Jennette McCurdy (born June 26, 1992) is an American actress, YouTuber, singer and writer. She is known for playing Sam Puckett on the Nickelodeon sitcom iCarly and its spin-off series Sam & Cat. McCurdy has also appeared in a number of television series, including Victorious, Zoey 101, True Jackson VP, Malcolm in the Middle, and Lincoln Heights, and has also produced, written, and starred in her own online series titled What's Next for Sarah? From May 2015 to August 2016, she starred in the Netflix/Citytv drama series Between as Wiley Day.
McCurdy at the 2012 Hall of Game Awards
|Born||June 26, 1992|
Long Beach, California, U.S.
|Residence||Studio City, California, U.S.|
Jennette McCurdy was born on June 26, 1992 in Long Beach, California, and grew up in Garden Grove, California. She is of Dutch, English, French, Irish, Italian, and Swedish descent. McCurdy reportedly became interested in acting upon watching Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope after her mother recovered from breast cancer. However, in a 2014 appearance on the podcast You Made It Weird with Pete Holmes, she said that this was not entirely true.
2000–2006: Career beginningEdit
McCurdy started her acting career in 2000 at the age of eight on MADtv. Since then she appeared in television series, including CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, Malcolm in the Middle, Lincoln Heights, Will & Grace, The Penguins of Madagascar, Zoey 101, True Jackson, VP, Law and Order SVU, Medium, Judging Amy, The Inside, Karen Sisco, Over There, and Close to Home. In 2003, she had the chance to act with her inspiration, Harrison Ford, in the film Hollywood Homicide. In 2005, she was nominated for a Young Artist Award for Best Performance in a Television Series – Guest Starring Young Actress for her performance in Strong Medicine as Hailey Campos. She has also appeared in several commercials, such as one for Sprint and a public service announcement on crossing the road safely.
2007–2012: iCarly and musicEdit
In 2007, she won a starring role in the Nickelodeon TV series iCarly as Sam Puckett, a series she would be a part of until its end in 2012. In 2008, she was nominated for a Young Artist Award for her work on iCarly and her performance as Dory Sorenson in the TV movie The Last Day of Summer. She was nominated for a 2009 Teen Choice Award in the Favorite TV Sidekick category for her work on iCarly. She played Bertha in Fred: The Movie, a movie based on a YouTube series about Fred Figglehorn.
In June 2008, McCurdy announced on her official website that she was working on her debut album. The first single, "So Close", was released on March 10, 2009. On May 19 her cover of the Amanda Stott song "Homeless Heart" was released. The song was released in honor of McCurdy's recently deceased friend Cody Waters, who died at the age of nine from brain cancer, and 20% of the proceeds were donated to the Cody Waters Foundation. She met Waters through St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. In mid-2009, McCurdy signed with country music label Capitol Records Nashville. On April 16, 2010, samples of select songs from McCurdy's upcoming debut country album were released online. The song clips were released in order for fans to vote for which one they believed should be McCurdy's first single. "Not That Far Away" received the most votes, and was released to country radio on May 24, 2010 and iTunes on June 1.
She released an EP on August 17, 2010, which included "Not That Far Away" and three new songs: "Stronger", "Put Your Arms Around Someone", and "Break Your Heart". The iTunes version included "Me with You" as a bonus track. McCurdy's second single, "Generation Love", was released as a digital download on March 22, 2011, followed by its release to radio April 25, 2011. Capitol Nashville released McCurdy's self-named seven-track EP on February 8, 2012 at clothing retailer Justice. The full-length, ten-track edition was released to iTunes on June 5, 2012 and is her first full-length album. On July 11, 2012, Fanlala released an interview with McCurdy in which she confirmed that she has since left Capitol Records Nashville, saying, "I'm kind of between projects right now. I actually just left Capitol Records recently. I'm really just deciding what else I want to do next. Right now I'm working on my new show, and I'm just figuring out where I should take my music from here." On July 31, 2012, How to Rock released an interview with McCurdy, in which she talked about her acting and music careers. A follow-up interview was released on August 8, in which McCurdy reflects on her music career.
2013–present: Sam & Cat, Between and directingEdit
She starred alongside Ariana Grande in the Nickelodeon series Sam & Cat, reprising her role as Sam Puckett, with Grande reprising her role as Cat Valentine. The series' plot centers on the girls becoming roommates and starting their own babysitting business. It premiered on June 8, 2013. In 2014 McCurdy along with good friend and former co-star Miranda Cosgrove were absent from the Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards. Explaining her absence, McCurdy stated that Nickelodeon put her in an "uncomfortable, compromising, unfair situation" where she had to look out for herself, and McCurdy and Grande were having problems with the network over their respective salaries, and that McCurdy accused Nickelodeon of paying Grande more money. The network placed Sam & Cat into hiatus. The network initially stated that the hiatus was planned and that the series was not cancelled. On July 13, 2014, Nickelodeon announced that, after only one season, Sam & Cat was cancelled. In an interview on Entertainment Pop, McCurdy mentioned that she later made up with Grande.
On August 13, 2014, McCurdy launched the online show What's Next for Sarah?. She served as the star of the series as well as the writer of the show, along with duties as executive producer and editor. She says that the show is based loosely on her life and that the character she plays, Sarah Bronson, is based on her.
In August 2016, McCurdy signed a deal to develop projects with digital production company Canvas Media Studios to further utilize her social media connections with fans. She also starred as Claire in the psychological thriller film Pet.
In 2018, McCurdy made her debut as a film director with a short film titled Kenny. The dramedy film, both written and directed by her, was inspired by the death of her mother and features an all-female crew. Kenny was featured in The Hollywood Reporter and on Short of the Week. She has since released three short films she wrote and directed: The Grave, The McCurdys, a semi-autobiographical short based on her childhood and Strong Independent Women, a short that deals with eating disorders. McCurdy hopes to transition from acting to writing and directing: "I never got the chance to be cast in a project I was proud to be part of." In late 2018, she announced that she hopes to direct more films.
In 2011, McCurdy began writing a series of articles for The Wall Street Journal. She has written a total of eight pieces for the paper, on topics ranging from Shirley Temple to body shaming and the corporate culture of smoke and mirrors. She is the youngest person to have ever written a piece for The Journal.
McCurdy composed an article titled "Off-Camera, My Mom's Fight With Cancer", which was published in The Wall Street Journal in June 2011. It describes in detail her mother Debra's ongoing battle with cancer and how her family coped with the situation. The article also features advice from McCurdy on living with such a situation. On September 20, 2013, her mother died after battling cancer for 17 years.
On March 8, 2019, McCurdy revealed her battle with anorexia and later bulimia beginning at age 11 in an article in the Huffington Post describing in detail how it started over a need to look smaller and thinner for younger roles, her mother's and the entertainment industry's aiding of the disordered eating, seeking help after her sister-in-law noticed the disorder while McCurdy was in Toronto filming Between, and various "come-to-Jesus moments" such as once losing a tooth from regurgitating stomach fluids that wore down her tooth enamel and passing out on a friend’s bathroom floor from dehydration.
|2001||Shadow Fury||Anna Markov|
|2002||My Daughter's Tears||Mary Fields|
|2003||Hollywood Homicide||Van Family Daughter|
|Taylor Simmons||Amanda Simmons|
|2004||Breaking Dawn||Little Girl|
|2005||See Anthony Run||Lucy||Short film|
|2010||Fred: The Movie||Bertha|
|2011||The Death and Return of Superman||Eradicator Folks||Short film|
|2013||Snowflake, the White Gorilla||Petunia||Voice role|
|2014||Almost Heroes 3D||Sue||Voice role|
|2017||The McCurdys||Director and Writer||Film|
|The First Lady||Peggy||Short|
|2000||Mad TV||Cassidy Gifford||Episode 6.1|
|2002||CSI: Crime Scene Investigation||Jackie Trent||Episode: "Cats in the Cradle"|
|2003-2005||Malcolm in the Middle||Daisy, Penelope||2 episodes: "If Boys Were Girls", "Buseys Take a Hostage"|
|2004||Karen Sisco||Josie Boyle||Episode: "No One's Girl"|
|Strong Medicine||Hailey Campos||Episode: "Selective Breeding"|
|Tiger Cruise||Kiley Dolan||Television film|
|2005||Law & Order: Special Victims Unit||Holly Purcell||Episode: "Contagious"|
|Medium||Sara Crewson||Episode: "Coded"|
|Judging Amy||Amber Reid||Episode: "My Name is Amy Gray"|
|The Inside||Madison St. Clair||Episode: "Everything Nice"|
|Over There||Lynne||Episode: "Situation Normal"|
|Zoey 101||Trisha Kirby||Episode: "Bad Girl"|
|2006||Will & Grace||Lisa||Episode: "Von Trapped"|
|Close to Home||Stacy Johnson||Episode: "Escape"|
|Against Type||Meredith||Television film|
|2007||The Last Day of Summer||Dory Sorenson||Television film|
|Lincoln Heights||Beckie||3 episodes|
|2007–12||iCarly||Sam Puckett||Main role|
|Melanie Puckett||Episode: "iTwins"|
|2009||Fred: The Movie||Bertha||Television film|
|2009–2010||True Jackson, VP||Pinky Turzo||2 episodes: "Amanda Hires a Pink", "True Drama"|
|2010||The Cleveland Show||Girl #1||Voice role; episode: "Little Man on Campus"|
|2010||Glenn Martin, DDS||Mazy||Voice role; episode: "Courtney's Pony"|
|2010–2015||The Penguins of Madagascar||Becky||Voice role; 2 episodes: "Badger Pride", "Tunnel of Love"|
|2011||Cupcake Wars||Herself||Guest judge; episode: "Jennette McCurdy Country Cupcakes"|
|Big Time Rush||Training Fan||Episode: "Big Time Concert"|
|Best Player||Christina "Prodigy" Saunders||Television film|
|Victorious||Sam Puckett||Crossover movie: "iParty with Victorious"|
|2012||Ponnie / Fawn Liebowitz||Special guest star, episode: "Crazy Ponnie"|
|Bucket & Skinner's Epic Adventures||Devon||Episode: "Epic Break-Up"|
|Camp Orange||Herself||Co-host (season 8)|
|2013||Ben and Kate||Bethany||Episode: "Gone Fishin'"|
|2013||Swindle||Savannah Westcott||Television film|
|2013–14||Sam & Cat||Sam Puckett||Lead role|
|Melanie Puckett||Episode: "#Twinfection"|
|2014||What's Next for Sarah?||Sarah Bronson||Web series; lead role; also writer, creator, and executive producer|
|The Birthday Boys||Kendra Taylor||Episode: "Love Date Hump"|
|2015||Comedy Bang! Bang!||Allie Dawson||Episode: "Simon Helberg Wears a Sky Blue Button Down and Jeans"|
|2015–16||Between||Wiley Day||Main role|
|2016||Robot Chicken||Skipper, Nany, Nurse||Voice role; episodes: "Joel Hurwitz"|
|The Eric Andre Show||Herself||Episode: "Jack Black / Jennette McCurdy"|
|2017||8 Bodies||TJ||Web short; main role; also writer, director and executive producer|
|Wine and Cheese||Jen||Web short; main role; writer, director and executive producer|
|2018||Kenny||N/A||Web short; Director and writer|
|The Grave||N/A||Web short; Director and writer|
|Not That Far Away||
|"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released in that territory.|
|"So Close"||2009||—||—||Non-album singles|
|"Not That Far Away"||2010||58||58||Not That Far Away|
|"Generation Love"||2011||44||44||Jennette McCurdy|
|"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released in that territory.|
|"Not That Far Away"||2010||Roman White|
Awards and nominationsEdit
- on YouTube
- "iCARLY's Jennette McCurdy Covers @RUNWAY Winter 2014 Issue". Broadway World. Retrieved March 14, 2015.
- on YouTube
- Hatch, Danielle (November 19, 2008). "sheSam on 'iCarly'". Peoria Journal Star. Archived from the original on October 12, 2013. Retrieved January 6, 2016.
...watching the original 'Star Wars' movies, episodes 4, 5 and 6. We'd watch them over and over every day... [McCurdy's mother] recovered and everything and a couple of years after, (one of the films) came out on the big screen. It was a huge deal for our family since it helped us get through a lot of tough times. We went to go see it as a family, and it touched me so much that I turned to my mom and said, 'Mommy, I want to be in the movies, like Han Solo.'
- "You Made It Weird #196: Jennette McCurdy". Nerdist. Retrieved March 9, 2017.
- "TV Roles". Jennette McCurdy's Official Website. Archived from the original on September 1, 2011. Retrieved September 4, 2011.
- "First Single "Not That Far Away" From Upcoming Debut Album". Jennettemccurdy.com. Archived from the original on November 7, 2011. Retrieved November 7, 2011.
- "Amanda Stott - Chasing The Sky". Discogs. Retrieved June 14, 2017.
- "Homeless Heart – Single by Jennette McCurdy – Download Homeless Heart – Single on iTunes". itunes.apple.com. May 19, 2009. Retrieved May 19, 2010.
- McCurdy, Jennette (May 4, 2009). "New single". Jennette McCurdy's Official Website. Archived from the original on May 9, 2009. Retrieved May 8, 2009.
- "Jennette McCurdy of Nickelodeon's iCarly Signs With Capitol Nashville". Country Music Television. July 8, 2009. Retrieved January 18, 2012.
- "Jennette McCurdy Lets Fans Help Decide Debut Single". The Boot. April 16, 2010. Retrieved May 19, 2010.
- ""Generation Love" is Now Available!". Jennettemccurdy.com. March 22, 2011. Archived from the original on November 7, 2011. Retrieved November 7, 2011.
- "Future Releases for Country Radio Stations". All Access. Retrieved May 30, 2011.
- "Jennette McCurdy". Jennette McCurdy. Archived from the original on April 25, 2012. Retrieved March 5, 2012.
- "New Music In Justice Stores Tuesday, January 24!". Jennette McCurdy official website. January 18, 2012. Archived from the original on January 23, 2012.
- Exclusive interview on Archived November 9, 2012, at the Wayback Machine. Fanlala.com. Retrieved December 18, 2012.
- Interview on Archived January 25, 2013, at the Wayback Machine. Learnhowtorock.alloyentertainment.com (December 12, 2012). Retrieved December 18, 2012.
- Another interview on Archived October 12, 2013, at the Wayback Machine. Learnhowtorock.alloyentertainment.com (December 11, 2012). Retrieved December 18, 2012.
- "Jennette McCurdy On iTunes". itunes.apple.com. 2012. Archived from the original on August 19, 2014.
- Siegel, Melissa (August 15, 2014). "Ariana Grande vs. Jennette McCurdy! Why 'What's Next for Sarah' Video of Gloriana Upset Arianators After Rumored 'Sam & Cat' Feud". Hollywood Take. Retrieved August 17, 2014.
- Bacle, Ariana (April 2, 2014). "Nickelodeon denies 'Sam & Cat' cancellation rumors". Entertainment Weekly's EW.com.
- Nellie Andreeva. "Nickelodeon cancels hit 'Sam & Cat' After One Season, On-Set Discord - Deadline". Deadline.
- Emily Yoshida. "Know Your Beef: Ariana Grande vs. Jennette McCurdy (vs. Andre Drummond)". Grantland.
- ABC News. "One-on-One With Jennette McCurdy". ABC News.
- "Ariana Grande's Grandpa Dies — Friends & Fans Console Her". Hollywood Life. July 24, 2014. Retrieved September 1, 2014.
- "Jennette McCurdy on Twitter". Twitter. Archived from the original on January 31, 2015.
- "Jennette McCurdy on Twitter". Twitter. Archived from the original on February 1, 2015.
- "What's Next For Sarah?". What's Next For Sarah?.
- "Jennette McCurdy (a.k.a. curmudgeon457) here, AMA! : jennettemccurdy". reddit.
- Andreeva, Nellie (October 20, 2014). "Jennette McCurdy Cast In Thriller Drama Series For Netflix - Deadline". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved October 20, 2014.
- Evans, Andrew (January 24, 2015). "Touring Toronto: On Location With 'Between' Star Jennette McCurdy". Yahoo TV.
- "Jennette McCurdy, Virginia Gardner Join Teen Comedy Little Bitches". Variety. Retrieved December 15, 2015.
- "Jennette McCurdy to Develop Scripted Projects With Digital Studio Canvas Media (Exclusive)". Hollywood Reporter. August 18, 2016. Retrieved March 9, 2017.
- Kroll, Justin (August 11, 2015). "Jennette McCurdy to Co-Star in Indie 'Pet'". Variety.
- "Kenny by Jennette McCurdy | Dramedy Short Film". Short of the Week. Retrieved December 23, 2018.
- "Projects". Jennette Mccurdy. Retrieved December 23, 2018.
- Jennette McCurdy (March 3, 2019), an eating disorder short film: Strong Independent Women, retrieved March 8, 2019
- "Jennette McCurdy Makes Directorial Debut With Short Film". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved October 26, 2018.
- Jennette McCurdy, a little announcement..., retrieved December 28, 2018
- "Nickelodeon's Jennette McCurdy on Why America Drank Up Shirley Temple - Speakeasy - WSJ". Blogs.wsj.com. February 12, 2014. Retrieved April 18, 2014.
- "Do I Look Fat in This Article? Jennette McCurdy on Beauty and Body Shaming - Speakeasy - WSJ". Blogs.wsj.com. January 22, 2014. Retrieved April 18, 2014.
- McCurdy, Jennette. "TV Music and Movie Reviews for Teens". Seventeen. Archived from the original on April 7, 2014. Retrieved April 18, 2014.
- "Jennette McCurdy is Blogging for Seventeen!". Fanlala.com. January 8, 2014. Retrieved April 18, 2014.
- "Jennette McCurdy". huffingtonpost.com.
- Beale, Lauren (July 9, 2013). "HOT PROPERTY Actress Jennette McCurdy buys Studio City home". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved July 12, 2015.
- McCurdy, Jennette (June 11, 2011). "Off-Camera, My Mom's Fight With Cancer". The Wall Street Journal. Retrieved June 11, 2011.
- "Jennette McCurdy's Mother Passes Away After Battling Cancer". E!. September 20, 2013. Retrieved September 22, 2013.
- McCurdy, Jennette; Writer, Guest (March 8, 2019). "Former Nickelodeon Star Jennette McCurdy Opens Up About Her Eating Disorder". HuffPost. Retrieved March 8, 2019.
- "Almost Heroes 3D". DigiArt. Archived from the original on July 24, 2016. Retrieved July 24, 2016.
- "8 Bodies Movie".
- Jennette McCurdy –. Amazon.com. Retrieved December 18, 2012.
- "Jennette McCurdy – Chart History: Top Country Albums". Billboard. Retrieved September 14, 2018.
- "Jennette McCurdy – Chart History: Heatseekers Albums". Billboard. Retrieved September 14, 2018.
- "Jennette McCurdy – Chart History: Hot Country Songs". Billboard. Retrieved September 14, 2018.
- "Jennette McCurdy – Chart History: Country Airplay". Billboard. Retrieved September 14, 2018.
- "So Close – Single by Jennette McCurdy". iTunes. Retrieved November 4, 2012.
- "Homeless Heart – Single by Jennette McCurdy". iTunes. Retrieved November 4, 2012.
- "CMT : Videos : Jennette McCurdy : Not That Far Away". Country Music Television. Retrieved April 23, 2011.
- "CMT : Videos : Jennette McCurdy: Generation Love". Country Music Television. Retrieved April 23, 2011.
- "26th Annual Young Artist Awards". Young Artist Awards. Archived from the original on August 8, 2011.
- "29th Annual Young Artist Awards". Young Artist Awards. Archived from the original on July 6, 2008.
- "30th Annual Young Artist Awards". Young Artist Awards. Archived from the original on July 19, 2011.
- "Teen Choice Awards 2009 nominees". Los Angeles Times. June 15, 2009.
- "Announcing the Winners of the 2009 Teen Choice Awards!". BuzzSugar.
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- "Nickelodeon divulga os vencedores do Meus Prêmios Nick 2011".
- "Lista completa de ganadores Kids Choice Awards 2012". Archived from the original on October 12, 2013.
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