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Overview (4)

Born in New York City, New York, USA
Birth NameIdina Kim Mentzel
Nicknames Dee
Adele Dazeem
Height 5' 4" (1.63 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Idina Menzel was born on May 30, 1971 in New York City as Idina Kim Mentzel. She's an American actress, singer & songwriter. She's best known as Maureen in "Rent", Elphaba in "Wicked" & as the voice of Elsa in Frozen (2013). Her mother, Helene Goldberg, was a therapist & her father, Stuart Mentzel, was a pajama salesman. She's Jewish & her grandparents emigrated to the U.S. from Russia. She grew up in New Jersey & on Long Island. At 15, she started to work as a wedding & bar mitzvah singer. She attended Syosset High School & graduated from New York University's Tisch School of the Arts w/ a degree in drama 1992. In 1996 she debuted in theater, originating the role of Maureen in "Rent", which went from Off-Broadway to Broadway. This role also brought Menzel her 1st Tony nomination. In 1998, she released her1st album "Still I Can't Be Still." She made her movie debut in 2001, when she played a minor role in Kissing Jessica Stein (2001). In 2003, she became one of the most popular Broadway performers when she originated the role of Elphaba in "Wicked." This role brought her not only huge popularity & acclaim, but also a Tony Award for Best Leading Actress in a Musical. In 2005, she appeared in the Off-Broadway musical "See What I Wanna See", earning Drama Desk Award & Drama League Award nominations. The same year, she reprised the role of Maureen for the movie adaptation of Rent (2005). In 2007, she appeared in Enchanted (2007). In 2013, she received another Tony nomination for her performance in"If/Then". She appeared for the first time as Elsa in Frozen (2013), a role that she often reprises for sequels & tie-ins. Voicing Elsa meant singing the song "Let It Go," which became a huge hit, winning an Academy & Grammy Award. In addition to theater, movie & TV appearances, she regularly releases new music albums & goes on tour, including 1 where she served as an opening act for Josh Groban. She was married to Taye Diggs from 2003-2014. She's been married to Aaron Lohr since 2017.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Evil_Herbivore

Family (3)

Spouse Aaron Lohr (September 2017 - present)
Taye Diggs (11 January 2003 - 3 December 2014)  (divorced)  (1 child)
Children Diggs, Walker
Parents Mentzel, Helene
Mentzel, Stuart

Trade Mark (2)

Dark hair and eyes
Powerful singing voice

Trivia (29)

Has a single on soundtrack of The Other Sister (1999), "Follow If You Lead".
Met her now ex-husband Taye Diggs when both were starring in the original Broadway production of "Rent". They later co-starred in "The Wild Party" (Off-Broadway) and "Wicked" (Broadway).
In the fifth grade, she played Dorothy in her school's production of "The Wizard of Oz".
Her name is pronounced "Ih-DEE-nah men-ZELL".
Attended and graduated from Syosset High School in Syosset, New York.
Graduated from NYU's Tisch School of the Arts w/ a B.A. in fine arts (1993).
Cracked a rib as a result of a fall through a trap door during a matinée show in "Wicked" on 8 January 2005, and could not perform the next day, what was to be her last performance. Her standby Shoshana Bean covered for her, but Idina made a special out-of-costume appearance and did her final song to a standing ovation before being bid farewell at the curtain call (along with Joey McIntyre who was also leaving that day).
She was named after her great-grandmother, Ida. The name "Idina" or "Edina" is an Old English name that means "from Edinburgh, Scotland". The name "Adina" is Hebrew for "slender" or "delicate".
Won Broadway's 2004 Tony Award as Best Actress (Musical) for her role as Elphaba in "Wicked". She had previously been nominated as Best Actress (Featured Role - Musical) in 1996 for her portrayal of Maureen in "Rent".
Parents are Stuart and Helene Mentzel (divorced)
Sings a duet, entitled "I Will Be There", with the late Ray Charles on the album "Genius and Friends" which was released September 20, 2005.
Her last name was originally spelled "Mentzel" but she decided to take the T out because everyone pronounced it incorrectly.
Her character in "Rent", Maureen, is based on Musetta from La Boheme. Two references are made to this. Roger's attempts to write a song resemble "Musetta's Waltz". which Mark directly points out. Musetta's Waltz was also the basis for "The Tango Maureen".
Oldest nephew's named Avery (born 2000).
Has a younger sister, Cara.
Returned to work four months after giving birth to her son Walker in order to begin filming Glee (2009).
Has a son, Walker Nathaniel Diggs (born September 3, 2009).
Is of Russian Jewish & Polish Jewish descent.
When performing "Let it Go" at the 86th Annual Academy Awards, she was introduced by John Travolta, who said "the wickedly talented, one and only, Adele Dazeem".
Became the first Tony Award winner to have a top 10 hit on the Billboard Hot 100 Chart w/ the hit from Frozen (2014), "Let It Go" (March 2014.
Performed concert version of the musical, "Chess", along with Josh Groban, at the Royal Albert Hall.
Married her boyfriend of two years Aaron Lohr following a year-long engagement. [September 2017]
Upon being announced as the winner of the 2004 Tony Award for "Wicked", she went and kissed and hugged her co-star and fellow nominee Kristin Chenoweth, only to then turn back afterward to kiss her husband Taye Diggs.
In 2011, she was awarded an honorary doctorate in Arts and Letters from Long Island (NY) University, at which time she addressed the graduates of the C.W. Post Campus of the University. The ceremony took place only five miles from the town where she was born and grew up.
Was awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on November 19, 2019.
The two songs that she is best known for, "Defying Gravity" and "Let It Go", are both about a woman refusing to accept society's limitations and fully embracing the extent of her inner powers.
Played Fanny Brice in "Funny Girl" and played the mother of Rachel Berry, a character whose dream was to play Fanny Price and later did.
Born on the same date as John Ross Bowie.
Was considered to play The Witch in 'Into the Woods'.

Personal Quotes (8)

[on the international "Rent" craze] It's hard to absorb and to allow all that attention and accolades for Rent because the rest of the country doesn't know who we are. Once I walk out of the door of "Rent:, and I'm on the subway, it doesn't matter. It's an exaggerated sense of fame.
Things happen for a reason, and in their own time.
I feel like I was born to do this... I started working professionally as soon as I could, doing weddings and things like that in high school, while everyone else was having keg parties. I just felt destined to do it and really committed and driven; it was something that just felt right all my life.
I've been singing since I was born. It's something I do everywhere I go. In the shower, walking down the street. I don't need any impetus to do it. I just sing.
[on her courtship with her husband, Taye Diggs, whom she met through the musical "Rent"] Everyone got really close, but Taye and I especially became close friends. And then, one night, we went to the movies, and I think we saw Twister (1996), and he held my hand. And there it was!
[when asked what she remembers the most from the night she won the Tony Award] Honestly, I remember most the look on my husband's face. The other thing I remember is when they were reading off the [nominees'] names and they read Donna [Donna Murphy]'s name, I was smiling, and he leaned over into my ear and he said, "If they don't read your name, the smile you have on your face now is perfect for when the camera hits you. Just keep that smile, it looks very good." And I looked at him and I was like "Like this?" and he was like "Yeah, just keep that if you don't win.".
You can't get it all right all the time, but you can try your best. If you've done that, all that's left is to accept your shortcomings and have the courage to try to overcome them.
If you follow your path and focus on love, things will work out.

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