Laura Benanti

Laura Benanti Laura Benanti (born July 15, 1979) is a Tony Award winner and a three time Tony nominated American singing actress who has appeared in numerous Broadway theatre productions as well as television and film. Laura Benanti was born in New York City, the daughter of Linda Wonneberger, a vocal coach and former actress, and Martin Vidnovic, a Broadway actor and singer. She is of Yugoslavian-German-Irish-Native American heritage. When Laura was young, her parents divorced and she moved to Kinnelon, New Jersey with her mother and her stepfather Salvatore Benanti, a psychotherapist, whose name she took and whom she has referred to as her father. Benanti remembers being "very serious" and "a bit of an ugly duckling" as a child, and was intensely interested in musical theatre, which distanced her from other children. (In 2008, Benanti told The New York Times that she drew on this loneliness in her portrayal of the neglected Louise in Gypsy.) Though her parents refused to let Laura audition for...



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