Idina Menzel

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Actress • Singer • Songwriter

Birth Name: Idina Kim Mentzel

Birth Date: May 30, 1971

Age: 53 years old

Birth Place: Syosset, New York

Spouses: Taye Diggs

One of the rare talents to emerge from Broadway and become famous on film and television, Idina Menzel built a career off of her striking, elastic, mezzo-soprano voice. You may know her as a modern bohemian, a wicked witch, a Disney princess, or even as "Adele Dazeem," especially if you happen to be John Travolta, but the point is, you know her. She's the type of star they really don't make anymore, a stage to screen success story, a tale as old as time.

Born on May 30, 1971 in New York, NY, Menzel grew up in Syosset, on Long Island. She began her performing career at the age of 15, shortly after her parents divorced, singing at weddings and bar mitzvahs. This is how she supported herself through NYU's Tisch School of the Arts, where she graduated with a BFA in Drama in 1992.

After a few years of bit parts, Menzel auditioned for her first professional theater job, a new musical based on "La Bohemme" that was set to open on Broadway that winter. "Rent" saw Menzel playing the role of Maureen Johnson, the fiery ex-girlfriend of main character Mark Cohen, who now identified as a lesbian. The show was a smash hit, and Menzel was nominated for a Tony for Best Featured Actress in a Musical.

As an added bonus, it was during this production that she met her future husband, fellow cast member Taye Diggs. Following her final performance in the original run of "Rent" on July 1, 1997, Menzel decided to focus on music. The following year, she released her debut album, Still I Can't Be Still (Hollywood Records, 1998), and spent the summer on the Lilith Fair tour.

More theater work soon followed, with appearances in productions of "Summer of '42," "Hair," "Aida," "The Wild Party," and "The Vagina Monologues," amongst others. In 2003, the same year she and Diggs were married, Menzel took on her biggest role yet, co-starring with Kristin Chenoweth in another smash hit musical, "Wicked." For her role as Elphaba, the Wicked Witch, Menzel won a Tony for Best Leading Actress in a Musical, and eventually followed the show to London's Apollo Victoria Theater for a run in the West End, for which she earned a record-setting $30,000 per week.

In 2005, Menzel made her film debut, reprising the role of Maureen Johnson in Chris Columbus's splashy film adaptation of "Rent" (2005). Though Menzel continued to act and release music throughout the next few years, she was also focused on family: she and Diggs's son, Walker Nathaniel Diggs, was born in 2009, but sadly their marriage ended in divorce in 2013.

That same year, Menzel turned in yet another Tony-nominated performance in the musical "If/Then," and set off a genuine cultural zeitgeist thanks to her appearance in the Disney animated film "Frozen" (2013). Loosely based on a Hans Christian Anderson fairy tale, Menzel voiced Elsa, a princess who has trapped her kingdom in eternal winter. Most importantly, she got to sing the film's show stopping musical number, "Let It Go."

The film was praised by critics, broke box office records, and eventually won two Academy Awards, for Best Animated Film, and Best Original Song for "Let It Go." Menzel would reprise the role for an equally successful sequel, "Frozen II" (2019), while also that same year show a totally unseen side of herself by taking on the role of Dinah Rather, the long-suffering wife of Howard Ratner (Adam Sandler), a Diamond District jeweler and degenerate gambling addict, in the Safdie Brothers' acclaimed, gritty crime drama "Uncut Gems" (2019).

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Disney 100: A Century of DreamsStream

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You Are So Not Invited to My Bat MitzvahStream

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Idina Menzel: Which Way to the Stage?Stream

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American Murderer

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Idina Menzel, Kristen Bell, Josh Gad & Jonathan Groff: When We're Together (From Olaf's Frozen Adventure)

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The Tony Awards Present: Broadway's Back!

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CinderellaStream

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Once Upon a Snowman

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Into the Unknown: Making Frozen IIStream

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Kristen Bell & Idina Menzel: For the First Time in Forever (From Frozen/Sing-Along)

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The Disney Family Singalong: Volume II

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The Oscars

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Kristen Bell, Idina Menzel, Josh Gad, Jonathan Groff & Cast of Froz: Some Things Never Change (From Frozen 2/Sing-Along)

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Quiet Christmas Day

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Idina Menzel: Around the Dinner Table

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Repeat Attenders

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2020

A Home for the Holidays With Idina Menzel

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2019

A Home for the Holidays With Idina Menzel

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The 93rd Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade

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2019

Idina Menzel and Aurora: Into the Unknown (From Frozen 2/Lyric Video)

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Idina Menzel and Evan Rachel Wood: Show Yourself (From Frozen 2/Lyric Video)

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2019

The Kelly Clarkson ShowStream

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Today With Hoda & Jenna

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2019

Josh Groban BRIDGES: In Concert From Madison Square Garden

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Home For the Holidays

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Holiday Classics

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Idina Menzel: At This Table

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Idina Menzel: I Got My Love to Keep Me Warm

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Today's Holidays Hits

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Idina Menzel: Sleigh Ride

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Kidz New Year's Countdown!

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Idina Menzel: Winter Wonderland / Christmas (Baby Please Come Home) (Yule Log)

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Idina Menzel Feat. Josh Gad: We Wish You the Merriest (Yule Log)

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Idina Menzel: We Need a Little Christmas (Yule Log)

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Idina Menzel: Walker's 3rd Hanukkah (Yule Log)

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Idina Menzel: The Most Wonderful Time of the Year (Yule Log)

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Idina Menzel: Sleigh Ride (Yule Log)

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Idina Menzel: Seasons of Love (Yule Log)

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Idina Menzel: O Holy Night / Ave Maria (Yule Log)

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Idina Menzel Feat. Billy Porter: I Got My Love to Keep Me Warm (Yule Log)

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Idina Menzel Feat. Aaron Lohr: I'll Be Home For Christmas (Yule Log)

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Idina Menzel: Christmas Just Ain't Christmas (Yule Log)

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Idina Menzel: Caroling, Caroling (Yule Log)

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Idina Menzel: Auld Lang Syne Introduction (Yule Log)

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Idina Menzel: Auld Lang Syne (Yule Log)

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Idina Menzel: At This Table (Yule Log)

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Idina Menzel Feat. Ariana Grande: A Hand For Mrs. Claus (Yule Log)

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Idina Menzel: Christmas Just Ain't Christmas

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Today's Holiday Hits

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2019

Frozen IIStream

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2019
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Uncut GemsStream

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2019
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A Very Wicked Halloween: Celebrating 15 Years on Broadway

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Celebrity Undercover Boss

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Holiday Pop

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Jazzin' the Holidays

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It's a Kids Christmas

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Kids' Oscar Night Party

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Ralph Breaks the InternetStream

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Josh Gad, Idina Menzel, Kristen Bell and Cast: Olaf's Frozen Adventure: That Time of Year

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Disney Parks Magical Christmas Celebration

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Olaf's Frozen Adventure Plus 6 Disney Tales

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The Wonderful World of Disney: Magical Holiday Celebration

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Daily Blast Live

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Beaches: The After Party

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Idina Menzel Feat. Michael Bublé: Baby, It's Cold Outside

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The Wonderful World of Disney: Disneyland 60

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Idina Menzel: I See You

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Idina Menzel: Queen of Swords

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Frozen Fever

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Christmas in Rockefeller Center

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CMA Country Christmas

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The Story of Frozen: Making a Disney Animated Classic

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The 68th Annual Tony Awards

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Idina Menzel: Always Starting Over (Live In Studio)

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Idina Menzel & James Snyder: Here I Go

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The Social

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Idina Menzel: Let It Go

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Idina Menzel Live -- Barefoot at the Symphony

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Idina Menzel: Brave

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