kristin chenoweth
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  • Faith: Christian
  • Career: Actress
  • Birthday:  July 24, 1968

Kristin Chenoweth is a singer and actress with credits in film, television, and musical theatre. In 1999, she won a Tony for Best Featured Actress in a Musical for her performance as Sally Brown in “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown” on Broadway. In 2003, she received a second Tony Award nomination for originating the role of Glinda in the musical “Wicked.” Her television roles include Annabeth Schott in NBC’s “The West Wing” and Olive Snook on the ABC show “Pushing Daisies,” for which she won a Primetime Emmy for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series.

She also starred in the ABC television series “GCB” in 2012, played Lavinia in “Trial & Error” in 2018, and played the characters Mildred Layton and Miss Codwell in the Apple TV+ comedy “Schimigadoon!” in 2021 and 2023. As a child in Oklahoma, Chenoweth sang gospel music and studied opera before deciding to pursue a career in musical theatre. In 1997, she made her Broadway debut in “Steel Pier,” winning a Theatre World Award before appearing in “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown” and “Wicked.” Her other Broadway roles were in “The Apple Tree” in 2006, “Promises Promises” in 2010, and “On the Twentieth Century” in 2015, for which she received another Tony nomination.

Chenoweth has also appeared in five City Center Encores!, Off-Broadway, and regional theatre productions. She had her own sitcom, “Kristin” in 2001 and has guest starred on numerous shows, including “Sesame Street” and “Glee,” for which she was nominated for Emmy Awards in 2010 and 2011. In films, she’s played mostly character roles, like in “Bewitched,” “The Pink Panther,” and “RV.” She’s played roles in made-for-TV films, like “Descendants” and done voice work in animated movies like “Rio 2” and “The Peanuts Movie,” along with the animated TV series "Sit Down, Shut Up” and “Bojack Horseman.” Chenoweth has also released several albums of songs, including “A Lovely Way to Spend Christmas” and “Coming Home.” She also wrote a 2009 memoir, “A Little Bit Wicked.”

What religion is Kristin Chenoweth?

Kristin Chenoweth describes herself as a “non-judgemental, liberal Christian." At an early age, she performed gospel songs for local churches. A performing highlight of her childhood was a solo appearance at the Southern Baptist Convention national conference at the age of 12, where she performed the Evie song “Four Feel Eleven.” According to The New York Times, when Chenoweth assured her theatre fans that she supports gay rights, her Christian base was upset, and she was disinvited from performing at a Women of Faith conference. In April 2005, she released an album titled “As I Am,” a mixture of hymns and contemporary Christian music with adult contemporary arrangements.

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