Jamie-Lynn Sigler (born May 15, 1981) is an American
actress. She is most famous for her role as Meadow Soprano on
the acclaimed HBO television series The Sopranos.
Born in Jericho, New York to an American father (whose mother
and father came from Greece and Romania, respectively) and a
Cuban mother, Jamie-Lynn began acting and singing at the age of
seven. In 1999 Jamie-Lynn Sigler was cast as the smart but
troubled Meadow Soprano, daughter of New Jersey mob boss Tony
Soprano. The show became a success and Sigler rose to some fame
as a TV actress.
In 2001, Jamie-Lynn Sigler released a pop album called Here to Heaven, which featured the single Cry Baby. In 2002, she co-authored an autobiography, Wise Girl: What I've Learned About Life, Love, and Loss. Jamie-Lynn Sigler also appeared in Mariah Carey's "Through the Rain" music video.
Jamie-Lynn then spent five months on Broadway in 2002-2003 playing Belle in the production Beauty and the Beast. Jamie-Lynn Sigler has continued to appear in theatrical roles, such as Rogers and Hammerstein's Cinderella.
In July 2003 Jamie-Lynn Sigler married her agent A.J. DiScala, and took the name Jamie-Lynn DiScala. Jamie-Lynn has stated that she is a very traditional girl, and never had any doubt that she would take her husband's name after marrying, even professionally. However, in September 2005, Jamie-Lynn and DiScala announced that they are separating after only two years of marriage, and she subsequently changed her name back.
In 2004, Jamie-Lynn 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.
During the early production of The Sopranos, Jamie-Lynn struggled with an eating disorder and is now a spokesperson for the National Eating Disorders Association. In addition, at age 19 while filming Campfire Stories in Hamburg, New Jersey, Jamie-Lynn Sigler was paralyzed from the waist down for several days having contracted Lyme disease.
Jamie-Lynn speaks fluent Spanish, having learned it from her maternal Cuban grandmother, who did not speak English.
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