Natasha Lyonne is an American actress, writer and producer. She is best known for her portrayal of Nicky Nichols in the Netflix series Orange Is the New Black for which she received an Emmy Award nomination in 2014 and for her role as Jessica in the American Pie film series. In 2019, she is also a co-creator executive producer and writer for the Netflix series Russian Doll, where she plays the lead role of Nadia Vulvokov. Natasha is also known for her nasal voice and thick New York accent.

Birth Name

Natasha Bianca Lyonne Braunstein


Natasha Lyonne


Actress, Writer, Producer



Personal Life

Birthday / Date of Birth

Natasha Lyonne was born on the 4th of April 1979, in New York City, New York, United States.


She is currently 44 years old.

Sun Sign




She has Ashkenazi Jewish ancestry on both her parent’s side.




Natasha went to a private Jewish school Ramaz School (aka The Rabbi Joseph H. Lookstein Upper School of Ramaz) in Manhattan, New York City. She graduated from Miami Country Day School in Miami, Florida. She also studied film and philosophy from New York University, but left it after a short while.

Family Details

  • Father – Aaron Braunstein (Boxing promoter, race car driver, radio host) (Died in October 2014)
  • Mother – Ivette (née Buchinger)
  • Siblings – Adam Braunstein (Older Brother)
  • Relatives – Ella (Grandmother), Morris Buchinger (Grandfather) (Ran a watch company in LA)

Marital Status



Boyfriend / Spouse

Natasha Lyonne has dated –

  • Edward Furlong (1998-1999) – From January 1998 to June 1999, actors Edward Furlong and Natasha dated each other.
  • Adam Goldberg (2001-2004) – From 2001 to 2004, actors Adam Goldberg and Natasha were romantically linked to each other.
  • Michael Rapaport (2005) – Natasha was in a short-term relationship with actor Michael Rapaport in 2005.

  • Fred Armisen (2014-Present) – Actor, screenwriter, singer, comedian, Fred Armisen and Natasha started dating in August 2014. They are still seeing each other. He is about 13 years her senior.

Physical Statistics


  • In feet – 5 feet 3½ inches
  • In centimeters – 161 cm
  • In meters – 1.61 m


  • In Kilograms – 60 kg
  • In Pounds – 132 lbs

Body Measurements

  • Measurements – 34-27-36
  • Bust – 34 inches
  • Waist – 27 inches
  • Hip – 36 inches
  • Bra Size – 34B

Body Build


Eye Color


Hair Color


Shoe Size

She wears a size 7.5 (US) shoe.

Dress Size

Her dress size is 6 (US).



Professional Statistics

Famous For

Playing Jessica in the American Pie series and as Nicky Nichols in the Netflix comedy-drama series Orange Is the New Black.

Film Debut

In 1986, Lyonne very first role in films was in comedy-drama film Heartburn for her role as Rachel’s niece. But, this role was uncredited. Her next film was in 1990 titled A Man Called Sarge in which her role was given credits. She played the small role as a Arab girl.

Television Debut

In 1986, Natasha made her television debut in the children television program Pee-wee’s Playhouse for her role as Opal.

Brand Endorsements

As a kid, Lyonne was seen in a Robotech doll commercial. She has appeared in a commercial for Minute Maid. She has also appeared in couple of PSA ads including Joyful Heart Foundation’s No More.

Natasha Lyonne Net worth

Natasha Lyonne net worth is estimated to be $5 million dollars as of 2024.

Social Media Profiles

Some Lesser Known Facts About Natasha Lyonne

  • Natasha along with her family lived in Israel for a short while before her parents divorced and she returned to New York with her mother and brother.
  • Lyonne has revealed that she began to live independently after 16 and wasn’t that close with her family.
  • She has a dog named, Root Beer.
  • She made her New York stage debut in the award-winning New Group production of Mike Leigh’s Two Thousand Years.
  • In 2000, she was arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol, careless driving and fleeing the scene of an accident. She was released after posting a bond.
  • She is close friends with her Orange Is the New Black (2013) co-stars, Laura Prepon and Taylor Schilling.
  • In 2005, she was evicted by her landlord, actor Michael Rapaport, following complaints by other tenants about her behavior.
  • In 2005, she was diagnosed with Hepatitis C, heart infection, and a damaged lung. She underwent an open heart surgery to correct the damage caused to her heart through infection.
  • In 2012, Natasha suffered from a heart infection and had an open heart surgery.
  • In 2016, she began voicing the character Smoky Quartz on Cartoon Network’s Steven Universe. She has also appeared as various characters on IFC’s sketch comedy series Portlandia.
  • In 2017, she won the Best Actress Award in the Fangoria Chainsaw Awards for her performance in Antibirth.
  • In 2017, she was approached by Kenzo’s creative directors Carol Lim and Humberto Leon to direct the 5th installment in their short film series.
  • In September 2017, Lyonne’s new project Russian Doll was given an 8-episode straight to series order by Netflix.
  • In 2018, Natasha voiced the character Gaz Digzy on Adult Swim’s comedy series, Ballmastrz: 9009. More recently she has voiced characters on The Simpsons and Netflix’s Big Mouth.


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