Laura Bell Bundy
Laura Bell Bundy
Bell Bundy in April 2010
Laura Ashley Bell Bundy
April 10, 1981
|Other names||Laura Bell,|
|Occupation||Actress, country singer, dancer, songwriter|
Thom Hinkle (m. 2017)
Laura Ashley Bell Bundy (born April 10, 1981) is an American actress and singer who has performed in a number of Broadway roles, her best known being the original Amber Von Tussle in the musical version of Hairspray, the original Elle Woods in the musical version of Legally Blonde and Dr. Jordan Denby on television's Anger Management. She signed to Mercury Records Nashville and released her first country music single, "Giddy On Up," on February 20, 2010. The album's second single, "Drop on By," was released to country radio on August 9, 2010.
Bundy was born in Euclid, Ohio, and raised in Lexington, Kentucky. Her mother, Lorna Bundy-Jones (née Lorna Ann Bell), is a Lancome Beauty Advisor at Ulta and her father, Don Bundy, is an electrical engineer. Her parents divorced in 1997 when she was 16 years old; both have since remarried. She took dance lessons at Town and Village School of Dance in Paris, Kentucky. When she was 9 she appeared in the Radio City Christmas Spectacular in New York City. She graduated from Lexington Catholic High School. She is the niece of Marcia Malone Bell, Miss Kentucky 1978 and 1979 Top Ten Miss America semifinalist. Bell Bundy was diagnosed with celiac disease when she was about 18 years old. In 1995 at the age of 14, Bell Bundy appeared in the film Jumanji, playing the younger version of Bonnie Hunt's character, Sarah Whittle.
Bundy originated the role of Tina Denmark in the musical Ruthless! The Musical which opened Off-Broadway in 1992. For this part, she was nominated for a 1993 Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Actress in a Musical. In 2002, at the age of 21, 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 and Jennifer Laura Thompson in the role of Glinda in Wicked. She ended her run as the standby in August 2004.
From 2007 to July 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.
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 (1998) and the Los Angeles production of Rock of Ages, in which she starred as Sherrie.
Bundy reprised the role of Elle Woods in the U.S. national tour of Legally Blonde: The Musical as a temporary replacement for the injured Becky Gulsvig. She began her brief run on January 13, 2009, and ended on February 22, 2009. She was to play Elle again during the Nashville engagement of the national tour from June 23–28, 2009. However, she fractured her arm during the June 27, 2009, performance, finished the show and was rushed to the hospital immediately after.
On September 27, 2008, she participated in a benefit concert for Anaheim, California's the Chance Theatre with fellow Wicked alum Eden Espinosa and with Spring Awakening alum Lea Michele for the Broadway Chance Style: Up Close and Personal concert.
She appeared as Trixie Norton in a new musical The Honeymooners, based on the television comedy The Honeymooners. The musical premiered at the Paper Mill Playhouse, Milburn, New Jersey on September 28, 2017, running to October 29. Directed by John Rando the musical also starred Michael McGrath as Ralph Kramden, Michael Mastro as Ed Norton and Leslie Kritzer as Alice Kramden.
Film and television
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.
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 guest-starred in the TV series Cold Case with Adam Pascal and Tracie Thoms in the episode "Willkommen."
She also appears in several short web videos as various comedic characters, such as Justice Goode and Shocantelle Brown.
Bundy had a recurring role on the sixth season of CBS' How I Met Your Mother as Becky, Robin's co-anchor. Bell Bundy had a recurring role as Shelby on The CW's Hart of Dixie from 2012 until 2015.
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.
After leaving Legally Blonde: The Musical in July 2008, she moved back to Nashville to work on her second album, Achin' and Shakin'.  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. 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 a new single, "That's What Angels Do", in 2012.
In mid-2013, Bundy signed with Big Machine Records and released the single "Two Step", a duet with Colt Ford. It peaked at number 59 on the Billboard Country Airplay chart. After many delays, Another Piece of Me was issued on June 9, 2015 as a digital-only release via Big Machine. No further singles were released from the album and Bell Bundy parted ways with Big Machine shortly after its release.
In December 2015, Bundy announced her engagement to TBS executive Thom Hinkle after four years of dating. They were married on June 3, 2017, in Arcadia, California. On February 25, 2019 she announced that she was pregnant with her first child. Their son was born on May 20, 2019.
|Title||Album details||Peak chart positions|
|Longing for a Place Already Gone||—||—||—|
|I'll Be Home for Christmas||
|Achin' and Shakin'||
|Live at Jazzfest 2013||
|Another Piece of Me||
|"—" denotes releases that did not chart|
|Year||Single||Peak chart positions||Album|
|US Country Airplay||US Bubbling
|2010||"Giddy On Up"||31||—||7||43||Achin' and Shakin'|
|"Drop On By"||48||—||—||—|
|2012||"That's What Angels Do"||—||—||—||—||Another Piece of Me|
|"—" denotes releases that did not chart|
|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)|
|2015||"I Am What I Am"||Becky Fluke|
|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|
|2008||The Drum Beats Twice||Peggy||as Laura Bundy|
|2016||After the Reality|
|2017||Pure Country: Pure Heart||Marq Dunn||Direct to video|
|1996||Home Improvement||Sharon||Episode: "Mrs. Wilson's Opus"|
|1999||Strangers with Candy||Kimberly Timothy||Pilot episode, unaired|
|2000–01||Guiding Light||Marah Lewis||10 episodes|
|2003||All Grown Up||Brenda||Television film|
|2005||Veronica Mars||Julie Bloch||Episode: "Green-Eyed Monster"|
|2006||Cold Case||Nora McCarthy||Episode: "Willkommen"|
|2006||Modern Men||Tyffani||Episode: "The Homewrecker"|
|2008||Happy Hour||Alicia||Episode: "Thanksgiving"|
|2010–14||How I Met Your Mother||Becky||5 episodes|
|2010||Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List||Herself||Episode: "Maggie, the Musical"|
|2011||Trailer Trash||Peggy Sue||Unsold television film|
|2011||Hound Dogs||Ginger Ledoux||Television film|
|2011||To the Mat||Janice||Television film|
|2012–15||Hart of Dixie||Shelby||24 episodes|
|2013||Malibu Country||Shauna||Episode: "Adventures in Babysitting"|
|2013||Royal Pains||Gina Black||Episode: "A Trimus Story"|
|2013||Dear Dumb Diary||Aunt Carol||Television film|
|2013–14||Anger Management||Dr. Jordan Denby||53 episodes|
|2015||Becoming Santa||Holly Claus||Television film|
|2016||Almost Royal||Herself||Episode: "The Great Outdoors"|
|2016||Angie Tribeca||Vivian Tribeca||Episode: "Murder in the First Class"|
|2016||Scream Queens||Nurse Thomas||3 episodes|
|2016||Documentary Now!||Bridget Bailey||Episode: "Mr. Runner Up: My Life as an Oscar Bridesmaid"|
|2016||Fuller House||Ginger Gladstone||Episode: "Fuller Thanksgiving"|
|2016||Season's Greetings||Darcy Blake||Television film|
|2017||Liv and Maddie||Tracey Okahatchee||Episode: "Voice-A-Rooney"|
|2017||The Christmas Calendar||Emily||Canadian television film|
|2019||American Gods||Columbia||Episode: "Donar the Great"|
Awards and nominations
|2007||Legally Blonde: The Musical||Tony Award||Best Performance by an Actress in a Lead Role in a Musical||Nominated|
|Drama Desk Award||Outstanding Actress in a Musical||Nominated|
|2010||Giddy On Up||CMT Music Awards||Breakthrough Video of the Year||Nominated|
|American Country Awards||Music Video Breakthrough Artist||Nominated|
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