Laura Bell Bundy

Active - 1995 - 2017  |   Born - Apr 10, 1981 in Euclid, Ohio, United States  |   Genres - Fantasy, Children's/Family, Comedy, Musical, Theater

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A fixture of American musical theater during the mid- to late 2000s, Laura Bell Bundy sported a résumé that could have easily been mistaken for a laundry list of most covetable Broadway roles. Bundy gravitated to stage performance at the tender age of nine in regional and Manhattan-area theater in such productions as Ruthless! The Musical, but achieved greatest prominence on the Great White Way for originating the role of Amber von Tussle in the Tony Award-winning musical of Hairspray (2002), loosely adapted from the 1988 John Waters comedy of the same name. Subsequent stage roles included that of Glinda in the musical Wicked (adapted from the Gregory Maguire novel) and valley girl Elle Woods in Legally Blonde: The Musical. Bundy later appeared in Legally Blonde the Musical: The Search for the New Elle Woods, a competition-themed reality series that -- per its title -- depicted the contest of the various tryouts hoping to be selected as the successor for the Blonde role.

Alongside her theatrical work, Bundy also built up a substantial array of feature film portrayals in outings including Life with Mikey (1993), Jumanji (1996), and Dreamgirls (2006). She also essayed a role on the daytime soap The Guiding Light and embarked on a recording career beginning with the release of the country and western album Longing for a Place Already Gone, and following with Achin' and Shakin' in 2010. Meanwhile, prominant roles in the made-for-TV movies Hound Dogs, Trailer Trash, and To the Mat kept her acting career going strong.

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  • Made her stage debut at 9 in the Radio City Christmas Spectacular in New York.
  • 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.