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Klea Blackhurst stars in "Onion News Network" on IFC as Shelby Cross. Host of the network's crime and legal issues program "Cross Examination," Shelby Cross is a tireless advocate for victims' rights. Shelby has personally led the search for hundreds of missing children and campaigned for the conviction of countless scumbag murderers. To Shelby, the news isn't about facts or figures or even reporting events that happened, it's about identifying a wrongdoer and using sheer willpower to destroy them.

Klea Blackhurst is an actress, singer and comedienne who is best known for her award-winning tribute to Ethel Merman, "Everything The Traffic Will Allow." Among many accolades, this production earned her the inaugural Special Achievement Award from "Time Out New York" magazine and the recording of "Everything the Traffic Will Allow" was named one of the top ten show albums of 2002 by Talkin' Broadway.com. Klea next turned her passion for musical-theater history toward the Broadway career of composer Vernon Duke and debuted "Autumn in New York: Vernon Duke's Broadway" at New York's Café Carlyle with a subsequent sold-out engagement at Joe's Pub at The Public Theater. Her most recent project, "Dreaming of a Song: The Music of Hoagy Carmichael," is a collaboration with Billy Stritch. They celebrated their CD release with a packed performance at Birdland, where she is also a frequent guest host for Jim Caruso's infamous "Cast Party."

Klea has performed with symphonies, orchestras and in theatrical productions across the country and abroad including the London Palladium presentation of "Jerry Herman's Broadway" with Angela Lansbury, the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, 10 Mabel Mercer Foundation Cabaret Conventions, New York's Town Hall, Jazz at Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, New York's 92nd Street Y Lyrics & Lyricists, (Leo Robin & Cole Porter) The Chicago Humanities Festival and as Ado Annie in the BBC Proms concert of "Oklahoma!" in London's Royal Albert Hall.

Klea was recently thrilled to work with legendary comedian Jerry Lewis, Marvin Hamlisch and Rupert Holmes to help bring Miss Lemon to life in a workshop of a musical version of "The Nutty Professor." Theater credits include New York productions of "Bingo," "By Jupiter," "Radio Gals" and "Oil City Symphony" and regional productions of "Call Me Madam," "Chicago," "The Great American Trailer Park Musical," "Red Hot and Blue" and "Anything Goes." Television and radio credits include "Law & Order: SVU," "The Rosie O'Donnell Show," "Sesame Street" and "A Prairie Home Companion."

In addition to her own albums, she is featured on "Jule Styne in Hollywood" on PS Classics; the original cast recordings of "Bingo" and "Radio Gals"; "Lost in Boston IV," "Unsung Irving Berlin," and "The Best of Off Broadway."

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