Who Is Natasha Lyonne?

Emmy Award-nominee Natasha Lyonne is an American actress, writer, director, and producer who is best known as Nicky Nichols from the Netflix series Orange Is the New Black.

The 40-year-old Natasha made her acting debut in 1986 at the age of six from Pee-wee’s Playhouse. Since then, Lyonne has appeared in numerous films and TV shows including Everyone Says I Love You, Scary Movie 2, Blade: Trinity, and several more.

How Much Is Her Net Worth?

As per Celebrity Net Worth, Lyonne is currently worth $9 million. She pockets most of her wealth from her successful acting career of 33 years.

Lyonne was nominated for Primetime Emmy Award for Orange Is the New BlackImage Source: Collider
Lyonne was nominated for Primetime Emmy Award for Orange Is the New Black

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As per various sources, Lyonne made $500,000 for her role in American Reunion aka the fourth sequel American Pie 4: Reunion.

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In the United States, an actor makes around $34,980 whereas, a high profile actor earns around $67,180 annually.

Career Highlight

Lyonne was signed to the Ford Modeling Agency at a young age. By the age of six, she was cast as Opal in Pee-wee’s Playhouse. She then appeared in Heartburn, A Man Called Sarge, and Dennis the Menace.

By 16, Natasha was cast as Djuna “D.J.” Berlin in the 1996 American musical comedy film Everyone Says I Love You alongside Woody Allen, and Goldie Hawn.

In 1998, Lyonne appeared in the comedy film Slums of Beverly Hills alongside Alan Arkin, Jessica Walter, and Rita Moreno. For her role as Vivian, Natasha was nominated for Teen Choice Award twice.

Lyonne as Vivian in Slums of Beverly HillsImage Source: E Online
Lyonne as Vivian in Slums of Beverly Hills

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Her other film credits are Detroit Rock City, Freeway II: Confessions of a Trickbaby, The Grey Zone, Antibirth, Girlfriend’s Day, Show Dogs, and Family. Her most recent work includes Honey Boy and Ad Astra.

In a similar way, her upcoming films include Irresistible which is in post-production and The United States Vs. Billie Holiday which is currently filming.

She made her television debut with guest appearances on the series like Grounded for Life, Weeds, Will & Grace, and Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.

Since 2013, Natasha played Nicky Nichols on the critically acclaimed Netflix series Orange Is the New Black. In the series, Lyonne co-starred alongside Taylor Schilling, Michelle Hurst, Laura Prepon, Uzo Aduba, and Jason Biggs.

For her outstanding performance in the show, Lyonne was nominated for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series and won two Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series.

As of 2014, she was cast in the Amy Poehler’s NBC comedy pilot Old Soul. Her recent performance in the 2019 Netflix series Russian Doll was praised as astonishing. Also, Alan Sepinwall of Rolling Stone called it brilliant.

Natasha in the NBC's comedy pilot Old SoulImage Source: Hollywood Reporter
Natasha in the NBC’s comedy pilot Old Soul

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Moreover, Lyonne also directed an episode of Orange Is the New Black for its seventh and final season.

Natasha Lyonne: Short Biography

Natasha Bianca Lyonne Braunstein was born on 4th April 1979 in New York City, New York to Ivette Buchinger, and Aaron Braunstein. She holds American nationality and has mixed ancestry.

She went to The Rabbi Joseph H. Lookstein Upper School of Ramaz and Miami Country Day School, however, she never graduated.

Lyonne also attended a film program at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts but left the program because she could not pay for the tuition. Moreover, Lyonne attended New York University for a short time where she studied film and philosophy.

Is Natasha Lyonne Dating?

The 40-year-old actress is in a romantic relationship with Fred Armisen who is a Saturday Night Live alumnus.

Lyonne with her comedian boyfriend Fred ArmisenImage Source: People
Lyonne with her comedian boyfriend Fred Armisen

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The couple began dating in 2014 and are living a low-key love life.

Where Does She Live?

Natasha purchased her first apartment, a penthouse with wraparound terrace in Manhattan’s Gramercy Park area at the age of 17.

According to various sources, Natasha resides in New York City where the median house price starts at around $779,000.

As of 2017, Lyonne was looking at a second-floor apartment at the historic 415 E. Sixth St. building featuring a 2-bedroom, 3-bathroom, and a home office.