Jamie-Lynn Sigler (images | Web site | Twitter)
Hometown: Born in Queens and raised in the Long Island community of Jericho, N.Y., according to her Wikipedia profile. Her ancestry is Sephardic Jewish on her dad's side (son of Greek and Romanian immigrants), Cuban on her mother's. So of course her star-making role was as an Italian-American.
Best Known For: The largest spot on Jamie-Lynn's résumé is The Sopranos, in which she played Tony Soprano's daughter Meadow through the entirety of the series. She's appeared more recently on five episodes of Ugly Betty and recurred on HBO's Entourage as a fictionalized version of herself, providing a love interest for Turtle, of all people -- sparking a year-long real-life romance with actor Jerry Ferrera, who plays Turtle.
Humble Beginnings: Jamie-Lynn has a single screen credit before The Sopranos -- a film called A Brooklyn State of Mind when she was about 17. Other works outside her main credits include appearances on The Big Bang Theory, Will & Grace, and Saturday Night Live and a few feature film roles.
|I, for one, forgive her for the pop album.|
Struggles and Obligatory Edgy Stuff: Her past struggles with an eating disorder are well documented, though curiously absent from her Wikipedia entry, unless I missed it. But overcoming it something for which she should be commended. What I DIDN'T know, but it listed at Wikipedia, is that she suffered temporary partial paralysis in 2000 as a complication of Lyme disease. Yikes.
Her former agent and husband was (after their divorce) implicated in a Ponzi scheme. (Again, not her fault.)
|Plus, she looks like this.|
TV and Web series credits: Ugly Betty, season 4 (Amazon | iTunes) * Entourage, season 6 (Amazon | iTunes) * Entourage, season 5 (Amazon | iTunes) * Saturday Night Live, season 34: "John Malkovich/T.I." (Amazon | iTunes) * How I Met Your Mother, season 4: "Woooo!" (Amazon | iTunes) * The Gathering (2007 miniseries) (Amazon | iTunes) * The Sopranos, season 6 (Amazon | iTunes, part 1 | iTunes, part 2) * Newlyweds: Nick & Jessica, season 3: "The Orange Bowl" (Amazon | iTunes) * Punk'd, season 4, episode 5 (Amazon | iTunes) * Will & Grace, season 7: "Queens for a Day, Part 1" (Amazon | iTunes) * Will & Grace, season 7: "Queens for a Day, Part 2" (Amazon | iTunes) * The Sopranos, season 5 (Amazon | iTunes) * The Sopranos, season 4 (Amazon | iTunes) * The Sopranos, season 3 (Amazon | iTunes) * The Sopranos, season 2 (Amazon | iTunes) * The Sopranos, season 1 (Amazon | iTunes)
|Looking a bit like fellow crush Alison Brie here.|
iTunes) * "Through the Rain" by Mariah Carey (iTunes)
Written and musical work: Here to Heaven (2001 album) (Amazon | iTunes) * Wise Girl: What I've Learned About Life, Love, and Loss (2002 book) (Amazon | iTunes)