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Also Known As: Idina Kim Mentzel Died:
Born: May 30, 1971 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Syosset, New York, USA Profession: actor, singer

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A Broadway actress-singer with a formidable stage presence, Idina Menzel was the Tony-winning star of such Great White Way hits as "Rent" and "Wicked," before raising her profile on the popular musical series "Glee" (Fox, 2009- ). A theater devotee from her earliest years, Menzel landed her first big break with the Pulitzer Prize-winning "Rent" (1995), which she followed up a decade later with a reprisal in the 2005 film adaptation. Meanwhile, she scored an even greater success in 2003 as the sympathetic Wicked Witch of the West in "Wicked," which earned her a Tony Award and made her a genuine Broadway star. Menzel began making the transition to the screen with her film debut in the indie comedy "Kissing Jessica Stein" (2001) and in an early episode of "Rescue Me" (FX, 2004-2011), but it was her turn as rival glee club coach, Shelby Corcoran, on the popular "Glee" that made her a household name outside of the lights of Broadway. Having previously been seen in "Enchanted" (2007) and in a pair of episodes of "Private Practice" (ABC, 2007-2013), it was only a matter of time that the multitalented Menzel would become a full-fledged film and television star.

A Broadway actress-singer with a formidable stage presence, Idina Menzel was the Tony-winning star of such Great White Way hits as "Rent" and "Wicked," before raising her profile on the popular musical series "Glee" (Fox, 2009- ). A theater devotee from her earliest years, Menzel landed her first big break with the Pulitzer Prize-winning "Rent" (1995), which she followed up a decade later with a reprisal in the 2005 film adaptation. Meanwhile, she scored an even greater success in 2003 as the sympathetic Wicked Witch of the West in "Wicked," which earned her a Tony Award and made her a genuine Broadway star. Menzel began making the transition to the screen with her film debut in the indie comedy "Kissing Jessica Stein" (2001) and in an early episode of "Rescue Me" (FX, 2004-2011), but it was her turn as rival glee club coach, Shelby Corcoran, on the popular "Glee" that made her a household name outside of the lights of Broadway. Having previously been seen in "Enchanted" (2007) and in a pair of episodes of "Private Practice" (ABC, 2007-2013), it was only a matter of time that the multitalented Menzel would become a full-fledged film and television star.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Frozen (2013)
2.
 Enchanted (2007)
3.
 Ask the Dust (2006)
4.
 Rent (2005)
6.
 Just a Kiss (2001)
7.
 Kissing Jessica Stein (2001) Bridesmaid
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Raised in New York and New Jersey
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Began singing at the age of five
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Became the lead singer for a wedding band at 15 years old
1995:
Made stage debut, playing vampy performance artist Maureen Johnson in Jonathan Larson's off-Broadway musical "Rent"
1996:
Continued on with "Rent" in its move to Broadway; nominated for a Tony Award for her performance
1998:
Signed with Hollywood Records and released solo debut <i>Still I Can't Be Still</i>; single "Follow If You Lead" featured on the soundtrack of "The Other Sister" (1999)
2000:
Returned to the stage and appeared in Andrew Lippa's successful "The Wild Party"
2000:
Originated the role of Dorothy in "Summer of '42" at Goodspeed Theater
2001:
Joined Heather Headley and played Amneris as a replacement in "Aida" at the Palace Theatre
2001:
Made feature debut in "Kissing Jessica Stein"
2003:
Played Elphaba, a young Wicked Witch of the West in "Wicked," a musical adaptation of the Gregory Maguire book
2005:
Reprised role of Maureen Johnson for big-screen adaptation of Jonathan Larson's Tony-winning musical "Rent"
2006:
Cast in indie film "The Tollbooth" alongside Marla Sokoloff, Liz Stauber, and Tovah Feldshuh
2006:
Co-starred with Colin Farrell in Robert Towne directed adaptation of John Fante's Depression Era novel "Ask the Dust"
2007:
Cast alongside Amy Adams and Patrick Dempsey in the part live-action, part animated feature "Enchanted"
2010:
Made recurring guest appearance on "Glee" (Fox) as Shelby Corcoran, the mother of Lea Michele's Rachel
2012:
Released album <i>Live: Barefoot at the Symphony</i>
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Education

New York University: New York , New York -

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companion:
Taye Diggs. Actor, singer. First met when they co-starred in "Rent".

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