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 41)
Other namesLBB
Laura Bell
Laura Bundy
Occupation
  • Actress
  • country singer
  • dancer
  • songwriter
Years active1993–present
Spouse(s)
Thom Hinkle
(m. 2017)
Children1
Websitelaurabellbundy.com

Laura Ashley Bell Bundy (born April 10, 1981) is an American actress and singer who has performed in a number of Broadway roles, including 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 two country music singles, "Giddy On Up" and "Drop on By", in 2010.

Early life[edit]

Bundy was born in Euclid, Ohio, and raised in Lexington, Kentucky.[2][3] 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.[4] She took dance lessons at Town and Village School of Dance in Paris, Kentucky.[5] When she was nine, she appeared in the Radio City Christmas Spectacular in New York City. She graduated from Lexington Catholic High School.[5] She is the niece of Marcia Malone Bell, Miss Kentucky 1978 and 1979 Top Ten Miss America semifinalist.[6] Bell Bundy was diagnosed with celiac disease when she was about 18 years old.[7] 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.[8]

Career[edit]

Stage[edit]

Bundy originated the role of Tina Denmark in Ruthless! The Musical which opened Off-Broadway in 1992.[9] For this role, 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.[10] Bell Bundy was next a Glinda standby for Kristin Chenoweth in Wicked.[11]

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.[12]

Bundy's theatre credits outside of New York City include the national tour of The Sound of Music and Gypsy with Betty Buckley and Deborah Gibson at the Paper Mill Playhouse in Millburn, New Jersey (1998).[13]

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.[14] She was to play Elle again during the Nashville engagement of the national tour from June 23–28, 2009.[15] However, she fractured her arm during the June 27, 2009 performance, finished the show, and was rushed to the hospital immediately after.[16]

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.[17]

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 in Milburn, New Jersey on September 28, 2017, running through 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.[18]

Bundy appeared in the lead role of Sweet Charity staged and directed by Kathleen Marshall in June 2018 in Los Angeles.[19]

Film and television[edit]

Bundy has appeared in films including The Adventures of Huck Finn (1993),[20] Life with Mikey (1993),[21] and Jumanji (1995) as Young Sarah Whittle.[22] She appeared in the 2006 film adaptation of Dreamgirls.[23]

Bundy was a judge at the Miss America 2009 pageant.[24]

Bundy had a recurring role on the sixth season of CBS's How I Met Your Mother as Becky, Robin's co-anchor.[25] She would reprise the role in the spinoff, How I Met Your Father.[26] Bell Bundy had a recurring role as Shelby on The CW's Hart of Dixie from 2012 until 2015.[27]

She starred as Dr. Jordan Denby on the FX sitcom Anger Management in 2013.[28]

In 2015, she starred in Becoming Santa, a Lifetime TV movie with Michael Gross and Meredith Baxter.[29]

She currently stars as Rachel Ragland on The Fairly OddParents: Fairly Odder, a live action sequel series to The Fairly OddParents, which premiered March 31, 2022 on Paramount+.[30]

Country music[edit]

Bell Bundy at Birdland in July 2007

Bundy released her debut country music album, titled Longing For a Place Already Gone, in 2007.[31]

After leaving Legally Blonde: The Musical in July 2008, she moved back to Nashville to work on her second album, Achin' and Shakin'.[32] 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.[33] 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.[34]

In mid-2013, Bundy signed with Big Machine Records and released the single "Two Step", a duet with Colt Ford.[35]

Podcasts[edit]

On October 5, 2020, she and music producer Shea Carter launched their podcast Women of Tomorrow,[36] an extension their album of the same name that allows "Bundy and Carter to dive deep into [the issues of women's rights] that were so hard-fought.".[37]

Laura Bell has been a guest on many podcasts to promote the podcast and album, one of the most notable being The Theatre Podcast with Alan Seales.[38]

Personal life[edit]

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.[39] On February 25, 2019 she announced that she was pregnant with her first child.[40] Their son was born in May 2019.[41]

In March 2020, Bundy announced on social media that she had tested positive for COVID-19 but has recovered since then.[42]

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

Title Album details Peak chart positions
US Country
[43]
US
[44]
NOR
[45]
Longing for a Place Already Gone[46]
I'll Be Home for Christmas[47]
  • Release date: June 4, 2007
  • Label: The LAB Records
  • Formats: CD
Achin' and Shakin' 5 28 34
Live at Jazzfest 2013[48]
  • Release date:
  • Label: Homegrown Music Network/MRI
  • Formats: CD
Another Piece of Me[49]
Women of Tomorrow[50]
  • Release date: 2021[when?]
  • Label: ONErpm
  • Formats: Music download
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

Singles[edit]

Year Single Peak chart positions Album
US Country
[51]
US Country Airplay US Bubbling
[52]
US Dance
[53]
2010 "Giddy On Up" 31 7 43 Achin' and Shakin'
"Drop On By" 48
2012 "That's What Angels Do" Another Piece of Me
2013 "Two Step" 59
2020 "Get It Girl, You Go"
(with Shoshana Bean and Anika Noni Rose)[50]
Women of Tomorrow
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

Cast recordings and soundtracks[edit]

Music videos[edit]

Year Video Director
2010 "Giddy On Up" Shane Drake[54]
"Drop On By" Kristin Barlowe[55]
2012 "That's What Angels Do" Laura Bell Bundy/Becky Fluke[56]
2013 "Two Step" (with Colt Ford)
"Kentucky Dirty"[57]
2015 "I Am What I Am"[58] Becky Fluke

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1993 The Adventures of Huck Finn Susan Wilks[20] as Laura Bundy
Life with Mikey Courtney Aspinall[21]
1995 Jumanji Young Sarah Whittle[22]
2006 Surf School Doris[22]
Dreamgirls Sweetheart[22]
2008 The Drum Beats Twice Peggy as Laura Bundy
2013 Watercolor Postcards Sonny[22]
2016 After the Reality[59]
2017 Pure Country: Pure Heart[60] Marq Dunn Direct-to-video
Beauty Mark Lorraine[61]

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1996 Home Improvement Sharon Episode: "Mrs. Wilson's Opus"
1999 Strangers with Candy Kimberly Timothy Pilot episode, unaired
2000–01 Guiding Light Marah Lewis Series regular
2003 All Grown Up Brenda Television film
2005 Veronica Mars Julie Bloch Episode: "Green-Eyed Monster"
2006 Dirtbags Meg Television film
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[62] 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[63] 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"
2019–20 Perfect Harmony Kimmy Bell 3 episodes
2020 AJ and the Queen Bernadette Anderson Episode: "Mt. Juliet"
2022 How I Met Your Father Becky 2 episodes
2022 The Fairly OddParents: Fairly Odder Rachel Raskin Main role
2022 Call Me Kat Nicole 3 episodes

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Work Result Ref.
1993 Drama Desk Award Outstanding Actress in a Musical Ruthless! Nominated [64]
Outer Critics Circle Award Outstanding Actress in a Musical Nominated
2007 Tony Award Best Actress in a Musical Legally Blonde Nominated [65]
Drama Desk Award Outstanding Actress in a Musical Nominated
Drama League Award Distinguished Performance Nominated [66]
2010 American Country Award Music Video Breakthrough Artist Giddy On Up Nominated [67]
CMT Music Award Breakthrough Video of the Year Nominated [68]

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