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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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The production had an all-star cast, and Chenoweth found herself losing a Tony Award to her co-star, Idina Menzel. After a year of Wicked performances, Chenoweth retired her wand. She set off for Los Angeles, where she took a job playing a plucky press secretary on the television series The West Wing. While working on the show, the actress met and began to date the show's writer and master of snappy dialogue, Aaron Sorkin. During this time,
she also went back to New York to play the part of Cunegonde in the New York Philharmonic's Candide.
Chenoweth had a whirlwind 2006: She appeared in six movies and two television shows, and starred in the Broadway musical The Apple Tree. Chenoweth has always seemed to thrive on a challenging schedule, saying, "I maybe have a bit of career A.D.D. But I always did five million, jillion, gazillion things a day."
Raised as a practicing Christian, Chenoweth often speaks of the importance of faith in her life. The singer even recorded an album in 2005, As I Am, which includes a mix of gospel hymns and contemporary Christian music. Her liberal social views ran afoul of some conservative Christian groups, though, after she publicly pronounced her support for gay rights. On the other side of the issue, many of her gay fans were upset that she appeared on The 700 Club with Pat Robertson, on the Christian Broadcasting Network. Chenoweth's struggle with straddling the two worlds became artistic fodder for boyfriend Sorkin, and Chenoweth soon found herself mirrored as a character on his short-lived television series Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip.
In 2007, Chenoweth went back to television as a cast member of Pushing Daisies (2007-09). She earned an Emmy Award for her quirky comedic performance. In 2008, she had a supporting role as Reese Witherspoon's on-screen sister in the romantic comedy Four Christmases.
Chenoweth appeared on FOX's hit television show Glee in 2010, where, much to the enjoyment of fans, she was able to show off both her singing and screen-acting skills. She was nominated for an Emmy for her performance on the show, and due to popular demand, was written back in for episodes airing in 2011.
When it comes to her career and personal life, Chenoweth knows a thing or two about being a million places at once. The trick for this talented actress seems to be multi-tasking. "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," she once said.
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