Jennette McCurdy

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Actress & #1 New York Times Bestselling Author, I’m Glad My Mom Died

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Jennette McCurdy: Biography at a Glance

  • Jennette McCurdy is an actress and bestselling author known for starring in two of Nickelodeon's biggest shows, iCarly and the spinoff Sam & Cat.
  • Jennette’s #1 New York Times bestselling memoir, I’m Glad My Mom Died, uses candor and dark humor to dive into her struggles as a former child actor—including eating disorders, addiction, and a complicated relationship with her overbearing mother.
  • She also created a comedic one-woman show, I’m Glad My Mom Died, which she wrote, directed, and starred in and had a sold-out run at Lyric Hyperion Theatre.
  • She shows her acting range in more adult roles, including the lead in the dark and edgy Netflix mystery series Between and R-rated Hulu comedy Little Bitches.
  • She has also been published in the Huffington Post and the Wall Street Journal and hosts a popular podcast, Empty Inside, where she speaks with guests about uncomfortable topics.

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Biography

New York Times Bestselling Author Jennette McCurdy has been showcasing her multitude of talents for over 20 years, with more than 100 credits under her belt between film and TV. Most recently, Jennette has chronicled the unflinching details surrounding her life and rise to fame in her newly released memoir I’m Glad My Mom Died. In the inspiring book of resilience and independence, Jennette uses candor and dark humor as she dives into her struggles as a former child actor—including eating disorders, addiction, and a complicated relationship with her overbearing mother—and how she retook control of her life.

Having rose to fame at a young age, Jennette starred in two of Nickelodeon's biggest shows, iCarly and the spinoff Sam & Cat. Once she graduated from those shows, she quickly broke into much more adult roles, playing the lead in the dark and edgy Netflix mystery series Between and R-rated Hulu comedy Little Bitches.

In addition to her impressive acting resume, Jennette is an accomplished creator. Her darkly comedic one-woman show I’m Glad My Mom Died, which she wrote, directed, and stars in, had a sold-out run at Lyric Hyperion Theatre. She has also been published in the Huffington Post and the Wall Street Journal, and hosts a popular podcast, Empty Inside, where she speaks with guests about uncomfortable topics in the hopes of making those conversations less taboo, all while learning and growing along the way.

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I'm Glad My Mom Diedarrow-down

Jennette McCurdy's overbearing mother had a dream for her only daughter to become a star. Jennette endured her mother's "calorie restriction" and extensive at-home makeovers, shared her diaries, email, and all her income, and even was showered by her mom until age sixteen.

Jennette was thrust into fame when she landed a role in the Nickelodeon series, iCarly. Though her mom was ecstatic, emailing fan club moderators and getting on a first-name basis with the paparazzi (“Hi Gale!”), Jennette became riddled with anxiety, shame, and self-loathing, which manifest into eating disorders, addiction, and a series of unhealthy relationships. These issues only got worse when, soon after taking the lead in the iCarly spinoff Sam & Cat alongside Ariana Grande, her mother died of cancer. Finally, after discovering therapy and quitting acting, Jennette embarked on recovery and decided for the first time in her life what she really wants.

In this conversation, filled with refreshing candor and dark humor, Jennette shares her inspiring story of resilience, independence, and the joy of shampooing your own hair.

Adulting 101: Establishing Values & Setting Boundariesarrow-down

Jennette McCurdy learned the importance of setting boundaries the hard way - by getting them crossed at an early age. As she moved toward adulthood and recognized the need for change, she established the 5 key values that allowed her to set boundaries and live her own life rather than living for others. 

In this conversation, Jennette shares her struggle with the pressures of the entertainment industry and an overbearing mother at home and explains how she eventually took back control of her life. Audiences will walk away inspired to take the reins on their own lives and careers in order to become the best possible versions of themselves.

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