Idina Menzel

Idina Menzel

Highest Rated: 93% Enchanted (2007)

Lowest Rated: 18% Just a Kiss (2002)

Birthday: May 30, 1971

Birthplace: Syosset, New York, USA

One of the rare talents to emerge from Broadway and become famous on film and television, Idina Menzel built a career off of her striking, elastic, mezzo-soprano voice. You may know her as a modern bohemian, a wicked witch, a Disney princess, or even as "Adele Dazeem," especially if you happen to be John Travolta, but the point is, you know her. She's the type of star they really don't make anymore, a stage to screen success story, a tale as old as time. Born on May 30, 1971 in New York, NY, Menzel grew up in Syosset, on Long Island. She began her performing career at the age of 15, shortly after her parents divorced, singing at weddings and bar mitzvahs. This is how she supported herself through NYU's Tisch School of the Arts, where she graduated with a BFA in Drama in 1992. After a few years of bit parts, Menzel auditioned for her first professional theater job, a new musical based on "La Bohemme" that was set to open on Broadway that winter. "Rent" saw Menzel playing the role of Maureen Johnson, the fiery ex-girlfriend of main character Mark Cohen, who now identified as a lesbian. The show was a smash hit, and Menzel was nominated for a Tony for Best Featured Actress in a Musical. As an added bonus, it was during this production that she met her future husband, fellow cast member Taye Diggs. Following her final performance in the original run of "Rent" on July 1, 1997, Menzel decided to focus on music. The following year, she released her debut album, Still I Can't Be Still (Hollywood Records, 1998), and spent the summer on the Lilith Fair tour. More theater work soon followed, with appearances in productions of "Summer of '42," "Hair," "Aida," "The Wild Party," and "The Vagina Monologues," amongst others. In 2003, the same year she and Diggs were married, Menzel took on her biggest role yet, co-starring with Kristin Chenoweth in another smash hit musical, "Wicked." For her role as Elphaba, the Wicked Witch, Menzel won a Tony for Best Leading Actress in a Musical, and eventually followed the show to London's Apollo Victoria Theater for a run in the West End, for which she earned a record-setting $30,000 per week. In 2005, Menzel made her film debut, reprising the role of Maureen Johnson in Chris Columbus's splashy film adaptation of "Rent" (2005). Though Menzel continued to act and release music throughout the next few years, she was also focused on family: she and Diggs's son, Walker Nathaniel Diggs, was born in 2009, but sadly their marriage ended in divorce in 2013. That same year, Menzel turned in yet another Tony-nominated performance in the musical "If/Then," and set off a genuine cultural zeitgeist thanks to her appearance in the Disney animated film "Frozen" (2013). Loosely based on a Hans Christian Anderson fairy tale, Menzel voiced Elsa, a princess who has trapped her kingdom in eternal winter. Most importantly, she got to sing the film's show stopping musical number, "Let It Go." The film was praised by critics, broke box office records, and eventually won two Academy Awards, for Best Animated Film, and Best Original Song for "Let It Go." Menzel would reprise the role for an equally successful sequel, "Frozen II" (2019), while also that same year show a totally unseen side of herself by taking on the role of Dinah Rather, the long-suffering wife of Howard Ratner (Adam Sandler), a Diamond District jeweler and degenerate gambling addict, in the Safdie Brothers' acclaimed, gritty crime drama "Uncut Gems" (2019).

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Filmography

Movies

Credit
No Score Yet No Score Yet Cinderella Stepmother (Character) - 2021
78% 92% Frozen II Elsa (Voice) $477.4M 2019
91% 52% Uncut Gems Dinah (Character) $50M 2019
88% 65% Ralph Breaks the Internet Elsa (Voice) $201.1M 2018
50% 31% Beaches CC Bloom (Character) - 2017
57% 41% Olaf's Frozen Adventure Elsa (Voice) - 2017
No Score Yet 73% Frozen Fever Elsa (Voice) - 2015
90% 85% Frozen Elsa (Voice) $401M 2013
No Score Yet No Score Yet Frozen Sing-Along Elsa (Voice) - 2013
93% 80% Enchanted Nancy (Character) $127.7M 2007
35% 41% Ask the Dust Vera (Character) $742.6K 2006
46% 83% Rent Maureen Johnson (Character) $29M 2005
18% 29% Just a Kiss Linda (Character) $63.8K 2002

TV

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No Score Yet 22% The Drew Barrymore Show Guest 2021
No Score Yet No Score Yet Today Music Performer,
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2021 2019 2016 2013-2014 2008
No Score Yet No Score Yet CBS This Morning Guest 2021 2014
No Score Yet 100% Into the Unknown: Making Frozen II Unknown (Character) 2020
No Score Yet No Score Yet Entertainment Studios.TV Guest 2019
No Score Yet 52% The Kelly Clarkson Show Guest 2019
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Ellen DeGeneres Show Music Performer,
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2019 2015-2016 2012
No Score Yet No Score Yet Entertainment Tonight Canada Guest 2019
No Score Yet 44% The Late Show With Stephen Colbert Music Performer,
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2019 2017
No Score Yet No Score Yet Access Hollywood Guest 2019
No Score Yet No Score Yet Dish Nation Guest 2019
No Score Yet No Score Yet Live with Kelly and Ryan Guest 2018-2019
No Score Yet No Score Yet Good Morning America Guest 2019 2017
No Score Yet No Score Yet Jimmy Kimmel Live! Music Performer,
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2019 2016
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Social Guest 2019
No Score Yet No Score Yet Undercover Boss: Celebrity Edition Guest 2018
68% No Score Yet American Idol Guest 2018
No Score Yet No Score Yet Pickler & Ben Guest 2017
No Score Yet No Score Yet Today With Kathie Lee & Hoda Guest 2017
No Score Yet No Score Yet LIVE with Kelly Guest 2017
No Score Yet No Score Yet Julie's Greenroom Unknown (Guest Star) 2017
No Score Yet 36% Late Night With Seth Meyers Guest 2017
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Chew Guest 2017 2014
No Score Yet No Score Yet Watch What Happens Live With Andy Cohen Guest 2017 2014
No Score Yet 33% The Late Late Show With James Corden Music Performer,
Guest
2015-2016
No Score Yet No Score Yet Dancing With the Stars Music Performer 2016
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Talk Music Performer,
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2016 2011-2014
No Score Yet No Score Yet The View Guest 2014
No Score Yet 48% The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon Music Performer 2014
No Score Yet No Score Yet Live! With Kelly and Michael Music Performer,
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2013-2014
No Score Yet 75% Late Show With David Letterman Guest 2014
No Score Yet No Score Yet CBS News Sunday Morning Guest 2014
70% 71% Glee Shelby Corcoran (Guest Star) 2013 2010-2011
No Score Yet No Score Yet Katie Guest 2012
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Better Show Guest 2012
No Score Yet No Score Yet Sesame Street Guest 2010
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Wonder Pets! Queen of Hearts (Voice) 2010
51% 80% Private Practice Lisa King (Guest Star) 2009
No Score Yet No Score Yet Soundstage Music Performer 2009
No Score Yet No Score Yet Nightline Guest 2008
No Score Yet No Score Yet Live With Regis and Kelly Guest 2008
83% No Score Yet Kevin Hill Unknown (Guest Star) 2005
No Score Yet No Score Yet Grounded for Life Girl At Rave (Guest Star) 2001

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