Kerry Butler was born in Brooklyn, New York and, from the age of three, she knew that she wanted to be an actress. She started doing commercials until her mother decided that she was too young to be acting and wanted her to have a "normal" childhood. However, Kerry's acting was not simply a childhood phase. After much begging, her mother let her return to acting when she was ten and she's been doing ever since. Kerry has had a few small roles on television such as on Sesame Street (1969), Another World (1964) and One Life to Live (1968). She also appeared in the horror movie Campfire Stories (2001) and also in the independent film, Brooklyn Sonnet (2000) (aka Borough of Kings). But, she is best known for her work in theater. On the stage, Kerry has enjoyed long runs on Broadway as "Belle" in "Beauty and the Beast", "Eponine" in "Les Miserables", "Ms. Jones" in "Blood Brothers", "Audrey" in "Little Shop of Horrors" and she created the role of "Penny Pingleton" in in the Tony Award-winning musical "Hairspray". Her voice can be heard on both the "Little Shop of Horrors" and "Hairspray" soundtracks. Recently, Kerry created the role of "DeDe Truitt" in "The Opposite of Sex" in San Francisco and she is the Principal in "The Miracle Brothers". For being only 5' 2", it is amazing how incredibly powerful her voice is!!