Jennette Faye Michelle McCurdy (born June 26, 1992 in Long Beach, California, U.S.) is an American film and television actress and country pop singer-songwriter. She is best known for her role as Samantha "Sam" Puckett on the Nickelodeon sitcom iCarly. She reprised her role as Sam in a new spin-off series called Sam & Cat. She has also appeared in a number of notable television series, including Victorious, Zoey 101, True Jackson, VP, Malcolm in the Middle, and Lincoln Heights. McCurdy became interested in acting after her mother recovered from breast cancer. Sadly, Jennette's mother passed away long after the cancer returned. While working on Nickelodeon shows, she appeared on BrainSurge and Figure it Out.