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Overview (3)

Date of Birth 15 July 1979Kinnelon, New Jersey, USA
Nickname La-La
Height 5' 8" (1.73 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Laura Benanti was born on July 15, 1979 in Kinnelon, New Jersey, USA. She is an actress, known for Take the Lead (2006), Go On (2012) and The Sound of Music Live! (2013). She was previously married to Steven Pasquale and Chris Barron.

Spouse (2)

Steven Pasquale (16 September 2007 - 2013) (divorced)
Chris Barron (25 July 2005 - 2006) (divorced)

Trivia (13)

Replaced as Cinderella by Erin Dilly after she hurt her neck doing a pratfall.
Her father Martin Vidnovic is an actor. As was mother Linda who is now Laura's vocal coach. Stepfather Sal Benanti is a psychologist.
Parents performed in "Oklahoma!" in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma together
Lived in New York until she was three and then moved to New Jersey where she grew up.
Was twice nominated for Broadway's Tony Award as Best Actress (Featured Role - Musical): in 2000 for "Swing!" and in 2002 for a revival of "Into the Woods."
She is the 1st cousin of former Minor Threat bassist, Steve Hansgen.
Won the 2008 Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Musical for her performance as Louise/Gypsy Rose Lee in the Broadway revival of "Gypsy.".
She is doing benefit concerts in the Northwest. [April 2007]
With Brian Stokes Mitchell, she hosted the "Creative Arts Awards" segment of the 2009 Tony Awards. [June 2009]
Opened on Broadway April 27th, 2006 at the Al Hirschfeld Theater as "Julia Sullivan" in "The Wedding Singer", a musical by Matthew Sklar, Chad Beguelin and Tim Herlihy. Co-stars with Stephen Lynch. [April 2006]
She is currently starring, with Patti LuPone, in the Broadway revival of "Gypsy". [March 2008]
Starring in the Broadway revival of "Gypsy" as "Louise", opposite Patti LuPone as "Mama Rose". [March 2008]
Can be heard in the role of Jennie Brinker, the hero's money-hungry wife, in the newly released studio cast recording of the complete score of Rodgers and Hammerstein's "Allegro". [February 2009]

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