Brooke Elliott (born November 16, 1974) is an American actress and singer. She has previously appeared in musical theatre, including the US tours of and Beauty and the Beast , and the Wicked Broadway productions of and Taboo . She is best known for her roles as big screen debut in the 2000 The Pirate Queen Mel Gibson film and as What Women Want Jane Bingum on the Lifetime series . Drop Dead Diva
Early life [ edit ]
Elliott was born in
Fridley, Minnesota, to Robert, a city manager, and Kathleen Elliott, on November 16, 1974. Elliott has one sister, Jamie Alexander, and one brother, Adam Elliott. [1 ] Her parents have said that she began to sing when she was three years old, and footage exists of her at that age singing [2 ] You Light Up My Life. [3 ] Her family moved on several occasions, first to [4 ] Blaine, Minnesota, and then out of state to Missouri, Oklahoma, and Illinois. The family settled in [5 ] Riverview, Michigan, when Elliott was a junior in high school. She graduated from Gabriel Richard Catholic High School in 1993; she appeared in high school productions while there, including in and Richard III . Elliott went on to Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat Western Michigan University, and graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Musical Theatre Performance in 1998. [3 ] [6 ]
Elliott worked as a
temp and a waitress, including working at a 1950s-themed restaurant where she had to dance on the tables every hour. [7 ]
For ten weeks in 1999, she was a member of Chicago based
stage combat theatre company Babes With Blades. As part of that role, she performed a scene from [8 ] , Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves and The Miracle Worker . Heathers She left for her first professional theatre role as the Sugar Bowl in the US touring version of [9 ] . Beauty and the Beast [7 ] She also appeared as part of the cast in the North American tour of [10 ] alongside Wicked Adam Lambert, who she later supported when he appeared on . American Idol [9 ] [11 ]
Rosie O'Donnell with getting her first Broadway role alongside Boy George in . Taboo Rosie later described her as "fresh off a [12 ] Disney Cruise", but allowed her to come back for a second attempt. Elliott spent $117 to change her outfit and make-up in order to be better suited to the role; O'Donnell reimbursed Elliott when she was awarded a part in the show. The show closed after only a hundred performances, but O'Donnell subsequently praised Elliott's passion for the show. [13 ] Elliott went on to play Majella in [14 ] , which opened in Chicago in 2006 and moved to Broadway in 2007. The Pirate Queen [15 ]
Her first film role was in the
Mel Gibson film in 2000. What Women Want Her first television role was in an episode of [1 ] . Law & Order: Trial by Jury In 2009, Elliott was cast as main character Jane Bingum on [16 ] Lifetime's . Drop Dead Diva Producer [12 ] Craig Zadan said of Elliott's casting, "We had to find somebody who's a beautiful leading lady, who can do the comedy and drama, and with Brooke, she nailed it". After the pilot, the [17 ] described Elliott as "convincing, and even affecting, at every turn", New York Times and the [18 ] said she was "a stage actress with fabulous comic timing and enormous dramatic flexibility". Los Angeles Times Elliott also sings on the soundtrack to the series. [13 ] The show is now in its [19 ] sixth and final season.
Personal life [ edit ]
Elliott has discussed the perception of
plus-size actresses on television, and describes her body type as normal sized, stating "The majority of women in America look like me. It's one of the things I love about the show." [12 ] [20 ]
Credits [ edit ]
Filmography [ edit ]
Discography [ edit ]
Cast recordings [ edit ]
- Original Broadway Cast (2003) - as Big Sue Taboo
- Original Broadway Cast (2007) - as Majella The Pirate Queen
Compilation albums [ edit ]
While Elliott has been suggested as a potential
Emmy Award nominee by magazine, Variety she has not yet been nominated for the award. [21 ] [22 ]
References [ edit ]
^ a b "Cast Profile: Brooke Elliott". Sky Living . Retrieved 24 May 2012.
^ "Robert C. Elliott". FloralHavan.com . Retrieved 25 May 2012.
^ a b Blum, Andrea (29 December 2009). "Drop dead diva: Former high school thespian earns starring role". The News-Herald . Retrieved 25 May 2012.
^ Sheridan, Patricia (25 July 2011). "Patricia Sheridan's Breakfast With ... Brooke Elliott". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette . Retrieved 24 May 2012.
^ Justin, Neal (27 June 2010). "Brooke Knows Best" (Subscription required). Star Tribune . Retrieved 24 May 2012.
^ "Alumni". Western Michigan University Department of Theatre . Retrieved 25 May 2012.
^ a b Middleton, Paul (30 March 2010). "Brooke Elliott: People want to see a normal-sized person on TV". Metro . Retrieved 24 May 2012.
^ Thomas, Mike (8 October 2009). " (Subscription required). 'Diva' puts body and soul in work" Chicago Sun-Times . Retrieved 24 May 2012.
^ a b Bierly, Mandi (12 July 2009). ". 'Drop Dead Diva' star Brooke Elliott: Three reasons we're loving her" Popwatch . Retrieved 25 May 2012.
^ a b c "Brooke Elliott". My Lifetime . Retrieved 24 May 2012.
^ Ouzounian, Richard (4 April 2005). "Wicked (Theatre review)" (Subscription required). Daily Variety . Retrieved 24 May 2012.
^ a b c Kinon, Cristina (18 June 2009). ". 'Drop Dead Diva' actress Brooke Elliott says plus size isn't a minus" NY Daily News . Retrieved 24 May 2012.
^ a b "Rising Star: Brooke Elliott". Access Holywood. 22 July 2009 . Retrieved 24 May 2012.
^ "For Brooke Elliott, a $117 outfit was pivotal" (Subscription required). AP Online. 31 July 2009 . Retrieved 24 May 2012.
^ Oxman, Steven (31 October 2006). "The Pirate Queen (Theatre review)". Daily Variety . Retrieved 24 May 2012.
^ "Brooke Elliot stars as Jane Bingum". TVNZ . Retrieved 26 May 2012.
^ Schneider, Michael (19 June 2008). "Brooke Elliott to be Lifetime's 'Diva. '" Variety . Retrieved 25 May 2012.
^ Stanley, Alexandra (9 July 2009). "Chubby Legal Beagle, Meet Your Inner Skinny Siren". New York Times . Retrieved 24 May 2012.
^ "Drop Dead Diva Original Television Soundtrack Available Now on iTunes and Amazon.com" (Subscription required). Telecommunications Weekly. 16 June 2010 . Retrieved 24 May 2012.
^ Cooney Fitzpatrick, Beth (4 June 2010). ". 'Drop Dead Diva' Star Brooke Elliott on Her Madonna Shoes, Victoria Principal Products, and Being a Real Diva!" StyleList . Retrieved 26 May 2012.
^ Levine, Stuart (9 June 2010). "Actresses in Emmy contention". Variety . Retrieved 25 May 2012.
^ "2010 Nominations". Emmys.com . Retrieved 25 May 2012.
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