Jennette McCurdy Biography

Jennette Michelle Faye McCurdy is a writer, director, podcaster, singer, and former actress from the United States of America. She was born on June 26, 1992. McCurdy has received a number of accolades, including four Kids’ Choice Awards, as a result of her breakthrough performance as Sam Puckett in the Nickelodeon sitcom iCarly (2007–2012). She reprised the character in the iCarly spin-off series Sam & Cat (2013–2014), after which she exited the network. She has also made guest appearances on a number of other television series, such as True Jackson, VP (2009–2010), Victorious, Lincoln Heights (2007), Zoey 101 (2005), and Malcolm in the Middle (2003–2005). (2012). McCurdy was the lead in the science-fiction series Between in addition to producing, writing, and starring in her own webseries, titled What’s Next for Sarah? (2014). (2015–2016).

In the field of music, McCurdy made her debut in 2009 with the release of her self-produced single titled “So Close.” Not That Far Away was her first extended play, and it was released in the year 2010. Her self-titled debut studio album was issued later that same year in 2012, following the release of her self-titled second extended play that same year. On the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart, its lead single “Generation Love” debuted at number 57, and it ultimately reached a peak position of number 44.

In 2017, she made the decision to leave the acting industry and concentrate instead on a career in writing and directing. I’m Glad My Mom Died, her tragicomedy one-woman show, was performed in theaters in Los Angeles and New York City from February through March of 2020; plans for additional dates were postponed and ultimately canceled due to the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic. In the year 2020, she launched a podcast called Empty Inside, in which she conducts interviews. I’m Glad My Mom Died was the title of her autobiography, which was published in 2022 and describes her career as a child star as well as the abusive behavior of her mother, who had passed away in 2013.

Early life 

McCurdy was born into a relatively poor Mormon family in Garden Grove, California, where she spent her childhood. However, she eventually renounced her faith when she was a young adult. Her mother, Debra McCurdy, educated her along with her three older brothers and taught them at home. Her father, Mark McCurdy, held down two jobs at the same time. McCurdy discovered the truth about her paternity after the passing of her mother: her father was not her biological father.

Writing and live performance 

McCurdy started contributing to The Wall Street Journal with the publication of a series of articles in 2011. She has contributed eight articles to the publication, ranging in subject matter from the actress Shirley Temple to the practice of body shaming and a corporate culture that she views as being all smoke and mirrors. Additionally, her work has been published in Seventeen magazine and The Huffington Post.

In June of 2011, The Wall Street Journal published an article that McCurdy had written and titled “Off-Camera, My Mom’s Fight With Cancer.” McCurdy was the author of the piece. It gives a detailed account of her mother Debra’s ongoing fight against cancer as well as how her family dealt with the difficult circumstances. In addition, the article includes some words of wisdom from McCurdy about coping with the illness of a parent. [57] McCurdy’s mother passed away on September 20, 2013, 17 years after receiving her initial cancer diagnosis.

I’m Glad My Mom Died was a one-woman tragicomedy show that McCurdy conceived of and starred in during the year 2020. The show was performed at a number of theaters in New York and Los Angeles. Later on, because of the COVID-19 pandemic that broke out in the United States, she was forced to put her show on indefinite hiatus. She has not spoken publicly about her eating disorder since 2019, when she made a public announcement about it. However, she has just uploaded a new video to YouTube in which she sings about the personal repercussions of being placed in quarantine as a result of an outbreak. In the month of July 2020, McCurdy uploaded a video to her YouTube channel and other forms of social media in which she sings about beginning a podcast that she calls Empty Inside. It was during an interview with actress Anna Faris that she disclosed on the podcast that she had retired from a career in professional acting. McCurdy claimed that her mother had coerced her into acting when she was a child, and that acting quickly became the primary source of income for their family. She reached a point where she was “ashamed” of the roles she had played in the past, and in the late 2010s, after seeking therapy for the issue, she decided to retire from acting. When iCarly was brought back the following year by Paramount+, McCurdy turned down the opportunity to reprise her role as Sam Puckett. The tragicomedy show that McCurdy had been performing in Los Angeles had reopened in September of 2021.

I’m Glad My Mom Died is the title of McCurdy’s autobiography, which was published by Simon & Schuster on August 9, 2022.

Personal life 

Relationship with mother 

When McCurdy was between the ages of two and three, her mother was diagnosed with breast cancer and had to undergo a number of surgeries, chemotherapy, and a bone marrow transplant. She has described the close relationship she had with her abusive mother as “the heartbeat of my life.” McCurdy was 21 years old when her mother passed away in 2013 after a recurrence of cancer that began in 2010.

McCurdy has admitted that her mother subjected her to emotional and sexual abuse when she was a child. According to McCurdy, her mother pushed her into acting when she was six years old to both financially support her family and because her mother had wanted to become a performer herself. She made this statement in an interview with People magazine. “My mom’s emotions were so erratic that it was like walking a tightrope every day.” She claimed that her mother was “obsessed with making [her] a star” and described in detail how her mother contributed to her eating disorder by teaching her to restrict her calorie intake when she was 11 years old. She also disclosed that her mother had conducted vaginal and breast exams on her up until she was 16 or 17 years old, ostensibly as part of a cancer screening, and that she was never allowed to shower by herself. McCurdy stated in an interview that she did not receive all of her payment from acting as a minor because her Coogan account was not properly filed. She stated that she refused to appear in the revival of iCarly due to the reminder of her mother’s abuse on the original show, and that her appearance on Sam & Cat was done to please her mother.  McCurdy stated that she did not receive all of her payment from acting as a minor because

McCurdy further described her mother’s abusive and controlling influence in her memoir titled I’m Glad My Mom Died, which was published in 2022. The cover of the book depicts McCurdy looking up while holding a pink urn that has confetti spilling out of it.

Mental health 

McCurdy admitted in an article she wrote for the Huffington Post in March 2019 that she struggled with anorexia and bulimia beginning when she was 11 years old. In the article, McCurdy describes her mother’s and the entertainment industry’s support of disordered eating, how she sought help after her sister-in-law noticed the disorder, and the various health scares she experienced, including the loss of a tooth due to regurgitating stomach fluids that wore down her tooth enamel and passing out on Miranda Cosgrove’s bathroom floor as a result of dehydration. McCurdy also discusses how she sought help after her sister-in-law

In addition to her struggles with eating disorders, McCurdy is an alcoholic who is currently in the process of recovering from her addiction. She began drinking heavily not long before her mother passed away.


Long Beach, California, United States
  26 June 1992 (age 30 years)