Jamie-Lynn Sigler aka Jamie-Lynn DiScala
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Birth Name: Jamie-Lynn Sigler
Date of Birth: May 15, 1981
Place of Birth: Jericho, New York, USA
Height: 5' 5"
Best Known For: Playing Meadow Soprano on HBO's The Sopranos
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Jamie-Lynn Sigler was born on May 15, 1981, in Jericho, New York. Her father, Steve, is a Sephardic Jewish American with a Greek and Romanian background, and her mother, Connie, is a Cuban who converted to Judaism. Sigler has two older brothers named Adam and Brian. Sigler learned to speak Spanish fluently from her Cuban grandmother. She attended Jericho Senior High School and graduated in 1999. She then attended New York University where she studied psychology.
When Sigler was only 7 years old she began singing and acting. She starred in many stage productions including The Wizard of Oz, The Goodbye Girl and Annie. Sigler landed a manager using a tape of her performing in Annie. It was that manager got Sigler her second job which turned out to be her big break, when he scheduled her to audition for a new HBO series, The Sopranos. She won the part of Meadow Soprano, the teenage daughter of mob boss, Tony Soprano. The show became a wild success and Sigler has remained with the show throughout its six seasons, and an additional partial seventh season of the series is scheduled to air in 2007. For her work on The Sopranos, Sigler won the 1999 and 2000 Hollywood Reporter Young Star Awards for Best Young Actress in a Dramatic Television Series, ALMA nominations in 2001 and 2002, and a SAG Award for Best Ensemble Cast.
In addition to her role on The Sopranos, Sigler has appeared in numerous films. In 2004, she had a lead role in the independent romantic comedy Extreme Dating followed by starring as Heidi Fleiss, the famous Hollywood madam, in the USA television movie, Call Me: The Rise and Fall of Heidi Fleiss. That same year, Sigler guest starred in two episodes of the popular sitcom Will & Grace, and in 2006, she starred in the limited release horror film Dark Ride. She will next be seen as the star in another horror film I Remember, and in the dramatic comedy New York City Serenade with Freddie Prinze Jr. and Chris Klein.
Sigler has also performed on Broadway in productions of Beauty and the Beast from 2002-2003 playing Belle, and in Rogers and Hammerstein's Cinderella.
In addition to her acting career, Sigler released a pop music album in 2001 titled Here to Heaven, and in 2002, she released an autobiography called Wise Girl: What I've Learned About Life, Love, and Loss. Sigler also became a spokesperson for the National Eating Disorders Association, after suffering from an eating disorder during production of the first season of The Sopranos.Sigler married her agent A.J. DiScala in July 2003, at which time she took on his surname. In September 2005, she and DiScala announced their separation and she changed her name back to Sigler.
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