Idina Menzel Profile
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Idina Menzel

Famous As
Singer, actress
Birth Name
Idina Kim Mentzel
Birth Date
May 30, 1971
Birth Place
Syosset, New York, USA
Famous As
Singer, actress
Popular for
As Maureen Johnson in Broadway musical "Rent" (1996)
Birth Name
Idina Kim Mentzel
Birth Date
May 30, 1971
Birth Place
Syosset, New York, USA
Height
5' 4"
Nationality
American
Education
  • Graduate from Syosset High School, Syosset, New York
  • Graduate from New York University's Tisch School of the Arts, with BFA degree in 1993
Father
Stuart Mentzel
Mother
Helene Mentzel
Sister
Cara (younger)
Spouse
Taye Diggs (actor, 11-Jan-03 - 3-Dec-14), Aaron Lohr (actor, since Sep-2017)
Son
Walker Nathaniel Diggs (b. 2-Sep-09)

Idina Menzel is a prominent artist in Hollywood and Broadway. She's well known for her roles in movies "Enchanted", TV series "Glee", and a number of stage productions like "Wicked", "Rent", and "If/Then". A number of awards she has collected through the years from Drama Desk to Tony Awards.

Menzel polished her singing prowess since she was a teen working as a wedding and Bat Mitzvah singer until she was in university. She earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Drama from New York University's Tisch School of the Arts.

After graduating, she made her debut in "Rent" in 1996. The show initially opened off-Broadway at the New York Theatre before moving to The Great White Way due to its popularity. For his role, she got a Tony nomination as Best Featured Actress in a Musical. During her stint on the show, she met her future husband Taye Diggs who portrayed the role of Benjamin Coffin III, the landlord.

A studio album "Still Can't Be Still" followed in 1998. In the same year, she also broadened her career to television through "Hercules: The Animated Series" and then to the big screen through "Kissing Jessica Stein" in 2001. As her career took off, she decided to tie the knot with Diggs in 2003.

Menzel won numerous awards that year for her role as the wicked witch in "Wicked" which also starred Kristin Chenoweth. During her penultimate performance of "Wicked" on January 8, 2005, she cracked a lower rib after falling through a trap door. She couldn't perform in her final show, but made a special appearance to sing her final song, and received a five-minute standing ovation.

Because of its overwhelmingly positive responses, the show was brought to the West End in London, with Menzel reprising her role as Elphaba. During her run in the London theater, she was dubbed the highest-paid female performer in the West End at $30,000 per week.

Meanwhile, her show "Rent" was adapted into the big screen in a movie with the same title. Menzel and her husband Diggs reprise their roles along with some other theater actors. It depicted the lives of several Bohemians and their struggles with sexuality, cross-dressing, drugs, paying their rent, and life under the shadow of AIDS. The film got Best Ensemble nominations from various movie critics awards.

In 2008, she dropped an album called "I Stand" to follow up her sophomore set "Here" in 2004. It debuted at #58 in the Billboard 200, making it her first album to debut on this chart. Her single "Gorgeous" reached #3 on Billboard's Hot Dance Club Songs chart and "Brave" charted at #19 on the Adult Contemporary chart.

Her first big role on TV came in 2010. She landed a role as Shelby Corcoran, the biological mother of Rachel Berry (Lea Michelle) in Fox's critically-acclaimed series "Glee". Meanwhile, on the big screen, she voiced the Snow Queen in Disney's "Frozen (2013)" which became the highest-grossing animated film of all time. On top of that, "Let It Go", the song she performed for the film, won an Oscar for Best Original Song.

Unfortunately, while at the peak of her career, her marriage fell apart. She separated from her husband of ten years in late 2013. The couple has a son, Walker Nathaniel Diggs, born in 2009. Menzel started off 2014 by returning to her roots in Broadway. She landed a lead role in "If/Then" directed by Michael Greif from "Rent".