Birth Name: Laura Benanti
Birth Place: Kinelon, New Jersey, USA
Laura Benanti was born on July 15, 1979 in Kinnelon, NJ and raised in New York City. Her parents were both actors; her father, Martin Vidnovic, performed on Broadway, as did her mother, Linda Wonneberger. After her parents divorced, she moved in with her mother and psychotherapist stepfather, Salvatore Benanti. Given her parents' background, it was no surprise that Benanti herself was drawn to musical theater. After graduating from high school in 1997, Benanti set her sights on Broadway. At age 19, she auditioned for the part of Liesl in the Broadway revival of the classic 1959 musical "The Sound of Music," but was cast instead as a nun. A year later, Benanti took over the lead role of Maria...
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