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Kristin Chenoweth

Facts about Kristin Chenoweth

Date of Birth:24 July 1968
Birthplace:Broken Arrow, Oklahoma
First Name:Kristin
Middle Name:Dawn
Last Name:Chenoweth
Height:4' 11" (150 cm)
Eye Color:Blue
Hair Color:Blonde
Star Sign:Leo
Claim to Fame:Annabeth Schott on The West Wing
Occupation:Actress & Singer
Occupation Category:Actress
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Biography for Kristin Chenoweth

Kristin Chenoweth (born Jul. 24, 1968 (52 years ago)) is an American singer, musical theatre, film, and TV actress and author. Some of her best-known roles have included her role as Sally Brown in Broadway's You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown, her role as Glinda in Broadway's Wicked, and her role as Annabeth Schott in TV's The West Wing. She most recently appeared in the role of Olive Snook on the ABC dramedy Pushing Daisies for which she received two Emmy Award nominations for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy. Chenoweth is also the face of Jude Frances jewelry.

Chenoweth has a distinctive speaking voice. In FHM's Mar. 2006 (14 years ago) issue, she compared her voice to that of Betty Boop.

Chenoweth is a classically trained coloratura soprano, and well known for her skilled singing technique and artistic interpretations. She has the ability to vocalize any style of music. A master of timbre and versatility, she has a vocal range of four octaves. Chenoweth is able to sing the note "F6" (1396.913Hz), also known as "F above High C".

Early years

Adopted at birth, Kristi Dawn Chenoweth grew up in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma. Her lineage includes one-quarter Cherokee ancestry. Her vocal ability and talent were realized at a young age, performing songs for local churches. A highlight of her childhood was a special solo appearance at the Southern Baptist Convention national conference at the age of 12. She performed the song "I'm Four Foot Eleven and I'm Going to Heaven" for an audience of approximately 40,000 delegates.

Chenoweth attended Oklahoma City University, where she was a member of Gamma Phi Beta (Beta Omicron) Sorority. She earned a degree in musical theatre and a master's degree in opera performance, studying under the prestigious voice instructor Florence Birdwell. Well known for her teaching ability, Professor Birdwell has trained other notables such as Miss America 1981 (39 years ago) Susan Powell and three-time Tony nominee Kelli O'Hara. It was Birdwell who suggested to Chenoweth that she add an "n" to her first name, reasoning that the name "Kristin" was perhaps more classically suited for an opera singer. While at OCU, Chenoweth won the title of "Miss OCU" and went on to win second runner-up in the Miss Oklahoma pageant in 1991 (29 years ago). For a period of time, she performed on stage at Opryland USA.

Chenoweth won a number of competitions, including a "most talented up-and-coming singer" award 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, she went to New York City to help a friend move. While there, she auditioned for the Paper Mill Playhouse's 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. She is 4 ft 11 in (150 cm).



Kristin Chenoweth (holding her dog, Madeline Kahn "Maddie" Chenoweth) joins Laura Bush and celebrity models to raise awareness of heart disease in the Red Dress Collection Celebrity Fashion Show.Chenoweth made her Broadway debut in a production of Molière's Scapin starring Bill Irwin, followed in the spring of 1997 (23 years ago) by the musical Steel Pier by John Kander and Fred Ebb, for which she won a Theatre World award. The following season, she appeared in the City Center Encores! production of the George and Ira Gershwin musical Strike up the Band and the Lincoln Center Theatre production of William Finn's A New Brain. She has performed several times on the radio program A Prairie Home Companion.

During the 1998–1999 season, she performed in the Broadway revival of You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown as the title character's little sister, Sally, a character that was not present in the original production. (That character replaces the obscure Peanuts character Patty, not to be confused with Peppermint Patty.) The production won Chenoweth the Tony, Drama Desk, and Outer Critics Circle Awards as the season's Best Featured Actress in a Musical. She then starred in the Broadway comedy Epic Proportions, followed by appearances in ABC's TV adaptation of the musical Annie (as Lily St. Regis), and in the leading role of Daisy Gamble in the City Center Encores! production of On a Clear Day You Can See Forever.

In 2003 (17 years ago), Chenoweth performed songs from her album Let Yourself Go in concert for Lincoln Center's 5th American Songbook. She also performed in City Center Encores! 10th Anniversary Bash. In London, she was involved in Divas at Donmar for director Sam Mendes, then appeared in the Actor's Fund Benefit Concert of the musical Funny Girl in New York City.

In Oct. 2003 (17 years ago), she returned to Broadway in Wicked, the musical about the early years of the witches of Oz. She was nominated for a Tony Award as Best Leading Actress in a Musical for her performance as Glinda. After playing Glinda for nine months (not including the years leading up to the Broadway run where she played the role in all of the show's workshops), Chenoweth left Wicked on 18 Jul. 2004 (16 years ago) along with co-stars Joel Grey and Norbert Leo Butz. Chenoweth was replaced by Jennifer Laura Thompson.

Chenoweth played Cunegonde in a revival of Candide, directed by Lonny Price in 2004 (16 years ago). Price's semi-staged concert production with the New York Philharmonic under conductor Marin Alsop, ran for four performances between 5 May 2004 (16 years ago) and 8 May 2004 (16 years ago). The production featured Paul Groves as Candide, Sir Thomas Allen as Dr. Pangloss, Patti LuPone as the Old Lady, with choruses from both Westminster Choir College and the Juilliard School completing the performance cast, and was also broadcast on PBS's Great Performances. A performance of the rarely sung duet "We Are Women" between Cunegonde and the Old Lady was included in the production.

From dec. 14, 2006 (14 years ago) to Mar. 11, 2007 (13 years ago), Chenoweth starred on Broadway in a production of The Apple Tree and received rave reviews for her performance. On 19 Jan. 2007 (13 years ago), she performed a solo concert at The Metropolitan Opera in New York, only the third musical theatre star ever to present a solo concert at the Met, following Barbara Cook and Yves Montand. Chenoweth has also performed leading roles at the Goodspeed Opera House and the Guthrie Theatre, and she was chosen by the late Jerome Robbins as the guest soloist in his West Side Story Suite of Dances at New York City Ballet.

Chenoweth hosted the 52nd Annual Drama Desk Awards on 20 May 2007 (13 years ago).

Chenoweth played Elizabeth in the pre-Broadway workshop in Mel Brooks' Broadway adaptation of his movie Young Frankenstein, however, due to her Pushing Daisies commitments, she was unable to appear in the production. Similarly, in 2008 (12 years ago) she had been scheduled to reprise her role as Cunegonde in an English National Opera production of Candide, but she had to pull out because of the resumption of filming.

She appeared in Jerome Kern and Oscar Hammerstein II's Music in the Air for its short semi-staged running from Feb. 5-8, 2009 (11 years ago). Chenoweth had been scheduled to return to The Metropolitan Opera in 2010 (10 years ago) to play Samira in John Corigliano's opera The Ghosts of Versailles after being invited by general manager Peter Gelb to perform. Although expected to sell-out, the Metropolitan was ultimately forced to cancel the opera because of Ghosts' exorbitant production costs, and the company's budget limitations due to recent economic conditions.

TV and film

In TV, Chenoweth starred in a short-lived sitcom, Kristin, for NBC that ran for six episodes (13 were filmed). It was a mid-season replacement in 2001 (19 years ago) that co-starred Jon Tenney. Beginning in the sixth season (2004–2005) of The West Wing, Chenoweth had a recurring role playing media consultant Annabeth Schott, and became a main cast member in the show's seventh and final season (2005-2006). She performed "For Good," a song she had sung in Wicked, at the memorial service for her friend and West Wing costar John Spencer.

Chenoweth was a part of ABC's An American Celebration at Ford's Theatre with Kelsey Grammer, NBC's Salute to the Olympic Winners, The Kennedy Center Gala honoring Julie Andrews, and an episode of Frasier on NBC. She also starred as Marian Paroo in the ABC TV production of Meredith Willson's The Music Man, opposite Matthew Broderick.

Chenoweth appeared in Nora Ephron's 2005 (15 years ago) movie version of Bewitched. The film's star, Nicole Kidman (24 walls), had attended a performance of Wicked and was so impressed with Chenoweth's charisma and stage presence that Kidman asked Ephron to cast Chenoweth in the film. Chenoweth got the part of Maria Kelly, Kidman's character's best friend.

In 2006 (14 years ago), she appeared in five movies including The Pink Panther, RV, Stranger Than Fiction, Running with Scissors and Deck the Halls. Chenoweth also appeared as Mr. Noodle's Sister Ms. Noodle in Sesame Street's Elmo's World TV series alongside Michael Jeter and Bill Irwin.

In Feb. 2007 (13 years ago), Chenoweth co-hosted on an episode of The View and was invited back after performing a song from The Apple Tree on the show. She was also featured briefly in the first season finale of Ugly Betty. In fall 2007 (13 years ago), she became a member of the cast of the ABC show Pushing Daisies. The comedic drama is the story of Ned, a man who can bring the dead back to life. Chenoweth plays Olive Snook, a co-worker and neighbor of Ned's who is in love with him. In the show, she has sung numerous times, doing a take on "Hopelessly Devoted To You", a duet with Ellen Green for "Birdhouse in Your Soul", Eternal Flame, and Candle on the Water with a group of male singers. Chenoweth sang in the second episode of season one. She has received good reviews including many that say she is perfect for the role. She received an Emmy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress in 2008 (12 years ago) for her role as Olive in Pushing Daisies. On Feb. 24, 2008 (12 years ago) Chenoweth sang "That's How You Know" from the movie Enchanted at the 80th Academy Awards in the Kodak theatre. She also voiced as Rosetta the garden fairy in the Tinkerbell film.

Chenoweth appeared in the 2008 (12 years ago) holiday romantic comedy movie Four Christmases, playing the sister of Reese Witherspoon's character. She was also in the FOX "Sit Down, Shut Up" as the voice of Miracle Grohe, a science teacher.

She also appeared on the Fox News Channel's 2008 (12 years ago) special "A Fox and Friends Christmas", where she sang "Do You Hear What I Hear?" from her Christmas album A Lovely Way to Spend Christmas.

Chenoweth stars as a "suicidal prostitute" in the indie drama Into Temptation under writer-director Patrick Coyle. The movie was recently screened at the Newport Beach movie Festival. She also has been cast to star in a new NBC David E. Kelley drama entitled Legally Mad and will play an attorney named Skippy Pylon. She recently finished shooting the pilot episode. However, NBC passed on the show.


On Aug. 27, 2008 (12 years ago), Chenoweth released a video with titled Intervention with Kristin Chenoweth. The video parodied A&E's show Intervention, with Chenoweth starring as a singing, dancing interventionist. The song was composed by Andrew Lippa, Chenoweth's frequent musical director and composer for her concert songs as well as the composer of "My New Philosophy", which she sang in the revival of You're A Good Man, Charlie Brown, and the lyrics were written by Amy Rhodes, who also wrote the clip. The video was shot in five hours in a room of a Hilton Hotel. Chenoweth admitted that she was hesitant about performing the lyrics.

Personal life

Chenoweth has written a memoir about her life, A Little Bit Wicked: Life, Love, and Faith in Stages, describing her adoption, her turn in Wicked and her time in Hollywood. She has stated that the book is not a "tell all", and instead focuses on "how I got where I am so far". The book was released on Apr. 14, 2009 (11 years ago). The book spent two weeks on The New York Times Best Seller List.

Chenoweth has spoken publicly about her faith; she describes herself as a "non-judgmental, liberal Christian". Raised as a Southern Baptist, she later chose to have a personal connection to a faith that is not based in any one denomination. When in California, she attends a non-denominational church in Malibu. In New York, she attends a United Methodist Church.

Chenoweth also has a large gay fanbase, and was uninvited from a Women of Faith conference in sep. 2005 (15 years ago) "due to her publicized and heartfelt beliefs that God is accepting of all people on earth," including homosexuals.

Chenoweth released an album in Apr. 2005 (15 years ago) called As I Am, a mixture of hymns and contemporary Christian music, with adult contemporary arrangements. To promote the album, she made an appearance on The 700 Club, an appearance that upset some of her gay fans. She later said she thought that the "Pat Robertsons and Jerry Falwells of the world are scary" and that she regretted appearing on the show.

Chenoweth was once engaged to actor Marc Kudisch and previously dated virtuoso violinist Joshua Bell and Survivor host Jeff Probst.

She has dated and remains close friends with producer/writer Aaron Sorkin. In Sorkin's Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip, the character of Harriet Hayes bears significant resemblances to Chenoweth, and the relationship between the Christian Hayes and "East Coast liberal Jewish atheist" (her description) Matt Albie is modeled after that between Chenoweth and Sorkin; Chenoweth's decision to appear on the 700 Club and her falling out with Women of Faith were depicted with the Hayes character.

Chenoweth has Ménière's disease, an inner-ear disorder which can cause vertigo, among other symptoms. She has said that, during some performances, she has had to literally lean on her co-stars to keep her balance.

Chenoweth was awarded an Honorary Doctorate Degree in the Performing Arts from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts in Winston-Salem, NC on May 30, 2009 (11 years ago), where she was the Commencement Speaker.


  • Annie
  • Seven Roses
  • Topa Topa Bluffs
  • The Music Man
  • Bewitched
  • The Pink Panther
  • RV
  • Stranger Than Fiction
  • Running with Scissors
  • Deck the Halls
  • A Sesame Street Christmas Carol
  • Space Chimps
  • Tinker Bell
  • Four Christmases
  • Into Temptation
  • Tinker Bell and the Lost Treasure
  • Twelve Men of Christmas
  • Rapunzel
  • Tinker Bell: A Midsummer Storm
  • You Again
  • Tinker Bell: A Winter Story

TV-shows (series)

  • LateLine
  • Paramour
  • Kristin
  • Frasier
  • Baby Bob
  • Fillmore!
  • Great Performances
  • The West Wing
  • Sesame Street
  • Elmo's World
  • Ugly Betty
  • Robot Chicken
  • Pushing Daisies
  • Sit Down, Shut Up
  • Legally Mad
  • Glee


  • Let Yourself Go
  • As I Am
  • A Lovely Way to Spend Christmas


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