Laura Benanti

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Lauren Schneider on Go On


7/15/1979, Kinnelon, New Jersey, USA

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  • Laura was born in New York City to a family of mixed European heritage. Her mother, Linda Wonneberger,was a former actress and a skilled voice coach. Laura's father, Martin Vidnovic, was a Broadway stage actor and singer. While completing school at Kinnelon High School, Laura worked in high school musical theater. Some of the plays she acted in were; Evita, Gypsy and Hello, Dolly!. Laura also won the Rising Star Award for Outstanding Actress from Paper Mill Playhouse before graduating. Laura went on to Broadway after high school and landed a role in The Sound of Music. She left New York University to pursue the role. She continued to act on stage till an accident during a performance of Into the Woods fractured Laura's neck. She recieved surgery for her neck and made her return to the stage in the play Nine. While the majority of Laura's resume consists of stage acting, she has sporadically been involved in television. Since 2005, Laura has acted in Starved, Eli Stone and The Playboy Club.moreless

    Birth Name:

    Laura Benanti



    Birth Place:

    Kinnelon, New Jersey, USA

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  • Quotes (12)

    • Laura: (on critics of The Playboy Club) I'm tired of people judging before they've seen it. That exhausts me in general. The notion that people feel like they can speak so strongly and openly about something they've never even seen is frustrating. And it's been a little difficult to do the work in that environment because you're in a constant state of defensiveness. I feel defensive of the work instead of open, which is a frustrating place to come from as an artist.

    • Laura: (on her wedding with Steve Pasquale) We're both performers and used to being the center of attention, but we didn't want our wedding to be about that. We wanted it to be a celebration for our friends and family

    • Laura: I wish I could have gone to school, and I certainly recommend it to other people. I've learned from the best, but I missed out on being with people my own age, the socializing that goes along with that life.

    • Laura: (on her step-father Sal) He taught me to embrace myself for who I am, and to cultivate my being a very emotional person toward a positive place. He also taught me concern and empathy for people beyond myself rather than giving in to the narcissism that comes with being an actor.

    • Laura: (on growing up) Also, when I got to be about 11 ½, the other girls didn't want to play dress up and pretend anymore. I started to keep that other part to myself. There was a lot of singing show tunes into the mirror in my room.

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    • Laura's biological father is stage actor Martin Vidnovic, who was divorced from Laura's mother early in her life. Laura's step father is Sal Benanti, who is a psycotherapist.

    • Laura has a butterfly tattoo on her lower back. In most stage performances, a make-up artist has to cover it up.

    • Laura was married to Chris Barron, who is the lead singer of the Spin Doctors. After their marriage was dissolved, Laura married actor Steve Pasquale.

    • Laura fractured her neck during a 2002 performance of the play Into the Woods.

    • Laura has one younger sister named Mariel.

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