Laura Marano

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Laura Marano
Born (1995-11-29) November 29, 1995 (age 18)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Occupation
Years active 2003–present
Television
Relatives Vanessa Marano (sister)
Musical career
Genres Pop
Instruments
Website
lauramarano.com
External images
Laura Marano in 2011

Laura Marano (born November 29, 1995)[1] is an American actress and singer.[2] She starred in Without a Trace for three seasons and also Back to You, in both instances playing the daughter of the main characters. She stars in the Disney Channel series Austin & Ally[3][4] as Ally Dawson. Her older sister Vanessa Marano is also an actress.[5] Marano will be starring as a lead role in the new film, A Sort of Homecoming.[6] Marano will also be starring in a 2015 Disney Channel Original Movie Bad Hair Day along with Good Luck Charlie actress Leigh Allyn Baker.[7]

Early life[edit]

Marano is the daughter of college professor Damiano Marano and former actress Ellen Marano.[8] Her father is of Italian descent.[9] Her mother, Ellen, is the owner of Agoura Children's Theatre.[10] Marano revealed that she doesn't go to school on the set of Austin & Ally. Instead, she attends a regular high school: "I go to an actual high school and my friends and everybody there have been so supportive [...] It's nice when I'm not working to go to that school and be surrounded by really supportive friends."[11]

Career[edit]

Acting[edit]

Marano's first acting role was when she was five years old.[12] Since then, she worked for multiple productions at the Stage Door Theater. She has appeared in numerous commercials and had small roles on Ghost Whisperer, Medical Investigation, Huff and Joan of Arcadia. Her bigger roles in television have been in Without a Trace and other shows. She has also been heard in the animated films Finding Nemo and Ice Age: The Meltdown. She played the child role of Keira Knightley's character in the film The Jacket and had a small flashback role in the film Superbad. She was a regular cast member on the FOX game show, Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader? and played the role of Gracie Carr on FOX's sitcom Back to You.

Marano has since appeared in several episodes of The Sarah Silverman Program. Initially she was cast in the pilot episode, "Batteries", as the child version of Sarah Silverman, and the writers liked her so much they brought her back for a larger role as a girl Sarah coaches to win a beauty pageant ("Not Without My Daughter"). On the DVD commentary track, co-star Brian Posehn notes that Marano knew everyone else's lines better than they did. She also appeared in Dexter as the child version of Debra Morgan. She also played the child version of a character played by Diana Scarwid, Alice Shaw, sister of Angela Petrelli, on Heroes. Marano is best known for her role as Ally Dawson on the Disney Channel series Austin & Ally.[13][14]

Music[edit]

In 2013, Marano recorded four solo songs and one duet with Ross Lynch for the Soundtrack album Austin & Ally: Turn It Up.[15] "Me and You" debuted within the U.S. Billboard Kid Digital Songs chart at number thirteen before rising to the sixth spot, spending eleven weeks on the chart.[16] "Redial" debuted at number nineteen before peaking at number eighteen, spending four weeks on the chart.[16]

In later 2013, Marano recorded a duet with her Austin & Ally co-star Ross Lynch, entitled "I Love Christmas" for Disney Channel's third Holiday compilation album, Holidays Unwrapped.[17] On 2013 November 25, the song was released as a promotional single.[17] On December 14, "I Love Christmas" debuted within the U.S. Billboard Holiday Digital Songs chart peaking at number fifty.[18] Marano sings, dances, and writes songs. She hopes to perform in stage musicals in the future.[19][20] In 2014, Marano appeared in a music video produced for British pop-rock group The Vamps called "Somebody To You".[21] In February 2014, Marano recorded "The Me That You Don't See" for the album Disney Channel Play It Loud, the song peaked at number eighteen within the U.S. Billboard Kid Digital Songs chart.[16]

Philanthropy[edit]

In August 2013, Marano has been named the 2013 UNICEF's Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF Ambassador, which encouraged children to raise money on Halloween to help children around the world.[22] About the campaign, Laura said "I'm so excited to celebrate Halloween this year by encouraging kids to support UNICEF's lifesaving work. The Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF campaign is a fun, easy way for kids to learn about world issues and to help other kids who are less fortunate."[22]

In August 2014, Marano was ambassador for the Disney and Birds Eye Vegetables campaign 'Step up to the plate' [23] The campaign is to raise the amount of children who eat vegetables in the United States.

Filmography[edit]

Television
Year Title Role Notes
2003–06 Without a Trace Kate Malone Recurring role (Seasons 24)
2004 Joan of Arcadia Emily "Night without Stars" (Season 1, Episode 15)
2005 Medical Investigation Brooke Beck "Tribe" (Season 1, Episode 13)
2005–08 X's, TheThe X's Scout Y Voice
2006 Ghost Whisperer Audrey "Friendly Neighborhood Ghost" (Season 1, Episode 13)
Huff Amelia "Black Shadows" (Season 2, Episode 12)
Dexter Young Debra "Let's Give the Boy a Hand" (Season 1, Episode 4)
"Father Knows Best" (Season 1, Episode 9)
2007 Are You Smarter Than A Fifth Grader Herself / Judge / Mentor Season 1
2007–08 Back to You Gracie Carr Main role
2007–10 The Sarah Silverman Program Heather Silverman / Young Sarah Silverman Recurring role
2008 Ni Hao, Kai-Lan Mei Mei "Kai-Lan's Trip to China - Part 1" (Season 1, Episode 119)
"Kai-Lan's Trip to China - Part 2" (Season 1, Episode 120)
Gary Unmarried Louise Brooks "Pilot" (Season 1, Episode 1)
"Gary Gets Boundaries" (Season 1, Episode 2)
2009 Heroes Young Alice Shaw "1961" (Season 3, Episode 23)
Little Monk Cousin Lauren "Little Monk and the Monk Cousin" (Season 1, Episode 5)
2010 True Jackson, VP Molly "Little Buddies" (Season 2, Episode 7)
Telepathic Marsha Unsold Nickelodeon series pilot
FlashForward Young Tracy "Blowback" (Season 1, Episode 13)
Childrens Hospital Haley "Frankfurthers. Allman Brothers. Death, Frankfurters" (Season 2, Episode 7)
2011–present Austin & Ally Ally Dawson Main Role; Disney Channel Original Series
2012 Jessie "Austin & Jessie & Ally All Star New Year" (Season 2, Episode 6)
2014 Fish Hooks Girl Hamster #2 Voice; "Algae Day" (Season 3, Episode 14)
Liv and Maddie Fangs "Howl-A-Rooney" (season 1, episode 16)
Film
Year Title Role Notes
2005 The Jacket Young Jackie
2006 Ice Age: The Meltdown Various role Supporting voices
2007 Goldfish Suzy Short film
Superbad Young Becca
2014 A Sort Of Homecoming Young Amy Post-production
2015 Bad Hair Day Sue Television film; Pre-production

Discography[edit]

Promotional singles[edit]

List of singles, with selected chart positions
Title Year Peak positions Album
US
Kids

[16]
US
Holiday

[18]
"Words" 2010 N/A
"I Love Christmas"[17]
(with Ross Lynch)
2013 50 Holidays Unwrapped
"Me and You" 6 Austin & Ally: Turn It Up
"Redial" 18
"The Me That You Don't See" 2014 18 Disney Channel Play It Loud
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released in that territory.

Other appearances[edit]

Song Year Other(s) artist(s) Album
"Poop Song" 2010 Sarah Silverman From Our Rears to Your Ears[24]
"Shine" 2012 N/A Disney Fairies: Faith, Trust and Pixie Dust
"Me and You" 2013 Austin & Ally: Turn It Up
"Parachute"
"Redial"
"Finally Me"
"You Can Come to Me" 2014 Ross Lynch Disney Channel: Play It Loud
"The Me That You Don't See" N/A
"Austin & Ally Glee Club Mash Up" Austin & Ally cast

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Work Result Ref.
2014 Teen Choice Awards Choice TV Actress: Comedy
Austin & Ally
Nominated
[25]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Disney Channel Medianet - Laura Marano bio". Disney Channel. 2012. Archived from the original on February 8, 2012. "Born November 29, 1995" 
  2. ^ Malcolm Lewis Barnes (November 27, 2013). "Teen Star Laura Marano Surprises Students at Leckie Elementary". The Washington Times. Retrieved February 2, 2014. 
  3. ^ Erin Hill (November 19, 2013). "'My Favorite Things' with Austin & Ally's Laura Marano". Parade. Retrieved February 2, 2014. 
  4. ^ "Exclusive: Disney's Laura Marano Shares Secrets!". 
  5. ^ ClevverTV interview with Vanessa & Laura Marano at the Phineas & Ferb Premiere
  6. ^ Dave McNary (January 28, 2014). "Laura Marano Starring in 'A Sort of Homecoming' (Exclusive)". Variety. Retrieved February 2, 2014. 
  7. ^ Variety staff (July 8, 2014). "‘Bad Hair Day’: Laura Marano, Leigh-Allyn Baker to Star in Disney Channel Original Movie". Retrieved July 27, 2014. 
  8. ^ Jeffrey Dransfeldt (2009-01-25). "Agoura Hills sisters are young stars on the rise". Ventura County Star. Retrieved 2013-02-07. 
  9. ^ Interview: Laura Marano. "Tommy2.net". Tommy2.net. Retrieved 2013-12-20. 
  10. ^ "Agoura Children's Theatre About Us". 
  11. ^ "Laura Marano Goes To A Regular High School". Disney Dreaming. 2013-04-09. Retrieved 2013-12-20. 
  12. ^ "Vanessa & Laura Marano Interview - 2012 Teen Choice Awards". YouTube. clevverTV. 2012-07-23. Retrieved 2013-02-07. 
  13. ^ ""Austin & Ally," A Comedy About An Unlikely Friendship, Premieres Sunday, December 4 on Disney Channel". Disney Channel. November 1, 2011. 
  14. ^ Ng, Philiana (March 11, 2012). "Disney Channel Renews 'Austin & Ally' (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter (Prometheus Global Media). Retrieved March 12, 2012. 
  15. ^ "Austin & Ally: Turn It Up (Soundtrack from the TV Series)". Itunes. Retrieved 2 October 2014. 
  16. ^ a b c d "Artists / Lauara Marano - Billboard Chart History". Billboard. Retrieved 2 October 2014. 
  17. ^ a b c "I Love Christmas - Single by Ross Lynch & Laura Marano". Zobbel. Retrieved 2012-10-17. 
  18. ^ a b . December 14, 2013 - Holiday Digital Songs. Billboard. 2012-09-08 http://www.billboard.com/biz/charts/2013-12-14/holiday-season-digital-songs. Retrieved 2012-09-13.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  19. ^ "Hanging With Austin & Ally - Part 5 Laura Marano Interview - Disney Channel Official". YouTube. 2013-04-03. Retrieved 2013-12-20. 
  20. ^ 'I'd LOVE to be in the Bridget Jones musical!' Austin & Ally star Laura Marano on why she's eyeing up a role in the West End dailymail.co.uk, Retrieved on April 12, 2013
  21. ^ http://www.pressparty.com/pg/newsdesk/TheVamps/view/112079/
  22. ^ a b "Disney Channel Star Laura Marano Named 2013 Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF Ambassador". unicefusa.org. August 19, 2013. Retrieved August 25, 2013. 
  23. ^ http://www.wtsp.com/story/entertainment/television/studio10/2014/08/27/teen-actress-joins-chef-in-encouraging-kids-to-eat-healthier/14680845/
  24. ^ "Poop Song [Explicit]". Amazon. Retrieved 2012-10-17. 
  25. ^ Ng, Philiana (June 17, 2014). "Teen Choice Awards Nominees: Selena Gomez, Austin Mahone and More". Retrieved June 17, 2014. 

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Preceded by
None
(Reason: Show Began)
Are You Smarter than a 5th Grader?
Member of the Class
Occupant of Seat #1

Season 1 (2007)
Succeeded by
Marki Ann Meyer
(Halfway through Season 1)