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Jenna Nicole Mourey (born September 15, 1986[1][2]), better known by her pseudonym Jenna Marbles, is an American YouTube personality, vlogger, comedian and actress. As of March 2019, her channel has approximately 3.1 billion video views and 19.5 million subscribers,[3] and is the 86th most subscribed channel on YouTube and the eighth-most-popular channel operated by a woman.[4] Marbles is the first social media star to have a wax figure displayed in Madame Tussauds Museum, located in New York City.[5]

Jenna Marbles
Jenna Marbles by Gage Skidmore 2.jpg
Marbles at the 2014 VidCon
Personal information
BornJenna Nicole Mourey
(1986-09-15) September 15, 1986 (age 32)
NationalityAmerican
ResidenceLos Angeles, California, U.S.
Occupation
Partner(s)Julien Solomita
Alma materSuffolk University (BS)
Boston University (MEd)
Websitejennamarblesblog.com
YouTube information
Also known asJenna Marbles
Years active2006–present
Genre
Subscribers19.5+ million
Total views3.1+ billion
Associated acts
YouTube Silver Play Button 2.svg100,000 subscribers 2012
YouTube Gold Play Button 2.svg1,000,000 subscribers 2012
YouTube Diamond Play Button.svg10,000,000 subscribers 2013

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Early life

Marbles was born and raised in Rochester, New York, where she graduated from Brighton High School in 2004. Her father is a chemist who holds several patents and she has one older brother.[6] She then moved to Boston, where she attended Suffolk University. At Suffolk she obtained a Bachelor of Science in Psychology, and later attended Boston University for a Master of Education in Sport Psychology and Counseling.[7]

Career

In the summer of 2010, Marbles was sharing a three-bedroom apartment in Cambridge, Massachusetts. She paid $800 rent by working various jobs, like bartending, working at a tanning salon, blogging, and go-go dancing at nightclubs.[8] That year, Marbles started her career with Barstool Sports, where she wrote for their female-oriented site StoolLaLa. She left Barstool Sports in 2011.[9]

YouTube

Marbles uploads a new video to her YouTube channel every Wednesday/Thursday. One video, released in 2010 and entitled "How To Trick People Into Thinking You're Good Looking" was viewed over 5.3 million times in its first week.[10][11] Her video "How To Avoid Talking To People You Don't Want To Talk To" was featured in articles by The New York Times and ABC News in August 2011. In the video, she stated, "I'm sick and tired of guys thinking that just because I showed up at a club or a dance or a bar, that I want to have their genitalia touching my backside"; [12][13] the video had approximately 36.2 million views as of March 2018.[14]

The pseudonym "Jenna Marbles" comes from her mother's complaint that "Mourey", their legal surname, pulled up only Jenna's videos on Google. Jenna's mother was unemployed at the time that Jenna's first video went viral, and was concerned that their content might put off potential employers.[7] The name "Marbles" comes from her dog "Mr. Marbles". As of January 2019, Marbles' YouTube channel had about 19 million subscribers and 2.9 billion video views.[15][16]

Marbles appeared as Eve in season 2 of Epic Rap Battles of History, episode 13, "Adam vs. Eve".[17] She played a banana in The Annoying Orange episode "Fake n' Bacon". She played Miley Cyrus in a "Wrecking Ball"-inspired segment of YouTube Rewind 2013. On January 30, 2014, she appeared in season four of Ridiculousness.

Marbles appeared as herself in Smosh: The Movie.[18]

In 2015, Marbles unveiled a wax figure of herself at Madame Tussauds New York. She was the first ever YouTube star to be immortalized at Madame Tussauds New York and her figure is the first selfie-taking wax figure at this location.[19]

Marbles has also professionalized her business affairs by expanding her business and bringing in people to help, including, a personal assistant, a business manager, and her mother (the chief executive officer).[8]

Marbles does a weekly podcast with her boyfriend Julien Solomita called "The Jenna Julien Podcast" (formerly called "The Jenna and Julien Podcast"). Topics include stories of growing up, conspiracy theories, YouTubers and other general topics. They sometimes feature other YouTubers as guests on their podcast, including Shane Dawson.[20]

Other ventures

Marbles released a brand of dog toys called Kermie Worm & Mr. Marbles. The toys' appearances are based upon her real dogs.[7] She has also created items with some of her most memorable quotes printed on them (e.g. "what are this").

Marbles also hosts a weekly pop countdown on SiriusXM Hits 1 called "YouTube 15".[21][22]

In 2016, Marbles became an executive producer for Maximum Ride, a film based on the series of novels of the same name by James Patterson.[23]

Personal life

In 2015, Marbles became a full-time vegan.[24][25]

Marbles has been in a relationship with fellow YouTuber Julien Solomita since 2013, and the two live together in California with their four dogs, Marbles, Kermit, Peach and Bunny, who regularly appear in her videos.[26]

Awards and nominations

Year Award Category Result Ref.
2014 Young Hollywood Award Viral Superstar Won [27]
2015 Streamy Award Best Comedy Series Nominated
2017 Best First-Person Series Nominated
Audience Choice Creator of the Year Nominated

References

  1. ^ "Jenna Mourey/Marbles on Twitter". Twitter.
  2. ^ Things I Get Excited About As An Adult. August 27, 2015 – via YouTube.
  3. ^ JennaMarbles. YouTube.
  4. ^ "PewDiePie, Jenna Marbles, CaptainSparklez: The Web's Biggest Stars". Reason. October 1, 2014. Retrieved October 10, 2014.
  5. ^ Stark, Chelsea. "Jenna Marbles, Smosh are first YouTube stars with their own wax figures". Mashable. Retrieved October 26, 2017.
  6. ^ "Draw My Life- Jenna Marbles". JennaMarbles. March 28, 2013. Retrieved March 28, 2013.
  7. ^ a b c Spangler, Todd (July 18, 2013). "YouTube Star Jenna Marbles: 5 Facts About Her Rise to Internet Fame". Variety. Retrieved January 16, 2015.
  8. ^ a b "The Woman With 1 Billion Clicks: Jenna Marbles". The New York Times. April 14, 2013.
  9. ^ "The Man Behind the 'Bible of Bro Culture'". NBC News. December 13, 2013.
  10. ^ O’Leary, Amy (April 12, 2013). "The Woman With 1 Billion Clicks: Jenna Marbles". The New York Times. Retrieved October 10, 2014.
  11. ^ Klima, Jeff (April 22, 2013). "Jenna Marbles on 1 Billion Views, Set to Overtake Ray William Johnson?". New Media Rockstars. Retrieved October 10, 2014.
  12. ^ "Rendering Grinders Toothless". The New York Times. August 12, 2011. Retrieved October 4, 2011.
  13. ^ ""Jenna Marbles'" Anti-Dirty Dance: Teens Say No to Grinding – ABC News". ABC News. August 16, 2011. Retrieved October 4, 2011.
  14. ^ "jennamarbles Most Viewed YouTube Videos – Socialblade.com". socialblade.com. Retrieved March 5, 2018.
  15. ^ "JennaMarbles YouTube Channel Stats, Subscriber Statistics, Ranking". vidstatsx.com. Retrieved April 5, 2017.
  16. ^ "jennamarbles YouTube Stats, Channel Statistics - Socialblade.com". socialblade.com. Retrieved March 12, 2018.
  17. ^ Sam Gutelle (February 11, 2013). "Epic Rap Battles of History Pits Man Against Woman With Jenna Marbles". Tubefilter. Retrieved February 25, 2013.
  18. ^ Bloom, David (April 15, 2015). "'SMOSH: The Movie' Premiere Set For July 23 Next To VidCon". Deadline. Retrieved February 22, 2019.
  19. ^ "JENNA MARBLES' FIGURE IS FINALLY HERE!". Madame Tussauds New York.
  20. ^ "Jenna Julien". YouTube. Retrieved May 13, 2017.
  21. ^ SiriusXM Hits 1
  22. ^ "jenna marbles – SiriusXM Blog". siriusxm.com.
  23. ^ Scheck, Frank (September 30, 2016). "'Maximum Ride': Film Review". Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved February 22, 2019.
  24. ^ "Jenna Marbles". Happy Cow. Retrieved February 22, 2019.
  25. ^ Murray-Ragg, Ragg (November 6, 2017). "JENNA MARBLES' TOP 6 VEGAN RECIPES (FEATURING CUTE DOGS)". Live Kindly. Retrieved February 22, 2019.
  26. ^ JennaMarbles (May 16, 2018), We Bought A House, retrieved May 1, 2019
  27. ^ "Jenna Marbles - Awards - IMDb". IMDb. Retrieved December 5, 2017.

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