Natasha Lyonne on Lip Sync Battle

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Lyonne was born in New York City as Natasha Bianca Lyonne Braunstein,[1] the daughter of Ivette Buchinger[1] and Aaron Braunstein, a boxingpromoter, race car driver, and radio host,[3] who was distantly related to cartoonist Al Jaffee.[1]

Lyonne's parents were both from Orthodox Jewishfamilies, and she herself was raised Orthodox.[4][5][6]Her mother was born in Paris, France,[7] to Hungarian Jewish parents who were Holocaustsurvivors.[8][9][10][11][12] Lyonne has darkly joked that her family consists of "my father's side, Flatbush, and my mother's side, Auschwitz."[1] Her grandmother Ella[13] came from a large family, but only she and her two sisters and two brothers survived, which Lyonne credits to their blond hair and blue eyes.[1] Lyonne's grandfather, Morris Buchinger, operated a watch company in Los Angeles. During the war, he hid in Budapest as a non-Jew working in a leather factory.[1]

Lyonne spent the first eight years of her life living in Great Neck, New York.[8][14] She and her parents then moved to Israel, where Lyonne spent a year and a half. During her stay in Israel, Lyonne participated in the production of the Israeli children's film April Fool, which began her interest in being an actress.[4][15] Her parents divorced, and Lyonne and her older brother Adam returned to America with their mother.[8] After moving back to New York City, Lyonne attended The Rabbi Joseph H. Lookstein Upper School of Ramaz, a private Jewish school,[16] where Lyonne said she was a scholarship kid who took honors Talmudclasses and read Aramaic. She was expelled for selling marijuana at school. Lyonne grew up on the Upper East Side, where she felt she was an outcast.[1] Her mother then moved their family to Miami, where Lyonne attended Miami Country Day School.[17][18] She never graduated high school; before her senior year, she left to attend a film program at NYU's Tisch School of the Arts. Her high school graduation depended on completing her first year at Tisch, but she left the program because she could not pay the tuition.[19]

She attended New York University for a short time, studying film and philosophy.[14]

Lyonne was estranged from her father, who lived on the Upper West Side until his death in October 2014[citation needed] and in 2013 was a Republican candidate for City Council for the sixth District of Manhattan.[3][20] Lyonne has said she is not close with her mother and has essentially lived independently of her family since age 16.[4]
 
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