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Birth Place: Raleigh, North Carolina, USA Profession: actor, songwriter

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An attractive blonde singer-actress, Lauren Kennedy began her career as a toddler when, at age five, she was tapped to appear in a local production of "Carousel" in her native North Carolina. Encouraged by her parents, she spent seven years studying at the North Carolina Theatre's Summer Arts Theatre School, eventually landing major roles in the NCT productions of "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat" (1987), "Peter Pan" (1988), "Evita" (1993) and "Chess" (1994). After graduating high school in 1991, Kennedy enrolled at the University of Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music but her studies were cut short when a an agent spotted her and arranged for an audition for the 1993 American premiere of Andrew Lloyd Webber's musical "Sunset Boulevard". She was cast as a Marilyn Monroe-type in the ensemble and landed the understudy job to Alice Ripley who had the ingenue role of Betty Schaefer. When the production transferred to Broadway in 1994, Kennedy went along as well and was eventually tapped to display her lovely soprano voice as Betty in the show's first national tour.Returning to NYC, Kennedy landed another understudy gig, this time to Emily Skinner as Daisy in the 1997 musical "Side...

An attractive blonde singer-actress, Lauren Kennedy began her career as a toddler when, at age five, she was tapped to appear in a local production of "Carousel" in her native North Carolina. Encouraged by her parents, she spent seven years studying at the North Carolina Theatre's Summer Arts Theatre School, eventually landing major roles in the NCT productions of "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat" (1987), "Peter Pan" (1988), "Evita" (1993) and "Chess" (1994). After graduating high school in 1991, Kennedy enrolled at the University of Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music but her studies were cut short when a an agent spotted her and arranged for an audition for the 1993 American premiere of Andrew Lloyd Webber's musical "Sunset Boulevard". She was cast as a Marilyn Monroe-type in the ensemble and landed the understudy job to Alice Ripley who had the ingenue role of Betty Schaefer. When the production transferred to Broadway in 1994, Kennedy went along as well and was eventually tapped to display her lovely soprano voice as Betty in the show's first national tour.

Returning to NYC, Kennedy landed another understudy gig, this time to Emily Skinner as Daisy in the 1997 musical "Side Show", a fictionalized biography of the conjoined twins Daisy and Violet Hilton. (Ironically, Alice Ripley was cast as Violet and Kennedy went on for Skinner on over 30 occasions during the musical's brief run.) The performer remained active in regional theater productions and working on demo recordings. In 2000, she was teamed with Karen Mason (Glenn Close's understudy in "Sunset Boulevard") in the stage musical adaptation of Irving Berlin's "White Christmas". Kennedy then created the lead role of Petra, a vocalist in a 1930s German swing band, whose relationship with a Jewish musician is threatened by the rise of the Nazis in the new musical "The Rhythm Club", which premiered at the Signature Theatre in Arlington, Virginia.

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CAST: (feature film)

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 Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed (2004) Young Velma
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Raised in Raleigh, North Carolina
1978:
At age five, made stage debut in production of "Carousel" at Meredith College (date approximate)
1987:
Played the Narrator in the North Carolina Theatre (NCT) production of "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat"
1988:
At NCT, played Wendy in "Peter Pan"
1993:
Had lead role in NCT production of "Evita"
1993:
Appeared in the ensemble of "Sunset Boulevard" and understudied Alice Ripley in role of Betty Schaefer; also appeared in the ensemble; made Broadway debut in 1994 when production was transferred to NYC
1994:
Returned to NCT to play Florence in "Chess"
1996:
Had featured role of Carla, the mistress of a film director, in "Nine" at the Paper Mill Playhouse in New Jersey
1996:
Played Betty Schaefer in the national tour of "Sunset Boulevard"
1997:
Understudied Emily Skinner's role of Daisy Hilton in the musical "Side Show"; played role approximately 35 times
1998:
Appeared in Houston and Seattle productions of the Australian musical "Hot Shoe Shuffle"
1998:
Returned to North Carolina Theatre to play the Narrator in "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat"
2000:
Had featured role in the premiere of a stage musical based on "White Christmas", produced at the Muni Theater in Missouri
2000:
Co-starred in "The Rhythm Club"; premiered at the Signature Theatre in Arlington, Virginia
2001:
Had lead female role in the world premiere of "The Last Five Years", a musical by Jason Robert Brown
2001:
Headlined the Royal National Theatre's tour of "South Pacific"
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Education

University of Cincinnati-College Conservatory of Music: Cincinnati , Ohio -
North Carolina Theatre's Summer Theatre Arts School: Raleigh , North Carolina -
Needham Broughton High School: Raleigh , North Carolina - 1991

Notes

"Working in New York is pretty much the same as working in Raleigh, except more money's involved when you're working in New York. What I find amazing is that on Broadway, you lose perspective. You forget that you're working with people like Andrew Lloyd Webber, Trevor Nunn, and Henry Krieger, who wrote 'Side Show' and 'Dreamgirls'. They're legends of the theater." --Lauren Kennedy quoted in The Spectator, November 14, 1998.

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companion:
Alan Campbell. Actor. Met while performing together in "Sunset Boulevard".

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father:
K D Kennedy.
mother:
Sara Lynn Kennedy.

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