Famous as :Singer, actress
Birth Name :Idina Kim Mentzel
Birth Date :May 30, 1971
Birth Place :Syosset, New York, USA
Claim to fame :As Maureen Johnson in Broadway musical "Rent" (1996)
left the show in July 1997 to enroll in a couple of small TV roles and work on her debut studio album 'Still I Can't Be Still' which was released in 1998. It was not much of a commercial success but her theater passion kept rolling. In 2000 she played in two productions 'The Wild Party' and 'Summer of '42' before making her big screen debut in 'Kissing Jessica Stein' the next year. In January 2003, she married her co-star Taye Diggs who played the landlord Benjamin 'Benny' Coffin III in 'Rent'. By that time she has been praised as an acclaimed theater actress which was further enhanced with a performance as the green witch in the Stephen Schwartz-penned 'Wicked'. Her role as Elphaba brought her the first Tony award winning in 2004 for Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Musical. After this she released another studio album entitled 'Here' in 2004. It was a joint decision when Broadway's 'Rent' was brought to the big screen in 2005, and among the original cast, Menzel and her husband, Diggs said yes. The film earned $10 million in its opening weekend in U.S. and received a number of awards nominations ...
in 2006. In the same year she took a reprising role as Elphaba in 'Wicked' that opened at London's Apollo Victoria Theater.
In 2007, she landed a role in Disney-produced 'Enchanted' that earned many awards such as the Golden Globes and Satellite Awards. She also signed a recording deal with Warner Bros that united her with Glen Ballard who is known for his work in Alanis Morissette's Grammy-winning album 'Jagged Little Pill' (1995). The album which is titled 'I Stand' which is released on January 29, 2008.
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