Laura Bell Bundy

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Laura Bell Bundy
Bell Bundy in April 2010
Born Laura Ashley Bell Bundy
(1981-04-10) April 10, 1981 (age 37)
Euclid, Ohio, U.S.[1]
Other names Laura Bell,
Laura Bundy
Occupation Actress, singer, dancer, songwriter
Years active 1993–present
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.

Early life[edit]

Bell Bundy was born in Euclid, Ohio, and raised in Lexington, Kentucky.[2] Her mother, Lorna Bundy-Jones, 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.[3] She took dance lessons at Town and Village School of Dance in Paris, Kentucky.[4] When she was 9 she appeared in the Radio City Christmas Spectacular in New York City. She graduated from Lexington Catholic High School.[4] She is the niece of Marcia Malone Bell, Miss Kentucky 1978 and 1979 Top Ten Miss America semifinalist.[5] Bell Bundy was diagnosed with celiac disease when she was about 18 years old.[6] 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.[7]



Bell Bundy originated the role of Tina Denmark in the musical Ruthless! The Musical which opened Off-Broadway in 1992.[8] 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.[9] Bell Bundy was next a standby for both Kristin Chenoweth[10] 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.[11]

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)[12] and the Los Angeles production of Rock of Ages, in which she starred as Sherrie.

Bell 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.[13] She was to play Elle again during the Nashville engagement of the national tour from June 23–28, 2009.[14] However, she fractured her arm during the June 27, 2009 performance, finished the show and was rushed to the hospital immediately after.[15]

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.[16]

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.[17]

Bell Bundy appeared in the lead role of Sweet Charity staged and directed by Kathleen Marshall in June 2018 in Los Angeles.[18]

Film and television[edit]

Bell Bundy has appeared in films including The Adventures of Huck Finn (1993),[19] Life with Mikey (1993) [20] and Jumanji (1995) as Young Sarah Whittle.[21] She appeared in the 2006 film adaptation of Dreamgirls.[22]

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 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.

Bell Bundy was a judge at the Miss America 2009 pageant.[23]

Bell Bundy had a recurring role on the sixth season of CBS' How I Met Your Mother as Becky, Robin's co-anchor.[24] Bell Bundy had a recurring role as Shelby on The CW's Hart of Dixie in 2012. [25]

She starred as Dr. Jordan Denby on the FX sitcom Anger Management in 2013.[26]

In 2015, she starred in Becoming Santa a (Lifetime) TV movie with Michael Gross and Meredith Baxter.[27]

Country music[edit]

Bell Bundy at Birdland in July 2007

Bell Bundy released her debut country music album titled Longing For a Place Already Gone in 2007.[28]

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'. [29] 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.[30] 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.[31]

In mid-2013, Bell Bundy signed with Big Machine Records and released the single "Two Step", a duet with Colt Ford.[32] 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.

Personal life[edit]

In December 2015, Bell Bundy announced her engagement to TBS executive Thom Hinkle after four years of dating. They were married on June 3, 2017 in Arcadia, California.[33]


Studio albums[edit]

Title Album details Peak chart positions
US Country
Longing for a Place Already Gone[37]
I'll Be Home for Christmas[38]
  • Release date: June 4, 2007
  • Label: The LAB Records
  • Formats: CD
Achin' and Shakin' 5 28 34
Live at Jazzfest 2013[39]
  • Release date:
  • Label: Homegrown Music Network/MRI
  • Formats: CD
Another Piece of Me[40]
"—" denotes releases that did not chart


Year Single Peak chart positions Album
US Country
US Country Airplay US Bubbling
US Dance
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
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

Music videos[edit]

Year Video Director
2010 "Giddy On Up" Shane Drake[44]
"Drop On By" Kristin Barlowe[45]
2012 "That's What Angels Do" Laura Bell Bundy/Becky Fluke[46]
2013 "Two Step" (with Colt Ford)
"Kentucky Dirty"[47]
2015 "I Am What I Am"[48] Becky Fluke



Year Title Role Notes
1993 The Adventures of Huck Finn Susan Wilks[19] as Laura Bundy
1993 Life with Mikey Courtney Aspinall[20] as Laura Bundy
1995 Jumanji Young Sarah Whittle[21]
2006 Surf School Doris[21]
2006 Dreamgirls Sweetheart[21]
2008 The Drum Beats Twice[49] Peggy as Laura Bundy
2013 Watercolor Postcards Sonny[21]
2016 After the Reality[50]
2017 Pure Country: Pure Heart[51] Marq Dunn Direct to video
2017 Beauty Mark Lorraine[52]


Year Title Role[53] Notes
1996 Home Improvement Sharon Episode: "Mrs. Wilson's Opus"
1999 Strangers with Candy[54] Kimberly Timothy Pilot episode, unaired
2000–01 Guiding Light Marah Lewis 10 episodes
2003 All Grown Up Brenda Television movie
2005 Veronica Mars Julie Bloch Episode: "Green-Eyed Monster"
2006 Dirtbags Meg Television movie
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 TV pilot
2011 Hound Dogs Ginger Ledoux Television movie
2011 To the Mat[55] Janice Television movie
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[56] Aunt Carol Television movie (Hallmark Channel)
2013–14 Anger Management Dr. Jordan Denby 53 episodes
2015 Becoming Santa Holly Claus Television movie
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"
2017 Liv and Maddie Tracey Okahatchee Episode: "Voice-A-Rooney"
2017 The Christmas Calender Emily Television movie

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Work Organization Category Result
2007 Legally Blonde: The Musical[57] Tony Award[58] Best Performance by an Actress in a Lead Role in a Musical[58] Nominated[58]
Drama Desk Award[57] Outstanding Actress in a Musical[57] Nominated[57]
2010 Giddy On Up CMT Music Awards Breakthrough Video of the Year Nominated[59]
American Country Awards[60] Music Video Breakthrough Artist[60] Nominated[60]


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