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march / april 2007:

Kibbitz Covergirl: Jamie-Lynn Sigler

By Molly Beth Martin

Whether you know her from playing Hollywood's high-class hooker Heidi Fleiss or as the daughter of Italian mobster Tony Soprano, there's no denying that Jamie-Lynn Sigler is tough. Not just on screen either. Since rising to fame, she has survived a major eating disorder, written a book about it (Wise Girl, 2002), and has become a spokesperson for the National Eating Disorders Association. On top of that, she's also been a regular performer on the Broadway circuit between seasons of The Sopranos. She even showed off her softer side a few years back by starring as Belle in Disney's Beauty and the Beast.

But not even fame can keep the mob away, and that doesn't seem to be a bad thing for Sigler. HBO's hit show, The Sopranos, is back for its sixth and final season this month, and Sigler returns in her role as Meadow Soprano. She effortlessly portrays the Italian mafia princess, as if growing up in a Jewish family from New York provided her with some excellent tools to play Italian mob royalty from Jersey. Except for maybe the violence, bling, and guns, it can be difficult to tell the difference.

The end of The Sopranos' successful decade-long run may be bittersweet, but Sigler hasn't been twiddling her thumbs. She's recently worked on several projects for the big screen including the comedy Homie Spumoni, the romantic comedy Lovewrecked, and the thriller Dark Ride. And if you're already mourning the loss of weekly doses of Sigler, here's something that might help you "fuggetaboudit": You can now catch her and the rest of the Soprano family in syndication on the A&E network. That's kind of like A&E throwing us a favor. The mob would be so proud.

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