Lea Michele was born on 29th August 1986, in The Bronx, New York, USA, to Mark David Sarfati and Edith Thomasina. Lea Michele is an American actress, singer, and author. She is best known for her performance as Rachel Berry on the Fox television series “Glee.”Besides working on “Glee“, Michele was cast as the voice of the character of Dorothy in an animated film based on “The Wizard of Oz.” This woman announced she was working on her first solo album in September 2012.
Lea Michele Childhood, Family and Education
She was born on 29th August 1986, in The Bronx, New York, USA, to Mark David Sarfati and Edith Thomasina. Her Full name is lea Sarfati. Her father was a real estate agent and former delicatessen owner, while her mother was a nurse. She is of Greek, Thessalonian, Roman, and Neapolitan descent.
Her father is a Sephardic Jew and her mother was an Italian-American Catholic. She raised a Catholic. The family moved to Tenafly, New Jersey when she was five. At a young age, she started attending Broadway and her family actively supported her by renting a place in Manhattan. She attended ‘Rockland Country Day School’ in Congers, New York. Later, she homeschooled and then attended ‘Tenafly High School.’
Lea Michele Personal Life
Lea lives in Brentwood, LA. She dated her ‘Glee’ co-star Cory Monteith from February 2012 until his death in July 2013. ‘If You Say So’ from ‘Louder’ and‘Hey You’re from ‘Places’ were her tributes to him. Lea is an active supporter of animal rights and gay rights. This diva actively participates in PETA’s advertising campaigns that support animal rights. She and her best friend Jonathan Groff performed for ‘True Colors Cabaret’ to support LGBT equality. She also performed at the ‘Human Rights Campaign Dinner’ to support gay rights. Lea believes that happiness is the key to a satisfying life. She announced her engagement to Zandy Reich on April 28, 2018. She married Zandy on March 9, 2019, in Napa, California. On August 20, 2020, the couple blessed with a son whom they named Ever Leo.
Body Measurement and Net worth
This diva has a net worth of $14 million and a salary per episode of $80,000. She is 5,2 ft. tall and weighs 53 kg. This actress has beautiful two pairs of dark brown eyes.
Lea Michele Career
She started using her middle name as she teased for her last name. She started using it while working in ‘Les Misérables and has since used it professionally. During this time, she acted in plays like ‘Les Misérables,’ ‘Ragtime,’ ‘Fiddler on the Roof,’ and ‘Spring Awakening.’ She then attended ‘Stagedoor Manor’ in the Catskill Mountains for her art training. When she just 19, her mother diagnosed with uterine cancer, which treated later. After achieving success in Broadway theatricals, she picked for the Fox musical drama series ‘Glee’ as the lead actress and singer. The series started in 2009. Her role widely appreciated and won her many awards.
In 2010, the ‘Glee’ cast performed on stage at various locations in the USA, including Phoenix, LA, Chicago, and New York. These ‘Glee Live! In Concert! Shows’ expanded later. She performed at various concerts, including ‘The Rocky Horror Picture Show’ and the ‘Grammy’s MusiCares.’ She was later cast in ‘New Year’s Eve’ as the love interest of Ashton Kutcher’s character. The movie, which released worldwide on December 9th, 2011, was successful at the box office.
More About Lea Michele Career
In 2012, it was announced that she would release her first independent album. The year 2013 saw the release of her first single ‘Cannonball’ from the album ‘Louder.’ It was a smash hit and reached #75 on the Billboard’s ‘Hot 100’ list. The music video was released in January 2014. This was followed by the release of four promotional songs, namely ‘Battlefield,’ ‘Louder,’ ‘What is Love,’ and ‘You’re Mine.’ In 2014, she voiced the character of ‘Dorothy Gale’ in the animated movie ‘Legends of Oz: Dorothy’s Return.’
In 2015, she starred alongside Jamie Lee Curtis in the horror-comedy show ‘Scream Queens.’ The same year, she announced that she is working on her second album ‘Places.’ She stated that it would have more theatrical roots rather than modern pop music. The year 2017, she embarked on a mini-tour titled ‘An Intimate Evening with Lea Michele’ to support her second album. From 2017 to 2018, she saw in the TV series ‘The Mayor’ where she played ‘Valentina Barella.’ She released her third studio album ‘Christmas in the City’ on October 25, 2019.
Her debut as young ‘Cosette’ in ‘Les Miserables’ has well-received. In the later years, she also played ‘Eponine Thenardier.’ Along with that, she also received notable success in theatricals like ‘Spring Awakening’ and ‘Ragtime.’ ‘Glee’ is her most notable work as an actress as well as a singer. The writers and directors, impressed by her Broadway work, cast her as the lead for the series. Her role won her many awards and she received ample appreciation from her fans and critics.
Her first album ‘Louder’ released in 2014. It more of a rock/pop album rather than being theatrical-based, which considered her forte. The singles in the album played worldwide and received notable recognition in countries like the USA, Australia, Ireland, Italy, and New Zealand. About 62,000 copies sold in the first week of its release in the USA. Her second album was also a hit. However, it was not as popular as its predecessor. It debuted at number 28 on the ‘Billboard 200’ albums chart.
Awards & Achievements
Lea won the ‘Favorite Female Breakthrough Performance,’ ‘Favorite Onstage Pair,’ and ‘Favorite Ensemble Cast Award’ at the ‘Broadway.com Audience Awards’ for ‘Spring Awakening.’ She received the ‘Do Something Award’ in 2012 for her role as ‘Rachel Berry’ in ‘Glee.’ She received award under the ‘Best Actress’ category. This star won the ‘UK Glamour Women of the Year Award’ for ‘US TV Actress of the Year’ for ‘Glee’ in 2010 and 2012. She also won the ‘Satellite Award’ for the same. American actress won three ‘People’s Choice Awards’ for ‘Glee’ in 2012, 2013, and 2014. She nominated for the same award for ‘Scream Queens.’
Lea won the ‘Teen Choice Awards’ for ‘Glee’ in the years 2012, 2013, 2014, and 2015. She won a ‘Grammy’ for ‘Spring Awakening’ under the ‘Best Musical Theater Album’ category in 2008. Michele has also received three ‘Grammy’ nominations for other works. This girl made it to Time’s ‘100 most influential people in the world’ list. She ranked seventh in FHM’s ‘100 Sexiest Women in the World’ list in 2010. She has also won many other awards like ‘Victoria’s Secret Sexiest Smile,’ ‘Variety Power of Women,’ ‘StepUp Inspiration Award,’ ‘Giffoni Film Festival Award,’ and ‘Billboard’s Women in Music’ award.
She has been one of the eight singers to perform the charity single ‘This is for my Girls.’ Diane Warren wrote, the song benefited the White House’s ‘#62MillionGirls’ campaign and ‘Let Girls Learn’ initiative, which set up by Michelle Obama. She signed a $1 million deal with ‘L’Oreal Paris USA’ in 2012. Lea wrote two books, namely ‘Brunette Ambition’ and ‘You First.’ She ranked 10th in After Ellen’s ‘Hot 100’ list. She ranked 28th in Maxim’s ‘Hot 100’ list in 2011.