June 26th, 1992 (age 20)
Pop rock, Country
Jennette was born in Garden Grove, California to parents named Debra and Mark McCurdy, and has 3 older brothers: Marcus, Dustin, and Scott. She is of Puerto Rican and Irish decent. She gained interest in acting after watching Harrison Ford in the original Star Wars Trilogy (as Han Solo), and gained inspiration from those movies after her mother recovered from breast cancer. She started her acting career at age 8 in 2000.
After 15 years of the disease in remission, her mother's cancer returned. Jennette wrote a moving account in The Wall Street Journal of what it has been like, and how inspired she is by her mom's determination to beat it again. She unfortunately had to cancel some of her live performances recently, even as her latest and most successful single, Generation Love, was climbing the charts.
In a recent update, Jennette has voiced support for Roseanne Barr for the 2012 Presidential Campaign. Barr is running under the Green Party.
Jennette's first appearance on television was in 2000 on MADtv at the age of eight. Since then she has starred or guest starred in several television series, including CSI, Crime Scene Investigation, Malcolm in the Middle, Lincoln Heights, Will & Grace, Zoey 101 and True Jackson V.P. In 2003, she had the chance to act with her inspiration, Harrison Ford, in the movie Hollywood Homicide. In 2005 she was nominated for a Young Artist Award for Best Performance in a Television Series - Guest Starring Young Actress for her performance in Strong Medicine. She has also appeared in several commercials such as one for Sprint and another commercial for crossing the road safely.
Since 2007 she has had a starring role in the Nickelodeon TV series iCarly as Carly Shay's best friend Sam Puckett. In 2008, she was nominated for a Young Artist Award for her work on iCarly, and for her performance as Dory Sorenson in the TV movie The Last Day of Summer. She also starred in the Nickelodeon show "BrainSurge" various times. Her biggest success on the show was when she came in fifth.
On April 7, 2011, she became the spokesperson for the Rebecca Bonbon fashion line (imported from Japan) of clothing and accessories. She will have in-store signings at Sears and K-Mart throughout the U.S. and Canada as part of the brand's marketing campaign. The brand appears in July 2011 at those stores.
Jennette has an upcoming role in "The Goree Girls" an upcoming musical film set in the 1940s which tells the story of eight Goree Prison inmates who form a country-western band. Filming was set to take place during January 2010, but was pushed back to accommodate Aniston's filming of Just Go With It. Ellen Pompeo also agreed to put off production in order to spend more time with her daughter, Stella. The film will take place in Lubbock, Texas, Amarillo, Texas, Dallas, Texas, and Harlingen, Texas.
The film is based on a 2003 article in Texas Monthly magazine by Skip Hollandsworth.
This film is produced by and stars actress Jennifer Aniston, Jennifer Landon, Jennette McCurdy, Kelly Rowland, Melissa DiMarco, Pam Tillis, and Jimmy Bennett.
McCurdy is cast to play the role of Billie Crow.
As of 2012, Jennette has been signed on as a lead role in Dan Schneider's next upcoming show for Nickelodeon "Sam & Cat" alongside Ariana Grande. Filming for the pilot will begin shortly.
Today she has now turned to country music, co-writing songs, producing a debut album (The Story of My Life), and hit single "Generation Love" on the Capitol Records (Nashville) label.
In June 2008, she announced on her official website that she was working on her debut album, due for release around June 30, 2009. The first single, "So Close" was released on iTunes on March 10. It reached the number 16 position on the iTunes country chart, and number 53 on the iTunes pop chart.
The second single, "Homeless Heart," a cover of a song originally by Amanda Stott, was released on Tuesday, May 19, 2009. Within the first week of release, it reached #43 on the iTunes Country charts. The song was for McCurdy's recently deceased friend Cody Waters, and 20% of proceeds were donated to the Cody Waters Foundation. Due to the popularity of these singles, she was noticed by professional music producers and led to a contract deal with Capitol Records Nashville, a major break for her music career.
On April 16, 2010, samples of select songs from Jennette's upcoming debut country album were released to the public. Those songs were "Not That Far Away," "Never Let Me Down," "Break Your Heart," "Better," "Stronger," and "Put Your Arms Around Someone." The songs were released early in order for fans to vote for which one they believed should be McCurdy's first single. "Not That Far Away" won, and was released to country radio on May 24, 2010 and iTunes on June 1. She released an EP on August 16/17, 2010, which added other songs including "Stronger," "Put Your Arms Around Someone," "Break Your Heart," and "Me with You." It has also been stated that another of her songs, "Stronger" was released in "NOW That's What I Call Music! Vol. 35" on August 31, 2010.
The music video for her single, "Not That Far Away" premiered on Nickelodeon [in a special "Just Jennette" night featuring two iCarly episodes sandwiched around two previous (January 9, and May 16, in 2009) "True Jackson VP" episodes of her as "Pinky Turzo", and also on CMT on August 14th, 2010.
On August 16/17th Jennette's EP for "Not That Far Away" was released on iTunes and reached #4 on the iTunes country charts. It got to #21 overall, and Jennette thanked all her fans via Twitter and a SayNow message from her. On the Billboard Charts, it reached a high of #3 on the Top Heatseekers Albums and #32 on the Top Hot Country Songs.
She was named one of the 12 Artists Slated for Fame in 2011 by AOL Music.
Her full album was set to launch in January 2011, and she currently has new songs in the works that will be produced by Jay DeMarcus of the country band Rascal Flatts.
However, it didn't come out, and now it's release date is unknown, but, according to Jennette's twitter page, a new single would come out in April.
This single came out in March and its name was "Generation Love".
The digital download for her single, Generation Love became available on March 15, 2011.
There was also a music video for the single (as tweeted).
Before it came out there was also a preview on the internet, (which came out being not released by Capitol Nashville), and fans who had uploaded the preview on Online Platforms (example: Youtube) were asked to remove it.
The preview was about one minute long.
Jennette kicked off her 'Generation Love for St. Jude' multi-city mall tour on March 4th, 2011. The tour, which is named for the singer's single of the same name, included a performance by McCurdy as well as an autograph session.
Fans that came out for "Jennette McCurdy's Generation Love For St. Jude" tour could purchase a charity CD package for a $10 donation with all proceeds benefiting St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. Fans that purchased the charity CD package, which included an 8x10 photo and 2 songs - "Generation Love" and "Put Your Arms Around Someone", got an autograph by McCurdy.
McCurdy's music video for "Generation Love" premiered on March, 24th, 2011 on CMT.
Her tour raised $139,643 for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, which was almost $40,000 more than her goal.
Nickelodeon was supposedly going to premiere her music video April 23, 2011, but instead they only showed about 30 seconds to one minute of it, which caused a lot of negative buzz towards Nickelodeon on Twitter. McCurdy seemed really offended by it, and also retweeted and favorited a lot of tweets by annoyed fans.
TEENNICK played all of "Generation Love" (April 24, 2011) between episodes of Zoey 101.
After these tweets by annoyed fans Nick told Jennette they would play the music video on the weekend of April 30th-31st, which they did. To be nicer, they also played it over the whole upcoming week on Nickelodeon.
"Generation Love" hit #44 in her 3rd week on the Billboard Country Music Chart (May 16, 2011), up from #50 the week before (May 9) her 2nd week. Unfortunately, it dropped to #45 the next week.
The music video for "Generation Love" reached #2 on the iTunes Country Charts.
|2001||Shadow Fury||Anna Markov|
|2002||My Daughter's Tears||Mary Fields|
|2003||Hollywood Homicide||Van Family Daughter|
|2003||Taylor Simmons||Amanda Simmons|
|2004||Breaking Dawn||The Little Girl|
|2004||Tiger Cruise||Kiley Dolan||TV movie|
|2005||See Anthony Run||Lucy||Short film|
|2006||Against Type||Meredith||TV movie|
|2007||The Last Day of Summer (film)||Dory Sorenson||TV movie (Credited as Jannette McCurdy)|
|2008||Proving Ground: From the Adventures of Captain Redlocks||Aria Krait|
|2008||iCarly: iGo to Japan||Sam Puckett||TV movie|
|2010||Fred: The Movie||Bertha||TV movie|
|2011||Best Player||Chris "Prodigy" Saunders||TV movie|
|2012||Ice Age: Continental Drift||TBA||Voice|
|2013||The Goree Girls||Billie Crow||Musical film|
|2002||CSI: Crime Scene Investigation||Jackie Trent||Episode: "Cats in the Cradle"|
|2003||Malcolm in the Middle||Daisy (Female Dewey)||Episodes: "If Boys Were Girls", "Buseys take hostage" (part of deweys class)|
|2004||Karen Sisco||Josie Boyle||Episode: "No One's Girl"|
|2004||Strong Medicine||Hailey Campos||Episode: "Selective Breeding"|
|2005||Law & Order: Special Victims Unit||Holly Purcell||Episode: "Contagious"|
|2005||Medium (TV series)||Sara Crewson||Episode: "Coded"|
|2005||Judging Amy||Amber Reid||Episode: "My Name is Amy Gray"|
|2005||Malcolm in the Middle||Penelope||Episode: "Buseys Take a Hostage"|
|2005||The Inside||Madison St. Clair||Episode: "Everything Nice"|
|2005||Over There||Lynne||Episode: "Situation Normal"|
|2005||Zoey 101||Trisha Kirby||Episode: "Bad Girl"|
|2006||Will & Grace||Lisa||Episode: "Von Trapped"|
|2006||Close to Home (2005 TV series)||Stacy Johnson||Episode: "Escape"|
|2007||Lincoln Heights (TV series)||Beckie|| Episode: "Betrayal"|
Episode: "Tricks and Treats"
Episode: "House Arrest"
|2007||iCarly||Samantha "Sam" Puckett||Main role (2007–2012)|
|2008||True Jackson, VP||Pinky Turzo|| Recurring role (2008–2010)|
Episode: "Amanda Hires a Pinky"
Episode: "True Drama"
|2010||The Penguins of Madagascar||Becky||Voice only: Episode: "Badger Pride"|
|2010||Glenn Martin, DDS||Mazy||Episode: "Courtney's Pony"|
|2011||iParty with Victorious||Samantha "Sam" Puckett||Main role, three-part crossover special with iCarly and Victorious|
|2012||Figure It Out||Herself||Judge Panelist (4 episodes)|
|2013||Sam & Cat||Samantha "Sam" Puckett||Main Role|