Life 101…Personally Speaking is an educational yet informal interview program hosted on the campus of Nova Southeastern University.
As Meadow Soprano on HBO's blockbuster series The Sopranos, Jamie-Lynn DiScala (nee Sigler) portrays a smart but emotionally frustrated mob princess. In real life, there is much more to this Jewish Cuban American actor, and she's not afraid to communicate her feelings on issues that are important to her.
Shortly after being cast in The Sopranos, DiScala began battling an eating disorder that turned her into a shadow of her former self. Her recovery inspired her to go public in an effort "to reach young girls and let them know that there is a way out; there is help available." She is now a spokesperson for the National Eating Disorders Association.
DiScala's revealing autobiography, Wise Girl, illustrates both the perks and pressures that have come with overnight fame, and how uncertain times have made her stronger, more confident, and able to face life's challenges. She describes the emotional and physical toll from a vicious bout with Lyme disease, an obsession with her weight that nearly destroyed her career, and the darker side of instant fame.
At the podium, DiScala speaks from the heart in a fun, engaging, and illuminating presentation. Her surprising and inspirational story demonstrates that the key to success isn't just what's on the outside--it's using your brains, going with your gut, and learning from your experiences every day. DiScala's optimistic philosophy is, "What matters is that you make your life matter. Follow your dreams, challenge the odds, defy your critics, champion a cause, sing out until your voice is heard!"
DiScala is a native of Long Island, New York, and have been acting and singing since the age of seven. She got her start in New York regional theater, and has sinced starred in more than two dozen theatrical productions. Recently she starred in the touring production of Rodger's and Hammerstein's Cinderella, playing the lead opposite Eartha Kitt as her fairy godmother. She recently made her Broadway debut as Belle in Disney's Beauty and the Beast.
For her work on The Sopranos, DiScala received the 1999 and 2000 Young Star Award for Best Young Actress in a Dramatic Television Series. She lives in New York City.