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Idina Menzel is an actress and singer, who is perhaps best known for originating the stage roles of Maureen in "Rent" and Elphaba in "Wicked." Idina Menzel stars in a recurring role in FOX's "Glee" as the biological mother of Lea Michele's character, Rachel Berry.

Idina Menzel's career began as a teenager in her native Long Island, New York, where she sang at weddings and bar mitzvahs which required learning a huge repertoire of songs from classic rock to Motown to jazz to the latest hit single
Idina Menzel in "Glee"
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from Madonna. "When you're a wedding singer, people are usually talking and eating so when they stopped and even applauded, I knew I was on to something good," laughed Idina.

While working toward her bachelor's degree in drama from New York University, Idina performed with rock bands in downtown clubs in New York City during the week and continued her wedding gigs on the weekend. In the winter of 1995, Idina auditioned for the Broadway bound "Rent" and won the part of Maureen, an outspoken bi-sexual performance artist. The role earned Menzel her first Tony nomination and the musical went on to win four Tony Awards and the Pulitzer Prize.

In 2003, Idina originated the role of "the green girl," the misunderstood witch in the hit musical "Wicked" which included her show-stopping performance of the song "Defying Gravity." In 2007, she re-recorded and remixed "Gravity" and the song went on to become a Top 5 hit on the Billboard Dance Chart. Her star turn in "Wicked" won her a Tony Award and huge critical acclaim. The Boston Herald raved, "Menzel need only plant her feet on the ground and sing to make the back of the theatre vibrate with the power of her voice." Other credits include two Drama Desk nominations for her roles in "The Wild Party" and "See What I Wanna See" at the Public Theatre. She recently opened and reprised her starring role in "Wicked" on the London stage. Film credits include starring roles in the Disney romantic fable, "Enchanted," "Rent" and Robert Towne's "Ask The Dust." The Robert Zemekis film and soundtrack album "Beowulf" includes a performance of the song "A Hero Comes Home" by Idina.

Inspired by artists like Bette Midler and Barbra Streisand—triple threats who have conquered stage, film and success as recording artists, Idina Menzel stands poised to embark on her ultimate challenge—a solo artist singing her very own songs.




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IDINA MENZEL: FACTS

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Age: 44 years old
Birthday: May 30, 1971
Height: 5' 4"
Nickname: Dee
Full Name / Real Name: Idina Kim Mentzel
Birthplace: Syosset, NY
Husband: Taye Diggs





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