Kristin Dawn Chenoweth, born on July 24, 1968[1], is an American actress, singer, and author. She is known for her originated role in "Wicked," and for her roles on The West Wing, Pushing Daisies and Glee.

Personal Life

Chenoweth was born in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma and was adopted by Junie Smith and Jerry Chenoweth.[1][2] She has a brother, Mark.[2]

Chenoweth attended Oklahoma City University and was a member of Gamma Phi Beta sorority.[3][4] She earned a BFA degree in musical theatre and a master's degree in opera performance, studying under voice instructor and mentor, Florence Birdwell.[5][6]

Chenoweth took her talents into the pageant circuit, winning the title of runner-up in the Miss Oklahoma competition in 1991, in order to fund her higher education.[1]

She was in a relationships with Aaron Sorkin, Charlie McDowell[2] and Dana Brunetti.[7][8]

Chenoweth is in a relationship with Andrew Pruett.[9]

Her autobiography, "A Little Bit Wicked: Life, Love and Faith in Stages," was released in 2009.[2]

Chenoweth received the Hollywood Walk of Fame on 24 July 2015, with fellow Glee guest star Carol Burnett in attendance.[10]


Chenoweth made her Broadway debut in "Steel Pier" in 1997.[2] She originated the role of Glinda in the Broadway musical, "Wicked," in 2003.

Chenoweth made her television debut on Annie and her film debut in Topa Topa Bluffs. She had a recurring role on West Wing and Pushing Daisies. Chenoweth was on GCB till it's cancellation.

Chenoweth's latest album, Coming Home, was released on 18 November 2014. It's a live album. And there's a PBS special which is broadcast on the 28th of November 2014.[11]

Chenoweth was announced, in August 2015, to have been casted in the animated My Little Pony film. Her character will be completely new and it is set for a 2017 release.[12]

She launched her own jewelry collection exclusive on HSN in Decmber 2015.

She announced, in August 2016, that she will be releasing her new album on September 23, "The Art of Elegance".


Chenoweth had a recurring role on Glee for five episodes during 2009 to 2014 as April. Chenoweth won a Satellite Award for 'Outstanding Guest Star' in 2010. In April she returned as her drunk, comedic character in Glee (April Rhodes) this time with more solos and duets with Matthew Morrison (Will Schuester). After a nearly two year absence, April once again returned in the 100th episode and its following episode,[13] which both aired in March 2014.[14]

Songs Sung in Glee

Covered Songs


Year Title Role Notes
1999 Annie Lily St. Regis TV Movie
Paramour TV mini-series
LateLine Kristin ("The Christian Guy")
2001 Frasier Portia Sanders ("Junior Agent")
Elmo's World: The Wild Wild West video
Kristin) Kristin Yancey 11 episodes)
Seven Roses TV Movie
2002 Baby Bob Crystal Carter ("Talking Babies Say the Darndest Things")
Topa Topa Bluffs Patty
2003 The Music Man Marian Paroo TV Movie
Fillmore! Museum Guide voice ("Masterstroke of Malevolence")
Sesame Street Ms. Noodle 2003 - 2006 ("Episode #37.1" and "Oscar Moves to Different Locations"; uncredited)
2004 The West Wing Annabeth Schott 2004 - 2006 (34 episodes)
2005 Bewitched Maria Kelly
Great Performances Cunegonde ("Leonard Bernstein's Candide, a Comic Operetta in Two Acts")
2006 Deck the Halls Tia Hall
A Sesame Street Christmas Carol Christmas Carol video
Running with Scissors Fern Stewart
Stranger Than Fiction Book Channel Host
RV Mary Jo Gornicke
The Pink Panther Cherie
2007 Pushing Daisies Olive Snook 2007 - 2009 (22 episodes)
Robot Chicken Princess / Mother voice ("Squaw Bury Shortcake")
Ugly Betty Diane ("East Side Story")
Elmo's World: What Makes You Happy? Miss Noodle video
2008 Four Christmases Courtney
Tinker Bell Rosetta video and voice
Space Chimps Kilowatt voice
2009 12 Men of Christmas E.J. Baxter TV Movie
Sit Down Shut Up Miracle Grohe / Little Miracle (13 episodes)
Tinker Bell and the Lost Treasure Rosetta voice
Into Temptation Linda Salerno
Glee April Rhodes 2009 - 2010 ("The Rhodes Not Taken" and "Home"); 2011 ("Rumours"); 2014 ("100" and "New Directions")
2010 Tinker Bell and the Great Fairy Rescue Rosetta voice and video
Legally Mad Skippy Pylon TV Movie
You Again Georgia
2011 Submissions Only Cindy Ruehl ("Yore So Bad")
2012 The Good Wife Peggy Byrne ("The Art of War" and "I Fought the Law")
Hit and Run Debby Kreeger
Lovin' Lakin Kristin Chenoweth TV mini-series
GCB Carlene Cockburn (10 episodes)
Hot in Cleveland Courtney ("The Gateway Friend")
2013 Kirstie Brittany Gold 2013 ("Arlo Moves In"); 2014 ("Like a Virgin")
Family Weekend Samantha Smith-Dungy
Untitled Tad Quill Project Marnie TV Movie
2014 The Opposite Sex Mrs. Kemp
BoJack Horseman Vanessa Gekko voice ("Say Anything")
2015 Micah the A**hole Ghost Josephine TV Movie and post-production
Descendants Maleficent TV Movie and post-production
Hard Sell Lorna Buchanan completed
Strange Magic Sugar Plum Fairy voice
The Boy Next Door Vicky Lansing


  • 1997 Theater Word Award — Steel Pier
  • 1999 Drama Desk Award Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical — You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown
  • 1999 Outer Critics Circle Award Best Featured Actress in a Musical — You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown
  • 1999 Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Musical — You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown
  • 2004 Audience Award Favorite Onstage Pair — Wicked (shared with Idina Menzel)
  • 2007 Audience Award Favorite Diva Performance — The Apple Tree
  • 2009 Primetime Emmy Award Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series — Pushing Daisies


  • 2004 Drama Desk Award Outstanding Actress in a Musical — Wicked
  • 2004 Tony Award Best Actress in a Musical — Wicked
  • 2005 SAG Award Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series — The West Wing
  • 2006 SAG Award Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series — The West Wing
  • 2007 Drama Desk Award Outstanding Actress in a Musical — The Apple Tree
  • 2007 Audience Award Favorite Actress in a Musical — The Apple Tree
  • 2008 Primetime Emmy Award Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series — Pushing Daisies



Glee Behind the Scenes 1x16 "Home"

Glee Behind the Scenes 1x16 "Home"

Kristin Chenoweth on Glee

Kristin Chenoweth on Glee


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