Singer, actress and recording artist, Kristin Chenoweth is best known for her Broadway performance in the musical ‘You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown’ and the TV series ‘Pushing Daisies’. A child prodigy, Chenoweth has appeared in many TV series, sung in many concerts and has hosted a number of shows including the ‘Oscars Red Carpet Live’ event before the 85th Academy Awards. Today, she is one of the most popular TV stars. She has done practically everything from acting in Broadway to recording studio albums, making her one of the most commonly seen faces in almost all big celebrity events. She is the recipient of the prestigious Emmy as well as Tony awards and has a large number of songs, television and movie appearances to her credit. She admires Amy Grant, Sandi Patty, Barbra Streisand and Judy Garland the most and acknowledges that they have influenced her singing as well as her life. Chenoweth is also a devoted Christian and has expressed her religious beliefs at public forums, a number of times.
Childhood & Early Life
Kristi Dawn Chenoweth was adopted by Junie Smith Chenoweth and Jerry Morris Chenoweth, when she was five days old.
As a child she used to perform gospel songs and also used to act in plays in her school.
She graduated from the Broken Arrow Senior High, after which she attended the Oklahoma City University, where she earned a BFA degree in musical theatre and an MA degree in opera.
In 1991, she was the second-runner up in the Miss Oklahoma pageant and also participated in the Metropolitan Opera National Council auditions, which earned her scholarship to Philadelphia's Academy of Vocal Arts, but she gave up the scholarship and went to New York to act in the musical ‘Animal Crackers’ in 1993.
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She made her Broadway debut in 1997 with the musical Steel Pier. Her acting skills were appreciated widely and soon she was seen in another musical ‘Strike up the Band’ in 1998.
In 1999, her performance in the musical ‘You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown’ earned her great appreciation and fame and she received a Tony award.
In 2001 she earned herself a role in the NBC sitcom ‘Kristin’ and also released her album ‘Let Yourself Go’.
In 2003, she starred in the Broadway musical, ‘Wicked’.
In 2004, she was invited to play the role of Annabeth Schott, a deputy press secretary for media relations in the NBC political drama ‘The West Wing’. The same year she appeared in the ‘New York Philharmonic Orchestra’s operetta ‘Candide’.
In the years 2006 and 2007, she played the role of Eve in the Broadway musical ‘The Apple Tree’ for which she received several nominations.
From 2007 to 2009, she appeared as ‘Olive Snook’ in the comedy-drama television series ‘Pushing Daisies’.
In 2009 she made a guest appearance in the famous musical comedy-drama ‘Glee’. She again appeared in ‘Glee’ in 2010 and 2011 - which earned her Emmy nomination.
She was a part of the cast of a new ABC TV series ‘Good Christian Bitches’ which was renamed ‘Good Christian Belles’ and was launched in 2012. However, the sitcom could not go past one season.
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In 2012, she appeared as a guest in the popular sitcom ‘Hot in Cleveland’ and played the role of a political reporter in the television drama ‘The Good Wife’. Unfortunately, she could not continue the show as she suffered a head injury on July 11, 2012, on the sets.
She recently lent her voice in the animation film ‘Rio 2’ which is due for release in 2014.
In the Broadway revival of the musical ‘You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown’ she played the role of ‘Sally Brown’. The musical was a huge hit, winning several nominations and awards.
In 2003, she earned immense recognition for her portrayal of ‘Glinda’ in the musical ‘Wicked’ and the musical itself bagged three Tony Awards and six Drama Desk Awards.
She earned great fame for playing the role of Annabeth Schott in NBC sitcom ‘The West Wing’ and Olive Snook in ‘Pushing Daisies’, an ABC comedy-drama series.
In 2008, she released her studio album ‘A Lovely Way to Spend Christmas’ which reached no. 77 on the Billboard 200. This is her first album to hit the Billboard 200 and is her only best-selling album till date.
Awards & Achievements
For her portrayal of ‘Sally Brown’ in the 1999 Broadway musical, ‘You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown’, she was presented a Tony Award for Best Performance by a Featured Actress in a Musical.
She is also a recipient of the 2008 Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series for ‘Pushing Daisies’.
Personal Life & Legacy
Chenoweth dated Academy Award winning producer/writer Aaron Benjamin Sorkin for several years.
She is a devout Christian and has also composed some songs in contemporary Christian music.
This famous singer and television star has a dog named Maddie, whom she has named after actress Madeline Kahn.
This ‘The West Wing’ star was adopted by her parents when she was just five days old.