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"Life's too short. I'm not."

You might know her as a Tony Award-winning Broadway star, who originated the role of Galinda the Good Witch in the smash musical Wicked and won a Tony for 1999's You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown. Or you may recognize her from her starring roles on TV — The West Wing, Pushing Daisies, Sesame Street...oh, and her Huge Hit Sitcom Kristin on NBC. (Huge hit. L.A. breast-implant huge. Ask either of the people who watched it.) Or maybe you saw her sexy spread in FHM magazine? Or her appearance on Pat Robertson's The 700 Club? Kristin is a wonderful collection of contradictions — but everyone who's ever met her remembers her as the little girl with the big voice. At four foot eleven, Kristin Chenoweth is an immense talent in a petite but powerful package.

In this lively, laugh-out-loud book, Kristin shares her journey from Oklahoma beauty queen to Broadway leading lady, reflecting on how faith and family have kept her grounded in the dysfunctional rodeo of show biz. The daughter of an engineer and a nurse, Kristin was singing in front of thousands at Baptist conventions by age twelve and winning beauty pageants by age twenty-two. (Well, actually she was second runner-up almost every freaking time. But, hey, she's not bitter.) On her way to a career as a professional opera singer, she stopped in New York to visit a friend and went on a whim to an audition. Through a combination of talent, hard work, and (she's quick to add) the grace of God, Kristin took Broadway by storm. But of course, into every storm, the occasional drizzle of disaster must fall.

Filled with wit, wisdom, and backstage insight, A Little Bit Wicked is long on love and short on sleep; it's essential reading for Kristin's legions of fans and an uplifting story for anyone seeking motivation to follow his or her dreams — over the rainbow and beyond.

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"Currently seen as waitress Olive Snook in ABC's Pushing Daisies, the Tony Award — winning singer-actress Chenoweth looks back at her multifaceted career, which has encompassed recordings (As I Am), films (Four Christmases), television (The West Wing), Broadway (Wicked), solo concerts, animation (Tinker Bell), opera and Opryland. Beginning with the intriguing speculation that her unknown birth mother could be watching her career rise, she recalls her Oklahoma childhood and vocal training when she learned '[t]he music didn't come from notes and lyrics; it came from life and mileage.' Personal revelations, such as her experiences with Mnire's disease, are balanced with bubbling backstage anecdotes. A chapter about her on-and-off relationship with writer-producer Aaron Sorkin includes a section written by Sorkin himself. With digressions, detours and words like 'whack-a-noodle,' the book is busy with show-biz flip quips and writing reminiscent of Julia Phillips's You'll Never Eat Lunch in This Town Again (minus the drugs and invective). Chenoweth has a frenzied, free-associative style; it's as if she's speaking breathlessly into a tape recorder between sitcom scenes. To use her phrase, this book is 'a hoot and a holler' — a fast-paced frolic that her fans will appreciate." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Synopsis:

In this exuberant, candid memoir, entertainer Chenoweth provides an intimate look at her life as an actress, a Christian, and a small-town girl in the big city, reflecting on how faith and family have kept her grounded in the dysfunctional rodeo of show biz. color photos.

About the Author

Joni Rodgers is the author of several books including Bald in the Land of Big Hair, a memoir of her own unlikely journey from cancer patient to celebrity memoir guru.

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Marcus, April 24, 2009 (view all comments by Marcus)
Kristin Chenoweth's autobiography, A Little Bit Wicked, is a fun, funny, sometimes self-deprecating look at this hugely talented vocalist/actress' career thus far. The Tony winner (You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown) and star of Wicked (as Glinda, the 'good' witch), among many other Broadway shows tells of her life with candor and honesty, with many a backstage tale about her route to the top of Broadway's echelon and her experiences on network television - from her little known sitcom, Kristin, to The West Wing and Pushing Up Daisies.

This is an enjoyable, fun read. If you're a fan of this talented lady or just a fan of Broadway and musicals, you will find A Little Bit Wicked to be a lot of fun. Highly recommended.
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Emily Keeling, April 22, 2009 (view all comments by Emily Keeling)
Touching on various childhood memories and the earliest steps of her professional career, Kristin and Jodi have created an honest and insightful biography which is sure to delight and captivate Kristin's fans. It's a must-read for fans of musical theatre. Also featured are timelines, favorite recipes, career and personal advice, and a gallery of images chronicling her life. She even throws in a few good singing tips. What more could a fan want?
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Product Details

ISBN:
9781416580553
Author:
Chenoweth, Kristin
Publisher:
Touchstone Books
With:
Rodgers, Joni
Author:
Rodgers, Joni
Subject:
Entertainment & Performing Arts - General
Subject:
Personal Memoirs
Subject:
Spirituality - General
Subject:
Entertainment & Performing Arts
Subject:
Singers
Subject:
Actresses
Subject:
Entertainment & Performing Arts - Actors & Actresses
Subject:
Women
Subject:
Singers -- United States.
Subject:
Actresses -- United States.
Subject:
Biography - General
Copyright:
Publication Date:
20090431
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
240
Dimensions:
8.44 x 5.5 in 13.405 oz

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Product details 240 pages Touchstone Books - English 9781416580553 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Currently seen as waitress Olive Snook in ABC's Pushing Daisies, the Tony Award — winning singer-actress Chenoweth looks back at her multifaceted career, which has encompassed recordings (As I Am), films (Four Christmases), television (The West Wing), Broadway (Wicked), solo concerts, animation (Tinker Bell), opera and Opryland. Beginning with the intriguing speculation that her unknown birth mother could be watching her career rise, she recalls her Oklahoma childhood and vocal training when she learned '[t]he music didn't come from notes and lyrics; it came from life and mileage.' Personal revelations, such as her experiences with Mnire's disease, are balanced with bubbling backstage anecdotes. A chapter about her on-and-off relationship with writer-producer Aaron Sorkin includes a section written by Sorkin himself. With digressions, detours and words like 'whack-a-noodle,' the book is busy with show-biz flip quips and writing reminiscent of Julia Phillips's You'll Never Eat Lunch in This Town Again (minus the drugs and invective). Chenoweth has a frenzied, free-associative style; it's as if she's speaking breathlessly into a tape recorder between sitcom scenes. To use her phrase, this book is 'a hoot and a holler' — a fast-paced frolic that her fans will appreciate." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Synopsis" by , In this exuberant, candid memoir, entertainer Chenoweth provides an intimate look at her life as an actress, a Christian, and a small-town girl in the big city, reflecting on how faith and family have kept her grounded in the dysfunctional rodeo of show biz. color photos.
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