Lyonne at the 2009 Seattle International Film Festival
|Born||Natasha Lyonne Braunstein
April 4, 1979
Manhattan, New York, USA
Natasha Lyonne (born April 4, 1979) is an American actress. She is best known for her role as Jessica in the American Pie series and her appearances in the films Everyone Says I Love You, Slums of Beverly Hills, But I'm a Cheerleader, and Blade: Trinity. She currently portrays Nicky Nichols in the Netflix series Orange Is the New Black, and is developing a sitcom for Fox.
Lyonne was born in Manhattan, New York, the daughter of Yvette and Aaron Braunstein. Her father worked as a boxing promoter and radio host. Her maternal grandparents were Holocaust survivors. Lyonne grew up in an Orthodox Jewish household. Her parents moved to Israel, where Lyonne spent a few years of her early childhood. Her parents divorced, and Lyonne and her older brother Adam returned to America with their mother. She attended Ramaz School, a private Jewish school. Her mother then moved to Miami, where Lyonne graduated from Miami Country Day School.
As a young child, Lyonne was signed by the Ford Modeling Agency. At the age of six, she was cast as Opal on Pee-wee's Playhouse, followed by film appearances in Heartburn, A Man Called Sarge, and Dennis the Menace. When she was 16, Woody Allen cast her in Everyone Says I Love You, which led to appearances in almost 30 films over the next 10 years, including starring roles in the independent films Slums of Beverly Hills and But I'm a Cheerleader. Lyonne's other films include Detroit Rock City, Scary Movie 2, The Grey Zone, Kate and Leopold, Party Monster, and Blade: Trinity. She has also made television appearances on shows such as NBC's Will and Grace. In what is perhaps her most well known role, she appeared as Jessica in the American Pie film series.
After a short hiatus due to well-documented health and legal struggles, Lyonne returned to work in 2008, making her New York stage debut in the award-winning New Group production of Two Thousand Years, and in films The Immaculate Conception of Little Dizzle and Goyband. Since then, Lyonne has worked steadily in the New York theatre scene, as well as in film and television. Her newer film appearances include All About Evil, 4:44 - Last Day on Earth, Girl Most Likely, The Rambler, and Clutter. Recent television appearances include the series Weeds, New Girl, and Law & Order Special Victims Unit. Lyonne is currently developing a TV series for Fox Television.
On stage, Lyonne was in the original cast of the award-winning Love, Loss, and What I Wore. She received rave reviews for her performance in Tigers Be Still at the Roundabout Theatre Company, and returned to the New Group stage in Blood from a Stone. Most recently, she participated in New Group's benefit performance of Women Behind Bars. She is currently starring as Nicky Nichols in the critically acclaimed Netflix original series Orange is the New Black, for which she has received extremely positive reviews.
Lyonne was arrested in August 2001 for driving under the influence of alcohol after she ran her rented car onto a Miami Beach sidewalk, hitting a road sign and causing minor damages. In August 2002, she pleaded guilty to drunk driving and paid $1,000 in fines and court fees, performed 50 hours of community service, took part in a victim's panel organized by Mothers Against Drunk Driving, was placed on probation for one year, and had her license suspended for one year. In 2003, she was evicted by her landlord, actor Michael Rapaport, following numerous complaints by other tenants about her behavior.
In December 2004, Lyonne was arrested after verbally threatening her neighbor, breaking a mirror in the neighbor's apartment, and threatening to molest the neighbor's dog. She spent a night in jail before being arraigned on charges of criminal mischief, harassment, and trespassing. The details of this incident did not become publicly known until two years had passed. In April 2005, an arrest warrant was issued for Lyonne for failure to appear in court on the charges. Prosecutors say she attended court, but arrived an hour late and only stayed for 30 minutes. Police were unable to locate Lyonne until her hospitalization was reported in August.
In August 2005, the New York Post reported that Lyonne was in Beth Israel Medical Center in Manhattan under a pseudonym, and had been there for over a month after being transferred from Bellevue Hospital. She reportedly suffered from hepatitis C, a heart infection, and a collapsed lung. In January 2006, another arrest warrant was issued for her after she missed another hearing. Her lawyer said an emergency had arisen, but did not give details.
In 2006, Lyonne was in the Caron Foundation, a drug and alcohol treatment center, and appeared in court after missing several court dates to face earlier charges of mischief, trespass and harassment. A judge sentenced her to conditional discharge.
In 2012, Lyonne underwent open heart surgery to correct damage caused by her heart infection. She quickly recovered from the surgery, and discussed her past health problems on The Rosie Show in March 2012.
|1990||A Man Called Sarge||Arab girl|
|1993||Dennis the Menace||Polly|
|1996||Everyone Says I Love You||Djuna "DJ" Berlin|
|1998||Slums of Beverly Hills||Vivian Abromowitz|
|1998||Krippendorf's Tribe||Shelly Krippendorf|
|1999||Detroit Rock City||Christine|
|1999||Freeway II: Confessions of a Trickbaby||Crystal "White Girl / Whitie" Van Meuther|
|1999||But I'm a Cheerleader||Megan Bloomfield|
|1999||The Auteur Theory||Rosemary Olson|
|2000||If These Walls Could Talk 2||Jeanne||Television film|
|2001||Fast Sofa||Tamara Jenson|
|2001||Scary Movie 2||Megan Voorhees|
|2001||American Pie 2||Jessica|
|2001||The Grey Zone||Rosa|
|2001||Kate & Leopold||Darci|
|2002||Comic Book Villains||Judy Link|
|2002||Night at the Golden Eagle||Amber|
|2003||Die, Mommie, Die!||Edith Sussman|
|2005||My Suicidal Sweetheart||Grace|
|2008||Tricks of a Woman||Sally|
|2009||The Immaculate Conception of Little Dizzle||Tracy|
|2009||Loving Leah||Esther||Television film|
|2009||All About Evil||Deborah|
|2011||4:44 Last Day on Earth|
|2013||Girl Most Likely||Allyson|
|2012–2013||Law & Order: Special Victims Unit||Gia|
|2013||Orange Is the New Black||Nicky Nichols||Netflix series|
|2013||NTSF:SD:SUV||Mrs. Barbato||1 Episode: "Comic Con-Air"|
Nominated, CFCA Award Most Promising Actress for Slums of Beverly Hills (1998).
Won, Angel Award Best Supporting Female Actor for Tricks of Love (2008).
- Teen Choice Awards 1999
Nominated, Teen Choice Award Film - Breakout Performance for Slums of Beverly Hills (1998). Nominated, Teen Choice Award Film - Funniest Scene for Slums of Beverly Hills (1998). Shared with Marisa Tomei
Won, Young Hollywood Award Best Ensemble Cast for American Pie (1999). Shared With: Seann William Scott, Jason Biggs, Shannon Elizabeth, Chris Klein, Eddie Kaye Thomas, Mena Suvari, Alyson Hannigan, Tara Reid, Thomas Ian Nicholas
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- "Natasha Lyonne to Star in Mike Leigh's Two Thousand Years, Broadway.com Buzz". Broadway.com. Retrieved October 20, 2011.
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- "Michael Rapaport Driven to Despair by Natasha Lyonne". Hollywood.com. April 21, 2005. Archived from the original on January 3, 2013. Retrieved October 20, 2011.
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- Natasha Lyonne at the Internet Movie Database
- The Rosie Show March 2012
- Natasha_Lyonne WTF with Marc Maron episode 432 - October 14, 2013
- Entertainment Weekly: The hell-and-back journey of Natasha Lyonne
- New York Magazine 89 Minutes with Natasha Lyonne
- Women Behind Bars with Cynthia Nixon, Rosie O'Donnell and Natasha Lyonne Benefit Playbill.com