Laura Benanti is an American actress and singer who is known for her work in Tick, Tick… Boom! Her other well-known hit musical and TV series are Gypsy and Supergirl respectively. She has been appearing as First Lady Melania Trump on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert. With her hard work and dedication, she has been able to receive five Tony Award nominations.
Early Life of Laura Benanti
Laura Benanti opened her eyes on 13th July 1979, in New York, New York, the United States of America. As of 2023, her age is 44 years old and her horoscope is Cancer. Her birth name is Laura Ilene Vidnovic. She is the daughter of Martin Vidnovic (father) and Linda Wonneberger (mother).
Her father is a Broadway actor and singer while her mother is a vocal coach and former actress. After her parents divorced, she moved in with her mother and stepfather Salvatore Benanti to Kinnelon, New Jersey. Her stepfather, Salvatore is a psychotherapist. She has a half-sister named Marielle.
Her parental grandparents are Burke Vidnovic and Marge/Mary M while her maternal grandparents are William Karl Wonneberger and Elsie Ilene Jones. Laura holds an American nationality while her ethnicity is mixed (Serbian, German, English, Irish). She follows Christianity.
Education of Laura Benanti
Laura finished her high school education at Kinnelon High School, in New York in 1997. After that, she attended New York University for a brief period of time.
Laura Benanti Married Thrice
Laura has been married thrice times in her life. At first, she shared the wedding vows to singer and songwriter Chris Barron on July 25, 2005. They met in the early 2000s and thoroughly fell in love. However, they parted ways and divorced in 2006. Before their divorce in 2005, she met an actor, Steven Pasquale at a concert at The Secret Garden.
They started dating and tied the wedding knot in September 2007 but after seven years of marriage, they filed for divorce mutually in July 2013. As of now, she is happily married to her partner, Patrick Brown whom she got engaged on 12th June 2015. They married each other on 15th November 2015 and living together since then.
Laura Benanti, Mother of Two
Laura is a proud mother of two daughters. She shares her daughter with her husband, Patrick. They welcomed their first daughter, Ella Rose on 14th February 2017.
Their second daughter, Louisa Georgia was born via surrogate on 9th July 2022. She was born at 2:43 am.
Laura Benanti’s Net Worth
Laura has an estimated net worth of around $1 million as of 2023. She made this amount through her successful career as a singer and actress. Being a singer and actress, she might make an average salary of $52,992 and $49,801 per year.
Besides, she also makes a good amount by appearing in various commercials like New York Spring Spectacular and Nashville: The Soundtracks.
Height of Laura Benanti
Laura stands at a tall height of 5 feet 8 inches with a body weight of 56kg. Her body measurement is 34-24-35 inches. She wears a bra size of 32C and her shoe size and dress size is 7.5 (US) and 6 (US) respectively. She has grey colored eyes while her hair is dark brown in color.
Professional Career of Laura Benanti
- Laura was interested in the music of Stephen Sondheim from an early age.
- Her debut self-titled studio album was released on 23rd October 2020.
- Her solo recording, In Constant Search of the Right Kind of Attention, was released by Broadway Records in September 2013.
- At the age of 18, she appeared in a Boardway where she appeared as Maria in The Sound of Music.
- Some of her Broadway shows are Swing!, Into the Woods, Nine, and so on.
- Laura started her acting career in 1998 appearing in a Broadway revival of The Sound of Music.
- After that, she made her debut TV show appearance as Billie Frasier in Starved in 2005.
- Her first film debut is Take the Lead where she appeared as Tina.
- In 2008, she won her first Tony Award for her role as Louise in Gypsy.
- To date, she has received five Tony Award nominations.
Movies & TV Shows
Laura has appeared in numerous movies and TV shows. Some of them are She Loves Me, No Hard Feelings, The Playboy Club, The Big C, Nurse Jackie, The Good Wife, Tangled: The Series, Would I Lie to You? (US), and many more.
FAQs of Laura Benanti
Is Laura Benanti an Author?
Yes, Laura has co-authored a book with Metropolitan Opera Star Kate Mangiamelli. The name of the book is M for MAMA (and also Merlot): A Modern Mom’s ABCs.
Has Laura Benanti suffered a miscarriage?
Yes, Laura suffered a miscarriage in April 2013. It was her first child, her miscarriage happened onstage while performing on a cruise ship. She shared a post regarding her miscarriage saying:
“It started slowly the night before. If it had been our first loss or even our second, I likely wouldn’t have been able to go on… I am not a stranger to the pain and emptiness of losing a pregnancy.”
Why did Laura Benanti leave Supergirl?
Laura had scheduling conflicts so she had to leave SuperGirl. She was busy with other work and personal life. She tweeted that news via Twitter:
“I loved working on this show and will miss it so much!”
Did Laura Benanti take her stepfather’s name?
Yes, Laura took her stepfather’s name. After her parents divorced, she moved in with her mother and stepfather and refers to him as her own father.