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Jennette McCurdy’s mom Debra died of breast cancer at height of daughter’s fame

Jennette McCurdy’s new memoir, I’m Glad My Mom Died, was released on August 9th, and it details her experiences with fame and her mother, Debra…

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Jennette McCurdy’s new memoir, I’m Glad My Mom Died, was released on August 9th, and it details her experiences with fame and her mother, Debra McCurdy.

The former iCarly star was one of the most famous child actors in America when the show originally ran between 2007 and 2012.

However, the early fame took a toll on Jennette, who played Sam Puckett on the Viacom Networks show. She is telling her story now through her new memoir.

The book also takes a deep dive into her tumultuous relationship with her mother, Debra, who managed her as a child actor.

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Jennette McCurdy’s mom Debra died of breast cancer

Debra McCurdy died of breast cancer in 2013, at the peak of Jennette’s fame.

She was first diagnosed with the disease in 1995. She went into remission for 15 years, but the illness returned in 2010. The disease eventually spread to the rest of her body.

A younger Jennette wrote an essay in the Wall Street Journal revealing that the doctors had found cancer cells in Debra’s skull.

“The pain, the worry, and the battle. She wakes up every day hurting and goes to sleep hurting even more,” the iCarly star wrote in her essay.

“My mother, the constant optimist and the effervescent, sprightly woman I know her to be, is caged along with this hideous beast they call cancer,” it further reads.

Debra died due to cancer in 2013. Jennette was 21 years old at the time of her mother’s death.

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Actress says mom was ‘obsessed’ with making her a star

In an interview with People in 2021, Jennette spoke about her relationship with her mum.

“My earliest memories of childhood were of heaviness and chaos,” said the actress, who announced her then-upcoming memoir in the interview.

“My mom’s emotions were so erratic that it was like walking a tightrope every day. The mood fluctuations were daily.”

“My mom had always dreamt of being a famous actor and she became obsessed with making me a star,” Jennette candidly said continuing, “I felt like my job was to keep the peace,” she says. “And I wanted to make my mom happy.”

In her new memoir, the actress does not hold back and dives deeper into her relationship with her mom and her experience with early fame.

A look at Jennette McCurdy’s acting career

Jennette began her acting journey back in 2000 with MadTV. The actress, who played Cassidy Gifford on the show, was only nine years old at the time.

She went on to star in many other projects such as CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (2002), Hollywood Homicide (2003), Beraking Dawn (2004), Law and Order: Special Victims Unit (2005), Juding Amy, Will and Grace (2006) before landing her role in iCarly.

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