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Kristin Dawn Chenoweth (born Kristi Dawn Chenoweth, July 24, 1968) is an American actress and singer, with credits in musical theatre, film and television. In 1999, she won a Tony Award for her performance as Sally Brown in You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown on Broadway. In 2003, she received wide notice for originating the role of Glinda in the musical Wicked, including a nomination for another Tony. Her television roles have included Annabeth Schott in NBC's The West Wing and Olive Snook on the ABC comedy-drama Pushing Daisies, for which she won a 2009 Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series. Chenoweth also starred in the ABC TV series GCB in 2012.

Chenoweth sang gospel music as a child in Oklahoma and studied opera before deciding to pursue a career in musical theatre. In 1997, she made her Broadway debut in Steel Pier, winning a Theatre World Award. Besides You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown and Wicked, Chenoweth's stage work includes five City Center Encores! productions, Broadway's The Apple Tree in 2006, Promises, Promises in 2010 and On the Twentieth Century in 2015, as well as Off-Broadway and regional theatre productions.

Chenoweth had her own sitcom Kristin in 2001, and has guest starred on many shows, including Sesame Street and Glee, for which she was nominated for Emmy Awards in 2010 and 2011. In films, she has played mostly character roles, such as in Bewitched (2005), The Pink Panther (2006) and RV (2006). She has played roles in made-for-TV movies, such as Descendants (2015); done voice work in animated films such as Rio 2 (2014) and The Peanuts Movie (2015) along with the animated TV series Sit Down, Shut Up; hosted several award shows; and released several albums of songs, including A Lovely Way to Spend Christmas (2008), Some Lessons Learned (2011), Coming Home (2014) and The Art of Elegance (2016). Chenoweth also penned a 2009 memoir, A Little Bit Wicked.

Early Life

Chenoweth was adopted when she was five days old by Junie Smith Chenoweth and Jerry Morris Chenoweth, both mechanical engineers from Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, a suburb of Tulsa, and named Kristi Dawn Chenoweth. She has stated that she is of one quarter Cherokee ancestry. At an early age, she performed gospel songs for local churches. A performing highlight of her childhood was a solo appearance at the Southern Baptist Convention national conference at the age of 12, where she performed the Evie song "Four Feet Eleven". The chorus begins, "I'm only 4 feet 11, but I'm going to Heaven" (Chenoweth is 4 ft 11 in (150 cm) in height). After graduating from Broken Arrow Senior High School, where she participated in school plays, Chenoweth attended Oklahoma City University, where she was a member of Gamma Phi Beta (Beta Omicron) sorority. She earned a bachelor's degree in musical theatre in 1990 and a master's degree in opera performance in 1992, studying under voice instructor and mentor, Florence Birdwell. While at OCU, Chenoweth competed in beauty pageants, winning the title of "Miss OCU" and was the second runner-up in the Miss Oklahoma pageant in 1991. In 1992, Chenoweth participated in a studio recording of The Most Happy Fella.

While she was in college and working towards her masters, Chenoweth performed at the Lyric Theatre in Oklahoma City, among other regional theatres, in roles like June in Gypsy, Liesl in The Sound of Music, Fran in Promises, Promises and Tuptim in The King and I. As she completed her master's degree, Chenoweth participated in a number of vocal competitions and was named "most promising up-and-coming singer" in the Metropolitan Opera National Council auditions, which came with a full scholarship to Philadelphia's Academy of Vocal Arts. Two weeks before school started, however, she went to New York City to help a friend move. While there, she auditioned for the 1993 Paper Mill Playhouse production of the musical Animal Crackers and got the role of Arabella Rittenhouse. She turned down the scholarship and moved to New York to do the show and pursue a career in musical theatre.

Filmography

Films

Year Title Role Notes
2002 Topa Topa Bluffs Patty
2005 Bewitched Maria Kelly
2006 The Pink Panther Cherie
2006 RV Mary Jo Gornicke
2006 Stranger than Fiction Book Channel host
2006 Running with Scissors Fern Stewart
2006 Deck the Halls Tia Hall
2006 A Sesame Street Christmas Carol Christmas Carol Voice role
2008 Space Chimps Kilowatt Voice
2008 Tinker Bell Rosetta Voice
2008 Four Christmases Courtney
2009 Into Temptation Linda Salerno
2009 Tinker Bell and the Lost Treasure Rosetta Voice
2010 Tinker Bell and the Great Fairy Rescue Rosetta Voice
2010 You Again Georgia King
2012 Hit and Run Debby Kreeger
2013 Family Weekend

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Samantha Smith-Dungy
2014 Rio 2 Gabi Voice
2014 Hard Sell Lorna Buchanan In post-production
2015 The Boy Next Door In post-production
2015 Descendants Maleficent Main role; Disney Channel Original Movie

Television work

Year Tittle Role Notes
1999 Annie Lily St. Regis
1999 LateLine Kristin Episode: "The Christian Guy"
1999 Paramour Unknown Mini-series
2001 Seven Roses Unknown
2001 Kristin Kristin Yancey 11 episodes
2001 Frasier Portia Sanders Episode: "Junior Agent"
2002 Baby Bob Crystal Carter Episode: "Talking Babies Say the Darndest Things"
2003 The Music Man Marian Paroo
2003 Fillmore! Museum Guide Voice role
Episode: "Masterstroke of Malevolence"
2005 Great Performances Cunegonde Episode: "Leonard Bernstein's Candide"
2004–06 The West Wing Annabeth Schott 34 episodes
2003-06 Sesame Street Ms. Noodle 2 episodes
2001-07 Elmo's World Ms. Noodle 2 episodes
2007 Ugly Betty Diane Episode: "East Side Story"
2007 Robot Chicken Mother/Princess Voice role
Episode: "Squaw Bury Shortcake"
2007–09 Pushing Daisies Olive Snook 22 episodes
2009 Twelve Men of Christmas E.J. Baxter Lifetime movie
2009 Sit Down, Shut Up Miracle Grohe Voice; 13 episodes
2009 Legally Mad Skippy Pylon Pilot, never aired on television
2009–2011, 2014 Glee April Rhodes 5 episodes
2012 GCB Carlene Cockburn 10 episodes
2012 Hot in Cleveland Courtney Price Episode: "The Gateway Friend"
2012 The Good Wife Peggy Byrne 2 episodes[2]
2013–14 Kirstie Brittany Gold 2 episodes[3][4][5]

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Trivia

  • She had numerous Disney roles.
  • She is a very experienced actress and singer.
  • She was on a lot of Broadway plays, films, television series etc.

References

  1. Chenoweth, Modine join 'Family'
  2. Kristin Chenoweth Returns To 'The Good Wife', Huffington Post, accessed November 12, 2012
  3. Abrams, Natalie. "Exclusive: Kristin Chenoweth, Kristen Johnston, Cloris Leachman Head to Kirstie", TV Guide, June 20, 2013
  4. Kondolojy, Amanda Kristin Chenoweth Returns on an All-New Episode of 'Kirstie' January 22 TV by the Numbers, January 28, 2014
  5. "TV Land's December Is One to Remember!", The Futon Critic, November 5, 2013

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