Natasha Lyonne is one of America’s highest-paid and most well-recognized actresses, as well as being an accomplished director and producer with an illustrious resume behind the camera.
She achieved fame and recognition when she played Nicky Nichols on Netflix’s critically acclaimed Orange Is the New Black.
Early Life and Education
Natasha Bianca Lyonne Braunstein was born April 4th 1979 in New York City, United States. She is an American actress and director, having grown up in an Orthodox Jewish household alongside her mother and older brother Adam. After living briefly in Great Neck New York with them during early years, they relocated to Israel for one and half years where she participated in production of Israeli children’s film April Fool and developed an interest for acting – attending Ramaz school for education as part of this experience.
In the late 90s, she began appearing in more movies as Polly in 1993’s Dennis the Menace; Djuna Berlin in Woody Allen’s Everyone Says I Love You (1996); Rachel in 1998 Modern Vampires; Christine Sixteen in Detroit Rock City (1999). Additionally she made several cameo appearances such as American Pie (1999), its sequels American Pie 2 in 2001 and American Reunion in 2012.
Lyonne has built herself an esteemed career within the entertainment world through hard work and perseverance. Her versatility and diverse talent has allowed her to flourish in her chosen craft, leaving an indelible mark upon its history.
At an early age, she started acting professionally, appearing in television shows and movies such as ‘Pee-wee’s Playhouse’, ‘Heartburn’, Dennis the Menace’ and ‘A Man Called Sarge’. In 2017, she made her directorial debut with a short film entitled ‘Cabiria Charity Charlotte’ starring Maya Rudolph and Fred Armisen.
She first gained fame by appearing as Nicky Nichols in Netflix’s critically-acclaimed show Orange is the New Black. Due to her success on screen, she also pursued a career behind-the-camera by co-writing, directing, and producing various projects.
Achievement and Honors
Lyonne has amassed many impressive accomplishments throughout her career as an actress. These include awards and nominations she has earned, in addition to recognition she has gained at numerous high-profile events.
Lyonne has also established herself as a writer and director. Her success on Netflix’s critically acclaimed Russian Doll series–co-created, directed, produced–has contributed greatly to her wealth accumulation.
Detroit Rock City, Freeway II: Confessions of a Trickbaby, Kate & Leopold and Party Monster are just a few films she has appeared in. In 2005 she was hospitalized with Hepatitis C, heart infection that resulted in collapsed lung while taking methadone therapy; co-founder of Animal Pictures production company.
Natasha Lyonne has enjoyed immense success as an actress, yet has faced her fair share of personal difficulties throughout her life. However, these challenging childhood experiences helped her develop a greater understanding of human emotions that has informed her performances as an actress.
She has appeared in numerous films and TV shows, but became best-known to audiences worldwide through her portrayal of drug a##ict Nicky Nichols on Netflix’s Orange Is the New Black. She has been part of that series for seven seasons as an integral player; additionally, she has directed some episodes during that time.
She has had various relationships, but is currently single. She remains close with actors Maya Rudolph and Fred Armisen; both appeared together in the Kenzo short film Cabiria Charity Chastity released by Kenzo in 2017. Additionally, she directed Armisen in a segment for IFC Documentary Now!.
Lyonne has established herself as an actress of great versatility throughout her career, taking on both comedic and dramatic roles with ease. She has made appearances in movies like American Pie (1999), Slums of Beverly Hills (1998), Scary Movie 2 Kate and Leopold, Scary Movie 4, Scary Movie 4, Ad Astra etc.
Lyonne has gained notoriety not only as an actor but also for her writing and directing work. She has earned nominations from Chicago Film Critics Association Awards, Gold Derby Awards, and Fangoria Chainsaw Awards for her works.
Her keen business acumen and investment decisions have contributed significantly to her wealth and success, along with several properties providing steady streams of income. All these elements combined have fuelled her rise to fame and enabled her to amass an impressive net worth.