Kristin Chenoweth is co-hosting the 2015 Tony Awards with fellow Broadway star Alan Cumming. Chenoweth is a star of stage, screen, and television, starring in the show On The Twentieth Century, a role for which she is nominated for a 2015 Tony Award. Her most recent role on the big screen was opposite Jennifer Lopez, as Lopez's best friend in the thriller The Boy Next Door. As for her small screen parts, you may have seen her on Glee, Pushing Daisies, and The West Wing. She's also appeared on The Good Wife, a show on which her Tonys co-host Alan Cumming stars.
Chenoweth was born in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, adopted by parents Jerry and Junie Chenoweth, who named her Kristi Dawn Chenoweth at just five days old. Her birth parents were actually a married pilot and a flight attendant, according to IMDb
. Chenoweth actually suffers from Ménière's disease, which is an inner-ear disorder that causes vertigo, headaches and nausea. She's admitted that at times, she's had to literally lean on co-stars during performances in order to keep her balance. Chenoweth studied Musical Theater at Oklahoma City University and went on to attain her Master's Degree in Opera Performance at OCU. Chenoweth actually received a full scholarship to the Philadelphia Academy of Vocal Arts, but had turned it down when she got a role in an off-Broadway play. Also, what many don't know about Chenoweth is that she's also been a pageant queen, finishing second runner-up in a Miss Oklahoma pageant. According to her IMDb profile, Chenoweth has a beloved Maltese dog, who she named Maddie, after her idol, actress Madeline Kahn. Maddie is also the name of "Maddie's Corner", which is the organization Chenoweth founded to celebrate the bond between people and their pets. In the Broadway world, Chenoweth is most well-known as the originator of "Glinda" in the 2003 hit musical "Wicked". Even fellow celebrities were moved by her performance. In Chenoweth's profile bio
, it's written that: Nicole Kidman met Kristin after a performance of "Wicked" and said she had enjoyed her performance as "Glinda the Good Witch" and that she would get a part written specifically for her in Kidman's new movie, Bewitched (2005). A few months later, Kidman followed up on her promise.
As far as Chenoweth's love life goes, she is currently in a romantic relationship with boyfriend boyfriend Andrew Pruett, who was previously married to Abigail Spencer. Chenoweth was previously engaged to stage actor Marc Kudisch for three years, but the relationship ended in 2001. She also dated Prison Break
actor Lane Garrison, but the two broke up in 2006. Then, in 2008, she was in a year-long relationship with actor/director Charlie McDowell. Other dating relationships of Chenoweth's have included producer Dana Brunetti, actor Seth Green, and producer/writer Aaron Sorkin.
The other man in Chenoweth's life, is the man upstairs, as she is a devout Christian. Chenoweth, however, insists that her views on Christianity are a bit flexible, calling herself a "non-judgmental, liberal Christian" and admitting: I am a Christian and I don't want there to be any confusion about what I believe or who I am. I don't believe gay people are going to hell. I believe that judgment is left to the one upstairs and I believe Jesus is all about love. If I can live my life even just a smidgen the way God made his son for us as an example, I'm happy. I do not judge other people for what they believe, but for me, this is what works.
Chenoweth has also been quoted as saying: I'm a very controversial figure in the Christian world. I don't believe if you're gay or you have a drink or you dance, you're going to hell. I don't think that's the kind of God we have. The Pat Robertsons and Jerry Falwells of the world are scary. I want to be a Christian like Christ - loving and accepting of other people.
At a young age, Chenoweth would perform gospel songs, singing at local churches.
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