Laura Bell Bundy

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Laura Bell Bundy
LauraBellBundyApr10.jpg
Bell Bundy in April 2010
Born Laura Ashley Bell Bundy
(1981-04-10) April 10, 1981 (age 33)
Lexington, Kentucky, U.S.
Other names Laura Bell,
Laura Bundy
Occupation Actress, singer, dancer, songwriter
Years active 1993–present
Website
http://laurabellbundy.com

Laura Ashley Bell Bundy (born April 10, 1981) is an American actress and singer who has performed in a number of Broadway roles, both starring and supporting, as well as in television and film. Her best known Broadway roles are the original Amber Von Tussle in Hairspray and the original Elle Woods in the musical version of Legally Blonde. She signed to Mercury Records Nashville and released her first country music single, "Giddy On Up," in early 2010. The album's second single, "Drop on By", was released to country radio on August 9, 2010.

Early life[edit]

Bell Bundy was born and raised in Lexington, Kentucky.[1] Her mother, Lorna Bundy-Jones, manages a Victoria's Secret store, and her father, Don Bundy, is an electrical engineer. Her parents divorced when she was 16 years old; both have since remarried.[2] She grew up dancing at Town and Village School of Dance in Paris, Kentucky. She made her stage debut in regional theatre when she was nine years old. She graduated from Lexington Catholic High School in 1999. She is the niece of Marcia Malone Bell, Miss Kentucky 1978 and 1979 Top Ten Miss America Semi-Finalist.[3][4]

Bell Bundy was diagnosed with Coeliac disease when she was about 18/19 years old.[5]

In 1995, Bell Bundy appeared in the film Jumanji at age 14, playing the role of young Sarah.

Career[edit]

Bell Bundy originated the role of Tina Denmark in the Off-Broadway musical Ruthless! The Musical. For this part, she was nominated for a 1993 Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Actress in a Musical.

In 2002 she made her Broadway debut in the musical Hairspray, originating the role of Amber Von Tussle.

Bell Bundy was next a standby for both Kristin Chenoweth[6] and Jennifer Laura Thompson in the role of Glinda in Wicked. She ended her run as the standby in August 2004.

From 2007 to 2008 she starred on Broadway in Legally Blonde: The Musical where she originated the lead role of Elle Woods, receiving her first Tony Award nomination for Best Leading Actress in a Musical.[7] After leaving the show in July 2008 she was succeeded by Bailey Hanks, the winner of Legally Blonde - The Musical: The Search for Elle Woods.

Credits outside of New York City include the national tour of The Sound of Music, Gypsy with Betty Buckley and Deborah Gibson at the Paper Mill Playhouse in Millburn, New Jersey and the Los Angeles production of Rock of Ages, in which she starred as Sherrie.

Offstage, Bell Bundy has appeared in films including The Adventures of Huck Finn (1993), Life with Mikey (1993), and Jumanji (1995) as Young Sarah Whittle. She appeared in the 2006 film adaptation of Dreamgirls as a member of the fictitious pop group "Dave & the Sweethearts". Bell Bundy was also seen on the CBS soap opera Guiding Light as Marah Lewis for two years, (October 14, 1999 – October 29, 2001) as well as in television shows such as Veronica Mars, Happy Hour, Modern Men, Cold Case, and Strangers with Candy. She also appears in several short web videos as various comedic characters, such as Justice Goode and Shocantelle Brown.

Bell Bundy released her debut country music album titled Longing For a Place Already Gone. After leaving Legally Blonde: The Musical on July 20, 2008, she moved back to Nashville to work on her second album.

On September 27, 2008, she headlined Anaheim, California's the Chance Theater with fellow Wicked alum Eden Espinosa, and with "Spring Awakening" alum Lea Michele for the Broadway Chance Style Up Close and Personal concert.

She guest-starred in the TV series, Cold Case with Adam Pascal and Tracie Thoms in the episode "Willkommen".

Bell Bundy was a judge at the Miss America 2009 pageant.[8]

Bell Bundy reprised the role of Elle Woods in the U.S. national tour of Legally Blonde as a temporary replacement for the injured Becky Gulsvig. She began her brief run on January 13, 2009, and ended it on February 22, 2009.[9] She was to play Elle again during the Nashville engagement of the national tour from June 23–28.[10] However, she fractured her arm during the performance on June 27, and finished the show, and was rushed to the hospital immediately after.[11]

Bell Bundy had a recurring role on the sixth season of How I Met Your Mother as Becky, Robin's co-anchor.[12]

Bell Bundy has a recurring role on Hart of Dixie on the CW.

Bell Bundy is a spokesperson for Supercuts, and appears in their Winter 2012 advertisement campaign.

She currently stars as Dr. Jordan Denby on the FX sitcom Anger Management.

Country music[edit]

Bell Bundy at Birdland in July 2007

Her first single, "Giddy On Up", debuted on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart at number 60 for the chart week of February 20, 2010, and peaked at number 31 in May. The single was made into a music video, which was directed by Shane Drake. She also performed the song on the 2010 Academy of Country Music Awards, where it was done in the style of the music video. The next single, "Drop On By," was less successful than her debut, only peaking at number 48. Her single "Giddy On Up" is also featured on popular dancing video game, Just Dance 3.

Her second album, Achin' and Shakin' was released on April 13, 2010. It debuted at number 5 on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart as well as number 28 on the all-genre Billboard 200. As of June 26, 2010, the album has sold over 70,000 copies in the United States.[13] It also charted internationally, where it reached number 34 on the Norwegian Albums Chart.

Bell Bundy also appeared in fellow country artist Miranda Lambert's music video for "Only Prettier", as one of Lambert's friends alongside Kellie Pickler and Hillary Scott of Lady Antebellum.

Bell Bundy began as the spokesperson for the Selected Chevrolet Dealers of Middle Tennessee in September 2011.

Bell Bundy released her first single off her second studio album Another Piece of Me in 2012. A music video for the single was filmed and released on CMT.com, however not long after the video was taken down. The single has since been removed from iTunes as well. The album was never released.

In mid-2013, Bell Bundy signed with Big Machine Records and released the single "Two Step", a duet with Colt Ford.[14]

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

Title Album details Peak chart positions
US Country
[15]
US
[16]
NOR
[17]
Longing for a Place Already Gone
  • Release date: July 24, 2007
  • Label: The LAB Records
  • Formats: CD, music download
I'll Be Home for Christmas
  • Release date: 2007
  • Label: The LAB Records
  • Formats: CD
Achin' and Shakin' 5 28 34
Live at Jazzfest 2013
  • Release date: October 7, 2013
  • Label: Homegrown Music Network/MRI
  • Formats: CD
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

Singles[edit]

Year Single Peak chart positions Album
US Country
[18]
US Country Airplay US Bubbling
[19]
US Dance
[20]
2010 "Giddy On Up" 31 7 43 Achin' and Shakin'
"Drop On By" 48
2012 "That's What Angels Do" Another Piece of Me (unreleased)
2013 "Two Step" 59 TBD
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

Music videos[edit]

Year Video Director
2010 "Giddy On Up" Shane Drake
"Drop On By" Kristin Barlowe
2012 "That's What Angels Do" Laura Bell Bundy/Becky Fluke
2013 "Two Step" (with Colt Ford)
"Kentucky Dirty"[21]

Filmography[edit]

Film
Year Title Role Notes
1993 The Adventures of Huck Finn Susan Wilks as Laura Bundy
1993 Life with Mikey Courtney Aspinall as Laura Bundy
1995 Jumanji Young Sarah Whittle
1998 Strangers with Candy: Retardation, A Celebration Kimberly Timothy as Laura Bundy
2003 All Grown Up Brenda TV movie
2006 Dirtbags Meg TV Movie
2006 Surf School Doris
2006 Dreamgirls Sweetheart
2008 The Drum Beats Twice Peggy as Laura Bundy
2011 Hound Dogs Ginger Ledoux TV movie
2011 To the Mat Janice TV movie
2013 Watercolor Postcards Sonny
2013 Dear Dumb Diary Aunt Carol TV Movie
Television
Year Title Role Notes
1996 Home Improvement Sharon 1 episode
1999 Guiding Light Marah Lewis 1999–2001
2005 Veronica Mars Julie Bloch 1 episode
2006 Cold Case Nora McCarthy 1 episode
2006 Modern Men Tyffani 1 episode
2008 Happy Hour Alicia 1 episode
2010–2014 How I Met Your Mother Becky 5 episodes
2010 Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List Herself 1 episode
2011 Trailer Trash Peggy Sue 1 episode
2012–present Hart of Dixie Shelby Recurring Role
2013 Malibu Country Shauna 1 episode[22]
2013–present Anger Management Dr. Jordan Denby Series Regular
2013 To Appomattox Abby Dunlap 4 episodes

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Association Category Result
2007 Tony Award Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Musical - Elle Woods - Legally Blonde: The Musical Nominated
Drama Desk Award Outstanding Actress in a Musical - Elle Woods - Legally Blonde: The Musical Nominated
2010 CMT Music Awards
USA Weekend Breakthrough Video of the Year - "Giddy On Up" Nominated
American Country Awards Video by New/Breakthrough Artist - "Giddy On Up" Nominated

References[edit]

  1. ^ Biography umgnashville.com, accessed November 17, 2010
  2. ^ "The Official Website of Laura Bell Bundy :: Bio". Official Website of Laura Bell Bundy. Retrieved December 18, 2010.
  3. ^ Miss Kentucky
  4. ^ http://www.shorenewstoday.com/snt/news/index.php/ocean-city-letters-to-the-editor/35030-the-business-at-hand-gg-welcome-home-miss-america.html
  5. ^ "Laura Bell Bundy Shares Her Struggle With Wheat! fitperez.com, November 1, 2010
  6. ^ http://www.playbill.com/news/article/96526-Laura-Bell-Bundy-to-Star-in-Rock-of-Ages-Musical
  7. ^ http://www.playbill.com/news/article/119603-Laura-Bell-Bundy-Exits-Broadways-Legally-Blonde-July-20
  8. ^ 2009 Miss America Pageant Puts the Spotlight On National Judges Saturday missamerica.org, 12/1/2008
  9. ^ Laura Bell Bundy to Join LEGALLY BLONDE Tour as Temporary Replacement broadwayworld.com, January 10, 2009
  10. ^ Hetrick, Adam."Bundy to Headline Nashville Engagement of Legally Blonde Tour," playbill.com, June 22, 2009
  11. ^ Soltes, Fiona.'Legally Blonde' star Bundy injured,"The Tennessean, June 30, 2009
  12. ^ Aug 5 Exclusive: Laura Bell Bundy joins 'How I Met Your Mother' as [spoiler alert]! ausiellofiles.ew.com
  13. ^ NAME:. "Dierks Leads Four New Albums into Country Top 10 | New Country Music, Listen to Songs & Video". Roughstock.com. Retrieved 2012-03-26. 
  14. ^ http://www.musicnewsnashville.com/big-machine-label-group-signs-laura-bell-bundy?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=big-machine-label-group-signs-laura-bell-bundy
  15. ^ "Laura Bell Bundy Album & Song Chart History - Country Albums". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved July 11, 2011. 
  16. ^ "Laura Bell Bundy Album & Song Chart History - Billboard 200". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved July 11, 2011. 
  17. ^ "norwegiancharts.com - Norwegian charts portal". Hung Medien. Retrieved July 11, 2011. 
  18. ^ "Laura Bell Bundy Album & Song Chart History - Country Songs". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved July 11, 2011. 
  19. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2011). Top Pop Singles 1955–2010. Record Research, Inc. p. 127. ISBN 0-89820-188-8. 
  20. ^ "Laura Bell Bundy Album & Song Chart History - Hot Dance Club Songs". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved July 11, 2011. 
  21. ^ Wyland, Sarah (November 20, 2013). "Watch Laura Bell Bundy’s "Kentucky Dirty" Music Video". Great American Country. Retrieved November 23, 2013. 
  22. ^ "Malibu Country: Adventures in Babysitting". Zap2It - TV By the Numbers. Retrieved 5 February 2013. 

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