Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope after her mother recovered from breast cancer.[7] She is of Irish, French, Swedish, Italian, and English heritage.[2][8]



McCurdy started her acting career in 2000 at the age of eight on MADtv.[9] Since then she appeared in television series, including CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, Malcolm in the Middle, Lincoln Heights, Will & Grace, The 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 film 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 a public service announcement on 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 Carly Shay's best friend 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.[10] McCurdy starred alongside Ariana Grande in the Nickelodeon series Sam & Cat, reprising her role as Sam Puckett, with Grande reprising her role as Cat Valentine. The series' plot centers on the girls becoming roommates and starting their own babysitting business. Sam & Cat premiered on June 8, 2013 and ended on July 17, 2014.

McCurdy is starring in a new thriller drama TV series, Between, being produced by City Canada and Netflix. The series is set to begin in 2015 on City in Canada and Netflix outside of Canada.[11]

Screenwriting and producing[edit]

On August 13, 2014 she launched her own online show What's Next for Sarah?. McCurdy serves as the star of the series as well as the writer of the show along with duties as executive producer and editor. McCurdy says that the show is based loosely on her life and that the character she plays, Sarah Bronson is based on her.[12][13]


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.[14] The second single, "Homeless Heart", was released on May 19.[15] 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.[16] She met Waters through St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. In mid-2009, McCurdy signed with country music label Capitol Records Nashville.[17]

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.[18] "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.[citation needed]

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.[19]

McCurdy's second single, "Generation Love", was released as a digital download on March 22, 2011,[20] followed by its release to radio April 25, 2011.[21] Capitol Nashville released McCurdy's self-named-seven-track extended play on February 8, 2012[22] at clothing retailer Justice.[23] The full-length, ten-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 McCurdy in which she 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."[24]

On July 31, 2012, How To Rock released an interview with McCurdy, in which she talked about her acting and music careers.[25] A follow-up interview was released on August 8, in which McCurdy reflects on her music career.[26][27]

Other activities[edit]

Starting in 2011, McCurdy began writing articles in the Wall Street Journal. Since then she has written a total of eight articles for the paper on various topics ranging from Shirley Temple[28] to body shaming and the corporate culture of smoke and mirrors surrounding it relating to the magazine companies, advertisers and the overall American perception of fat and what beauty is[29] to personal stories that she pulled a lesson out of and thinks can help other people from her late mother's battle with cancer to believing in Christmas to internet romance and social media use and overuse.

McCurdy has also recently become a columnist for Seventeen magazine.[30][31] She has also written for the Huffington Post[32]


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)[33] and St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. McCurdy did a PSA for Safe Kids USA which is aired on Nickelodeon and TeenNick.

McCurdy previously served 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.[34]

Personal life[edit]

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.[35] On September 20, 2013, her mother died after battling cancer for 17 years.[36]

McCurdy briefly dated NBA player Andre Drummond in September 2013.[37][38] The following March, three personal photos of McCurdy were leaked onto the internet.[39] McCurdy said that the pictures were leaked by Drummond and he had been the only recipient. Drummond denied leaking the photos.[40][41]

Later, McCurdy along with former iCarly co-star and good friend Miranda Cosgrove were noticeably absent from the 2014 Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards, in an apparent boycott where Sam & Cat won "Favorite Show" and Ariana Grande won "Best Actress," which McCurdy was also nominated for. In explaining her absence, McCurdy stated that Nickelodeon put her in an "uncomfortable, compromising, unfair situation" where she had to look out for her. She said the leaked photos were not an issue.[42] Among various rumors were that McCurdy and Grande were having problems with the network over their respective salaries, with McCurdy accusing Nickelodeon of paying Grande more money, while Grande denied this. The network placed Sam & Cat into hiatus. The network initially stated that the hiatus was planned and that the series was not cancelled.[43] However, on July 13, Nickelodeon announced that, after only one season, the series was cancelled.[44] For months in between, rumors of a feud between Grande and McCurdy ran high, and still continue after the series' cancellation.[45] The rumors included the possibility that McCurdy was spoofing Grande and their feud with the character "Gloriana" in her online series What's Next for Sarah?[46] McCurdy later made up with Grande.[47]


Year Title Role Notes
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 Disney Channel Original Movie
2005 See Anthony Run Lucy Short film
2006 Against Type Meredith TV film
2007 Last Day of Summer, TheThe Last Day of Summer Dory Sorenson Nickelodeon Original Movie
2009 Minor Details Mia
2010 Fred: The Movie Bertha Nickelodeon Original Movie
2011 Best Player Christina "Prodigy" Saunders
2011 The Death and Return of Superman Eradicator Folks Short film
2011 Snowflake, the White Gorilla Petunia the Gorilla English Dub Voice
2013 Swindle Savannah Drysdale Nickelodeon Original Movie
2014 Almost Heroes 3D Sue Voice
TBA The Goree Girls Billie Crow
Year Title Role Notes
2000 MADtv Cassidy Gifford "Dave Holmes/Snoop Dogg/No Doubt" (season 6: episode 1)
2002 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Jackie Trent "Cats in the Cradle" (season 2: episode 20)
2003–2005 Malcolm in the Middle Daisy / Penelope "If Boys Were Girls" (season 4: episode 10)
"Buseys Take a Hostage" (season 6: episode 21)
2004 Karen Sisco Josie Boyle "No One's Girl" (season 1: episode 9)
2004 Strong Medicine Hailey Campos "Selective Breeding" (season 5: episode 14)
2005 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Holly Purcell "Contagious" (season 6: episode 11)
2005 Medium Sara Crewson "Coded" (season 1: episode 9)
2005 Judging Amy Amber Reid "My Name is Amy Gray" (season 6: episode 22)
2005 Inside, TheThe Inside Madison St. Clair "Everything Nice" (season 1: episode 4)
2005 Over There Lynne "Situation Normal" (season 1: episode 8)
2005 Zoey 101 Trisha Kirby "Bad Girl" (season 2: episode 5)
2006 Will & Grace Lisa "Von Trapped" (season 8: episode 10)
2006 Close to Home Stacy Johnson "Escape" (season 1: episode 16)
2007 Lincoln Heights Beckie "Betrayal" (season 1: episode 3)
"Tricks and Treats" (season 1: episode 11)
"House Arrest" (season 1: episode 12)
2007–2012 iCarly Samantha "Sam" Puckett / Melanie Puckett Co-lead role
2008–2011 True Jackson, VP Pinky Turzo 2 episodes: "Amanda Hires a Pink" (season 1: episode 16)
"True Drama" (season 2: episode 5)
2010–2015 Penguins of Madagascar, TheThe Penguins of Madagascar Becky Voice
"Badger Pride" (season 2: episode 14)
"Tunnel of Love" (season 3: episode 27)
2010 The Cleveland Show Girl #1 Voice
"Little Man on Campus" (season 2: episode 5)
2010 Glenn Martin, DDS Mazy Voice
"Courtney's Pony" (season 2: episode 16)
2010 Big Time Rush Training Fan "Big Time Concert" (season 1: episode 19-20)
2011 Cupcake Wars Herself Guest judge
"Jennette McCurdy Country Cupcakes" (season 3: episode 13)
2011 BrainSurge Herself Contestant
2012 Victorious Ponnie / Linda / Fawn[48] "Crazy Ponnie" (season 3: episode 12)
2012 Bucket & Skinner's Epic Adventures Devon[49] "Epic Break-Up: Part 1" (season 1: episode 17)
"Epic Break-Up: Part 2" (season 1: episode 18)
2012 Figure It Out Herself Panelist
4 episodes
2012 Camp Orange: Girls VS Boys Herself Co-host
2013 Ben and Kate Bethany "Gone Fishin'" (season 1: episode 14)
2013–2014 Sam & Cat Samantha "Sam" Puckett / Melanie Puckett Co-lead role (Same Character as in iCarly)
2014 The Birthday Boys Kendra Taylor "Love Date Hump" (season 2: episode 5)
2015 Comedy Bang! Bang! Allie Dawson "Simon Helberg Wears a Sky Blue Button Down and Jeans" (season 4: episode 5)
2015 Between Wiley Day Lead Role[50][51]
Web series
Year Title Role Notes
2014–present What's Next for Sarah? Sarah Bronson [4] Lead role / Writer / Executive Producer


McCurdy at the 2010 Kids' Choice Awards
Studio albums
Title Details
Jennette McCurdy
Extended plays
Title Details Peak chart
US Country

Not That Far Away
  • Release date: August 17, 2010
  • Label: Capitol Records Nashville
  • Formats: Digital download
32 3
Jennette McCurdy
  • Release date: February 8, 2012
  • Label: Capitol Records Nashville
  • Formats: CD, digital download
"—" denotes releases that did not chart
Year Single Peak position Album
US Country
2009 "So Close" Non-album song
"Homeless Heart"
2010 "Not That Far Away" 58[55] Not That Far Away (EP)
2011 "Generation Love" 44[56] Jennette McCurdy
Music videos
Year Song Director
2010 "Not That Far Away"[57] Roman White
2011 "Generation Love"[58]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Work Result
2005 Young Artist Awards Best Performance in a Television Series – Guest Starring Young Actress Strong Medicine Nominated[59]
2008 Best Performance in a TV Movie, Miniseries or Special – Supporting Young Actress The Last Day of Summer Nominated[60]
Best Performance in a TV Series – Supporting Young Actress iCarly Nominated[60]
2009 Best Performance in a TV Series (Comedy or Drama) – Supporting Young Actress Nominated[61]
Outstanding Young Performers in a TV Series Nominated[61]
Teen Choice Awards Choice TV Sidekick Nominated[62][63]
2010 Young Artist Awards Outstanding Young Performers in a TV Series Nominated[64]
2010 Australian Kids' Choice Awards LOL Award (shared with ensemble) Won[65]
2011 2011 Kids' Choice Awards Favorite TV Sidekick Won[66]
Teen Choice Awards Choice TV: Female Scene Stealer Nominated[67][68]
Choice Music: Female Country Artist Herself Nominated[67][68]
2011 Australian Kids' Choice Awards LOL Award iCarly Won[69]
Meus Prêmios Nick Brazil Funniest Character Won[70]
2012 2012 Kids' Choice Awards Favorite TV Sidekick Won[71]
2013 2013 Australian Kids' Choice Awards Aussie’s Fave Nick Star Jennette McCurdy Nominated[72]
2014 2014 Kids' Choice Awards Favorite TV Actress Jennette McCurdy Sam & Cat Nominated[73]
We Love Pop Awards Best Actress Jennette McCurdy Nominated
Most Fun Friendship Jennette McCurdy & Ariana Grande Nominated[74]


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