Miranda Cosgrove Biography
Miranda Cosgrove's parents had never even considered their daughter might one day become a star when they took her for a meal in the "Taste of L.A." restaurant in Los Angeles.
Their 3-year-old daughter began singing and dancing around the table and she was spotted by a talent agent. The agent walked up to Cosgrove and her mother and offered her a modeling contract.
After accepting the offer she appeared in a number of television advertisements including those for McDonalds, Burger King and Yello Mello.
She started taking singing lessons from the age of 5-years-old and at the age of 7 she decided she loved what she was doing and started auditioning for theatre and television roles. She has since said, "I never really thought of being an actress, I was just very lucky."
Her first television appearance was in 2001 when she was 8-years-old, she played 5-year-old Lana Lang in the pilot of "Smallville." Her film debut came two years later in the 2003 film "School of Rock" in which she played Summer Hathaway. Summer is a young girl with great ambition and discipline who finds herself adjusting to the free-spirited nature of the new teacher by becoming band manager of the classroom's rock band. The film was a box office hit grossing over $131,282,949 worldwide.
During the filming she had to take a 45 minute "bad" singing lesson in order to sing poorly enough in the film which exposed her to classic rock songs and bands she wasn't familiar with, like Led Zeppelin, and after "School of Rock" she took up electric guitar.
While she was making the film she learnt the pilot for "Drake and Josh" had been picked up and she was cast as Megan Parker, the mischievous sister of the title character, it was screened on January 11th 2004 and she said making it was like belonging to a big family. "We know each other so well nothing is embarrassing any more," she said. "It's really comfortable."
While she was making "Drake and Josh" she developed a partnership with Dan Schneider who was known for producing various Nickelodeon shows. He went on to create "iCarly" in which Cosgrove played the title character.
He tailored it around the interest young people have in the internet and there was audience participation as viewers can send in their own videos and can be included in the show. Cosgrove was 13-years-old when she first appeared in "iCarly" and she earned $180,000 per episode, making her the 2nd highest paid child star on television.
Following the success of "iCarly" the soundtrack album was released in 2008 and Cosgrove performed four songs. On March 17th 2010 she signed a deal to do 26 more episodes of "iCarly" and her debut album "Sparks Fly" was released on April 27th 2010.
Also in 2010 she signed with Neutrogena on February 12th to be an Ambassador for their skincare and cosmetics range.
In 2009 she won a Young Artist Award for Best Performance in a TV series (comedy and drama) for Leading Young Actress and in 2010 she won the Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Award in Mexico for Favourite International Character in a Series - Female.
On 12th December 2010 she was invited to join a star-studded list of performers to appear in the 29th "Christmas in Washington" special celebration at the National Building Museum. The event was attended by President Obama and the First Lady, along with other Washington VIPs and was broadcast on TNT on 17th December. It raised money for Michelle Obama's chosen charity the Children's National Medical Center, which helps children receive medical care, regardless of their parents' ability to pay.