Idina Menzel

Singer, Actor
A Broadway actress-singer with a formidable stage presence, Idina Menzel was the Tony-winning star of such Great White Way hits as "Rent" and "Wicked," before raising her profile on the popular musical series "Glee" ... Read more »
Born: 05/29/1971 in Syosset, New York, USA

Filmography

Actor (30)

CMA Country Christmas 2014 - 2015 (TV Show)

Performer

The Story of Frozen: Making a Disney Animated Classic 2014 - 2015 (TV Show)

Interviewee

The 68th Annual Tony Awards 2013 - 2014 (TV Show)

Performer

The 86th Annual Academy Awards 2013 - 2014 (TV Show)

Performer

The Late Show With David Letterman 2014 (Tv Show)

Guest

The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon 2014 (Tv Show)

Special Appearance

Water 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

Frozen 2013 (Movie)

Elsa (Voice)

Glee 2010 - 2011, 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

Idina Menzel Live: Barefoot at the Symphony 2011 - 2012 (TV Show)

Performer

The Glee Project 2011 (Tv Show)

Actor

2008 Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade 2008 - 2009 (TV Show)

Actor

Private Practice 2009 (Tv Show)

Actor

The 31st Annual Kennedy Center Honors 2008 - 2009 (TV Show)

Actor

National Memorial Day Concert 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Actor

Enchanted 2007 (Movie)

Nancy Tremaine (Actor)

ShowBusiness: The Road to Broadway 2007 (Movie)

Herself (Actor)

The 61st Annual Tony Awards 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

Actor

Ask the Dust 2006 (Movie)

Vera Rifkin (Actor)

The Tollbooth 2006 (Movie)

Raquel Cohen-Flaxman (Actor)

Kevin Hill 2005 (Tv Show)

Actor

Rent 2005 (Movie)

Maureen Johnson (Actor)

Rescue Me 2004 (Tv Show)

Actor

Just a Kiss 2002 (Movie)

(Actor)

Kissing Jessica Stein 2002 (Movie)

Bridesmaid (Actor)

Disney's Hercules 1998 - 2000 (TV Show)

Voice

Christmas in Rockefeller Center (TV Show)

Performer
Music (2)

Frozen 2013 (Movie)

("For The First Time In Forever") (Song Performer)

Beowulf 2007 (Movie)

("A Hero Comes Home") (Song Performer)

Biography

A Broadway actress-singer with a formidable stage presence, Idina Menzel was the Tony-winning star of such Great White Way hits as "Rent" and "Wicked," before raising her profile on the popular musical series "Glee" (Fox, 2009- ). A theater devotee from her earliest years, Menzel landed her first big break with the Pulitzer Prize-winning "Rent" (1995), which she followed up a decade later with a reprisal in the 2005 film adaptation. Meanwhile, she scored an even greater success in 2003 as the sympathetic Wicked Witch of the West in "Wicked," which earned her a Tony Award and made her a genuine Broadway star. Menzel began making the transition to the screen with her film debut in the indie comedy "Kissing Jessica Stein" (2001) and in an early episode of "Rescue Me" (FX, 2004-2011), but it was her turn as rival glee club coach, Shelby Corcoran, on the popular "Glee" that made her a household name outside of the lights of Broadway. Having previously been seen in "Enchanted" (2007) and in a pair of episodes of "Private Practice" (ABC, 2007-2013), it was only a matter of time that the multitalented Menzel would become a full-fledged film and television star.

Relationships

Taye Diggs Actor

Husband
Met 1996 while appearing together in "Rent" Also co-starred in off-Broadway production of "The Wild Party" 2000 Married Jan. 11, 2003 in Montego Bay, Jamaica

Walker Diggs

Son
Born Sept. 2, 2009; father, Taye Diggs

Stuart Mentzel

Father

Helene Mentzel

Mother

Cara Mentzel

Sister

EDUCATION

New York University

New York , New York
Attended NYU's Tisch School of the Arts

Milestones

2012

Released album Live: Barefoot at the Symphony

2010

Made recurring guest appearance on "Glee" (Fox) as Shelby Corcoran, the mother of Lea Michele's Rachel

2007

Cast alongside Amy Adams and Patrick Dempsey in the part live-action, part animated feature "Enchanted"

2006

Co-starred with Colin Farrell in Robert Towne directed adaptation of John Fante's Depression Era novel "Ask the Dust"

2006

Cast in indie film "The Tollbooth" alongside Marla Sokoloff, Liz Stauber, and Tovah Feldshuh

2005

Reprised role of Maureen Johnson for big-screen adaptation of Jonathan Larson's Tony-winning musical "Rent"

2003

Played Elphaba, a young Wicked Witch of the West in "Wicked," a musical adaptation of the Gregory Maguire book

2001

Joined Heather Headley and played Amneris as a replacement in "Aida" at the Palace Theatre

2001

Made feature debut in "Kissing Jessica Stein"

2000

Originated the role of Dorothy in "Summer of '42" at Goodspeed Theater

2000

Returned to the stage and appeared in Andrew Lippa's successful "The Wild Party"

1998

Signed with Hollywood Records and released solo debut Still I Can't Be Still; single "Follow If You Lead" featured on the soundtrack of "The Other Sister" (1999)

1996

Continued on with "Rent" in its move to Broadway; nominated for a Tony Award for her performance

1995

Made stage debut, playing vampy performance artist Maureen Johnson in Jonathan Larson's off-Broadway musical "Rent"

Began singing at the age of five

Became the lead singer for a wedding band at 15 years old

Raised in New York and New Jersey

Bonus Trivia

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"I found that, as a child especially, if you have a talent like a voice early on, for me – teachers would start to pay attention to me and I didn’t want to stick out too much because sticking out too much when you’re a kid, everyone will be mean to you. So you learn to hide your talents. Then when you get older you’ve got to let it shine. Let it rip or otherwise you’re going to sink, you know." – Menzel to MusicalSchwartz.com, July 2005

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