An American actress and singer, Idina Menzel rose to prominence after her appearance as Maureen Johnson in the rock musical, Rent in 1996. Her appearance in the musical Rent, made her win a Tony Award nomination for Best Featured Actress in a Musical.
She played the role of Nancy Tremaine in Disney’s musical fantasy movie, Enchanted in 2007. Idina’s hit movies are Just a Kiss, Kissing Jessica Stein, The Tollbooth, Water, Rent, and many more.
Early Life of Idina Menzel
Idina Menzel was born Idina Kim Mentzel on May 30, 1971, in New York, New York, United States. She is 52 years old as of 2023. Her sun sign is Gemini. Menzel celebrates her birthday on the 30th of May every year. She is the daughter of Helene Mentzel (mother) and Stuart Mentzel (father). Her father is a pajama salesman and her mother works as a therapist.
Her parents divorced when she was only 15. She has a sister named Cara Mentzel, a writer. Her paternal grandparents are Zelig Mentzel and Sarah Hassan while Nathan “Nat” Goldberg are her maternal grandparents. She holds American citizenship and follows Jewish as a religion. She belongs to the Ashkenazi Jewish ethnicity.
Education of Idina Menzel
She studied at J. Irving Baylis Elementary School, Syosset’s H. B. Thompson Middle School, and Syosset High School. She graduated holding a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Drama from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts in 1992.
Idina Menzel’s Husband
She is married to an actor, Aaron Lohr for the second time. They met each other on the set of the 2005 movie, Rent. They started dating secretly after Idina’s divorce from her first husband. The couple made their relationship official by appearing on the red carpet at the White House Correspondents’ Association dinner in 2015.
They engaged secretly and announced it on September 23, 2016. They married in a backyard ceremony at their home in Encino, Los Angeles on September 22, 2017.
Her first husband was an actor, Taye Diggs. They met at the set of the play, Rent in 1995. They married at a nighttime ceremony overlooking the ocean at the Round Hill resort in Montego Bay, Jamaica on January 11, 2003. The couple welcomed a son, Walker Nathaniel on September 2, 2009.
They decided to split up after 10 years of marriage via mutual decision and announced it on December 12, 2013. Taye and she officially divorced in 2014. They are sharing custody of their son after their divorce
Her Net Worth and Other Assets
As of 2023, Idina has an estimated net worth of around $16 million which she earned through her professional career. Her annual average salary is $2 million. She is also endorsed by Disney’s Super Bowl commercial and HP’s tablet commercial.
She bought a home in Encino, California with her husband in 2015. It covers an area of three-quarters of an acre and is built in the Mediterranean style. Idina drives Range Rover.
Idina Menzel Hesitated to Play as Lea Michele’s Mom
In 2010, she played the role of Rachel Berry’s mother Shelby Corcoran in the show, Glee. She was 38 so she played the mother role of 23 years old Lea Michele. She landed the role because she has just given birth to her first child and people offered her the mother role instead of the other. Even though her ego was hurt, she portrayed the role of a mother in the show.
Her Diagnosis With Skin Cancer
She is a survivor of skin cancer. Menzel suffered from curable skin cancer and can be treated with surgery. She had surgery to treat her cancer of hair line and nose. Menzel used to protect herself by wearing sunscreen at regular intervals.
Professional Career of Idina Menzel
- Idina grabbed the role in the play, Rent and worked for New York Theatre Workshop on January 26, 1996.
- Idina appeared in the musical, Wicked and got the chance to star alongside Kristin Chenoweth in 2003.
- Menzel played in the Public Theater’s production, See What I Wanna See, in December 2005.
- She played the role of Mary Jane in the musical, Jagged Little Pill.
- As a singer, she released her solo debut album, Still I Can’t Be Still in association with Hollywood Records.
- In 2004, she released her second album, Here in association with Zel Records.
- Her third album, I Stand included hits songs like Brave, I Stand, and Gorgeous.
Movies & TV Shows
She played the role in movies like ShowBusiness: The Road to Broadway, Olaf’s Frozen Adventure, Ralph Breaks the Internet, You Are So Not Invited To My Bat Mitzvah, Once Upon a Studio, Disenchanted, etc. She appeared in tv shows like Hercules: The Animated Series, Rescue Me, Beaches A Broadway Celebration: In Performance at the White House, and so on.
She wrote books like Frozen, Loud Mouse, Let It Go (from “Frozen”) Sheet Music, Into the Unknown, Proud Mouse.
Songs & Albums
She released hit albums like Still I Can’t Be Still, Here, I Stand, Holiday Wishes, Christmas: A Season of Love, Drama Queen, etc. She sang hit songs like Let It Go, Show Yourself, Moves, Beast, Brave, Dramatic, Into the Unknown, and For the First Time in Forever.
Awards & Nominations
- She won awards like Obie Award, Tony Award, Drama Desk Award, Drama League Award, and Outer Critics Circle Award.
- In 1995, she won Obie Award in the nomination of Special Citations for The Rent.
- She won Tony Award for Best Performance by a Featured Actress in a Musical, Rent in 1996.
- She received Drama Desk Award as Outstanding Actress in a Musical for Wicked in 2004.
FAQs of Idina Menzel
How tall is Idina Menzel?
Idina stands at the height of 5 feet 4 inches and has a body weight of 52 kg. Her total body measurement is 36-26-37 inches. She has an alluring pair of green eyes and beautiful long brown hair. Her shoe size is 7 (US) and her dress size is 6 (US).
Why did Idina Menzel change the spelling of her name?
Idina changed the spelling of her name because the word Menzel would reflect better pronunciation. She changed it before working in the play, Rent.
Does Idina Menzel have her own clothing line?
Yes, Idina has her own clothing line. The name of her clothing line is Encore by Idina Menzel which focuses on summer wardrobe.
Is Idina Menzel involved in Philanthropy?
As a philanthropist, Idina has founded A BroaderWay Foundation. Also, she is associated with The Trevor Project.
Are Idina Menzel and Lea Michele related?
No, Idina is not related to Lea Michele. She only played the role of Lea’s mother in the movie, Glee, and isn’t connected biologically.
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