Natasha Lyonne

Natasha Lyonne

Birth name: Natasha Bianca Lyonne Braunstein
Born: April 4, 1979
Age: 42
Birthplace: New York City, U.S.
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Natasha Bianca Lyonne Braunstein[1] (born April 4, 1979),[2] known professionally as Natasha Lyonne, is an American actress. She is best known for her role as Nicky Nichols on the Netflix series Orange Is the New Black (2013-present), for which she received an Emmy Award nomination in 2014, and for her role as Jessica in the American Pie film series (1999-2012).

Her other film appearances include Everyone Says I Love You (1996), Slums of Beverly Hills (1998), Detroit Rock City; But I'm a Cheerleader (both 1999), Scary Movie 2; The Grey Zone; Kate & Leopold (all 2001), Party Monster; Die, Mommie, Die! (both 2003), Blade: Trinity (2004), Robots (2005), All About Evil (2010), Sleeping with Other People; Hello, My Name Is Doris; Addicted to Fresno (all 2015), Yoga Hosers; Antibirth; The Intervention (all 2016), and Show Dogs (2017).

Lyonne was born in New York City, the daughter of Ivette Buchinger[1] and Aaron Braunstein, a boxing promoter, race car driver, and radio host,[3] who was distantly related to cartoonist Al Jaffee.[1]

Lyonne's parents were both from Orthodox Jewish families, and she herself was raised Orthodox.[4][5][6] Her mother was born in Paris, France,[7] to Hungarian Jewish parents who were Holocaust survivors.[8][9][10][11][12] Lyonne has darkly joked that her family consists of "my father's side, Flatbush, and my mother's side, Auschwitz."[1] Her grandmother Ella[13] came from a large family, but only she and her two sisters and two brothers survived, which Lyonne credits to their blond hair and blue eyes.[1] Lyonne's grandfather, Morris Buchinger, operated a watch company in Los Angeles. During the war, he hid in Budapest as a non-Jew working in a leather factory.[1]

Lyonne spent the first eight years of her life living in Great Neck, New York.[8][14] She and her parents then moved to Israel, where Lyonne spent a year and a half. During her stay in Israel, Lyonne participated in the production of the Israeli children's film April Fool, which began her interest in being an actress.[4][15] Her parents divorced, and Lyonne and her older brother Adam returned to America with their mother.[8] After moving back to New York City, Lyonne attended The Rabbi Joseph H. Lookstein Upper School of Ramaz, a private Jewish school,[16] where Lyonne said she was a scholarship kid who took honors Talmud classes and read Aramaic. She was expelled for selling marijuana at school. Lyonne grew up on the Upper East Side, where she felt she was an outcast.[1] Her mother then moved their family to Miami, where Lyonne attended Miami Country Day School.[17][18] She never graduated high school; before her senior year, she left to attend a film program at NYU's Tisch School of the Arts. Her high school graduation depended on completing her first year at Tisch, but she left the program because she could not pay the tuition.[19]

She attended New York University for a short time, studying film and philosophy.[14]

Lyonne was estranged from her father, who lived on the Upper West Side until his death in October 2014[citation needed] and in 2013 was a Republican candidate for City Council for the sixth District of Manhattan.[3][20] Lyonne has said she is not close with her mother and has essentially lived independently of her family since age 16.[4]



As a young child, Lyonne was signed by the Ford Modeling Agency.[21] 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. On working as a very young child actor, Lyonne said: "I didn’t have the best parents. I don’t think they are bad people. Even if they were ready to have children, it is kind of a wacky idea to put your child in business at six years old."[7]


Lyonne at a screening of The Immaculate Conception of Little Dizzle

At 16 years of age, Lyonne was cast in the Woody Allen-directed Everyone Says I Love You (1996). This led to appearances in a variety of films over the next 10 years, including starring roles in the independent features Slums of Beverly Hills (1998), for which she received two Teen Choice Award nominations,[22] and But I'm a Cheerleader (1999). During this time, she appeared as Jessica in the highly successful teen comedy American Pie (1999), reprising the role in three of its sequels. Lyonne's other films during this period included Detroit Rock City, Freeway II: Confessions of a Trickbaby (both 1999), Scary Movie 2, The Grey Zone, Kate & Leopold (all 2001), Party Monster (2003), and Blade: Trinity (2004).

Lyonne's subsequent film appearances include All About Evil (2010), 4:44 Last Day on Earth (2011), Girl Most Likely, Loitering with Intent, Sleeping with Other People, Hello My Name Is Doris, Addicted to Fresno, #Horror, Yoga Hosers, Antibirth, The Intervention, and Handsome: A Netflix Mystery Movie.

Lyonne at The Paley Center for Media's PaleyFest 2014 Honoring Orange Is the New Black


Lyonne made her New York stage debut in the award-winning New Group production of Mike Leigh's Two Thousand Years.[4][23]

She was part of the original cast of the award-winning Love, Loss, and What I Wore, a play written by Nora Ephron and Delia Ephron, based on the book by Ilene Beckerman.[24]

In 2010, Lyonne received positive reviews for her performance in Kim Rosenstock's comedy, Tigers Be Still, at the Roundabout Theatre Company: "a thorough delight in the flat-out funniest role, the grief-crazed Grace, so deeply immersed in self-pity that she has cast aside any attempts at decorum".[25][26]

In 2011, Lyonne starred opposite Ethan Hawke and Ann Dowd in New Group's production of Tommy Nohilly's Blood From a Stone.[27][28] The following year, she participated in New Group's benefit performance of Women Behind Bars.[29]

On working in the theater: "There's something about theater that squashes the self-critical voices because you have to be in the moment. I'm glad that I didn't do this before I was ready, before I was capable of showing up every day. That is not a skill set I had before".[28]


Lyonne has made guest appearances on the series Weeds, New Girl, Will & Grace, and Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.

In late 2012, Lyonne was reported to be developing a TV series for Fox about a young girl, who, fresh out of rehab and committed to starting a new life as a sober, responsible adult, is forced to move in with her conservative brother and young family.[30] However, the project failed to come to fruition.

Since 2013, she has appeared as Nicky Nichols on the critically acclaimed Netflix series Orange Is the New Black. The role is Lyonne's first television job as a series regular.[31] She received a nomination for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series in 2014,[32] and has twice been awarded the Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series, along with her co-stars.

In 2014, Lyonne was cast in Amy Poehler's NBC comedy pilot Old Soul, directed by David Wain.[33] In 2016, she voiced the character Smoky Quartz on Cartoon Network's Steven Universe. She has also appeared as various characters on IFC's sketch comedy series Portlandia. In 2018, she voiced the character Gaz Digzy on Adult Swim's comedy series Ballmastrz: 9009.

Personal life

Lyonne lives in New York City.[34]

When she was 18 years old, Lyonne used the paycheck from her work on Everyone Says I Love You to buy a small apartment near Gramercy Park.[8]

During the early 2000s, Lyonne experienced legal problems and was arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol,[35] and for incidents involving her neighbors.[36] In 2005, she was evicted by her landlord, actor Michael Rapaport, following complaints by other tenants about her behavior.[37]

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.[38] In January 2006, an arrest warrant was issued for her after she missed a court hearing relating to her prior problems. Her lawyer said an emergency had arisen, but did not give details. Later that year, Lyonne was admitted to the Caron Foundation, a drug and alcohol treatment center, and appeared in court afterwards. A judge sentenced her to conditional discharge.[4]

Lyonne underwent open heart surgery to correct damage caused by her heart infection. She recovered from the surgery, and discussed her past health problems on The Rosie Show in March 2012.[39]

She has been in a relationship with Saturday Night Live alum Fred Armisen since 2014.[40][41]



Year Title Role Notes
1986 Heartburn Rachel's Niece Uncredited[42]
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
1998 Modern Vampires Rachel
1999 American Pie Jessica
1999 Detroit Rock City Christine Sixteen
1999 Freeway II: Confessions of a Trickbaby Crystal "White Girl" Van Meuther
1999 But I'm a Cheerleader Megan Bloomfield
1999 The Auteur Theory Rosemary Olson
2000 If These Walls Could Talk 2 Jeanne
2001 Plan B Kaye
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 Zig Zag Jenna the Working Girl
2002 Night at the Golden Eagle Amber
2003 Die, Mommie, Die! Edith Sussman
2003 Party Monster Brooke
2004 America Brown Vera
2004 Madhouse Alice
2004 Blade: Trinity Sommerfield
2005 Robots Loretta Geargrinder Voice
2005 My Suicidal Sweetheart Grace
2008 Tricks of a Woman Sally
2009 The Immaculate Conception of Little Dizzle Tracy
2009 Jelly Mona Hammel
2009 Goyband Fani
2009 Outrage: Born in Terror Molly
2009 Heterosexuals Ellia
2010 All About Evil Deborah Tennis
2011 4:44 Last Day on Earth Tina
2011 Night Club Mrs. Keaton
2012 American Reunion Jessica
2013 7E Yael [43]
2013 He's Way More Famous Than You Herself
2013 The Rambler Cheryl
2013 G.B.F. Ms. Hogel
2013 Girl Most Likely Allyson
2013 Clutter Lisa Bradford
2014 Loitering with Intent Kaplan
2015 Addicted to Fresno Martha Jackson
2015 Sleeping with Other People Kara
2015 Hello, My Name Is Doris Sally
2015 Bloomin Mud Shuffle Jock
2015 #Horror Emma
2016 Yoga Hosers Tabitha Collette
2016 The Intervention Sarah
2016 Antibirth Lou
2016 Adam Green's Aladdin Mom
2016 Jack Goes Home Nancy
2017 Girlfriend's Day Miss Taft
2017 Handsome: A Netflix Mystery Movie Det. Fleur Scozzari
2018 A Futile and Stupid Gesture Anne Beatts
2018 Show Dogs Mattie
2019 Honey Boy Post-production


Year Title Role Notes
1986 Pee-wee's Playhouse Opal season 1
2000 Will & Grace Gillian Episode: "Girl Trouble"
2000 If These Walls Could Talk 2 Jeanne Television film
2001 Night Visions Bethany Daniels Episode: "If a Tree Falls"
2002 Grounded for Life Gretchen Episode: "Relax!"
2007 The Knights of Prosperity Female Co-Star Episode: "Operation: Rent Money"
2009 Loving Leah Esther Television film
2011 New Girl Gretchen Episode: "Wedding"
2011 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Gia Eskas Episode: "Educated Guess"
2012 Weeds Tiffani 2 episodes
2013 NTSF:SD:SUV:: Mrs. Barbato Episode: "Comic Con-Air"
2013-present Orange Is the New Black Nicky Nichols 68 episodes
Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series
Nominated - Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series
2015 Girls Rickey Episode: "Iowa"
2015-17 Portlandia Various 4 episodes
2015 Comedy Bang! Bang! Katie Episode: "Dax Shepard Wears a Heather Grey Shirt and Black Blazer"
2015-16 Inside Amy Schumer Various 2 episodes
2015 Sanjay and Craig Chido (voice) Episode: "Bike-o Psycho/Boulder Rollers"
2016-present Steven Universe Smoky Quartz (voice) 2 episodes
2016 The $100,000 Pyramid Herself Episode: "Natasha Lyonne vs. Terry Crews"
2016 The Simpsons Sophie (voice) Episode: "The Nightmare After Krustmas"
2018 Corporate Motivational Trainer Episode: "Corporate Retreat"
2018-present Ballmastrz: 9009 Gaz Digzy (voice)
2018 Animals. VHS Copy of "Can't Hardly Wait" (voice) Episode: "Stuff"

Awards and nominations

Year Award Category Work Result
1999 Chicago Film Critics Association Awards Most Promising Actress Slums of Beverly Hills Nominated
Teen Choice Awards Film - Breakout Performance Nominated
Film - Funniest Scene (shared with Marisa Tomei) Nominated[44]
2000 Young Hollywood Awards Best Ensemble Cast American Pie Won
2008 Monaco International Film Festival Angel Award, Best Supporting Female Actor Tricks of Love Won
2014 Primetime Emmy Award Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series Orange Is the New Black Nominated
2017 Fangoria Chainsaw Awards Best Actress[45] Antibirth Nominated

[ Source: Wikipedia ]

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