A Jericho, Long Island, New York-born actress/singer of Cuban, Jewish-American and Greek descent, Jamie Lynn Sigler is best known for her role as Meadow Soprano, the sassy and bothered teenage daughter on one of the most popular and critically acclaimed dramas of the decade, “The Sopranos” (1999- ?), in which she was handed the 1999 and 2000 Hollywood Reporter YoungStar Awards and a SAG Award, as well as earned ALMA nods. The promising young star has since used the role as a vehicle to launch a recording career and carve out a steady film work.
Sigler was one of Stuff magazine’s “102 Sexiest Women in The World” (2002). In addition to English, she speaks Greek and Spanish fluently. Sigler, who battled with an eating disorder in the late of ‘90s, is now a spokesperson for the National Eating Disorders Association.
“I went public with my eating disorder because I wanted to make some good come of this terrible episode in my life. I want to reach young girls and let them know that there is a way out; there is help available. No one should have to suffer in silence.” Jamie Lynn Sigler
On a more private note, the striking brunette was married to her former manager A.J. Discala in 2003, but the couple proclaimed they became estranged in September 2005. She is reportedly to have been dating a new lover, the club owner Scott Sartiano. On March 9, in front of startled passersby in the lobby of NYC’s Hotel Gansevoort, the actress and Scott, Ashley Olsen’s onetime beau, had a lovers’ fight, during which Sigler threw up her arms at Scott. But by the next night, the quarrel seemed to be history. The actress and a group of her gal pals visited Scott in the VIP area of his new Manhattan club, G-Spa, and this time their public displays were purely affectionate. An eyewitness said, “Jamie-Lynn held his hand all night. She whispered things in his ear that made him smile and kiss her. They never left each other’s side.”
Childhood and Family:
In Jericho, Long Island, New York, Jamie-Lynn Sigler was born on May 15, 1981. Her father, Steve Sigler, a president of an amateur baseball league, is a Sephardic Jewish American, and her mother, Consuela Lopez (aka. Connie Sigler), is a Cuban immigrant who converted to Judaism. She has two older brothers, Brian and Adam Sigler.
A brunette beauty from Jericho, Jamie Lynn Sigler, whose nickname is J-Lynn, was a 1991 graduate from Jericho Senior High School and was accepted to New York University in 1999, where she planned to major in psychology, but put her degree on hold to pursue acting. J-Lynn was enrolled in a dance school at the tender age of 3 and began her acting and singing lessons four years later. By age 9, she had started acting in her hometown Long Island community theater productions.
In September 2002, J-Lynn was engaged to her ex-manager A.J. Discala and they exchanged wedding vows ten months later on July 11, 2003, at the Brooklyn Botanical Garden in New York. However, after only a two-year of marriage, J-Lynn filed for divorce her Italian-American husband Discala in September 2005.
A native of Jericho, Long Island, New York, Jamie Lynn Sigler was primed for the stage at a very young age. Attending dance school at age three, Sigler had begun her acting and singing training by the time she was seven. Two years later, the multi-talented girl was discovered honing her crafts in the Long Island community theater productions, in which she starred in such plays as “Annie” and Rodgers and Hermmerstein’s “The Sound of Music.” In 1993, Sigler made her first professional stage debut in a touring musical version of “It’s a Wonderful Life” and took five months off of school to travel the United States with the show. As a teenager, she went on to star in numerous productions, including “The Wizard of Oz,” “The Goodbye Girl,” and landed a plum role of Anne Frank on Broadway, a role at one time belonged to Hollywood actress Natalie Portman.
After a bunch of stage exposure, Sigler moved on to the big screen film in 1997 with a small part in A Brooklyn State of Mind, an actioner directed by Frank Rainone and starred Vincent Spano and Maria Grazia Cucinotta. However, the actress did not gain a wide renown until two years later when was cast in the regular role of Meadow Soprano in the television pilot “The Sopranos.” Playing the smart but troubled eldest daughter of New Jersey mob boss Tony Soprano, Sigler was so impressive that she soon won the heart of the shows’ director and producer. As a result, she was given bigger parts and finally secured herself as a made character in the show though she was nearly fired for suffering an eating disorder. As soon as The Sopranos became a hit, Sigler catapulted her status as a fame TV actress. For her work on the show, she won a 1999 and 2000 Hollywood Reporter YoungStar for Best Young Actress in a Dramatic Television Series, as well as earned both 2001 and 2002 ALMA nominations. Additionally, the actress also has a SAG Award for The Sopranos Best Ensemble Cast.
Despite her acting success, a classically trained pianist and budding guitarist, Sigler never gave up her intention to record an album. After displaying her musical ability in an episode of The Soprano where Meadow sang along to the TLC hit,” No Scrubs,” she was signed by a talent scout and soon worked on her debut album, Here to Heaven. Released in 2001, the album was produced by hot producers such as TK and Desmond Child where Sigler had opportunities to contribute to the songwriting. The album was not a commercial success though her video for single “Cry Baby” was debuted on MTV’s “Total Request Live.”
While working on the series, Sigler also had a lead role in the low-budget horror movie Campfire Stories (2001), and during 2002-03, she spent five months touring as Belle in Disney’s Broadway production of “Beauty and the Beast.” She went on to benefit her TV success by undertaking the title character of Rogers and Hammerstein’s “Cinderella,” alongside Eartha Kitt. 2003-2004 also saw roles in films Death of a Dynasty (2003), featured as sexy woman # 3, and the indie comedy Extreme Dating (2004), where she costarred with Devon Sawa, Amanda Detmer and Andrew Keegan. In the made-for-television movie Call Me: The Rise and Fall of Heidi Fleiss (2004), Sigler starred as former Hollywood Madam Heidi Fleiss, and made a two episode-appearance in the series “will and Grace” that same year.
In 2005, she continued to pursue film career by having two different projects under her belt. She first costarred opposite Amanda Bynes, Chris Carmack and Jonathan Bennett in the Randal Kleiser-helmed Lovewrecked before taking on the starring role of Cathy in the horror/thriller Dark Ride (2005) for director Craig Singer. The same year, she guest starred in an episode of “Higglytown Heroes.”
Currently still working on her Meadow Soprano role, Sigler is also set to play a supporting role in the comedy movie It’s Under My Skin (2006), starring Danny A. Abeckaser and Cameron Ansell, and star as Angela in writer-director Joe Adams’ I Remember (2006). Among her costars in the horror/thriller film are Andrew Keegan, Jeremy London and Beverley Mitchell.