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NATASHA LYONNE HAPPY PUTTING DOWN ROOTS

At age 19, "Slums of Beverly Hills" star Natasha Lyonne has already realized her lifelong dream: a Manhattan apartment.

"The only thing I ever wanted is to own a home in New York," Lyonne says in the Sept. 7 People magazine.

Lyonne, who played Opal on "Pee-Wee's Playhouse" starting when she was 6 years old, went on to a role in the TV soap opera "As the World Turns" before making her screen debut in 1986, in "Heartburn."

Her breakout role came in 1996, portraying Woody Allen's daughter in "Everyone Says I Love You." In "Slums of Beverly Hills," she plays a girl blooming into womanhood whose family exists as postmodern nomads wandering the Los Angeles landscape.

In real life, Lyonne couldn't be happier about putting down roots.

"I'm testing the American dream," says Lyonne, a Great Neck native who spent part of her childhood living in Israel. "I'm just going to watch movies and make movies till I die -- even if people don't want me anymore."

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