Natasha Bianca Lyonne Braunstein born April 4, 1979 is an American actress, director, writer, and producer.
Lyonne is best known for her starring role as Nicky Nichols in the Netflix comedy-drama series Orange Is the New Black (2013–2019), for which she received a Primetime Emmy Award nomination, and as Nadia Vulvokov in the Netflix comedy-drama series Russian Doll (2019–present), which she also co-created, executive produces, writes, and directs. For the latter, she received nominations for three Primetime Emmy Awards.
Lyonne is also known for her role as Jessica in the American Pie film series (1999–2012). Her other films include Everyone Says I Love You (1996), But I'm a Cheerleader (1999), Scary Movie 2 (2001), Blade: Trinity (2004), Robots (2005), All About Evil (2010), Sleeping with Other People (2015), Hello My Name Is Doris, Addicted to Fresno (2015), Antibirth (2016), and Ad Astra (2019).
Lyonne was born in New York City, the daughter of Ivette Buchinger and Aaron Braunstein, a boxing promoter, race car driver and radio host, distantly related to cartoonist Al Jaffee.minor NSFW from an exceptionally well covered clothing failure.
Lyonne's parents were from Orthodox Jewish families, and she was raised Orthodox. Her mother was born in Paris, France, to Hungarian Jewish parents who were Holocaust survivors. Lyonne has darkly joked that her family consists of "my father's side, Flatbush, and my mother's side, Auschwitz."
In 2005 Lyonne was admitted to Beth Israel Medical Center in Manhattan under a pseudonym, suffering from hepatitis C, a heart infection, and a collapsed lung; she was also undergoing methadone treatment for heroin addiction. In January 2006 a warrant was issued for her arrest after she missed a court hearing relating to her prior problems. Her lawyer said an emergency had arisen but did not give details. Later that year Lyonne was admitted to a drug and alcohol treatment center, and she appeared in court afterward. A judge sentenced her to conditional discharge.Drugs suck.
Lyonne underwent open-heart surgery in 2012 to correct heart valve damage caused by her heart infection, which could have resulted in sudden death if untreated.
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