Jamie-Lynn Sigler

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Jamie-Lynn Sigler
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Sigler in November 2007
Born (1981-05-15) May 15, 1981 (age 37)
OccupationActress, singer
Years active1997–present
A. J. DiScala
(m. 2003;div. 2006)

Cutter Dykstra
(m. 2016)

Jamie-Lynn Sigler (born May 15, 1981) is an American actress and singer. She is best known for her role as Meadow Soprano on the HBO series The Sopranos .

Meadow Soprano fictional human

Meadow Mariangela Soprano, played by Jamie-Lynn Sigler, is a fictional character on the HBO TV series The Sopranos. In the early seasons, Meadow is shown as a smart, spoiled, party-goer, over-dramatic, in-denial, and in some ways, a troubled kid. In the later seasons, she would later learn the consequences and reality of life, money, education, politics, and relationships. Her little brother, A. J., would later go through all these phases as he gets older.

HBO American pay television network

HBO is an American premium cable and satellite television network owned by the namesake unit Home Box Office, Inc., a division of AT&T's WarnerMedia. The program which featured on the network consists primarily of theatrically released motion pictures and original television shows, along with made-for-cable movies, documentaries and occasional comedy and concert specials.

<i>The Sopranos</i> American television series

The Sopranos is an American crime drama television series created by David Chase. The story revolves around Tony Soprano, a New Jersey-based Italian-American mobster, and portrays the difficulties that he faces as he tries to balance his family life with his role as the leader of a criminal organization. These are explored during his therapy sessions with psychiatrist Jennifer Melfi. The series features Tony's family members, mafia colleagues, and rivals in prominent roles—most notably his wife, Carmela, and his protégé/distant cousin, Christopher Moltisanti.


Early life

Jamie-Lynn Sigler was born in Jericho, New York, on May 15, 1981, [1] the daughter of Steve and Connie Sigler. She has two brothers named Adam (died November 2014) and Brian. [1] Her father was the founder of the Men's Senior Baseball League. Sigler is of Greek-Jewish, Romanian-Jewish, and Sephardi-Jewish descent through her father, while her mother is Cuban and was raised Catholic, later converting to Judaism upon marrying Sigler's father. [2] Sigler began acting and singing at the age of seven. She went to Hebrew school and had a bat mitzvah. [3] She attended Jericho High School [4] and studied at the Cultural Arts Playhouse in Old Bethpage, New York. [4]

Jericho, New York Hamlet and census-designated place in New York, United States

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The Men’s Senior Baseball League (MSBL)/Men’s Adult Baseball League (MABL) is a national organization in the United States, with 325 local affiliates, 3,200 teams, and 45,000 members who play organized amateur baseball in local leagues, 30 regional tournaments and six national tournaments.

Conversion to Judaism

Conversion to Judaism is the religious conversion of non-Jews to become members of the Jewish religion and Jewish ethnoreligious community. The procedure and requirements for conversion depend on the sponsoring denomination. A conversion in accordance with the process of a denomination is not a guarantee of recognition by another denomination. A formal conversion is also sometimes undertaken by individuals whose Jewish ancestry is questioned, even if they were raised Jewish, but may not actually be considered Jews according to traditional Jewish law.



In 1997, Sigler was cast as Meadow Soprano, daughter of New Jersey mob boss Tony Soprano. [5] The show premiered in 1999 and became a huge success, catapulting Sigler to fame as a TV actress. She continued to play the role through the series finale in 2007. [6] [7]

New Jersey State of the United States of America

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Tony Soprano fictional human

Anthony John Soprano is a fictional character and the protagonist in the HBO television drama series The Sopranos (1999–2007), portrayed by James Gandolfini. Usually referred to as Tony, the Italian-American character was conceived by Sopranos creator and showrunner David Chase, who was also largely responsible for the character's story arc throughout the show's six seasons. The character is loosely based on real-life New Jersey mobster Vincent "Vinny Ocean" Palermo, a former caporegime (capo) and de facto boss of the DeCavalcante crime family. Bobby Boriello and Mark Damiano II portrayed Soprano as a child in one episode each; Danny Petrillo played the character as a teenager in three episodes.

In 2000, while filming Campfire Stories in Hamburg, New Jersey, Sigler was paralyzed from the waist down for several days by Lyme disease. [8] Sigler played the title role in Cinderella on tour and at The Theatre at Madison Square Garden in 2001. [9] She then spent five months on Broadway from October 2002 through February 2003 playing Belle in Beauty and the Beast . She has continued to appear in theatrical roles.

Hamburg, New Jersey Borough in New Jersey, United States

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<i>Cinderella</i> (musical) musical written for television, with music by Richard Rodgers and a book and lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II in 1957

Rodgers and Hammerstein's Cinderella is a musical written for television, but later played on stage, with music by Richard Rodgers and a book and lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II. It is based upon the fairy tale Cinderella, particularly the French version Cendrillon, ou la Petite Pantoufle de Verre, by Charles Perrault. The story concerns a young woman forced into a life of servitude by her cruel stepmother and self-centered stepsisters, who dreams of a better life. With the help of her Fairy Godmother, Cinderella is transformed into a Princess and finds her Prince.

In 2004, Sigler starred as "Hollywood Madam" Heidi Fleiss in the USA television movie Call Me: The Rise and Fall of Heidi Fleiss . In that same year, she had her first starring feature film role, Extreme Dating, an independent film. In 2005, Sigler starred in Love Wrecked and the following year in Homie Spumoni, when she played the role of Alli, the girlfriend of Renato/Leroy (Donald Faison) directed by Mike Cerron. [10]

Heidi Fleiss American former madam

Heidi Lynne Fleiss is an American former madam, and also a columnist and television personality regularly featured in the 1990s in American media. She ran a prostitution ring based in Los Angeles, California, and is often referred to as the "Hollywood Madam".

<i>Call Me: The Rise and Fall of Heidi Fleiss</i> 2004 television film directed by Charles McDougall

Call Me: The Rise and Fall of Heidi Fleiss is a television film starring Jamie-Lynn Sigler as Hollywood madame Heidi Fleiss. It aired on USA Network on March 29, 2004.

<i>Love Wrecked</i> 2005 television film by Randal Kleiser

Love Wrecked is a 2005 American adventure romantic comedy film directed by Randal Kleiser. Starring Amanda Bynes, it is a romantic comedy about a girl getting stranded with a rock star on a beach in the Caribbean.

In 2008, Sigler appeared as herself in 13 episodes of the fifth and sixth season of the HBO series Entourage . In the fifth season, she appeared in the episodes "First Class Jerk", "Playing With Fire" and "Return to Queens Blvd", as the love interest of the character Sal 'Turtle' Assante, portrayed by Jerry Ferrara. She returned as a recurring guest star for season six of the series, after becoming Ferrara's real-life girlfriend. [11] On November 17, 2008, Sigler guest-starred as Jillian on the TV series How I Met Your Mother in the episode "Woooo!" [12] On the December 6, 2008 airing of Saturday Night Live , she appeared as the checkout girl for the Digital Short music video "Jizz in My Pants" by The Lonely Island. [13]

<i>Entourage</i> (U.S. TV series) American comedy-drama television series

Entourage is an American comedy-drama television series that premiered on HBO on July 18, 2004 and concluded on September 11, 2011, after eight seasons. The series was created and largely written by Doug Ellin and chronicles the acting career of Vincent Chase, a young A-list movie star, and his childhood friends from Queens, New York City, as they attempt to further their nascent careers in Los Angeles.

Turtle (<i>Entourage</i>) fictional character

Salvatore "Turtle" Assante is a fictional character on the comedy-drama television series Entourage. He is played by Jerry Ferrara.

Jerry Ferrara American actor

Jerry Charles Ferrara is an American actor, known for his work as Turtle on the HBO comedy series Entourage, and currently starring on the STARZ drama series Power as Joe Proctor.

In 2009, Sigler starred in the psychological thriller film Beneath the Dark , which originally had a working title of Wake. [14] The same year, she appeared on ABC's Ugly Betty in a five-episode arc. [15] Beginning in 2012, she appeared as a main character in the short-lived series, Guys with Kids .


In 2001, Sigler released a pop album called Here to Heaven , which featured the single "Cry Baby". The album was a commercial failure. In 2007, she said she was "embarrassed" by the album and regretted releasing it. [16] In 2012, she collaborated with Romeo Santos on the single "You" and appeared in its music video. [17]


In 2002, Sigler co-authored her autobiography, Wise Girl: What I've Learned About Life, Love, and Loss. [18]


Sigler appeared in FHM and was featured in The Girls of FHM 2004.

Personal life

Sigler met Abraxas "A. J." DiScala when she was 19, and he became her manager. [19] They began dating shortly before she turned 21, [19] and married on July 11, 2003. [20] She subsequently changed her name to Jamie-Lynn DiScala. [20] They separated in September 2005, and she resumed using her maiden name. [20]

In 2008, Sigler visited Israel through the Birthright Israel program and was moved by the trip, calling Israel "one of the most beautiful, inspiring places [she's] ever been to". She said that the trip gave her a greater understanding of her Jewish ancestry. [21] Also in 2008, she began a relationship with actor Jerry Ferrara, whom she met while guest-starring on Entourage as a love interest of Ferrara's character. [22] They split up in 2009. [23] She later dated football player Mark Sanchez. [24]

In 2012, Sigler began dating baseball player Cutter Dykstra, the son of former Major League Baseball player Lenny Dykstra. [25] [26] The two became engaged on January 28, 2013, [27] and announced in February 2013 that they were expecting a baby. [28] Sigler gave birth to their son, Beau Kyle Dykstra, on August 28, 2013. [29] They were married in Palm Springs, California, on January 16, 2016. [30] The couple had their second son in January 2018. [31]

In January 2016, Sigler revealed that she was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis when she was 20 years old. [32]



1998A Brooklyn State of MindYoung Angie
2001Campfire StoriesNatalie
2003 Death of a Dynasty Sexy Woman No. 3
2005Extreme DatingAmy Baker
2005 Love Wrecked Alexis Manetti
2006Homie SpumoniAlli Butterman
2006BlindersAlexaShort film
2006 Dark Ride Cathy
2007New York City SerenadeLynn
2010Trophy WifeChristinaShort film
2010Beneath the DarkAdrienne
2012 Divorce Invitation Dylan
2012 I Do Ali Federman
2012 Jewtopia Hannah Daniels
2017JusticeMelissa Green
2017Gangster LandLulu Rolfe


1999–2007 The Sopranos Meadow Soprano 72 episodes
2004 Call Me: The Rise and Fall of Heidi Fleiss Heidi Fleiss Movie
2004 Will & Grace Ro2 episodes
20052007 Higglytown Heroes Ms. Fern3 episodes; voice role
2007 The Gathering Maggy RuleMiniseries
2008 How I Met Your Mother JillianEpisode: "Woooo!"
2008–2009 Entourage Jamie-Lynn Sigler 13 episodes
2009 Ugly Betty Natalie 5 episodes
2010BackwashPrudenceEpisode: "Chapter Eight: Lake Pupik"
2011Criminal BehaviorBrooke KrossMovie
2011 Drop Dead Diva Tina HowardEpisode: "Change of Heart"
2012 Last Man Standing GabriellaEpisode: "Take Your Daughter to Work"
2012 Guys with Kids Emily17 episodes
2014 Dads ElsaEpisode: "Bully Gene"
2015 The Christmas Note Gretchen DanielsMovie
2016 CSI: Cyber Sasha BoydEpisode: "5 Deadly Sins"
2016 Baby Daddy Sara Gilcrest2 episodes
2017Mommy I Didn't Do ItMovie
2018 Magnum P.I. ToniEpisode: "Bad Day to Be A Hero"

Music videos

2002"Through the Rain" Mariah Carey Kirsten
2008"Jizz in My Pants" The Lonely Island Check-Out Girl


Awards and nominations

YearAssociationCategoryNominated workResult
2000 Screen Actors Guild Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series The SopranosWon
2000 Young Artist Awards Best Performance in a Drama Series: Supporting Young Actress The SopranosNominated
2001 Screen Actors Guild Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series The SopranosNominated
2001 Young Artist Awards Best Performance in a Drama Series: Supporting Young Actress The SopranosNominated
2002 Screen Actors Guild Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series The SopranosNominated
2003 Screen Actors Guild Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series The SopranosNominated
2005 Screen Actors Guild Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series The SopranosNominated
2007 Screen Actors Guild Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series The SopranosNominated
2009 Screen Actors Guild Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series The SopranosWon

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