Laura Benanti

Laura Benanti

Known For: Acting · Birthday: 1979-07-15 (41 years old) · Gender: Female · Place of Birth: New York City, New York, USA

15 Movies · 13 TV shows

Biography

Laura Ilene Benanti (née Vidnovic; July 15, 1979) is an American actress and singer.Over the course of her Broadway career, she has received five Tony Award nominations. She played Louise in the 2008 Broadway revival of Gypsy, winning the 2008 Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Musical. Benanti then appeared in the Broadway musical Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown in 2010, winning the Drama Desk Award and Outer Critics Circle Award for Best Featured Actress in a Musical. She played Elsa Schräder in the 2013 NBC television production of The Sound of Music Live! and, in 2015, began playing twin sisters Alura and Astra in the TV series Supergirl. Benanti appeared as Edie Randall in the TBS comedy The Detour from 2017 until the show's cancellation in 2019. Since 2016, she has had a recurring role as First Lady Melania Trump on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.

Personal Life

Benanti met Chris Barron, lead singer of the Spin Doctors, in the early 2000s. They married on July 25, 2005, but by the end of the year were going through what Benanti has called a "terrible divorce." They were divorced in 2006.At the 2005 World AIDS Day "dream cast" concert of The Secret Garden, she met actor Steven Pasquale. In September 2007, they married. On July 8, 2013, they made the statement, "After almost six years of marriage, Steven Pasquale and Laura Benanti are amicably filing for divorce. They remain loving and committed friends."On June 12, 2015, she became engaged to Patrick Brown. The two were married on November 15, 2015. Benanti gave birth to daughter Ella Rose on February 14, 2017.

Early Life

Benanti was born in New York City to Linda Wonneberger, a vocal coach and former actress, and Martin Vidnovic, a Broadway actor and singer. She is of Serbian, German, and Irish heritage. Her parents divorced when she was young, and she moved to Kinnelon, New Jersey, with her mother and stepfather Salvatore Benanti, a psychotherapist, whose name she took and whom she has referred to as her father.Benanti remembers being "very serious" and "a bit of an ugly duckling" as a child; she was intensely interested in musical theatre, saying she "came out of the womb as a 40-year-old". She was particularly interested in the music of Stephen Sondheim at an early age and distanced herself from other children. In 2008, Benanti told The New York Times that she drew on this loneliness in her portrayal of the neglected Louise in Gypsy. Though her parents refused to let Laura audition for professional theatre, Laura appeared in several high school and community productions, including Evita (as Perón's mistress), Follies (as Young Heidi), and Into the Woods (as Cinderella). At 16, Benanti played the title role in her high school production of Hello, Dolly! and won a Paper Mill Playhouse Rising Star Award for Outstanding Actress in a high school production. She graduated from Kinnelon High School in 1997.

Movies & TV shows

2021.

1 Movie · 1 TV show
TV
Gossip Girl

Gossip Girl

2021
A new generation of New York private school teens are introduced to Gossip Girl eight years after the original website went dark.
Here Today

Here Today

2021
Veteran comedy writer Charlie Berns, who is slowly but surely losing his grip on reality, befriends a talented young New York street singer Emma Payge. They form an unlikely yet hilarious and touching...

2020.

4 Movies
Worth

Worth

2020
The D.C. has a powerful man named Kenneth Feinberg. The lawyer appointed Special Master of the 9/11 Fund fights off cynicism, bureaucracy, and politics associated with administering government funds a...
Homeschool Musical: Class of 2020

Homeschool Musical: Class of 2020

2020
Inspired by the viral success of Tony-winner Laura Benanti's #sunshinesongs, this feel-good docu-special spotlights a talented group of high school seniors as they give show-stopping performances from...
Laura Benanti: Live From the West Side

Laura Benanti: Live From the West Side

2020
Streamed live from New York’s Shubert Virtual Studios, the show will feature a mix of Broadway show tunes, pop songs, and personal stories from Laura’s life.
Take Me to the World: A Sondheim 90th Birthday Celebration

Take Me to the World: A Sondheim 90th Birthday Celebration

2020
A line-up of Broadway favorites are celebrating Stephen Sondheim with a concert event live on Broadway.com. There is a benefit for ASTEP.

2019.

1 TV show
TV
Tamron Hall

Tamron Hall

2019
Tamron Hall is a former news host and journalist and she interviews people in thorough meaningful and entertaining conversations.

2017.

1 Movie
Tangled: Before Ever After

Tangled: Before Ever After

5.93
2017
The responsibilities of being a princess and her father were wrestled with. She doesn't agree with Eugene's desire to live in the castle walls. In order to live life on her own terms, she and her toug...

2016.

2 Movies · 1 TV show
Stephen Colbert's Live Election Night Democracy's Series Finale

Stephen Colbert's Live Election Night Democracy's Series Finale

2016
Stephen Colbert is hosting a live election night special. Real-time reactions as the results come in, plus an eclectic group of guests to break it all down.
She Loves Me

She Loves Me

2016
They disliked each other from the beginning. She thinks he's mean and arrogant. When the workday is done, each rapturously writes to a lonely hearts pen pal, and it doesn't take long for the audience ...
TV
The Detour

The Detour

6
2016
The comedy is based on the experiences of a comedy super-couple, and is inspired by their own experiences with family vacations. Robin and her husband are outside. Their trip is fraught with disaster,...

2015.

3 TV shows
TV
Younger

Younger

6.1
2015
Liza Miller, a suddenly single stay-at- home mother, tries to get back into the working world, only to find that it is nearly impossible to start at the bottom at 40 years old. Liza was looking for a ...
TV
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert

The Late Show with Stephen Colbert

1
2015
Stephen Colbert is leaving "The Colbert Report" to return to television. As the host of The Late Show franchise redux -- taped at the historic Ed Sullivan Theatre at New York -- Colbert talks to actor...
TV
Supergirl

Supergirl

6.33
2015
After hiding her powers, Kara Zor-El must learn to embrace them. She was told to be careful with her powers.

2013.

1 Movie
The Sound of Music Live!

The Sound of Music Live!

2013
The Sound of Music Live! is a television special that was originally broadcast by NBC on December 5, 2013. Produced by Craig Zadan and Neil Meron, the special was an adaptation of Rodgers and Hammerst...

2012.

2 TV shows
TV
Elementary

Elementary

6.05
2012
A crime-solving duo that cracks the NYPD's most impossible cases is the subject of a modern-day drama. Following his fall from grace in London and a stint in rehab, eccentric Sherlock escapes to Manha...
TV
Go On

Go On

3.5
2012
Ryan King is ready to get back to work. Stephen wants Ryan to attend grief counseling before he comes back to the air. A reluctant Ryan finds himself in a support group for "life change," where he mee...

2011.

1 TV show
TV
The Playboy Club

The Playboy Club

3.5
2011
You can go to the Playboy Club in Chicago in the early '60s. The key is the most sought-after status symbol.

2010.

2 Movies
Sondheim! The Birthday Concert

Sondheim! The Birthday Concert

2010
Join us for a rousing celebration of the life and works of one of Broadway's greatest legends — the one and only Stephen Sondheim. For the master composer and lyricist's 80th birthday, many of musica...
Meskada

Meskada

2010
Small-town detective Noah Cordin is called to solve a juvenile homicide that occurred during a home robbery in his affluent town of Hilliard. The dead boy's mother is a member of the Meskada County Bo...

2008.

2 TV shows
TV
Life on Mars

Life on Mars

7.17
2008
Sam Tyler, a police detective, was mysteriously transported back to 1973, when he was still working as a detective.
TV
Eli Stone

Eli Stone

5.29
2008
Many lawyers consider themselves prophets, but Eli Stone may be the real deal. Eli has built a successful career at a top law firm in San Francisco, representing only the biggest and richest corporati...

2006.

2 Movies
Falling for Grace

Falling for Grace

2006
Grace is a Chinese American who wants to be in New York's high society. She was mistaken for a Hong Kong heiress and met her prince. It seems to be absorbing drama. When the clock strikes midnight, wh...
Take the Lead

Take the Lead

2006
A former professional dancer volunteers to teach dance in the New York public school system and, while his background first conflicts with his students' tastes, together they create a completely new s...

2005.

1 Movie · 1 TV show
TV
Starved

Starved

2005
Starved is an FX Network television situation comedy that aired for one season of seven episodes in 2005. The series was about four friends who each suffer from eating disorders, who met at a "shame-b...
Broadway's Lost Treasures III: The Best of The Tony Awards

Broadway's Lost Treasures III: The Best of The Tony Awards

2005
Broadway royalty and Tony-winners Tommy Tune, Carol Channing, Robert Goulet, and Harvey Fierstein are your hosts for this third compilation of great musical performances from the archives of the Tony ...

1999.

1 TV show
TV
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit

Law & Order: Special Victims Unit

6.06
1999
Sexually-based heinous offenses are considered by the criminal justice system. In New York City, the detectives who investigate these vicious felonies are members of an elite squad known as the Specia...

Unknown Year.

1 Movie
Russian Broadway Shut Down

Russian Broadway Shut Down

Russian government outlaws theatrical performances because of homosexual propaganda law.
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