Sutton Foster

Sutton Foster

Highest Rated: 30% Gravy (2015)

Lowest Rated: 9% The Angriest Man in Brooklyn (2014)

Birthday: Mar 18, 1975

Birthplace: Not Available

One of the few real triple threats of her generation, Sutton Foster was admired by theatergoers and critics alike for her remarkable dancing, singing and acting skills. This long-legged Tony Award winning actress was best known for her stage work, having originated the roles in many Broadway shows, including the role of Millie Dillmount in the Broadway version of "Thoroughly Modern Millie." With an outsized talent, she fully embraced her ambitions, performing in national tours of shows, Off-Broadway productions, on television in Amy Sherman-Palladino's "Bunheads" (ABC 2012-13) and the quirky romantic comedy "Younger" (TV Land 2015-18/Paramount 2019- ) and in concert. Taking the reins of her own career path, she also taught dance, wrote and toured for her multiple solo albums and continued to be a inspiration to her peers of what a modern performer can be. Born in Statesboro, Georgia on March 18, 1975, Foster moved around a lot as a child for her father's job as a salesman at General Motors. Foster has lived in Athens and Augusta, GA; Troy, MI; Germantown, TN; and New York City. She started dancing at age 4, and at 13, Foster's considerable talents snagged her the lead role in a local production of "Annie," sparking her life-long passion for performing. Right around that time, Foster's family made the move to Michigan, where her brother enrolled in the theater program at the University of Michigan and Sutton joined both the high school drama program and local community theater productions. She also appeared on TV in "Star Search" at age 15, but didn't win, joining the ranks of Star Search's other famous losers: Britney Spears, Justin Timberlake and Christina Aguilera. Foster left high school for her role in "The Will Rogers Follies" during its first national tour, and was the youngest member of the cast at age 17. She continued touring throughout high school and only took time off for prom and graduation, eventually completing her degree via correspondence. After the tour ended, she took a stab at college, enrolling in Carnegie Mellon University, but the program didn't quite fit and she left after only one year to move back home and ponder on her next step. After a few months, Foster went to visit her brother, Hunter Foster, in New York, where he was performing in "Grease" on Broadway with Rosie O'Donnell. Motivated by her brother's success, she appeared in "Grease," "The Scarlet Pimpernel," "Annie" and "Les Misérables" on Broadway. Then in 2000, Foster landed her big break. She was part of the chorus for a production of "Thoroughly Modern Millie" at the La Jolla Playhouse, and the actress playing Millie Dillmount fell sick a week before rehearsals. Foster was asked to step in for the actress temporarily but after the director and crew saw her in the role, they offered it to her full time. She was a hit, and the show went on to Broadway a year later. While on Broadway, the role earned Foster her first Tony Award for Best Actress, elevating her to the big leagues of the theater world. After starring in the role of Millie, Foster moved on to launch the role of Jo March in "Little Women" on Broadway, earning her a second Tony Award nomination. Continuing her successful momentum, she starred in "The Drowsy Chaperone," earning another Tony Award nomination, and appeared in the extremely popular production of "Young Frankenstein." Around that time, Foster dated and then married fellow thespian and college alum Christian Borle, who went on to star in television Broadway drama, "Smash" (NBC, 2012-). The two married on Sept. 18, 2006, but then divorced in 2009. In 2008, Foster originated the role of Princess Fiona in the lively Broadway adaptation, "Shrek the Musical," for which she earned her fourth Tony Award nomination. Foster eventually left the role in 2010, riding high. She released her first solo album, Wish, in 2009, featuring a collection of jazz, pop and Broadway tunes that showcased her talents beyond her characters' songs. In 2010, Foster toured the country to promote the album and began pursing her other life's ambition: teaching drama at the prestigious Tisch School of the Art at New York University. In the classroom, Foster shared her love of drama and the arts with equally ambitious students, sharing her guidance and shaping the next generation of performers at Interlochen Academy for the Arts, MI and co-directing students in Indiana's Ball State University's production of "The Drowsy Chaperone." Foster soon returned to the stage for the revival of "Anything Goes," and won her second Tony Award for her performance -- and the opportunity of a lifetime. Television writer/producer Amy Sherman-Palladino happened to catch Foster's performance and knew she had found her leading lady for an upcoming dance pilot by intermission. A former dancer herself, Palladino was famous for her long-running series, "Gilmore Girls" (2000-07), and was in the process of creating another female-driven, smart series about the dance world titled "Bunheads." Taking the leap from stage to studio lot finally introduced Foster to the rest of the world outside Broadway. Foster's turn as a Las Vegas showgirl-turned-small town dance teacher was a perfect fit, but the series received mixed reviews (due in part to a shocking turn the show takes in its first episode) and was not renewed following its first season. After appearing in two small films, "Gravy" (2013) and "The Angriest Man in Brooklyn" (2014), Foster received her sixth Tony nomination for her starring role in the musical "Violet" in 2014. The following year, Foster returned to television as the star of the romantic comedy "Younger" (TV Land 2015-18/Paramount 2019- ), playing Liza Miller, a newly divorced woman in her early 40s who pretends to be 26 in order to land an entry-level position at a New York publishing house. The series was a critical and commercial success, which led to a curtailing of Foster's stage work, limiing her to short tours and New York engagements between seasons.

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Filmography

Movies

Credit
No Score Yet 14% Treehouse Lauren (Character) - 2018
30% 43% Gravy Kerry (Character) - 2015
9% 30% The Angriest Man in Brooklyn Adela (Character) - 2014

TV

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No Score Yet No Score Yet What Would You Do? Guest 2020
No Score Yet 78% A Million Little Things Chloe (Guest Star) 2020
No Score Yet No Score Yet Music & the Spoken Word Music Performer 2019
99% 85% Younger Liza Miller (Character) 2015-2019
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Late Late Show With James Corden Guest 2019
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Talk Guest 2019
No Score Yet No Score Yet Live with Kelly and Ryan Guest 2017-2018
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Chew Guest 2016-2018
54% 67% Instinct Celia Baxter (Guest Star) 2018
No Score Yet No Score Yet Live From Lincoln Center Music Performer 2018 2015
No Score Yet No Score Yet Hollywood at Home Guest 2018
No Score Yet No Score Yet Harry Guest 2017
No Score Yet 38% The Late Show With Stephen Colbert Guest 2016-2017
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Wendy Williams Show Guest 2017
No Score Yet No Score Yet All In With Cam Newton Guest 2016
No Score Yet No Score Yet Match Game Guest 2016
94% 92% The Good Wife Witness (Guest Star) 2016
No Score Yet 26% Late Night With Seth Meyers Guest 2016
67% 81% Mad Dogs Gerda (Guest Star) 2016
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Meredith Vieira Show Guest 2016
No Score Yet No Score Yet Access Hollywood Live Guest 2016
No Score Yet No Score Yet The View Music Performer,
Guest
2014-2015
95% 89% Elementary Tara Parker (Guest Star) 2015
No Score Yet No Score Yet Rachael Ray Guest 2015
No Score Yet No Score Yet Larry King Now Guest 2014
No Score Yet No Score Yet Doc McStuffins Frida (Guest Star) 2013-2014
100% 96% Bunheads Michelle Simms (Character) 2012-2013
94% 74% Royal Pains Julie Sharp (Guest Star) 2012
No Score Yet No Score Yet Sesame Street Unknown (Guest Star) 2011
78% 93% Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Rosemary (Guest Star) 2010
94% 98% Flight of the Conchords Coco (Guest Star) 2007

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