Lea Michele Biography

Lea Michele Sarfati is an American singer-songwriter, actress and author. This biography profiles her childhood, life, career, achievements, and timeline.

Quick Facts

Birthday: August 29, 1986

Nationality: American

Famous: Singers Actresses

Age: 33 Years, 33 Year Old Females

Sun Sign: Virgo

Also Known As: Lea Michele Sarfati

Born in: The Bronx, New York City, New York, United States

Famous as: Actress, Singer, Composer

Height: 5'3" (160 cm), 5'3" Females


Spouse/Ex-: Matthew Paetz

father: Marc Sarfati

mother: Edith Sarfati

City: New York City

U.S. State: New Yorkers

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education: Tenafly High School

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Lea Michele is an American singer, actress, writer and songwriter. She is known for her acting in the musical show ‘Glee’. She began her career since early childhood and went on to become a great success. She has received awards like the People’s choice Award and Satellite Awards. Along with fame, she is an active philanthropist and is seen supporting gay rights and animal rights extensively. She was associated with her co-star Cory Monteith. She is popularly known for her albums ‘Louder’ and ‘Places’. She had been a hot topic in the media in years during 2010-2012. She has written several books and her books, “Brunette Ambition” and “You First” are quite famous. She is known for her wide vocal range from Eb3 to D6. She is classified as a belter and soprano. She worked at Broadway when in high school. She was also associated with Theo Stockman for some months.

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Childhood & Early Life
  • Lea Michele Sarfati was born in Bronx, NY on 29th August 1986 to Mark David Sarfati and Edith Thomasina. Her Dad was a real estate agent and a former delicatessen owner, while her mother was a retired nurse.
  • She is of Greek, Thessalonian, Roman, and Neapolitan descent. Her father is a Sephardic Jew and her mother, an Italian American Catholic. She was raised a Catholic.
  • The family moved to Tenafly, New Jersey, when she was 5. At an age this young, she started attending Broadway and her family actively supported her by renting a place in Manhattan.
  • She attended the Rockland Country Day School in Congers, New York. Later, she was homeschooled and attended High school at Tenafly High School.
  • She started using her middle name because she was teased for the pronunciation of her last name. She started using it during ‘Les Miserables’ and since then she has using it professionally. She acted in plays like ‘Les Miserables’, ‘Ragtime’, ‘Fiddler on the Roof’, and ‘Spring Awakening’.
  • She then attended the Stagedoor Manor in Catskills for her arts training. When she was just 19, her mother was diagnosed with Uterine Cancer, which was treated later.
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  • After getting success in many Broadway theatricals, she was picked for the Fox musical drama series ‘Glee’ as the lead actress and singer. The series started in 2009. Her role was widely appreciated and won her many awards.
  • In 2010, the Glee star cast performed on stage at various locations in the USA including Phoenix, LA, Chicago, and New York. These ‘Glee Live! In Concert! Shows’ were then expanded later.
  • She performed at various concerts including ‘The Rocky Horror Picture Show’ and the ‘Grammy’s MusiCares’.
  • She was later cast in ‘New Year’s Eve’ as the love interest of Ashton Kutcher. The movie made quite a success and was released worldwide on December 9th, 2011.
  • In 2012, it was announced that she would release her first independent album. The year 2013 saw her first single ‘Cannonball’ from the album ‘Louder’. It was a smash hit and reached #75 on the Billboard’s Hot 100 list. The music video was released in January 2014. This was followed by another 4 hit songs in the album,‘Battlefield’, ‘Louder’, ‘What is Love’, and ‘You’re Mine’.
  • In 2014, she voiced the character of Dorothy Gale in the animated movie ‘The Legends of Oz: Dorothy’s Return’.
  • In 2015, she starred alongside Jamie Lee Curtis in the horror comedy show, ‘Scream Queens’.
  • In 2017, in ‘An Intimate Evening with Lea Michele’, a mini tour, she played three shows that supported her second album
  • In 2015, she announced that she is working on her second album ‘Places’. She states that it would have more theatrical roots rather than modern pop music.
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Major Works
  • Lea was a great success at Broadway. Her debut as young Cosette in ‘Les Miserables’ was very well appreciated. In the later years, she also played Eponine Thenardier. Along with that, she also received notable success in theatricals like ‘Spring Awakening’ and ‘Ragtime’.
  • Glee was her most notable work as an actress as well as a singer. The writers and directors, impressed by her Broadway work, cast her as the lead for the series. Her role won her many awards after the first year of the show and she got ample appreciation from her fans and critics.
  • Her first album ‘Louder’ was released at the end of 2013 and the beginning of 2014. The album was another success for her. It was more a rock/ pop album rather than being theatrical-based, which she was known for. The singles in the album were played worldwide and received notable recognition in countries like USA, Australia, Ireland, Italy, New Zealand, and others. About 62,000 copies were sold in the first week of release in the USA.
  • Her second album was also a hit. As compared to the first, it was a little less popular worldwide.
Awards & Achievements
  • She won the Favorite Female Breakthrough Performance, Favorite Onstage Pair and the Favorite Ensemble Cast Award in the Broadway.com Audience Awards for ‘Spring Awakening’.
  • She received the Do Something Awards in 2012 for her role as Rachel Berry in Glee for the Best Actress category.
  • She won the UK Glamour Women of the Year Award for US TV Actress of the Year for Glee in 2010 and 2012. She also won the Satellite awards for the same.
  • She won the People’s Choice Award for Glee thrice in 2012, 2013 and 2014 and was nominated for the same for Scream Queens.
  • She also won the infamous Teen Choice Awards for Glee in years 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015.
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  • She won a Grammy for Spring Awakening as the Best Musical Theater Album in 2008 and was nominated three times for other works.
  • She made it to the Time’s 100 most influential people in the world.
  • She was ranked #7th in FHM’s 100 Sexiest Women in the world in 2010.
  • She also won many other awards like Victoria’s Secret Sexiest Smile, Variety Power of Women, StepUp Inspiration Award, Giffoni Film Festival Award, Billboard’s Women in Music and many others.
Personal Life & Legacy
  • Lea lives in Brentwood, LA. She dated her Glee costar Cory Monteith from the end of 2011 until his death in July 2013. ‘If You Say So’ from Louder and ‘Hey You’ from Places were her tributesto him.
  • She is an active supporter of animal rights and Gay rights. She actively participates in PETA advertising campaign for supporting animal rights.
  • She and her best friend, Jonathan Groff, performed for True Colors Cabaret to support LGBT equality. She also performed at the Human Rights Campaign Dinner to support gay rights.
  • She believes that happiness is the key to a satisfied life and though people warn you about your limits but onedoesn’t have to listen to them.
  • She was one of the eight singers in the charity single “This is for my Girls” written by Diane Warren which benefited the #62MillionGirls Campaign and Let Girls Learn initiative by the White House and then president Barack Obama.
  • She signed a $1 Million deal for spokes model with L’Oreal Paris USA in 2012.
  • She has written two books, ‘Brunette Ambition’ and ‘You First’.
  • She was ranked #10 in After Ellen’s Hot 100 and #28 in Maxim’s Hot 100 in 2011.
  • She lives in a 4-bedroom home worth $2.9 Million in LA.
  • Her favorite novel is ‘Girl with a Pearl Earring’ by Tracy Chevalier. She loves recorders and baking is her favorite hobby.
  • Her favorite novel is ‘Girl with a Pearl Earring’ by Tracy Chevalier. She loves recorders and baking is her favorite hobby.
  • She is a huge fan of pop singers, Fanny Brice and Kylie Minogue.

Lea Michele Movies

1. New Year's Eve (2011)

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People's Choice Awards
2014 Favorite TV Gal Pals Glee (2009)
2013 Favorite Comedic TV Actress Winner
2013 Favorite TV Comedy Actress Glee (2009)
2012 Favorite TV Comedy Actress Winner

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