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Jennette McCurdy's Life Was Riddled with Troubles including an Eating Disorder & Losing Her Mom to Cancer

Olowokandi Fiyin
Jul 31, 2021
07:15 A.M.
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Jennette McCurdy led a pretty exhausting childhood filled with problems. She suffered from an eating disorder and lost her mother to breast cancer after a 17-year battle which eventually led to the end of her acting career.


Former Nickelodeon teen star Jennette McCurdy is famous for her role as Sam Pucket on the 2007 TV show "Icarly" until her life took a different turn. McCurdy recently revealed why she is done with acting when she said:

Jennette McCurdy at the premiere of Columbia Pictures' "Passengers" on December 14, 2016 in Westwood, California | Photo: Getty Images

Jennette McCurdy at the premiere of Columbia Pictures' "Passengers" on December 14, 2016 in Westwood, California | Photo: Getty Images


"I resent my career in a lot of ways. I feel so unfulfilled by the roles that I played and felt like it was the most just cheesy, embarrassing…"


On the second season of her podcast, "Empty Inside," Jennette was joined by actress Anna Faris. The pair's talk touched on several topics, from early acting gigs to rejection and the inauthenticity of talk shows.

In support of National Eating Disorders Awareness Week, Jennette disclosed details about her struggle with eating disorders.


Farris spoke about the difficulties in the industry but concluded that she is starting to warm up to acting again. Jennette, on the other hand, said she felt ashamed of the roles she had taken.

The 29-year-old shared a story where her mom talked angrily on the phone to an agent for not getting her an audition. It was on speakerphone, so she heard the agent say she didn't get it because she was “homely” and not an “ethereal beauty.”


The early days of acting were difficult for Jennette, and by the time she got everything together, she lost her mom. The former actress also said that she quit a few years ago because she initially didn't want to act. About her mom, she said:

“With her death kind of died a lot of her ideas for my life, and that was its own journey, and a difficult one for sure.”



Jennette's mother, Debra McCurdy, died in 2013 after fighting breast cancer for 17 years. She went into remission, but it didn't take long before her cancer flared up, spreading to her brain in 2010.

She first had a bone marrow transplant, chemotherapy, and breast surgery when Jennette was only 2 and miraculously survived. In 2010, Jennette opened up about her mother's situation during an interview.


The "Sam & Cat" star explained that Debra faced excruciating pain every day. Jennette and her mom had a complicated relationship, and her death deeply affected the star.


In support of National Eating Disorders Awareness Week, Jennette disclosed details about her struggle with eating disorders in 2019. She explained she would have initially opened up, but she couldn't write about something she still battled.


However, the "iParty with Victorious" star noted that she no longer had the struggles after remaining in recovery maintenance for two years. Jennette's disorder started when she was 11 years old.

As a child actress, Jennette believed that remaining physically small would get her more roles, and her mom helped this notion. She continuously monitored Jennette's calorie intake and everything she ate.


Debra also had issues with anorexia as a teenager, and according to Jennette, her mother never really overcame her problem with eating. The disorder progressed into Jennette's teenage years, and she couldn't stop herself.


Jennette didn't show up for a Kids' Choice Awards, and fans immediately thought this was because of her lingerie selfie that leaked online before the award event. However, the star cleared the rumors with a post on social media.

The director explained that she didn't attend KCAs because she found herself in an "uncomfortable" and "compromising" situation. She also noted that she would always stand for what was right and fair.

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