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Biography #2 (for Comic Book Villains)

Natasha Lyonne is quickly becoming one of Hollywood's most sought-after talents. As the star of Fox Searchlight's comedy-drama Slums of Beverly Hills, Lyonne garnered much praise from critics everywhere for her comically poignant portrayal of a precocious teenager whose life is being turned upside down by her blossoming figure in the new neighborhood where she and her family of misfits have relocated. With her much-touted performance in Lions Gates' But I'm A Cheerleader, Lyonne quickly established herself as an actress with a penchant for irreverent and daring roles. Starring in the black comedy opposite Clea DuVall, Lyonne played a naive 17-year old who is sent to a rehab camp to deprogram what her friends and family fear to be her budding lesbianism.

Having begun her professional career at the age of six -- starring as Opal in the original Pee Wee's Playhouse --Lyonne went on to perform as a contract player on the popular daytime drama As the World Turns. Lyonne made her feature film debut as Meryl Streep's niece in the Mike Nichol's film Heartburn. Other credits include the independent film Confessions of a Trick Baby directed by Matthew Bright, New Line Cinema's comedy-adventure Detroit Rock City, Woody Allen's musical Everyone Says I Love You and the vampire thriller Revenant with Rod Steiger.

She will soon seen reprising her role as the worldly teenager Vicki in American Pie 2, a sequel to last year's smash hit for Universal Pictures. She has also recently completed Dimension Films' highly anticipated Scary Movie II and Miramax Films' time-travel romantic comedy Kate & Leopold, opposite Meg Ryan and Hugh Jackman. Additionally, Lyonne will soon be seen in Franchise Pictures' Zigzag with Wesley Snipes and John Leguizamo, Plan B with Diane Keaton and The Grey Zone with Harvey Keitel and Mira Sorvino.

Lyonne currently resides in New York.

Bio courtesy Lionsgate Films for "Comic Book Villains" (01-Jan-2000)