With her grace, confidence, and innate love for theater, Laura Benanti was destined to be a star. She started making waves on Broadway, earning a slew of accolades for her electric performance as an awkward young woman-turned-sexy siren in the 2007 Broadway revival of "Gypsy." While Benanti's passion for the stage was at her core, she also carved inroads on television and in film. She had a lead part on the short-lived comedy series "Starved" (FX, 2005) and played Antonio Banderas' lovelorn assistant in the musical feature "Take the Lead" (2006). Benanti also appeared on the dramedy series "Eli Stone" (ABC, 2008-09), about an attorney who suffers through surreal visions. In 2011, the spotlight was finally cast upon Benanti after she landed the lead role on the drama series "The Playboy Club" (NBC), about the original Chicago nightclub in the early1960s. The role widely exposed Benanti's talents to a more mainstream audience, paving the way for more exciting opportunities to follow.