Birthday: May 15, 1981
Birth Place: Jericho, New York
Birth Name: Jamie-Lynn Sigler
Jamie-Lynn Sigler came to most of us as
Meadow Soprano on the mega hit "The Sopranos." Jamie has added much
to the show - helping to create the best television series ever created. But
it hasn't been easy. She was nearly recast early in the shooting. Jamie was
born in Long Island, New York, the third child of Connie and Steve Sigler.
She's not Italian, contrary to her on-screen image. In fact, she's Cuban,
Jewish-American, and Greek. She was a performer from very early on. At 3, she
was already in dancing school, and by 7 she began acting and singing lessons
as well. She began working in local theater, and nailed down a number of
roles. She followed the path of many stars to Hollywood fame - grabbing an
agent, hopping her way to Broadway, and eventually landing a big time gig. Her
particular path lead her to the guidance of Lois Miller, of Star Management,
and a well-publicized role as Anne Frank on the Broadway version of the
classic tale. She took over for Natalie Portman, also a well known star in
Hollywood. Meanwhile, Jamie was also attending to the trials and tribulations
of high school. She was attending Jericho Senior High School in New York,
often taking independent study so she could continue to work on stage. Midway
through high school she was cast as the daughter of an upcoming HBO series.
Although this was huge news, no one had any idea the show would go on the
astronomical heights it's reached.
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in The Mariah Carey Video Through the Rain
- Parents: Connie and Steve
- Has two older brothers, Adam
- Accepted to NYU, planning to
major in psychology. (1999)
appeared in several off-Broadway productions including Annie and Anne
- Attended Jericho Senior High
School in Jericho, NY. Graduated in June 1999. Voted Class Thespian.
- Took a leave of absence from NYU in November 1999.
- Originally, HBO
wanted to replace Sigler with a blonde after the first four episodes,
but it was deemed to expensive to re-shoot all of those scenes.
- Her heritage is Cuban, Jewish-American and Greek.
- MTV premiered the video for her song "Cry Baby" on
'Total Request Live'.
father is president of an amateur baseball league.
Star-Spangled Banner" at the inaugural game--specifically a Major
League Soccer game between the New England Revolution and the Dallas
Burn--at CMGI Field in
Foxboro, Massachusetts on May 11, 2002.
Canada" and "The Star Spangled Banner", before game six of the first
round of the NHL playoffs in 2002. (New York Islanders vs. Toronto
- Has won
various celebrity trivia contests, including a James Bond trivia
September 2002 announced
engagement to her former manager, A.J. Discala.
Married her manager at the Brooklyn Botanical
Garden in New York.
wedding was featured in the February 2004 issue of InStyle Magazine.
Battled an eating
disorder in the late 1990s while starring on The Sopranos
Ranked #73 in Stuff magazine's "102 Sexiest
Women In The World" (2002)
Good friends with Jessica Simpson
Her mother, Consuela Lopez, is a Cuban
immigrant and her father, Steve Sigler, is of Sephardic descent, his
parents having come from Romania and Greece, respectively
Speaks fluent Greek and Spanish
"I have no Italian in me. I'm Cuban, Greek,
Romanian, and Sephardic Jew, so I couldn't get further from Italian.
But I guess I've been adopted into that family, too."
September 2005: announced that she &
her husband have separated.
A few years ago, she was paralyzed from the
waist down for several days with Lyme Disease. Her recovery has given
her a fresh outlook on her work and her life.