Laura Benanti

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 ... Read more »
Born: 07/14/1979 in Kinelon, New Jersey, USA

Filmography

Actor (19)

Supergirl 2015 - 2016 (TV Show)

Actor

Nashville 2014 - 2015 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Good Wife 2015 (Tv Show)

Actor

Nurse Jackie 2014 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Sound of Music Live! 2013 - 2014 (TV Show)

Actor

Elementary 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

Law & Order: Special Victims Unit 2011 - 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

Royal Pains 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

The 67th Annual Tony Awards 2012 - 2013 (TV Show)

Presenter

Go On 2011 - 2012 (TV Show)

Actor

The Playboy Club 2011 - 2012 (TV Show)

Actor

The Big C 2011 (Tv Show)

Actor

Meskada 2010 (Movie)

Allison Connor (Actor)

Life on Mars 2009 (Tv Show)

Actor

Eli Stone 2007 - 2008 (Tv Show)

Actor

Falling for Grace 2008 (Movie)

Princess Alexandra (Actor)

Take the Lead 2006 (Movie)

Tina (Actor)

Starved 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

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.

Relationships

Sal

Step-Father

Mariel

Sister

Chris Barron Actor

Ex-Husband

Salvatore Benanti

Step-Father

Steven Pasquale Actor

Husband

Martin Vidnovic Actor

Father

Linda Wonneberger

Mother

Milestones

2012

Played a grief therapy counselor on NBC's "Go On," starring Matthew Perry

2011

Cast in first major television role on NBC drama series "The Playboy Club"; appeared on the cover of the Oct. issue of Playboy magazine

2010

Received critical praise and another Tony nomination for her role in the musical "Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown," based on Pedro Almodovar's 1988 film of the same name

2008

Guest starred on several episodes of ABC legal comedy "Eli Stone"

2007

Starred in a revival of "Gypsy," a role that won her a Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Musical

2006

Reunited with Banderas to play his lovelorn assistant in the musical feature "Take the Lead"

2005

Landed a lead part on FX's short-lived comedy series "Starved"

2003

Played a sultry movie star who inspires Antonio Banderas’ womanizing character in Broadway revival of "Nine"

2002

Starred in Broadway revival of "Into the Woods"; once again received a Tony Award nomination for Best Featured Actress in a Musical

2000

Starred in Broadway production of "Swing;" earned a Tony Award nomination for Best Featured Actress in a Musical

1998

Auditioned for the part of Liesl in Broadway revival of the classic 1959 musical "The Sound of Music," but was cast instead as a nun; a year later, Benanti took over the lead role of Maria in the production opposite Richard Chamberlain

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