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Actress Kristin Chenoweth is best known for her Broadway roles in Wicked and You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown, as well as on TV show The West Wing.
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Kristin Chenoweth is an award-winning actress of stage and screen, whose most notable productions include You're A Good Man, Charlie Brown; Wicked; and The West Wing.
"You've got to find ways to breathe while you're dancing so that when it comes time for you to stop and sing again, you have it."
Kristin Dawn Chenoweth was born on July 24, 1968 in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, and was soon adopted into the Chenoweth family. Chenoweth, who now goes by Kristin, showed an interest in performance at an early age, when she started singing gospel songs at church and acting in school plays. The petite performer wore multiple hats in high school, doing ballet, opera, acting and singing.
After graduating from high school, Chenoweth decided to pursue a career in performance, eventually earning a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in musical theatre and a master's degree in opera performance from Oklahoma City University. To help fund her higher education, Chenoweth took her talents into the pageant circuit, winning the title of runner-up in the Miss Oklahoma competition in 1991.
In 1993, Chenoweth traveled to New York City to support a friend who was auditioning for an off-Broadway musical called Animal Crackers. Chenoweth decided to give the production a try, as well. She blew the producers away with her audition, earning herself a supporting role. Although she was faced with a competing opportunity to continue her study of opera, Chenoweth took the role in the musical and never looked back.
After her first professional step into the theater world, Chenoweth continued to work off-Broadway. Her dynamic performances and glass-rattling soprano earned her several leading roles onstage. Directors reassured her that her Broadway breakthrough was just around the corner. Chenoweth's moment finally came in 1997, when she landed the role of Precious McGuire in Steel Pier. Playing a dancer with dreams of hitting it big, the soon-to-be star channeled plenty of her own insight and emotion into the role, earning herself a Theater World award for her efforts.
Shortly after her first foray into more mainstream show business, Chenoweth performed at the Lincoln Center in the Gershwin musical Strike Up the Band. In 1999, she solidified her position as a Broadway favorite with her show-stopping performance as Sally Brown in You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown. With accolades from the likes of The New York Times and a Tony Award under her belt, Chenoweth found herself flung into the spotlight.
It was only a matter of time before the camera came calling, and soon Kristin Chenoweth found herself being recruited by television executives from ABC and NBC. Splitting her talents had never been a problem before, and Chenoweth was soon ably juggling careers on stage and on screen. In 2001, she even starred in a semi-biographical NBC sitcom called Kristin. The sitcom was short-lived, but the actress had no trouble finding a new place for her talents. That same year, she released her first solo album, Let Yourself Go.
In 2003, Kristin Chenoweth landed a starring role as Glinda in the Broadway hit Wicked.
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