Is Natasha Lyonne Jewish?

Natasha Lyonne is Jewish. Born Natasha Lyonne Braunstein on April 4, 1979, Lyonne is an American stage, film, and television actress, known for her roles in the American Pie series, as well as the films Everyone Says I Love You, Slums of Beverly Hills, But I'm a Cheerleader, and Blade: Trinity. She is a co-star on the Netflix series "Orange is the New Black" by Jenji Kohan of Weeds.

Lyonne was born in Manhattan, New York City, the daughter of Yvette and Aaron Braunstein, who worked as a boxing promoter and radio host. Her maternal grandparents were Holocaust survivors.

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Lyonne grew up in an Orthodox Jewish household. Her parents moved to Israel, where Natasha spent a few years of her early childhood. After parents divorced and Natasha and her older brother Adam returned to the US with their mother. She attended Ramaz School, a private Jewish school. Her mother then moved to Miami, where Natasha attended and graduated from Miami Country Day School.

Natasha Lyonne had well-publicized battles with hard-drug substance abuse from 2001-2007 and was arrested several times. She almost died from a drug-related illness and in 2012, she underwent heart surgery, from which she quickly recovered.

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