PUSHING DAISIES Kristin Chenoweth Biography

KRISTIN CHENOWETH PHOTO AS OLIVE SNOOK © 2007 American Broadcasting Companies, Inc.

Kristin Chenoweth: Olive Snook

Date Of Birth: July, 24th 1968  City: Broken Arrow,Oklahoma

Kristin Chenoweth effortlessly transitions between stage, television and film with the captivating grace that only she can project.

For the big screen, Chenoweth is gearing up for the comedy-animated adventure “Space Chimps,” co-staring Cheryl Hines, a story about two NASA chimps that are sent to a galaxy far, far away. The film is being produced by Barry Sonnenfeld.

Recently, she starred in “Stairway to Paradise,” an original Encores! production celebrating the great Broadway revue. Commemorating the centennial anniversary of the first Ziegfeld Follies, Chenoweth concluded New York City Center’s 2007 season with beloved Broadway numbers from the early 20th century.

Chenoweth was also seen in the season finale of ABC’s hit comedy “Ugly Betty.” She played an orthodontic technician who loved romantic comedies and became overly involved in her patients’ lives – including Betty’s (America Ferrera).

This past spring she starred in the critically successful and highly lauded limited-engagement of “The Apple Tree” at Roundabout Theatre Company’s Studio 54. She also had the honor of playing a sold-out solo concert at the famed Metropolitan Opera House. Many remember her show-stealing, Tony-winning performance in “You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown” and her triumphant star turn when she originated the role of Glinda the Good Witch in “Wicked,” which earned her a Tony Award nomination. Chenoweth also performed in the Broadway comedy “Epic Proportions” and in the Kander and Ebb musical, “Steel Pier,” for which she won a Theatre World Award. She also performed in an Off-Broadway production of Molière’s “Scapin” for the Roundabout Theatre Company.

Television fans know her as Annabeth Schott on “The West Wing,” as the librarian, Marian Paroo, in ABC’s movie version of Meredith Wilson’s “The Music Man,” and as Lily St. Regis in the television adaptation of “Annie.” She also starred in her own series, “Kristin,” for NBC.

Moviegoers have seen her in “Deck the Halls” with Danny DeVito and Matthew Broderick, “RV,” with Robin Williams, “Bewitched,” with Nicole Kidman, “Running with Scissors,” with Annette Bening, and in “The Pink Panther” with Steve Martin. Her film credits also include a cameo in “Stranger Than Fiction” with Emma Thompson. Chenoweth is currently developing a feature film based on the life of Dusty Springfield.

A veteran of the concert scene, Chenoweth took the stage in a solo sold-out concert at Carnegie Hall in 2004 and continues to tour the country. She performed her solo concert at Sam Mendes’ acclaimed Donmar Warehouse as part of the “Divas at Donmar” series. The show received glowing reviews. Following her show in London, Chenoweth has had numerous collaborations with various symphonies, including The New York Philharmonic, Boston Pops, National Symphony Orchestra, Chicago Symphony and the San Francisco Symphony. One of her proudest recent accomplishments was having the privilege to perform Bernstein’s “Candide” at Lincoln Center with The New York Philharmonic.

Other performances include her sold-out Los Angeles solo debut at the Walt Disney Concert Hall, an evening at The Greek Theatre in Los Angeles, and the Washington National Opera’s 50th Anniversary Gala with Placido Domingo. Chenoweth is scheduled to have her Metropolitan Opera debut in March 2010 as Samira in John Corigliano’s “The Ghost of Versailles.”