Karen Olivo (born August 7, 1976) is an American stage and television actress, theater educator, and singer. In 2008, Olivo originated the role of Vanessa in In the Heights on Broadway. The following year, she won the 2009 Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Musical for her performance as Anita in a revival of West Side Story. She is the first and only actor to win a Tony Award for a performance in West Side Story. From 2016 to 2017, Olivo portrayed the role of Angelica Schuyler in the Chicago production of Hamilton. In 2019, Olivo originated the lead role of Satine in the stage adaptation of Moulin Rouge! on Broadway, earning a nomination for the 2020 Tony Award for Best Actress in a Musical.
Olivo is married to Jim Uphoff, with whom she co-parents two children. Olivo and Uphoff, a marketing manager and former New York theater sound technician, married in September 2014. Until 2012, Olivo was married to Broadway actor Matt Caplan.In 2013, while taking a break from acting, Olivo moved to Madison, Wisconsin where she and Uphoff share a home she calls her "home base". Both she and her husband have family in Madison. She has previously lived in Hell's Kitchen, Manhattan, Brooklyn, and Los Angeles.
Olivo was born on August 7, 1976 in the South Bronx, New York. Olivo's father is of Puerto Rican and Native American descent, and her mother is of Dominican and Chinese descent. She was raised in Bartow, Florida. She attended the Lois Cowles Harrison Center for the Visual and Performing Arts in nearby Lakeland, Florida, and later the University of Cincinnati – College-Conservatory of Music. She left school before her final year to join the original Broadway production of Rent.
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The Good Wife
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In the Heights: Chasing Broadway Dreams
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Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
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