is known for playing Meado, mobster Tony Soprano's daughter on the HBO show The Sopranos, is one of a few actresses who has publicly recounted her personal battle with anorexia. Sigler's illness started during the filming of the first season of the show and almost cost her the role. The show's producers voiced concern about Sigler's condition, letting her know that if she did not recover, her role would be terminated. Sigler got help and, through hard work, changed her life and recovered from her condition. In an interview on The Oprah Winfrey Show, Sigler stated,
I fell into the trap of looking in magazines and seeing . . . how someone's make-up is done, or hair, or how they're dressed, and say "oh! I want to look that way" . . . I don't think that girls really have to worry so much about how they look, and trying to look like other people. Be yourself, and that will make you more beautiful than anything.
Sigler has used her fame to educate millions of teenage girls who suffer from similar disorders. At age twenty, she wrote a memoir of her life, Wise Girl: What I've Learned About Life, Love, and Loss (2002), which included an in-depth revelation of her battle and recovery from anorexia. Currently, Sigler is a spokesperson for National Eating Disorders Association.
See also Anorexia
Sigler, Jamie-Lynn (2006) "Learning to Love Yourself," The Oprah Winfrey Show, available online at <http:// www.oprah.com/rys/journeys/rys_journey-s_200i0i05.jhtml> (accessed June 24, 2007).
Sigler, Jamie-Lynn and Berk, Sheryl (2002) Wise Girl: What I've Learned About Life, Love and Loss, New York: Pocket Books.
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