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Idina Menzel Biography
- Idina Kim Menzel (Â /Ã‰ÂªÃ‹ÂˆdiÃ‹ÂnÃ‰Â™ mÃ‰Â›nÃ‹ÂˆzÃ‰Â›l/; born Mentzel on May 30, 1971) is an American actress, singer and songwriter. She rose to prominence for her performance as Maureen Johnson in the Broadway musical Rent, a role which she reprised for the 2005 feature film adaptation. In 2004 she won the Tony Award for originating the role of Elphaba in the Broadway blockbuster Wicked.
Idina Menzel Filmography
- (2013) Frozen as Elsa - Snow Queen (voice)
- (2012) Idina Menzel Live: Barefoot at the Symphony as Vocalist
- (2012) Katie as Herself
- (2011) The Glee Project as Herself
- (2011) Untitled Idina Menzel Project as
- (2011) When Pop Culture Saved America: A 9-11 Story as Herself
- (2010) The 64th Annual Tony Awards as Herself - Presenter
- (2010) The Talk as Herself - Guest
- (2009) Glee as Shelby Corcoran
- (2008) Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade as Herself
- (2008) The 62nd Annual Tony Awards as Herself - Performer
- (2008) The Kennedy Center Honors: A Celebration of the Performing Arts as Herself
- (2007) Chelsea Lately as Herself - Guest
- (2007) Enchanted as Nancy Tremaine
- (2007) Private Practice as Lisa King
- (2007) ShowBusiness: The Road to Broadway as Herself
- (2007) The 61st Annual Tony Awards as Herself - Presenter: Best Original Score
- (2006) 51st Annual Drama Desk Awards as Herself
- (2006) Ask the Dust as Vera Rivkin
- (2006) No Day But Today: The Story of 'Rent' as Herself
- (2006) Starz on the Set: Rent as Herself
- (2006) The Royal Variety Performance 2006 as Performer
- (2006) The Wonder Pets as The Queen of Hearts (voice)
- (2005) Rent as Maureen Johnson
- (2005) The 59th Annual Tony Awards as Herself - Presenter
- (2005) The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson as Herself
- (2004) Broadway on Broadway as Herself - Performer: "For Good" (Wicked)
- (2004) Broadway: The American Musical as Herself/Elphaba (in 'Wicked')
- (2004) Broadway: The American Musical as Maureen Johnson (archive footage)
- (2004) Kevin Hill as Francine Prescott
- (2004) Rescue Me as Carol
- (2004) The 58th Annual Tony Awards as Herself - Performer & Winner: Best Actress in a Musical
- (2004) The Tollbooth as Raquel Cohen-Flaxman
- (2004) Water as Jessy Turner
- (2004) Wicked: The Road to Broadway as Herself/Elphaba
- (2003) Ellen: The Ellen DeGeneres Show as Herself
- (2003) Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade as Herself
- (2003) Soundstage as Herself
- (2002) American Idol: The Search for a Superstar as Herself - Audience
- (2002) Just a Kiss as Linda (uncredited)
- (2001) Kissing Jessica Stein as Bridesmaid
- (2001) Richard & Judy as Herself
- (1998) Hercules as Circe (voice)
- (1997) The 51st Annual Tony Awards as Herself
- (1997) The View as Herself
- (1996) The 50th Annual Tony Awards as Herself - Performer & Nominee: Best Featured Actress in a Musical
- (1996) The Rosie O'Donnell Show as Herself
- (1993) Late Show with David Letterman as Elphaba
- (1988) Live with Regis and Kathie Lee as Herself
- (1988) This Morning as Herself
- (1981) Entertainment Tonight as Herself
- (1980) Children in Need as Herself
- (1970) Great Performances as Florence Vassey
- (1969) Sesame Street as Herself
- (1958) Blue Peter as Herself
- (1952) Today as Herself
- () Enchanted 2 as Nancy Tremaine (rumored)
Idina Menzel Trivia and Facts
- Has a single on soundtrack of The Other Sister (1999) , "Follow If You Lead".
- Met husband Taye Diggs when both were starring in the original Broadway production of Rent. They later co-starred in The Wild Party (Off-Broadway) and Wicked (Broadway).
- In the 5th grade, she played Dorothy in her schools production of "The Wizard of Oz."
- Name is pronounced "Ih-DEE-nah men-ZELL."
- Graduate of Syosset High School, Syosset, New York.
- BFA in Drama - New York University, Tisch School of the Arts (1993)
- Cracked a rib as a result of a fall through a trap door during a matinée show in "Wicked" on 8 January 2005, and could not perform the next day, what was to be her last performance. Her standby Shoshana Bean covered for her, but Idina made a special out-of-costume appearance and did her final song to a standing ovation before being bid farewell at the curtain call (along with Joey McIntyre who was also leaving that day).
- She was named after her great grandmother, Ida, and her name is Hebrew for "gentle".
- Won Broadways 2004 Tony Award as Best Actress (Musical) for her role as Elphaba in "Wicked." She had previously been nominated as Best Actress (Featured Role - Musical) in 1996 for her portrayal of Maureen in "Rent."
- Parents are Stuart and Helene Mentzel (divorced)
- Sings a duet, entitled "I Will Be There", with the late Ray Charles on the album "Genius and Friends" which was released September 20th, 2005.
- Her last name was originally spelled "Mentzel" but she decided to take the T out because everyone pronounced it incorrectly.
- Her Rent character, Maureen, is based on Musetta from La Boheme. Two references are made to this. Rogers attempts to write a song resemble "Musettas Waltz," which Mark directly points out. Musetta Waltz was also the basis for "The Tango Maureen."
- Oldest nephew is named Avery. He was born in 2000.
- Sister, Cara, is three years younger.
- Returned to work four months after giving birth to her son Walker in order to begin filming "Glee" (2009).
- Gave birth to her first child at age 38, a son Walker Nathaniel Diggs on September 3, 2009. Childs father is her husband, Taye Diggs.
Idina Menzel Quotes
- "Its hard to absorb and to allow all that attention and accolades for Rent because the rest of the country doesnt know who we are. Once I walk out of the door of Rent, and Im on the subway, it doesnt matter. Its an exaggerated sense of fame." - on the international Rent craze.
- Things happen for a reason, and in their own time.
- I feel like I was born to do this... I started working professionally as soon as I could, doing weddings and things like that in high school, while everyone else was having keg parties. I just felt destined to do it and really committed and driven; it was something that just felt right all my life.
- Ive been singing since I was born. Its something I do everywhere I go. In the shower, walking down the street. I dont need any impetus to do it. I just sing.
- "Everyone got really close, but Taye and I especially became close friends. And then, one night, we went to the movies, and I think we saw Twister (1996) , and he held my hand. And there it was!" - On her courtship with her husband, Taye Diggs , who she met through the musical "Rent".
- Honestly, I remember most the look on my husbands face. The other thing I remember is when they were reading off the [nominees] names and they read Donna [Murphy]s name, I was smiling, and he leaned over into my ear and he said, If they dont read your name, the smile you have on your face now is perfect for when the camera hits you. Just keep that smile, it looks very good. And I looked at him and I was like, Like this? and he was like, Yeah, just keep that if you dont win. - When asked what she remembers the most from the night she won the Tony.
Idina Menzel Other Works
- Album, "Still I Can't be Still," Hollywood/PolyGram Records 162 088, 1998.
- Starred as Maureen Johnson in the original Broadway production of
- "Rent" (1996), where she met her spouse, 'Taye Diggs' , who played the role
- of Benny.
- Starred in an off-Broadway production of "The Wild Party" (by Andrew
- Lippa) with boyfriend, 'Taye Diggs' . (2002)
- Was nominated for a Tony in 1996 for her portrayal of Maureen in
- 'Jonathan Larson' 's "Rent".
- (2000): Played Amneris in "Aida" musical by 'Elton John' , 'Tim Rice (I)' , 'Robert Falls (I)' ,
- 'David Henry Hwang' and 'Linda Woolverton' (Palace Theatre, New York City, New York, USA).
- Appeared in 'Eve Ensler' 's "The Vagina Monologues" Off-Broadway
- Featured as one of the many Fannys in the Actor's Fund Benefit Concert
- of "Funny Girl". She sang the song "Cornet Man."
- Starring on Broadway as Elphaba (the Wicked Witch of the West) in
- "Wicked", a new musical by 'Stephen Schwartz (I)' .
- (October 2003) Starring in the new Broadway musical, "Wicked", as
- Elphaba, the Wicked Witch of the West.
- Won the 2004 Tony Award for Best Actress in a Musical for her portrayal
- of the green girl, Elphaba (the Wicked Witch of the West) in the
- Broadway musical Wicked
- (2005, October-November) Appeared in the Michael John LaChiusa play See
- What I Wanna See at the Public Theater's Anspacher space, New York, New
- Sings a song entitled "A Hero Comes Home" written by Glen Ballard and Alan Silvestri during the end credits of the film "Beowulf".
- Album, "I Stand," Warner Bros. Records 44423, 2008.
- On February 10, 2004, released a six-track album entitled "Here" on Zel Records.