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  • Born in Ohio, she moved to Kentucky with her family when she was young.
  • Made her stage debut at 9 in the Radio City Christmas Spectacular in New York.
  • Appeared in the 1995 family adventure flick Jumanji.
  • Originated the role of Tina Denmark in the off-Broadway production of Ruthless! Both Britney Spears and Natalie Portman were her understudies. 
  • Made her Broadway debut as the original Amber Von Tussle in Hairspray (alongside Glee's Matthew Morrison) in 2002.
  • In 2007, originated the Broadway role of Elle Woods in Legally Blonde—The Musical.
  • In 2008, held a workshop for aspiring young actors at her high school alma mater.
  • After relocating to Nashville, she released a country album, Achin' and Shakin', in 2010.


  • 2007, Tony — Actress (Musical): Nominee
  • 2010, CMT Music Awards — Breakthrough Video of the Year: Nominee


  • Lorna Bundy Jones — Mother


  • Attended New York University, New York, New York, United States

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  • Birth Place: Euclid, Ohio, United States
  • Profession: Actor, Singer, Songwriter

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