Renée Elise Goldsberry
|Renée Elise Goldsberry|
January 2, 1971 |
San Jose, California, U.S.
|Alma mater||Carnegie Mellon University
University of Southern California
|Occupation||Actress, singer, songwriter, Schuyler sister|
|Spouse(s)||Alexis Johnson (m. 2002; 2 children)|
Renée Elise Goldsberry (born January 2, 1971) is an American actress, singer and songwriter.
She is currently performing on Broadway as Angelica Schuyler Church in Hamilton, a performance for which she won the 2016 Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Musical. Goldsberry's other Broadway credits include Nettie in The Color Purple, Mimi in Rent, and Nala in The Lion King. Goldsberry has also portrayed many roles on television, perhaps best known for her recurring roles as a singer on Ally McBeal, as assistant Cook County state's attorney Geneva Pine on The Good Wife, and her starring role as Evangeline Williamson on One Life to Live.
Early life and education
Goldsberry was born in San Jose, California and raised in both Houston, Texas and Detroit, Michigan. After graduating from Cranbrook Kingswood School in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, she attended Carnegie Mellon University, where she graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in theater, in 1993. She subsequently attended graduate school at the Thornton School of Music at the University of Southern California, where she received a Master of Music, in jazz studies, in 1997.
Between 1997 and 2002, Goldsberry had a recurring role on Ally McBeal as one of the back-up singers who frequently accompanied Vonda Shepard's performances. She appeared in a total of 42 episodes prior to the show's cancellation. She also carried the role over into a guest appearance on the show Ally.
Goldsberry portrayed attorney Evangeline Williamson on the ABC soap opera, One Life to Live from 2003 until 2007. She was nominated for an NAACP Image Award in 2004 for "Outstanding Actress in a Daytime Drama Series" and won a Soap Opera Digest Award in 2005 for Favorite Triangle, with co-stars Michael Easton and Melissa Archer. Goldsberry was nominated for a Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in both 2006 and 2007 for the role.
After she left One Life to Live, she held a recurring role as assistant state attorney Geneva Pine on the political drama The Good Wife, appearing multiple times every season throughout the show's run, and ultimately appearing in a total of 23 episodes between 2010 and the show's cancellation in 2016.
In 2001 Goldsberry starred in the movie All About You as Nicole, for which her performance was praised (although the film itself received mixed reviews). She also had a leading role as Drea in the 2008 action film Pistol Whipped and small supporting roles in the crime drama Every Secret Thing and the comedy Sisters.
In 2016, Rebecca Skloot (author of The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks) announced Goldsberry would be playing Henrietta Lacks in the HBO film adaptation of her book. The film will also star Oprah Winfrey and Rose Byrne.
Goldsberry was nominated for a Drama League Award for "Distinguished Performance" and won a New York magazine Best of 2005 Award for her performance as Sylvia in the 2005 New York City Shakespeare in the Park revival of Two Gentlemen of Verona. She later originated the role of Nettie in The Color Purple, the Broadway musical adaptation of the Pulitzer Prize-winning 1982 novel of the same name, from November 2005 to mid-January 2006.
She returned to the off-Broadway stage in The Baker's Wife in 2007, before taking over the role of Mimi Marquez in the Broadway musical Rent, making her the final actress to play the role on Broadway. Rent's last performance was filmed and made into a DVD, Rent: Filmed Live on Broadway, which was also aired on national television. In 2011, she was nominated for an Outer Critics Circle Award for her portrayal of Kate in the Broadway production of David Lindsay-Abaire's play, Good People.
She went on to appear in off-Broadway productions of Love's Labour's Lost and As You Like It, and appeared in I'm Getting My Act Together and Taking It on the Road at Encores!.
Goldsberry originated the role of Angelica Schuyler Church in Hamilton and is currently performing the role at the Richard Rodgers Theatre. For her work on Hamilton, Goldsberry won a 2015 Drama Desk Award, the Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical, and a 2016 Tony Award. In addition, as a member of the principal cast of the musical, she was also a recipient of a Grammy Award when the original cast album of Hamilton won Best Musical Theater Album at the 2016 Grammy Awards.
Goldsberry has had a lengthy singing/songwriting career, co-writing and performing more than half the soundtrack to the 2001 film All About You, including the title song. She was also the grand prize winner of the 1997 John Lennon Songwriting Contest for her rock music.
She also wrote and recorded an album titled Everything But the Kitchen Sink and an EP titled Beautiful, both of which are out of print.
Note: Until 2008, Goldsberry was credited as just Renée Goldsberry. After then, she alternated between the two before switching to Renée Elise Goldsberry in 2010.
|1997–2002||Ally McBeal||Singer||43 episodes|
|2002||Providence||Clare||"The Start of Something Big" (4x11)|
|2002||Any Day Now||Beverly Morris||"The Real Thing" (4x15)|
|2002||That 80's Show||Spokesmodel #2||"Road Trip" (1x11)|
|2002||Star Trek: Enterprise||Crewman Kelly||"Vox Sola" (1x22)|
|2002||One on One||Paulette||"Fatal Attractions" (1x20)|
|2003–2007||One Life to Live||Evangeline Williamson||272 episodes|
|2008||The Return of Jezebel James||Paget||2 episodes|
|2008||Rent: Filmed Live on Broadway||Mimi Marquez||Filmed stage production|
|2008||Life on Mars||Denise Watkins||"Things to Do in New York When You Think You're Dead" (1x5)|
|2010||Royal Pains||Mrs. Phillips||"Big Whoop" (2x11)|
|2010||White Collar||Ellen Samuel||"Company Man" (2x8)|
|2010||Running Wilde||"It's a Trade-Off" (1x8)|
|2010||Lens on Talent||"Love Stories and the Meaning of Love in Film" (2x9)|
|2010–2016||The Good Wife||Geneva Pine||23 episodes|
|2013||The Following||Olivia Warren||3 episodes|
|2013||Save Me||Mary||"The Book of Beth" (1x1)|
|2013–2014||Law & Order: Special Victims Unit||Martha Marron||3 episodes|
|2014||Masters of Sex||Morgan Hogue||"Blackbird" (2x6)|
|2015||Younger||Courtney Ostin||"Hedonism" (1x6)|
|2016||The Get Down||Misty Holloway|
|2016||I Shudder||Lucy Wainscott||TV movie|
|2017||Altered Carbon||Quellcrist Falconer||10 episodes|
- Palco & Hirsch, Jessica, 2001
- All About You, Nicole, 2001 (also composer/lyricist)
- Turnaround, Rachel, 2002
- Pistol Whipped, Drea, 2008
- Jump the Broom: A Musical, Ayana, 2009 (short)
- Every Secret Thing, Cynthia Barnes, 2014
- Sisters, Kim, 2015
- The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, Henrietta Lacks, TBA
- The Lion King, Nala (replacement), Broadway
- Dreamgirls, US Tour
- Paper Moon, regional
- Abyssinia, regional
- Two Gentlemen of Verona, Sylvia, off-Broadway, 2005
- The Color Purple, Nettie, Broadway, 2005
- The Baker's Wife, off-Broadway, 2007
- Rent, Mimi Marquez (replacement), Broadway, 2007–08
- Good People, Kate, Broadway, 2011
- Love's Labor's Lost, off-Broadway, 2011
- As You Like It, off-Broadway, 2012
- I'm Getting My Act Together and Taking It on the Road, Heather, Encores!, 2013
- Hamilton, Angelica Schuyler Church, off-Broadway, 2015
- Hamilton, Angelica Schuyler Church, Broadway, 2015–current
- Everything But the Kitchen Sink, 2001 (out of print)
- A Holiday Affair, 2006 (sings The Christmas Song)
- Beautiful, 2006 (EP; out of print)
- The Color Purple (original Broadway cast recording), 2006
- Hamilton (original Broadway cast recording), 2015
Awards and nominations
|2004||NAACP Image Awards||Outstanding Actress in a Daytime Drama Series||One Life to Live||Nominated|
|2005||Soap Opera Digest Award||Favorite Triangle||Won|
|Drama League Award||Distinguished Performance||Two Gentlemen of Verona||Nominated|
|2006||Daytime Emmy Award||Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series||One Life to Live||Nominated|
|Image Award||Outstanding Actress in a Daytime Drama Series||Nominated|
|2011||Outer Critics Circle Awards||Outstanding Featured Actress in a Play||Good People||Nominated|
|2015||Drama Desk Awards||Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical||Hamilton||Won|
|Lucille Lortel Awards||Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical||Won|
|2016||Tony Award||Best Featured Actress in a Musical||Won|
|Grammy Award||Best Musical Theater Album||Won|
|Broadway.com Audience Awards||Favorite Featured Actress in a Musical||Won|
In 2002, Goldsberry married New York attorney Alexis Johnson. In May 2009, she gave birth to the couple's first child, a son named Benjamin Johnson. She and her husband also adopted a daughter, Brielle, in 2014.
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- Interview. Renée Elise Goldsberry's Path From Middle School Class Clown to Hamilton Class Act Bethany Rickwald. TheatreMania. October 2, 2015. July 25, 2016
- "Hip-hop "Hamilton"-CMU News - Carnegie Mellon University". www.cmu.edu. Retrieved 2015-11-30.
- Goldsberry official website; retrieved January 5, 2009.
- Alumna Renée Elise Goldsberry wins Tony for “Hamilton” USC Thornton School of Music. June 13, 2016. Retrieved July 25, 2016
- "Headlines: Renée Elise Goldsberry to Join Broadway's Rent as Mimi". Broadway.com. May 15, 2008. Retrieved January 5, 2009.
- Lee, Ashley. "Renee Elise Goldsberry to Exit 'Hamilton' for Netflix's 'Altered Carbon' (Exclusive)" The Hollywood Reporter, July 13, 2016
- "Outer Critics Circle Announce 2010-11 Season Nominees". outercritics.org. Retrieved 2015-11-30.
- Schulman, Michael (6 August 2015). "The Women of "Hamilton"". The New Yorker. Retrieved 12 August 2015.
- Past Winners. GRAMMY Search database. Grammy Awards. 2016. Retrieved February 23, 2016
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