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      Lea Michele

      Lea Michele

      Highest Rated: 100% Spring Awakening: Those You've Known (2022)

      Lowest Rated: 7% New Year's Eve (2011)

      Birthday: Aug 29, 1986

      Birthplace: Bronx, New York, USA

      Though she gained wide experience in several Broadway musicals, actress Lea Michele became a star thanks to her energetic portrayal of a glee club captain in the critically acclaimed musical drama, "Glee" (Fox, 2009-15). While she captivated audiences with her vocal prowess on the stage, it was the small screen that endeared Michele to millions of fans, thanks to her comic charm - not to mention a rousing rendition of Journey's "Don't Stop Believin'" - as a high school misfit looking for somewhere to fit in. Prior to her star-making turn on "Glee," she made waves on Broadway as a 19th century adolescent coming to terms with love and sexuality in the controversial musical, "Spring Awakening" (2006), which earned her a Drama Desk Award nomination. With a commanding presence, powerful vocals and uncanny comedic timing, Michele emerged as an endearing talent destined for great things. Born on Aug. 29, 1986 in The Bronx, NY, Michele was raised an only child in Tenafly, NJ by her father, a deli owner, and her mother, a nurse. She began acting as a child, attending Stagedoor Manor, a performance camp that boasted alumnae such as Natalie Portman and Robert Downey, Jr. When she was eight years old, Michele accompanied a friend on an open casting call for a production of "Les Miserables" and won the part as Young Coseette, making her Broadway debut in 1995. Three years later, the actress joined the 1998 original Broadway company of "Ragtime," playing a young Latvian immigrant who travels to America with her widower father. In 2000, Michele made her television debut with a guest starring role on an episode of the paramedic drama, "Third Watch" (NBC, 1999-2005). She returned to the stage in 2004 for a Broadway revival of "Fiddler on the Roof." Michele was only 14 years old when she was cast in a pivotal lead role for the musical "Spring Awakening," from lyricist/author Steven Sater and songwriter Duncan Sheik. The actress originated the role of Wendla Bergmann, a young German discovering her sexuality in a repressed society of the late 19th century. The controversial musical was first performed at workshops and in off-Broadway theaters, but eventually made its way to Broadway in 2006. The show opened with the explosive number, "Mama Who Bore Me," which Michele performed with the fire and guttural passion that was worthy of a seasoned stage performer. Meanwhile, the end of the first act required her to perform a controversial sex scene, which she accepted as being nothing more challenging or risky than any other part of the show. "Spring Awakening" became an instant classic, beloved by critics and theater fans, while winning the 2006 Tony Award for Best Musical. For her part, Michele was nominated for Lead Actress in a Musical at the 2007 Drama Desk Awards. After her triumphant performance in "Spring Awakening," Michele left the show in May 2008. She appeared in various touring productions and special events, including a "Les Miserables" concert at the Hollywood Bowl, which held a successful three-night run in August 2008. But it was only a matter of time until Hollywood took notice of the Broadway darling. Her opportunity arrived in 2009 when Michele was cast in the musical comedy series, "Glee," playing Rachel Berry, the determined and put-upon captain of a high school glee club. Michele's character was reminiscent of Reese Witherspoon's hungry-for-glory Tracy Flick in "Election" (1999), but with a wider octave range. Critics praised "Glee" - created by Ryan Murphy of "Nip/Tuck" fame - when the pilot aired in May 2009, while Entertainment Weekly named Michele and co-star Cory Monteith "Summer's Must Songbirds" in its 2009 "Summer Must List" issue. Meanwhile, the actress received a nomination for Breakout Star Female at the 2009 Teen Choice Awards for her role on the critically acclaimed series. Even more importantly, she earned a nod at the Golden Globe Awards for Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series - Musical or Comedy. In late 2010, Michele earned both an Emmy Award nomination and a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actress in a Comedy Series. Michele's tenure on "Glee" continued until the end of the series in 2015, despite the personal toll of the death of her co-star and longtime boyfriend Monteith of a drug overdose in July 2013. After the show's end, Michele starred in Ryan Murphy's campy horror comedy "Scream Queens" (Fox 2015-17), followed by a co-starring role on the political sitcom "The Mayor" (ABC 2017-18) as tightly wound political aide Valentina Barella. During this period, she also released her second solo album, Places, in April 2017.

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      Filmography

      Movies

      Credit
      100% 94% Spring Awakening: Those You've Known Self - 2022
      No Score Yet 37% Same Time, Next Christmas Olivia Anderson (Character) - 2019
      16% 68% Legends of Oz: Dorothy's Return Dorothy (Voice) $8.5M 2014
      7% 45% New Year's Eve Elise (Character) $54.5M 2011
      60% 65% Glee the Concert Movie Rachel (Character) $11.9M 2011

      TV

      Credit
      No Score Yet 45% The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon Music Performer,
      Guest
      2014 2017 2019 2022-2023
      No Score Yet 59% Late Night With Seth Meyers Music Performer 2022
      No Score Yet 24% The Drew Barrymore Show Guest 2022
      No Score Yet 54% The Kelly Clarkson Show Music Performer 2019 2021
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Watch What Happens Live With Andy Cohen Guest 2011 2014 2017 2019
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Rachael Ray Guest 2019
      82% 15% A Little Late With Lilly Singh Guest 2019
      No Score Yet 0% The Ellen DeGeneres Show Music Performer,
      Guest,
      Host
      2012-2018
      68% 0% American Idol Music Performer 2018
      81% 61% The Mayor Valentina Barella (Character) 2017-2018
      41% 61% Chelsea Guest 2016-2017
      80% 64% Dimension 404 Unknown (Character) 2017
      No Score Yet 24% The Late Late Show With James Corden Music Performer,
      Guest
      2016-2017
      77% 75% Scream Queens Hester (Character) 2015-2016
      No Score Yet 100% Who Do You Think You Are? Unknown (Guest Star) 2016
      No Score Yet 0% The Talk Guest 2015
      No Score Yet 10% Jimmy Kimmel Live! Guest 2012 2015
      70% 71% Glee Rachel Berry (Character) 2009-2015
      87% 91% Sons of Anarchy Unknown (Guest Star) 2014
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Dr. Oz Show Guest 2014
      No Score Yet 66% The Chew Guest 2014
      100% 75% Late Show With David Letterman Guest 2014
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Inside the Actors Studio Guest 2012
      No Score Yet 64% The Cleveland Show Rachel Berry (Guest Voice) 2011
      No Score Yet 87% Conan Guest 2010
      85% 75% The Simpsons Sarah - Elementary School Musical (Guest Voice) 1997 2010
      100% 20% Late Night With Jimmy Fallon Guest 2010
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Bonnie Hunt Show Guest 2009