I will love the light for it shows me the way, yet I will endure the darkness for it shows me the stars. — Og Mandino

po_Chenoweth-KristinKristin Dawn Chenoweth (born Kristi Dawn Chenoweth, July 24, 1968) is an American actress and singer, with credits in musical theater, film and television.

In 1999, she won a Tony Award for her performance as Sally Brown in You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown on Broadway. In 2003, she received wide notice for originating the role of Glinda in the musical Wicked, including a nomination for another Tony. Her television roles have included Annabeth Schott in NBC’s The West Wing and Olive Snook on the ABC comedy-drama Pushing Daisies, for which she won a 2009 Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series. Chenoweth also starred in the ABC TV series GCB in 2012.

Chenoweth sang gospel music as a child in Oklahoma and studied opera before deciding to pursue a career in musical theatre. In 1997, she made her Broadway debut in Steel Pier, winning a Theatre World Award. Besides You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown and Wicked, Chenoweth’s stage work includes five City Center Encores! productions, Broadway’s The Apple Tree in 2006, Promises, Promises in 2010 and On the 20th Century in 2015, as well as Off-Broadway and regional theater productions.