Natasha Lyonne is an American actress, best known for her role in the American Pie series. Let’s see some amazing facts and trivia about her!
1.Her full name is Natasha Bianca Lyonne Braunstein.
2.. She was born on April 4, 1979.
3.Natasha Lyonne was born in New York City, New York, the daughter of Ivette and Aaron Braunstein, a boxing promoter, race car driver, and radio host, who was distantly related to cartoonist Al Jaffee.
4. Natasha Lyonne’s parents were both from Orthodox Jewish families, and she herself was raised Orthodox.
5. Her mother was born in Paris, France, to Hungarian Jewish parents who were Holocaust survivors.
6. Natasha Lyonne sometimes darkly jokes that her family consists of “my father’s side, Flatbush, and my mother’s side, Auschwitz.”
7. Her grandmother Ella came from a large family, but only she and her two sisters and two brothers survived, which Lyonne credits to their blonde hair and blue eyes.
8. Natasha Lyonne’s grandfather, Morris Buchinger, operated a watch company in Los Angeles. During the war, he hid in Budapest as a non-Jew working in a leather factory.
9. Natasha Lyonne spent the first eight years of her life living in Great Neck, New York.
10. Then she and her parents moved to Israel, where Lyonne spent a year and a half.
11. Her parents divorced, and Lyonne and her older brother Adam returned to America with their mother. After this move back to New York City, Lyonne attended Ramaz School, also known as The Rabbi Joseph H.
12. Lookstein Upper School of Ramaz, a private Jewish school, where Lyonne said she was a scholarship kid who took honors Talmud classes and read Aramaic.
13. She was expelled for selling marijuana at school. Lyonne grew up on the Upper East Side, where she felt she was an outcast.
14. Her mother then moved their family to Miami, where Lyonne graduated from Miami Country Day School.
15. Natasha Lyonne was estranged from her father, who lived on the Upper West Side until his death in October 2014 and in 2013 was a Republican candidate for City Council for the sixth District of Manhattan.
16. Natasha Lyonne has said she is not close with her mother and has essentially lived independently of her family since age 16.
17. When she was 18 years old, Lyonne used the paycheck from her work on the Woody Allen film, Everyone Says I Love You to buy a small apartment near Gramercy Park.
18. She attended New York University for a very short time, studying film and philosophy.
19. As a young child, Lyonne was signed by the Ford Modeling Agency.
20. At the age of six, she was cast as Opal on Pee-wee’s Playhouse, followed by film appearances in Heartburn, A Man Called Sarge, and Dennis the Menace.
21. When she was 16, Woody Allen cast her in Everyone Says I Love You, which led to appearances in almost 30 films over the next 10 years.
22. Lyonne made her New York stage debut in the award-winning New Group production of Mike Leigh’s Two Thousand Years.
23. Natasha Lyonne was in the original cast of the award-winning Love, Loss, and What I Wore, a play written by Nora Ephron and Delia Ephron and based on the book by Ilene Beckerman.
24. Natasha Lyonne has made guest appearances on the series Weeds, New Girl, Will and Grace, and Law & Order Special Victims Unit.
25. Natasha Lyonne is currently seeing the actor Fred Armisen. Lyonne lives in New York City.
26. In 2005, Lyonne was evicted by her landlord, actor Michael Rapaport, following numerous complaints by other tenants about her behavior.
27. In August 2001, Lyonne was arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol after she ran her rented car onto a Miami Beach sidewalk, hitting a road sign and causing minor damages.
28. In August 2002, Lyonne pleaded guilty to drunk driving and paid $1,000 in fines and court fees, performed 50 hours of community service, took part in a victim’s panel organized by Mothers Against Drunk Driving, was placed on probation for one year, and had her license suspended for one year.
29. In December 2004, Lyonne was arrested after verbally threatening her neighbor, breaking a mirror in the neighbor’s apartment, and threatening to molest the neighbor’s dog. She spent a night in jail before being arraigned on charges of criminal mischief, harassment, and trespassing. The details of this incident did not become publicly known until two years had passed.
30. In April 2005, an arrest warrant was issued for Lyonne for failure to appear in court on the charges. Prosecutors say she attended court, but arrived an hour late and only stayed for 30 minutes. Police were unable to locate Lyonne until her hospitalization was reported in August. Charges were later dropped.
31. In 2005, Lyonne was in Beth Israel Medical Center in Manhattan under a pseudonym, and had been there for over a month after being transferred from Bellevue Hospital.
32. She reportedly suffered from hepatitis C, a heart infection, and a collapsed lung, and was undergoing methadone treatment.
33. In January 2006, another arrest warrant was issued for her after she missed another hearing. Her lawyer said an emergency had arisen, but did not give details. Later that year, Lyonne was in the Caron Foundation, a drug and alcohol treatment center, and appeared in court after missing several court dates to face earlier charges of mischief, trespass and harassment. A judge sentenced her to conditional discharge.
34. NatashaLyonne underwent open heart surgery to correct damage caused by her heart infection.
35. She quickly recovered from the surgery, and discussed her past health problems on The Rosie Show in March 2012