Kristen Bell

Although she made her film debut in the atrocious Pootie Tang, this plucky actress had much better luck with her subsequent projects. After studying at NYU's prestigious Tisch School of the Arts, she quickly found stage ... Read more »
Born: 07/18/1980 in Detroit, MI

Biography

Although she made her film debut in the atrocious Pootie Tang, this plucky actress had much better luck with her subsequent projects. After studying at NYU's prestigious Tisch School of the Arts, she quickly found stage work, including a leading role in the campy off-Broadway musical Reefer Madness, which was eventually turned into a TV-movie also starring Bell. The small screen ended up being her primary medium, and she had a number of guest appearances and TV-movies under her belt when she landed the title role of a teen-outcast-turned-investigator on Veronica Mars.

EDUCATION

Shrine Catholic High School, Royal Oak, MI

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New York University, Tisch School of the Arts, New York, NY

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Milestones

Made her Broadway debut in 2001 in a musical version of The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, playing Becky Thatcher.

On becoming famous: "You just have to hope you can keep your head on straight," she told TV GUIDE. "I'm really scared about the lack of privacy."

Named by Jane magazine as one of the 11 People You'd Most Like to See Naked.

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