Laura Ashley Bell Bundy (born April 10, 1981) is an American actress and singer who has performed in a number of Broadway roles, both starring and supporting, as well as in television and film. Her best known Broadway roles are the original Amber Von Tussle in Hairspray and the original Elle Woods in the musical version of Legally Blonde. She signed to Mercury Records Nashville and released her first country music single, "Giddy On Up," in early 2010. The album's second single, "Drop on By", was released to country radio on August 9, 2010.
- 2 Career
- 3 Discography
- 4 Filmography
- 5 Awards and nominations
- 6 References
- 7 External links
Bell Bundy was born and raised in Lexington, Kentucky. Her mother, Lorna Bundy-Jones, manages a Victoria's Secret store and her father, Don Bundy, is an electrical engineer. Her parents divorced when she was 16 years old; both have since remarried. She grew up dancing at Town and Village School of Dance in Paris, Kentucky. She made her stage debut in regional theatre when she was nine years old. She graduated from Lexington Catholic High School in 1999. She is the niece of Marcia Malone Bell, Miss Kentucky 1978 and 1979 Top Ten Miss America Semi-Finalist.
In 1995, Bell Bundy appeared in the film Jumanji at age 14, playing the role of young Sarah.
In 2002 she made her Broadway debut in the musical Hairspray, originating the role of Amber Von Tussle.
From 2007 to 2008 she starred on Broadway in Legally Blonde: The Musical where she originated the lead role of Elle Woods, receiving her first Tony Award nomination for Best Leading Actress in a Musical. After leaving the show in July 2008 she was succeeded by Bailey Hanks, the winner of Legally Blonde - The Musical: The Search for Elle Woods.
Credits outside of New York City include the national tour of The Sound of Music, Gypsy with Betty Buckley and Deborah Gibson at the Paper Mill Playhouse in Millburn, New Jersey and the Los Angelesproduction of Rock of Ages, in which she starred as Sherrie.
Offstage, Bell Bundy has appeared in films including The Adventures of Huck Finn (1993), Life with Mikey (1993), and Jumanji (1995) as Young Sarah Whittle. She appeared in the 2006 film adaptation ofDreamgirls as a member of the fictitious pop group "Dave & the Sweethearts". Bell Bundy was also seen on the CBS soap opera Guiding Light as Marah Lewis for two years, (October 14, 1999 – October 29, 2001) as well as in television shows such as Veronica Mars, Happy Hour, Modern Men, Cold Case, and Strangers with Candy. She also appears in several short web videos as various comedic characters, such as Justice Goode and Shocantelle Brown.
Bell Bundy released her debut country music album titled Longing For a Place Already Gone. After leaving Legally Blonde: The Musical on July 20, 2008, she moved back to Nashville to work on her second album.
On September 27, 2008, she headlined Anaheim, California's the Chance Theater with fellow Wicked alum Eden Espinosa, and with "Spring Awakening" alum Lea Michele for the Broadway Chance Style Up Close and Personal concert.
Bell Bundy reprised the role of Elle Woods in the U.S. national tour of Legally Blonde as a temporary replacement for the injured Becky Gulsvig. She began her brief run on January 13, 2009, and ended it on February 22, 2009. She was to play Elle again during the Nashville engagement of the national tour from June 23–28. However, she fractured her arm during the performance on June 27, and finished the show, and was rushed to the hospital immediately after.
Bell Bundy has a recurring role on Hart of Dixie on the CW.
Bell Bundy is a spokesperson for Supercuts, and appears in their Winter 2012 advertisement campaign.
She currently stars as Dr. Jordan Denby on Anger Management.Bell Bundy at Birdland in July 2007
Her first single, "Giddy On Up", debuted on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart at number 60 for the chart week of February 20, 2010, and peaked at number 31 in May. The single was made into a music video, which was directed by Shane Drake. She also performed the song on the 2010 Academy of Country Music Awards, where it was done in the style of the music video. The next single, "Drop On By," was less successful than her debut, only peaking at number 48. Her single "Giddy On Up" is also featured on popular dancing video game, Just Dance 3.
Her second album, Achin' and Shakin' was released on April 13, 2010. It debuted at number 5 on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart as well as number 28 on the all-genre Billboard 200. As of June 26, 2010, the album has sold over 70,000 copies in the United States. It also charted internationally, where it reached number 34 on the Norwegian Albums Chart.
Bell Bundy began as the spokesperson for the Selected Chevrolet Dealers of Middle Tennessee in September 2011.
Bell Bundy released her first single off her second studio album Another Piece of Me in 2012. A music video for the single was filmed and released on CMT.com, however not long after the video was taken down. The single has since been removed from iTunes as well. The album was never released.
|Title||Album details||Peak chart positions|
|Longing for a Place Already Gone||—||—||—|
|I'll Be Home for Christmas||
|Achin' and Shakin'||
|Live at Jazzfest 2013||
|"—" denotes releases that did not chart|
|Year||Single||Peak chart positions||Album|
|US Country Airplay||US Bubbling
|2010||"Giddy On Up"||31||—||7||43||Achin' and Shakin'|
|"Drop On By"||48||—||—||—|
|2012||"That's What Angels Do"||—||—||—||—||Another Piece of Me(unreleased)|
|"—" denotes releases that did not chart|
|2010||"Giddy On Up"||Shane Drake|
|"Drop On By"||Kristin Barlowe|
|2012||"That's What Angels Do"||Laura Bell Bundy/Becky Fluke|
|2013||"Two Step" (with Colt Ford)|
|1993||The Adventures of Huck Finn||Susan Wilks||as Laura Bundy|
|1993||Life with Mikey||Courtney Aspinall||as Laura Bundy|
|1995||Jumanji||Young Sarah Whittle|
|1998||Strangers with Candy: Retardation, A Celebration||Kimberly Timothy||as Laura Bundy|
|2003||All Grown Up||Brenda||TV movie|
|2007||Legally Blonde: The Musical||Elle Woods||Broadway|
|2008||The Drum Beats Twice||Peggy||as Laura Bundy|
|2011||Hound Dogs||Ginger Ledoux||TV movie|
|2011||To the Mat||Janice||TV movie|
|2013||Dear Dumb Diary||Aunt Carol||TV Movie|
|1996||Home Improvement||Sharon||1 episode|
|1999||Guiding Light||Marah Lewis||1999–2001|
|2005||Veronica Mars||Julie Bloch||1 episode|
|2006||Cold Case||Nora McCarthy||1 episode|
|2006||Modern Men||Tyffani||1 episode|
|2008||Happy Hour||Alicia||1 episode|
|2010–2014||How I Met Your Mother||Becky||5 episodes|
|2010||Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List||Herself||1 episode|
|2011||Trailer Trash||Peggy Sue||1 episode|
|2012–present||Hart of Dixie||Shelby||Recurring Role|
|2013||Malibu Country||Shauna||1 episode|
|2013–present||Anger Management||Dr. Jordan Denby||Series Regular|
|2013||To Appomattox||Abby Dunlap||4 episodes|
|2007||Tony Award||Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Musical - Elle Woods - Legally Blonde: The Musical||Nominated|
|Drama Desk Award||Outstanding Actress in a Musical - Elle Woods - Legally Blonde: The Musical||Nominated|
|2010||CMT Music Awards|
|USA Weekend Breakthrough Video of the Year - "Giddy On Up"||Nominated|
|American Country Awards||Video by New/Breakthrough Artist - "Giddy On Up"||Nominated|