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Eleanor Parker, 'Sound of Music' star, dies at 91

Eleanor Parker, 'Sound of Music' star, dies at 91

LOS ANGELES, Dec. 10 (UPI) -- Actress Eleanor Parker has died of complications from pneumonia at a medical facility near her home in Palm Springs, Calif., the Hollywood Reporter said.
'Sound of Music' to be released on DVD and Blu-ray

'Sound of Music' to be released on DVD and Blu-ray

UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif., Dec. 9 (UPI) -- The U.S. television special "The Sound of Music Live!" is to be released on DVD Dec. 17, Universal Studios Home Entertainment announced Monday.
Carrie Underwood says, 'I know I'm not Julie Andrews'

Carrie Underwood says, 'I know I'm not Julie Andrews'

LOS ANGELES, Nov. 28 (UPI) -- U.S. country music artist Carrie Underwood says she has been getting hate tweets from online critics unhappy she is starring in a "Sound of Music" remake.
'Sound of Music' casts seven young actors as the von Trapps

'Sound of Music' casts seven young actors as the von Trapps

UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif., Nov. 1 (UPI) -- Seven young actors have been cast as the von Trapp children in the musical production of "The Sound of Music Live!," U.S. network NBC announced.
Laura Benanti to guest star on 'Elementary'

Laura Benanti to guest star on 'Elementary'

NEW YORK, Oct. 1 (UPI) -- Broadway actress and singer Laura Benanti is to guest star on the mystery series "Elementary," CBS announced.
Audra McDonald, Laura Benanti join 'Sound of Music' cast

Audra McDonald, Laura Benanti join 'Sound of Music' cast

NEW YORK, Sept. 17 (UPI) -- Broadway titans Audra McDonald, Laura Benanti and Christian Borle have joined the cast for the live TV production of "The Sound of Music," NBC said Tuesday.
Broadway stars joke about their canceled TV shows

Broadway stars joke about their canceled TV shows

NEW YORK, June 10 (UPI) -- Broadway stars Andrew Rannells, Megan Hilty and Laura Benanti joked about their failed forays into television in a musical number at the Tony Awards show.
'Matilda,' 'Pippin' stars to perform at Tony Awards

'Matilda,' 'Pippin' stars to perform at Tony Awards

NEW YORK, June 6 (UPI) -- This weekend's Tony Awards show will feature performances by the casts of the Broadway musicals "Annie," "Bring It On," "Kinky Boots," "Matilda" and "Pippin."
Sally Field, Mike Tyson to be Tony Awards presenters

Sally Field, Mike Tyson to be Tony Awards presenters

NEW YORK, June 5 (UPI) -- Sally Field, Jake Gyllenhaal, Mike Tyson, Sigourney Weaver and Steven Van Zandt are to be presenters at Sunday's Tony Awards show in New York, CBS announced.
Stars line up for 'A Little Night Music'

Stars line up for 'A Little Night Music'

NEW YORK, Oct. 30 (UPI) -- Natasha Richardson, Christine Baranski and Vanessa Redgrave have signed on to perform at a benefit concert reading of "A Little Night Music" in New York.
'Heights' wins Tony for best musical

'Heights' wins Tony for best musical

NEW YORK, June 15 (UPI) -- "In the Heights" was named best musical at the 62nd annual Tony Awards show in New York Sunday.
Reed, Norton win Tony awards

Reed, Norton win Tony awards

NEW YORK, June 15 (UPI) -- Rondi Reed won the prize for featured actress in a play at the 62nd annual Tony Awards presentation in New York Sunday.
Outer Critics Circle honors 'August'

Outer Critics Circle honors 'August'

NEW YORK, May 12 (UPI) -- The Outer Critics Circle named "August: Osage County" the winner of its award for new Broadway play Monday.

Benanti learning from unusual past

NEW YORK, March 23 (UPI) -- Broadway performer Laura Benanti says she has learned from her time spent in the New York stage industry, including from a neck-breaking performance.

Stephen Lynch is 'The Wedding Singer'

NEW YORK, Jan. 10 (UPI) -- Michigan native Stephen Lynch has been tapped to play the Adam Sandler role in the Broadway version of the film "The Wedding Singer."
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Laura Benanti poses for pictures at An Evening of Music From Guys and Dolls to Benefit Iris Cantor Women's Health Center at the Sheraton Hotel in New York on February 23, 2004. (UPI Photo/Laura Cavanaugh)
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Laura Benanti (born July 15, 1979) is an American actress of television, film and Broadway theatre noted for her award winning performance as Louise in the 2008 production of Gypsy.

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 quite 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 professional theatre, Laura appeared in several high school and community productions, including Evita (as Peron's mistress), Follies (as Young Heidi), and Into the Woods (as Cinderella). At 16, Benanti played the title role in her high school production of Hello, Dolly! and won a Paper Mill Playhouse Rising Star Award for Outstanding Actress in a high school production. She graduated from Kinnelon High School in 1997.

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