Jennette McCurdy is an American actress, singer, director, writer, and social media star. Jennette McCurdy is best known for her roles as Sam and Melanie Puckett on the Nickelodeon shows iCarly and Sam & Cat.
Table of Biography
Early Life and Childhood
Jennette McCurdy was born on June 26th, 1992. Her full name is Jennette Michelle Faye McCurdy and is currently, 28 years old. She was born in Long Beach, California, and grew up in nearby Garden Grove. Jennette has three older brothers named Marcus, Dustin, and Scott. Moreover, she has Dutch, French, Italian, Irish, Puerto Rican, and Swedish ancestries.
Her father’s name is Mark McCurdy. Her mother, Debra, battled recurrences of breast cancer, which first occurred in March 1996, and thought cured after a bone marrow transplant, chemotherapy, breast surgery, and radiation sessions [June 2011], but she died on Sept. 20, 2013.
Moreover, Jennette has three dogs namely, Snoopy, Chewie, and Musashi. Similarly, she also has two turtles named Tootsen and Zeus. She loves to read and write poetry and screenplays. She loves to figure skate in her spare time and has been in a few figure skating competitions. Moreover, She is a StarPower Ambassador for the Starlight Children’s Foundation.
Career and Professional Life
Jennette got her start in child acting, which by her late teen years had brought her success. Therefore, she went on to star in the Netflix series Between and had a short-lived country music career with Capitol Records Nashville. Moreover, McCurdy felt ashamed of 90% of her resume and ultimately unfulfilled.
That’s why she turned to alcohol. However, since that didn’t work, she quit acting. She then pursued writing/directing in 2017. She has written/directed a pilot and four short films. Therefore, The Hollywood Reporter, Short of the Week, Florida Film Festival, Salute Your Shorts, and many more platforms have featured her work.
Jennette has written articles for the Huffington Post and the Wall Street Journal. Further, her favorite themes to explore are family dysfunction, childhood, and disillusionment. She directed several short films and several film festivals have recognized her work including the Oscar-qualifying Florida Film Festival.
Jennette was inspired to choose an acting career when she saw Harrison Ford acting in the TV serial ‘Star Wars’. She began acting in 2000 when she was only eight years old and played the role of Cassidy Gilford in Episode 6.1 of the TV serial ‘Mad TV’. In 2001 she played the role of Anna Markov in the film ‘Shadow Fury’, in 2002 she played the part of Mary Fields in the film ‘My Daughter’s Tears’ and the part of Jackie Trent in the TV serial ‘CSI: Crime Scene Investigation’.
In 2003, she got an opportunity to act opposite Harrison Ford himself in ‘Hollywood Homicide’. And also acted as Amanda Simmons in the film ‘Taylor Simmons’ in the same year. From then on she went from strength to strength and by 2016, she had acted in twelve films and more than forty TV serials.
She is best known for her roles on Nickelodeon as Sam Puckett on ‘iCarly’ and ‘Sam & Cat’, the spin-off of iCarly and Victorious. She has also appeared in a number of other television series, including True Jackson VP, Zoey 101, Malcolm In The Middle, Will & Grace, Strong Medicine, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, The Inside and Judging Amy.
In June 2008, McCurdy announced on her official web site that she was working on her debut album. On March 10, 2009, she released her first single, “So Close”. On May 19, she released her second single, “Homeless Heart”. It was released in honor of McCurdy’s recently deceased friend Cody Waters, who died at the age of 9 from brain cancer. 20% of the proceeds were donated to the Cody Waters Foundation.
McCurdy signed with country music label Capitol Records Nashville in mid-2009. Similarly, the samples of select songs from McCurdy’s upcoming debut country album were released online on April 16, 2010. Therefore, the song clips were released in order for fans to vote for which one they believed should be McCurdy’s first single.
Most votes were received from “Not That Far Away” and was released to country radio on May 24, 2010. And iTunes shortly after on June 1. Moreover, Capitol Nashville released an EP on August 17, 2010. It included “Not That Far Away” and four new songs, “Stronger”, “Put Your Arms Around Someone”, and “Break Your Heart”.
Jannette’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 extended play on February 8, 2012, at clothing retailer Justice. The album was released to iTunes on June 1.
Awards and Nominations
Moreover, She has earned ‘Young Artist Awards’ nominations for various categories for TV serials such as ‘Strong Medicine’ in 2004. Moreover, she has also earned for ‘The Last Day of Summer’ in 2008 and ‘iCarly’ in 2009. Jennette also won a nomination for the ‘Teen Choice Awards’ in 2009 for ‘iCarly’ including many more nominations from 2010 to 2014.
Similarly, Jennette won the ‘Australian Kids’ Choice Awards’ in 2010. And also won the ‘MeusPremios Nick Brazil’ award in the ‘Funniest Character’ category in 2011. She also won the ‘Kids’ Choice Awards’ in the ‘Favorite TV Sidekick’ category in 2012 for ‘iCarly’.
Rumors and Controversy
Jennette has avoided involving in too many scandals. It is during the years she has been performing in the entertainment industry and social media. The only time she created a huge controversy was when she failed to turn up at the ‘Nickelodeon’s Kid’s Choice Awards’ function in spite of being invited.
It became all the more complicated when she raised the issue of Nickelodeon favoring her co-star Ariana Grande more than her. The fallout of this controversy was that Nickelodeon stopped broadcasting the serial ‘Sam & Cat’ after only one season to avoid any more trouble. In the end, it was proven that the rumor of the rift between Jennette and Ariana was a figment of imagination only. And nothing else as both were still good friends.
McCurdy revealed her battle with anorexia on March 8, 2019. Her eating disorder began at just 11-years-old and was unintentionally encouraged by her mother, who also struggled with her own eating disorder growing up. Ultimately, her battle reached a new low, and she saw herself ‘having five, six, or seven purging sessions a day.’
It wasn’t until one Thanksgiving that her sister-in-law intervened, once she walked in on one of her purge sessions. She would eventually see a therapist named Laura, who would accompany her to events to help her avoid trigger sessions. At age 23, she received help from an eating disorder specialist named Hank.
Jennette dated American actor, Paul Butcher. They first met at school in 2005. And they started dating in June 2005 until March 2006. Similarly, from September 2010 to September 2011, Jennette dated Max Ehrich. Then, Jennette started dating the huge 6 ft 10-inch basketball player, Andre Drummond in August 2013.
It started when Andre tweeted Jennette revealing that he has a big crush on her. But, they didn’t work as a couple for long and separated in September 2013. As per some online site, the main reason behind their split was the bad kissing technique of Andre, as revealed by Jennette. However, as of now, she is single and is living happily.
Jennette stands the height of 5 feet 2 inches tall and weighs around 51 Kgs. She has wavy blonde hair and a pair of blue eyes. Her chest-waist-hip measurements are 35-26-35 inches respectively. Moreover, her dress size is 8 (US) or 38 (EU). Similarly, her shoe size is 7.5 (US) or 38 (EU).
Social Media and Net Worth
She is quite popular on social media sites. Jennette is famous for her ‘@jennettemccurdy’ Instagram account with more than 7.5 million followers. Her official Facebook page has earned over 15.3 million followers. Similarly, her Twitter account has gathered more than 5.7 million followers. She also has a YouTube channel titled ‘JennetteMcCurdyVEVO’. There, she has amassed over 137K subscribers.
She is an American film and television actress and country pop singer-songwriter. She has a net worth of $5 million. Therefore, she has earned her net worth from several films, and television roles.