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Natasha Lyonne

Biography

Actress who also played the part of Jessica within the widely successful American Pie films and starred in Slums of Beverly Hillsides. She was also solid as Nicky Nichols within the Netflix series Orange May be the New Dark. She had a job on Pee-wee’s Playhouse at age six. She made an appearance within the 2001 humor Scary Film 2. She dated Edward Furlong, the film acting professional who starred in American Background X. She performed the child of Goldie Hawn within the film Everyone Says I REALLY LIKE You.

Quick Facts


Full Name Natasha Lyonne
Date Of Birth April 4, 1979
Place Of Birth New York City, NY
Height 1.6 m
Profession Movie Actress
Education Ramaz School, Miami Country Day School
Nationality American
Parents Aaron Braunstein, Yvette Braunstein
Siblings Adam Braunstein
Awards Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series, Young Hollywood Award for Best Ensemble Cast
Nominations Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actress - Comedy Series, Teen Choice Award for Choice Movie: Funniest Scene, Teen Choice Award for Choice Movie Breakout Star
Movies American Pie, Antibirth, Slums of Beverly Hills, But I'm a Cheerleader, The Intervention, Scary Movie 2, American Reunion, Fresno, American Pie 2, Everyone Says I Love You, Detroit Rock City, Blade: Trinity, Party Monster, Kate & Leopold, Dennis the Menace, Yoga Hosers, G.B.F., Sleeping with Other People, Girl Most Likely, Hello, My Name Is Doris, Die, Mommie, Die!, 4:44 Last Day on Earth, All About Evil, The Grey Zone, Loitering with Intent, Krippendorf's Tribe, Night at the Golden Eagle, #Horror, Jack Goes Home, Handsome: A Netflix Mystery Movie, Comic Book Villains, Robots, The Immaculate Conception of Little Dizzle, Fast Sofa, The Rambler, If These Walls Could Talk 2, Freeway II: Confessions of a Trickbaby, Modern Vampires, Loving Leah, America Brown, My Suicidal Sweetheart, The Auteur Theory, Zig Zag, He's Way More Famous Than You, Madhouse, Girlfriend's Day, Goyband, Tricks of a Woman, Outrage: Born in Terror, A Man Called Sarge, A Futile and Stupid Gesture
TV Shows Pee-wee's Playhouse, Orange Is the New Black
Star Sign Aries

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#Fact
1 Natasha has worked with Michael Harney twice - in Weeds (2005) and Orange Is the New Black (2013).
2 Longtime friend of Chloë Sevigny.
3 Attended a Zionist military camp when she was 13 years old, living in Israel.
4 Close friends with her Orange Is the New Black (2013) co-stars, Laura Prepon and Taylor Schilling.
5 Her character in Orange Is the New Black (2013) mentions making The Exorcist (1973) jokes while being strapped down in the rehab clinic, which is a reference to her role in Scary Movie 2 (2001).
6 Her parents are both of Ashkenazi Jewish descent. Her maternal grandparents, Ella (Netzer) and Morris Buchinger, both originally from Hungary, were Holocaust survivors.
7 After dropping out of NYU's Tisch School at age 17, she bought her own apartment, a penthouse with wraparound terrace in Manhattan's Gramercy Park area, using two semesters worth of tuition to make the down payment.
8 Was originally cast as Audie in the film Audie & the Wolf (2008) but was replaced by Tara Price.
9 Has lived on her own since 16.
10 Was originally set to play Candy in The Devil's Rejects (2005), but was replaced by Elizabeth Daily.
11 In New York City's Beth Israel Hospital's intensive care unit. Reportedly suffering from hepatitis C, a heart ailment and a collapsed lung. [August 2005]
12 Rufus Wainwright's song "Natasha" is written about her.
13 She and her family briefly lived in Israel (where she filmed A Man Called Sarge (1990)). After her parents divorced, she moved back to New York with her mother and brother while her father remained in Israel.
14 Arrested by Miami Beach police on charges of driving under the influence of alcohol, careless driving and leaving the scene of an accident. Her rented Dodge ran off the road into a traffic sign. She was arrested about 1:45am and released after posting a bond during the day. Her statement to the arresting officer was, "I'm a movie star. Can I talk to my entertainment lawyer?" [August 2001]
15 Attended Yeshiva High School in Manhattan, where she acted in a school production of "The Magic Garden."


Actress

Actress

TitleYearStatusCharacter
A Futile & Stupid Gesture 2017 post-production Ann Beatts
Handsome 2017 post-production Detective Fleur Scozzari
Girlfriend's Day completed Mrs. Taft
The Simpsons 2016 TV Series Sophie
Steven Universe 2016 TV Series Smoky Quartz
Orange Is the New Black 2013-2016 TV Series Nicky Nichols
Adam Green's Aladdin 2016 Mom
Jack Goes Home 2016 Nancy
Darby Forever 2016 Video short The Baddest Girl
Portlandia 2015-2016 TV Series Carrie's Friend #2 / Laura's Friend / Madison
The Intervention 2016/I Sarah
Antibirth 2016 Lou
Yoga Hosers 2016 Tabitha
#Horror 2015 Emma
Sanjay and Craig 2015 TV Series Chido
Inside Amy Schumer 2015 TV Series Stacy
Bloomin Mud Shuffle 2015 Jock
Addicted to Fresno 2015 Martha
Hello, My Name Is Doris 2015 Sally
Comedy Bang! Bang! 2015 TV Series Katie
Sleeping with Other People 2015 Kara
Girls 2015 TV Series Rickey
Beetlejuice 2 2014 Short Beetlejuice
The Quitter 2014 Gloria
Loitering with Intent 2014 Kaplan
Old Soul 2014 TV Movie Nadia
As Da Art World Might Turn 2013 TV Series Zemora
7E 2013 Yael
NTSF:SD:SUV 2013 TV Series Mrs. Barbato
Clutter 2013/I Lisa Bradford
G.B.F. 2013 Mrs. Hogel
The Rambler 2013 Cheryl
He's Way More Famous Than You 2013 Natasha Lyonne
Weeds 2012 TV Series Tiffany
Girl Most Likely 2012 Allyson
American Reunion 2012 Jessica
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit 2011 TV Series Gia Eskas
New Girl 2011 TV Series Gretchen
4:44 Last Day on Earth 2011 Tina
Night Club 2011 Mrs. Keaton
All About Evil 2010 Deborah Tennis
Heterosexuals 2010 Ellia
Jelly 2010 Mona Hammel
Outrage: Born in Terror 2009/II Molly
Running Away with Blackie 2009 Short Motel Clerk
Loving Leah 2009 TV Movie Esther
The Immaculate Conception of Little Dizzle 2009 Tracy
Goyband 2008 Fani
Tricks of Love 2008 Sally
The Knights of Prosperity 2007 TV Series Female Co-Star
Robots 2005 Loretta Geargrinder (voice)
Crazy for Love 2005 Grace
Blade: Trinity 2004 Sommerfield
Madhouse 2004 Alice
America Brown 2004 Vera
Die, Mommie, Die! 2003 Edith Sussman
Party Monster 2003 Brooke
Old School 2003 TV Movie Sara
Comic Book Villains 2002 Video Judy
Grounded for Life 2002 TV Series Gretchen
Zig Zag 2002 Jenna the Working Girl
Kate & Leopold 2001 Darci
Night at the Golden Eagle 2001 Amber
The Grey Zone 2001 Rosa
Night Visions 2001 TV Series Bethany Daniels
American Pie 2 2001 Jessica
Scary Movie 2 2001 Megan
Fast Sofa 2001 Tamara Jenson
Plan B 2001/I Kaye
Will & Grace 2000 TV Series Gillian
If These Walls Could Talk 2 2000 TV Movie Jeanne (segment "1972")
Rat Girl 1999 Short Ginger
When Autumn Leaves 1999
The Auteur Theory 1999 Rosemary Olson - Finalist
But I'm a Cheerleader 1999 Megan
Freeway II: Confessions of a Trickbaby 1999 White Girl
Detroit Rock City 1999 Christine
American Pie 1999 Jessica
Slums of Beverly Hills 1998 Vivian
Modern Vampires 1998 TV Movie Rachel
Krippendorf's Tribe 1998 Shelly
Everyone Says I Love You 1996 DJ
Dennis the Menace 1993 Polly
A Man Called Sarge 1990 Arab Girl (as Natasha Leon)
Pee-wee's Playhouse 1986 TV Series Opal
Heartburn 1986 Rachel's Niece (uncredited)

Producer

Producer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Antibirth 2016 producer
Old Soul 2014 TV Movie producer
Old School 2003 TV Movie producer
Freeway II: Confessions of a Trickbaby 1999 associate producer

Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Everyone Says I Love You 1996 performer: "My Baby Just Cares for Me" 1930

Thanks

Thanks

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Everything Is Copy 2015 Documentary special thanks
Sing Me the Songs That Say I Love You: A Concert for Kate McGarrigle 2012 Documentary special thanks: funding

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Realest Real 2016 Short Herself
Last Call with Carson Daly 2016 TV Series Herself
Larry King Now 2016 TV Series Herself - guest
Late Night with Seth Meyers 2014-2016 TV Series Herself
Chelsea 2016 TV Series Herself
Match Game 2016 TV Series Herself - Celebrity Panelist
The $100,000 Pyramid 2016 TV Series Herself - Celebrity Player
The Talk 2016 TV Series Herself - Guest
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert 2016 TV Series Herself
Access Hollywood Live 2016 TV Series Herself
Inside Amy Schumer 2016 TV Series Herself
Vice News 2015 TV Series documentary
Secrets of New York Fashion Week 2015 TV Movie documentary Herself
Ellen: The Ellen DeGeneres Show 2015 TV Series Herself
Conan 2013-2015 TV Series Herself - Guest / Herself
CQC: Custe o Que Custar 2015 TV Series Herself
AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to Steve Martin 2015 TV Special Herself (uncredited)
Entertainment Tonight 2014-2015 TV Series Herself
Night of Too Many Stars: America Comes Together for Autism Programs 2015 TV Special Herself
The 21st Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards 2015 TV Special Herself - Winner: Outstanding Ensemble in a Comedy Series
E! Live from the Red Carpet 2014 TV Series Herself
The 66th Primetime Emmy Awards 2014 TV Special Herself - Nominee: Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series
2014 Primetime Creative Arts Emmy Awards 2014 TV Special Herself - Presenter: Outstanding Hairstyling for a Miniseries or a Movie / Outstanding Hairstyling for a Multi-Camera Series or Special / Outstanding Hairstyling for a Single-Camera Series / ...
Chelsea Lately 2014 TV Series Herself - Guest
The Insider 2014 TV Series Herself
The 4th Annual Critics' Choice Television Awards 2014 TV Special Herself
Today 2014 TV Series Herself - Guest
Hollywood Game Night 2014 TV Series Herself - Celebrity Guest
The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson 2013 TV Series Herself - Guest
Book Club Mafia with Natasha Lyonne, Taryn Manning & Tracee Ellis Ross 2013 Video short Herself
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon 2013 TV Series Herself - Guest
The View 2013 TV Series Herself - Guest
The 78th Annual Drama League Awards 2012 TV Special Herself
Free Radio 2008 TV Series Herself
Nightstalkers, Daywalkers, and Familiars: Inside the World of 'Blade Trinity' 2005 Video documentary Herself
Cleavage 2002 TV Movie documentary Herself
Good Times with Cast and Crew of 'American Pie 2' 2002 Video documentary short Herself
Late Night with Conan O'Brien 2001 TV Series Herself
Howard Stern 2001 TV Series Herself
The Late Late Show with Craig Kilborn 2000 TV Series Herself - Guest
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno 1998-2000 TV Series Herself
Spotlight on Location: American Pie 1999 TV Short documentary Herself
Miscellaneous Shit: Behind the Scenes of 'Detroit Rock City' 1999 Video documentary short Herself
Gomorron 1999 TV Series Herself
The 1998 Annual ShoWest Awards 1998 TV Special Herself
Late Show with David Letterman 1997 TV Series Herself

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Extra 2015 TV Series Herself
Child Star Confidential 2006 TV Series documentary Herself

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2015 Actor Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series Orange Is the New Black (2013) · Uzo Aduba
· Jason Biggs
· Danielle Brooks
· Laverne Cox
· Jackie Cruz
· Catherine Curtin
· Lea DeLaria
· Beth Fowler
· Yvette Freeman
· Germar Terrell Gardner
· Kimiko Glenn
· Annie Golden
· Diane Guerrero
· Michael Harney
· Vicky Jeudy
· Julie Lake
· Lauren Lapkus
· Selenis Leyva
· Taryn Manning
· Joel Marsh Garland
· Matt McGorry
· Adrienne C. Moore
· Kate Mulgrew
· Emma Myles
· Jessica Pimentel
· D
2011 Festival Award Golden Door International Film Festival of Jersey City Best Actress Night Club (2011)
2008 Angel Film Award Monaco International Film Festival Best Supporting Female Actor Tricks of a Woman (2008)
2000 Young Hollywood Award Young Hollywood Awards Best Ensemble Cast American Pie (1999) · Jason Biggs
· Chris Klein
· Thomas Ian Nicholas
· Alyson Hannigan
· Shannon Elizabeth
· Tara Reid
· Eddie Kaye Thomas
· Seann William Scott
· Mena Suvari

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2016 Gold Derby TV Award Gold Derby Awards Drama Guest Actress Orange Is the New Black (2013)
2014 Primetime Emmy Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series Orange Is the New Black (2013)
2014 OFTA Television Award Online Film & Television Association Best Guest Actress in a Comedy Series Orange Is the New Black (2013)
1999 CFCA Award Chicago Film Critics Association Awards Most Promising Actress Slums of Beverly Hills (1998)
1999 Teen Choice Award Teen Choice Awards Film - Breakout Performance Slums of Beverly Hills (1998)
1999 Teen Choice Award Teen Choice Awards Film - Funniest Scene Slums of Beverly Hills (1998) · Marisa Tomei

TitleSalary
American Reunion (2012) $500,000

#Quote
1 [on performing her role as a cat-loving school teacher in G.B.F. (2013)'] If you're at all a reasonable human being when you're 34 years old, you don't read scripts looking at the children's parts. I don't really feel like I need to be a teenager ever again. It's really a miracle that I made it out alive. I'm doing all right being in my 30s - I think I'm hitting my sweet spot. I'm glad to have already come of age.
2 I mean, I didn't have a 28-day drug problem. I had a take-five-years-off drug problem. [Because of] "my well-publicized drug problem, there was many years I couldn't get work...I mean, life is very short but life is also very long. I don't know that there's such a rush. I think I also needed a break just in terms of the child actor in me was tired. I mean, I'd been working from, like, 6 to 24, pretty much nonstop.
3 I would have done well as a gypsy child, I think. A circus baby. I coulda played a great street urchin or ragamuffin. Or just been one. I certainly liked entertaining people and making jokes, but I don't know necessarily if that's what your child is prone to that you should necessarily put them in a real working industry at six years old. By the time I was 16, I was already an exhausted cynic.
4 [re New York] I have a real love affair with the city. I just feel like when you're up or when you're down, the city really cushions you. I feel like I just have such the blood and bones of a New Yorker that I can almost imagine better, like, giving up the fight and not being able to afford the city and going out West, keeping a small place here, and then when I'm like 80, coming back here, living on the park and going to the theater. For the matinee.
5 My life is very much in the present today. And that's what theater is all about.


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