Laura Benanti





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

Birth Name

Laura Benanti




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.