Natasha Bianca Lyonne Braunstein (; born April 4, 1979) is an American actress, director, writer, and producer. She starred 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 portrayed 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, Lyonne 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 film credits 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 (2015), Addicted to Fresno (2015), Antibirth (2016), Yoga Hosers (2016), and Ad Astra (2019).
When she was 18, Lyonne used the paycheck from her work on Everyone Says I Love You to buy a small apartment near Gramercy Park. During the early 2000s, Lyonne experienced legal problems and was arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol, and for incidents involving her neighbors. In 2005 she was evicted by her landlord, actor Michael Rapaport, following complaints by other tenants about her behavior.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.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. She recovered from the surgery and discussed her past health problems on The Rosie Show in March 2012.Lyonne lives in New York City. She has been in a relationship with Saturday Night Live alumnus Fred Armisen since 2014.
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.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." Her grandmother Ella came from a large family. Only she and her two sisters and two brothers survived, which Lyonne credits to their blond hair and blue eyes. 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.Lyonne lived the first eight years of her life in Great Neck, New York. She and her parents moved to Israel, where Lyonne spent a year and a half. During her stay there, Lyonne participated in the production of the Israeli children's film April Fool, which began her interest in acting. Her parents divorced, and Lyonne and her older brother Adam returned to America with their mother. After moving back to New York City, Lyonne attended the Ramaz School, a private Jewish school, where Lyonne said she was a scholarship kid who took honors Talmud classes and read Aramaic. She was expelled for selling marijuana at school. Lyonne grew up on the Upper East Side, where she felt she was an outcast. Her mother moved their family to Miami, where Lyonne attended Miami Country Day School. She has not graduated from high school; she left before her senior year to attend a film program at NYU's Tisch School of the Arts. Her high school graduation depended on completing her first year at Tisch, but she left the program because she could not pay the tuition.She attended New York University for a short time, studying film and philosophy.Lyonne was estranged from her father, who was a Democratic candidate for City Council for the sixth District of Manhattan in 2013, and lived on the Upper West Side until his death in October 2014. Lyonne has said she is not close to her mother and has essentially lived independently of her family since age 16.
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The United States vs. Billie Holiday
Fans loved Billie Holiday the most of her career. Holiday was targeted by the government in the 1940's in order to stop her from singing her controversial song, "Strange Fruit."
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Ricky Powell: The Individualist
Ricky Powell boasts a quintessential New York story, rising to fame as a street photographer in the 80’s and 90’s and touring with the Beastie Boys, capturing some of the wildest moments in popular cu...
Sarah Cooper: Everything's Fine
Comedian and Trump lip-synching sensation Sarah Cooper tackles politics, race and other light topics in a sketch special packed with celebrity guests.
Have a Good Trip: Adventures in Psychedelics
Celebrities recall their most mind-bending trips via animations, reenactments and more in this comedic documentary exploring the story of psychedelics.
In a small, conservative Wisconsin town, a Democratic political consultant helps a retired Marine colonel run for mayor.
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Love, Loss, and What I Wore
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Steven Universe Future
Steven is still at it after saving the universe. He will have to face his own problems as he runs out of other people's.
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An aunt tries to bond with her niece, who wants nothing more than to run away from home and become a juggalo.
John Mulaney & The Sack Lunch Bunch
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Hope and hardship drive humanity to look to the stars in the near future. While a mysterious phenomenon menaces to destroy life on planet Earth, Roy McBride undertakes a mission across the immensity o...
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A Futile and Stupid Gesture
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Night of Too Many Stars: America Unites for Autism Programs
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Cabiria, Charity, Chastity
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Handsome: A Netflix Mystery Movie
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The Realest Real
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Adam Green's Aladdin
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Jack Goes Home
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The Late Show with Stephen Colbert
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Bloomin Mud Shuffle
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Addicted to Fresno
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Close Up with The Hollywood Reporter
Some of this year's most talked about talent open up about the challenges and triumphs of creating critically acclaimed series and performances.
A group of 12 year old girls face a night of horror when the addiction of an online social media game turns a moment of cyber bullied into a night of insanity.
Sleeping with Other People
After a one-night stand in college, New Yorkers Lainey and Jake meet by chance twelve years later and discover they both have the same problem: because of their monogamy challenged ways, neither can m...
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Hello, My Name Is Doris
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Loitering with Intent
Fledgling screenwriters retreat to a quiet country manor to work on their script, but a constellation of needy characters interrupt them.
When a failed baseball player's ex-girlfriend moves back to the neighborhood with her seven-year-old daughter, he realizes he carries more regrets than how he handled his baseball career.
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He's Way More Famous Than You
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Orange Is the New Black
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2 Movies · 1 TV show
Four very different twenty-something girls: Hannah, an aspiring writer; Marnie, an art gallery assistant and cousins Jessa and Shoshanna.
Girl Most Likely
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4:44 Last Day on Earth
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The Immaculate Conception of Little Dizzle
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All About Evil
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Running Away with Blackie
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Outrage: Born in Terror
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RuPaul's Drag Race
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1 TV show
The Knights of Prosperity
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4 Movies · 1 TV show
A suburban mom sells weed to support her family after the death of her husband.
A coming-of-age drama about a young quarterback from West Texas, a priest in New York, and two women in their lives.
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Nightstalkers, Daywalkers, and Familiars: Inside the World of 'Blade Trinity'
A short film about the making of Blade Trinity.
My Suicidal Sweetheart
A comedy about two young lovers who get married and escape from a mental institution in search of new ways to die.
A young intern is working.
For a long time, the vampire has been on the cover of the night. After falling into the crosshairs of the FBI, he is forced to join forces with a group of human vampire hunters he never knew existed. ...
American Pie Revealed: The Complete Story of All Three Comedies
Dishing out a hilarious new Pie-style perspective on the wildest, sexiest comedy trilogy of all time, it's an outrageous new American Pie movie experience! Fresh from the set of American Wedding, with...
Die, Mommie, Die!
You could slip into my life as easily as a glass of gin. She is haunted by a secret and has been treated like dirt by her family. Her son and gigolo love her. She took drastic action to improve her li...
American Pie: Revealed
The making of American Pie is the subject of a documentary.
The New York club scene of the 80s and 90s was like no other. Michael Alig, a wannabe from nowhere special, stepped into the playground. James St is a veteran club kid. Alig quickly rose to the top. T...
A boy with a learning disability stole money from his boss to pay rent for his abusive father, who used the money to repay a loan shark.
Comic Book Villains
When word hits the street that a nearby elderly gentleman has a cache of old, rare, and very valuable mint condition comic books, rival comic book shop owners Raymond McGillicuddy (Donal Logue) and No...
Night at the Golden Eagle
Two elderly criminals spend their final night in Los Angeles, California at the Golden Eagle Hotel prior to their departure to Las Vegas, Nevada, to lead a life without crime. On the hottest night of ...
6 Movies · 2 TV shows
Night Visions is an hour-long, American television horror anthology series, with each episode comprising two half-hour stories dealing with themes of the supernatural or simply the dark side of human ...
Rick believes that his goal in life is to find Ginger, a famous porn star who is currently staying in Beverly Hills. Rick is a drug dealer who deals drugs to his lover. He picked up Jules, a neurotic ...
Grounded for Life
Sean Finnerty got his girlfriend pregnant right out of high school. At just 32 years old, he has found himself with a 14-year-old daughter, two little boys, and a constant struggle between his need to...
The Grey Zone
Jews who are forced to work in the crematoria of Auschwitz against their fellow Jews find themselves in a moral grey zone.
Scary Movie 2
The sequel to Scary Movie takes a light-hearted approach to haunted house movies. A group of students go to a mansion called "Hell House".
American Pie 2
After a year apart, the guys rent a beach house and vow to make this the best summer ever. The girls have a lot to do with whether that will happen or not. Between the wild parties, outrageous revelat...
Kate & Leopold
Kate reluctantly takes responsibility for showing Leopold the 21st century when her scientist ex-boyfriend discovers a portal to travel through time and brings back a 19th century nobleman. The more t...
A woman who believes she killed three mobsters was promoted by her boss to be a hitman.
But I'm a Cheerleader
Megan is an American girl. A cheerleader. She has a boyfriend. Megan doesn't like kissing her boyfriend. She is touchy with her cheerleader friends. Her conservative parents worry that she must be a l...
If These Walls Could Talk 2
Three lesbian couples who live in the same house at different times of the year are at a crossroads in their lives. Edith's lover died of a stroke. Linda and Amy struggled with feminist issues. Kal an...
Four friends find out that losing their virginity isn't as easy as they had thought at a high-school party. They still think they need to do it before college. They entered a pact to score points at t...
Freeway II: Confessions of a Trickbaby
Two teens escape from jail and are taken in by a man pretending to be a nun.
The Auteur Theory
A group of directors are killed off at a student film festival and a budding British documentary filmmaker decides to investigate.
Detroit Rock City
There was a Kiss concert. Getting tickets to the sold-out show is the focal point of the existence of the three teen fans in Detroit Rock City. They will do anything for tickets, from taking on religi...
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Slums of Beverly Hills
In 1976, a lower-middle-class teenager struggles to cope with living with her neurotic family on the outskirts of Beverly Hills.
After wasting his grant money, distraught and recently widowed anthropologist James Krippendorf must produce hard evidence of the existence of a heretofore undiscovered New Guinea tribe. Grass skirts,...
Will & Grace
Will Truman and Grace Adler are best friends, and when Grace's engagement falls apart, she moves in with Will. Along with their friends, they go through the trials of dating, sex, relationships and th...
A vampire hunter in southern California is on a quest for revenge after his son was killed by zombies.
1 TV show
The most exciting events of the day are being discussed on ABC daytime's morning chat fest. Hot topics in the news, the best experts in their field, celebrity interviews and general entertainment are ...
Dennis the Menace
Mr. One mischievous kid named Dennis is Wilson's constant annoyance. Dennis needs to find a collection of gold coins that go missing when a shady drifter named Sam comes to town.
1 TV show
Set in Springfield, the average American town, the show focuses on the antics and everyday adventures of the Simpson family, as well as a virtual cast of thousands. Hundreds of celebrities have guest ...
1 Movie · 1 TV show
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The American children's television program is called Pee-wee's Playhouse.
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