- 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, NY
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- Birth Place: Euclid, OH
- Profession: Actor, Singer, Songwriter
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