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Born: August 29, 1986
Birthplace: The Bronx, New York City, New York
Glee star Lea Michele, or originally known as Lea Michele Sarfati and changed her name due to childhood teasing, started off her musical broadway career at a relatively young age. At the age of 8, Michele made her first Broadway contribution when she replaced Young Cosette in the infamous musical, Les Miserables. In addition to her early-life fame, Michele was also given the role of the Little Girl in Ragtime which is often described as the quiet daughter to a jewish family. She interpreted her period performing in Ragtime as an experience that boosted her career and taught her bucketful of things from singing, memorizing lines, and acting to basic ethics, stage behavior and when to allow yourself to relax. She stated that her co-stars, including Audra Macdonald and Peter Friedman, “were [her] teachers and [she] owe[s] everything to them.” In 2004, Michele was given a lead role in Fiddler on the Roof as Sprintze; the same year in which they were nominated for six Tony Awards and three Drama Desk Awards.
Michele’s breakout performance is often linked to the rock musical Spring Awakening, the holder of eight Tony Awards and four Drama Desk Awards. Michele received the role in 2006 and played the doubtful and innocent Wendla, struggling to acquire knowledge regarding sexual activities. Playing alongside Michele is her best friend, Jonathan Groff which plays the masculine Melchior. Michele and Groff both ended their broadway career in 2008 and moved out to Los Angeles seeking for a role on television. Michele was given the infamous role of Rachel Berry in the coming-of-age, teenage drama, Glee. Even though her role has gotten bashed and criticized in the past, Michele has continued and even renewed her contract for another season. She is now currently working on her memoir, Brunette Ambition.
Michele was often romantically linked to Glee co-star, Cory Monteith, during 2011 and are now officially dating for over a year. No signs of marriage has been shown yet but many suspect it coming.
Unfortunately, Cory Monteith passed away in 2013 due to an accidental overdose of mixed drugs. This has lead to support from her celebrity community as well as her fan based community.