Outlook 2013: Oklahoma native Kristin Chenoweth has found considerable success in the entertainment industry

From theater and concerts to film and television, Oklahoma native Kristin Chenoweth has earned praise for her considerable talents.

BY RICK ROGERS Published: April 28, 2013
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Kristin Chenoweth seems to pop up everywhere these days.

On March 24, the PBS series “Live From Lincoln Center” broadcast her television special “The Dames of Broadway — All of ’Em!!!” That was followed by back-to-back appearances on NBC’s “The Jay Leno Show,” Bravo’s “Kathy” and CBS’s “The Talk.”

Finally, the independent film “Family Weekend” opened in theaters March 29 (and was released on DVD April 23). Not a bad week for a performer who headed to New York 27 years ago with the modest dream of getting cast in the chorus of a Broadway show.

During what has become an endlessly fascinating and storied career, Chenoweth has enjoyed considerable critical acclaim, including a Tony Award for her role in “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown” and an Emmy Award for her work on the television drama “Pushing Daisies.”

To reach the pinnacle of success in two areas of the entertainment industry is a rare accomplishment indeed.

“I’m keeping my head above water and trying to stay relevant,” Chenoweth said recently by phone from New York. “But I’m also at a point in my life where I can be a little bit more choosy. I want to do things that are passion projects for me, things that are fun and inspiring. I’ve worked so hard, and I’m glad. I wouldn’t have it any other way. But I could use a vacation.”

Popularity grows

That may be wishful thinking for a performer who’s become one of the most popular entertainers working today.

She recently performed at the Long Center in Austin, Texas, and has a summer engagement booked at the Hollywood Bowl.

A concert tour of Australia is also in the works.

Fame and success often come with a steep price tag and Chenoweth is the first to admit that she has had to make some sacrifices along the way.

Now 44, she’s put some aspects of her personal life on hold to focus on sustaining her career.

“I was at the doctor the other day, and I told her I thought I’d be married with children by now,” Chenoweth said. “I’m from Oklahoma. That’s what we do. She said, ‘Kristin, that’s not what you do. You do something different.’ She reminded me that all these sacrifices have definitely come at a cost but I’m not sorry about the choices I’ve made. I’m very content and I feel very lucky and blessed.”

During the filming of an episode of “The Good Wife” in July 2012, Chenoweth was struck in the head by a piece of lighting equipment that was dislodged due to an unexpected gust of wind. The actress suffered a concussion and numerous cuts and bruises.



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