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Jenna Ushkowitz

Jenna Ushkowitz at the Screen Actors Guild Awards at the Shrine Auditorium on January 23rd, 2010.
Photo by Thomas Attila Lewis
Born Jenna Noelle Ushkowitz
April 28, 1986 (1986-04-28) (age 23)
Seoul, Korea
Occupation Actress/Singer
Years active 1989–present

Jenna Noelle Ushkowitz (born April 28, 1986) is an American stage and television actress and singer, who is known for her roles in Broadway musicals and the television series Glee.[1]

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Early life

Ushkowitz was born in Seoul, South Korea; she was adopted and raised in East Meadow, Long Island, New York.[2] She attended Holy Trinity Diocesan High School, a Catholic school known for its theater department in Hicksville, Long Island. She graduated in 2004, having performed in a high school production of Les Misérables, along with the role of Penny in Honk!, Inez in The Baker's Wife, Little Red Riding Hood in Into the Woods and Romaine Patterson in The Laramie Project. Ushkowitz graduated from Marymount Manhattan College in 2007, performing again as Little Red Riding Hood, in Into the Woods.[3]

Career

Ushkowitz has been in show business since the age of 3. She has been on Sesame Street and other TV shows. Her first role in a Broadway musical was in a 1996 revival of The King and I.[3]

Ushkowitz sang the American National Anthem at a Knicks game at Madison Square Garden when she was 13.[3] Before joining the cast of Glee, she was an understudy for the roles of Anna, Martha, Thea and Ilse in the Broadway musical Spring Awakening.[4]

In 2009, she shot to fame playing "Tina" on Fox's musical high school show Glee. Her character faked a stutter for the first 9 episodes and later sang several solos, including "Tonight" from West Side Story and the pop tune "True Colors." The role included a romance with Kevin McHale's character Artie, who uses a wheelchair. Ushkowitz toured the US and Australia with her castmates from Glee. She has known Glee co-star Lea Michele since they were eight years old; they also briefly co-starred on Broadway in Spring Awakening.

Discography

Singles

Year Single Peak positions Album
US AUS CAN
2009
"True Colors" 66 38 Glee: The Music, Volume 2
"—" denotes did not chart, or was not released.

Featured Singles

Year Single Peak positions Album
US AUS CAN
2009
"Don't Stop Believin'"a 4 5 50 Glee: The Music, Volume 1
"Gold Digger"b 59[5]
"Push It"a 60[5]
"Somebody to Love"c 28 65[6] 33
"Halo / Walking on Sunshine"d 40 10 28
"Keep Holding On"c 56 56[7] 58
"Proud Mary"c Glee: The Music, Volume 2
"Lean on Me"c 50
"Imagine"c 67 49
"Hair" / "Crazy in Love"c
"Jump"c 104
"Smile"c 102
"You Can't Always Get What You Want"c 71
"My Life Would Suck Without You"c 51[8]
"Last Christmas"c 63 Last Christmas - Single
"—" denotes did not chart, or was not released.

References

a.^  shared with Lea Michele, Chris Colfer, Amber Riley, Kevin McHale, and Cory Monteith
b.^  shared with Matthew Morrison, Lea Michele, Chris Colfer, Amber Riley, Kevin McHale, and Cory Monteith
c.^  shared with Lea Michele, Chris Colfer, Amber Riley, Kevin McHale, Cory Monteith, Dianna Agron, Mark Salling, Naya Rivera, Harry Shum, Jr, Dijon Talton, and Heather Morris.
d.^  shared with Amber Riley, Dianna Argon, Lea Michele, Naya Rivera, and Heather Morris.

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