Laura Ashley Bell Bundy is a well-known American actress and singer whose nickname is LBB. Her acting, musical, and story-telling abilities, coupled with her ambition and drive, have enabled her to achieve remarkable success in the entertainment industry. Since her debut in “Radio City Christmas Spectacular” at the age of nine, she has played in a number of significant Broadway roles. She has received multiple nominations for her performances in “Hairspray,” “Legally Blonde,” and “Anger Management,” among others. In addition to her Broadway performances, she has also starred in television programs, including ‘Angie Tribeca,’ ‘Idiot Sitter,’ ‘Royal Pains,’ and ‘Cold Case.’ She is not only an actor but also a singer. She began composing music at age 14 and formed her first band at age 18. Her first country music single, ‘Giddy On Up,’ and her album ‘Achin’ and Shakin,’ both of which were hits and won recognition, were lauded for their success. To advance her creative ideas, she formed the production business LBBTV, which produced the wildly popular comedy web series ‘Cooter County’ She is the spokesperson for the American Heart Association and also finds time for social and charitable work.
Youth and Early Life
Laura Bell Bundy was born in Euclid, Ohio, on April 10, 1981, to parents Lorna Bundy-Jones and Don Bundy. She is a Lexington, Kentucky native. Her mother is an employee at Victoria’s Secret, while her father is an electrical engineer. Her parents separated when she was 16 years old. Since then, both of her parents have remarried.
She received dance instruction from the Town and Village School of Dance in Paris, Kentucky. At the age of nine, she debuted on stage with a regional theatrical company, and at the age of 14, she appeared in the film “Jumanji.” During this period, she also began writing songs, and at the age of 18, she founded her first band.
She received her diploma from Lexington Catholic High School in 1999.
She was diagnosed with celiac disease, a severe autoimmune illness, at the age of 18.
Laura Bundy’s Career
Laura Bell Bundy portrayed Tina Denmark in the musical “Ruthless! The Musical” in 1992. It was an all-female musical that debuted Off-Broadway, with music by Marvin Laird and lyrics by Joel Paley.
She appeared in two movies in 1993: ‘The Adventures of Huck Finn and ‘Life with Mikey.’ She portrayed Young Sarah Whittle in the 1995 film Jumanji.
She portrayed Marah Lewis for two years in ten episodes of ‘Guiding Light,’ which aired on CBS from October 1999 to October 2001. She also appeared on ‘Veronica Mars,’ ‘Happy Hour,’ ‘Modern Men,’ and ‘Cold Case, and Strangers with Candy,’ among others. She has portrayed a variety of comic characters, including Justice Goode and Shocantelle Brown, in a number of short web films.
In 2002, she made her Broadway debut with the musical “Hairspray,” in which she originated the character of Amber Von Tussle. She was a standby for the character of Glinda in “Wicked” from 1998 to 2004.
She released two albums in 2007: “Longing for a Place Already Gone” and “I’ll Be Home for Christmas.” From 2007 to 2008, she portrayed Elle Woods in ‘Legally Blonde: The Musical on Broadway, earning critical praise. She went on tour with singer Marie Osmond as one of the Von Trapp children in “The Sound of Music.”
In 2010, she released her debut country music single, titled “Giddy On Up,” accompanied by a music video. The song was performed during the 2010 Academy of Country Music Awards. ‘Drop On By’, her second song, was not as successful as her debut.
After the run of ‘Legally Blonde’ concluded, Laura Bell Bundy began production on her subsequent album, ‘Achin’ and Shakin,’ which was released on April 13, 2010. She also appeared as one of Miranda Lambert’s friends in the music video for ‘Only Prettier’. In 2012, she released the single ‘That’s What Angels Do’ as a prelude to her studio album ‘Another Piece of Me.’
Becky was a recurring character in the sixth season of ‘How I Met Your Mother’ that aired on CBS in 2012. In addition, she had a recurring role on “The CW’s Hart of Dixie.” FX subsequently cast her as Dr. Jordan Denby, a sex-study researcher, in the series Anger Management.
In 2013, she signed with Big Machine Records and released ‘Two-Step,’ which reached number 59 on the Billboard Country Airplay chart. “Another Piece of Me” was digitally released by Big Machine in June 2015. Alongside Michael Gross and Meredith Baxter, she starred in the 2015 television film ‘Becoming Santa’
Little Bit Bitchy (LBBTV) was formed by Laura Bell Bundy to promote her creative, humorous, and musical ideas. The comedy online series ‘Cooter County’ has been the company’s most successful effort. When she is not performing, Laura writes, directs, and produces the majority of LBBTV programming with Tiffany and Brooke Engen.
In October 2015, she debuted her YouTube series ‘Skits-O-Frenic’ with Charlie Sheen as one of her first guests. Her singing, dance, and dramatic situations are also featured in the production.
Since undergoing open-heart surgery in 2015, she has appeared on numerous television shows, including Angie Tribeca, Scream Queens, and Greg Garcia’s The Guest Book.
In 2016, she appears in the final season of Netflix’s ‘Fuller House’ as Ginger Gladstone, Joey’s wife.
In May of 2017, she began recurring on the second season of the TNT drama series ‘Good Behavior,’ which is based on a series of Blake Crouch novels. Carin, portrayed by Laura, is an affluent suburban mother who is concerned with her daughter’s school.
In ‘The Honeymooners’, she returned to the stage in 2017 after a 10-year absence. The new musical is based on the same-named television sitcom. The musical opened at the Paper Mill Playhouse in New Jersey on September 28, 2017, under the direction of John Rando. She portrays Trixie Norton, a former burlesque dancer married to Ed Norton who desires to return to the entertainment industry.
Laura’s Major Opera
The album ‘Achin and Shakin’ by Laura Bell Bundy debuted at number five on the Billboard Top Country Albums list and at number twenty-eight on the all-genre Billboard 200. It reached number 34 on the Norwegian Albums Chart internationally. In February 2010, her single “Giddy On Up” debuted at number 60 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs list and peaked at number 31 in May.
Awards & Achievements
Legally Blonde: The Musical garnered Laura Bell Bundy two nominations in 2007: a Tony Award nomination for Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical and a Drama Desk Award award for Outstanding Actress in a Musical.
In 2010, her debut single ‘Giddy On Up’ was nominated for two awards: CMT Music Awards Breakthrough Video of the Year and the American Country Award for Video by New/Breakthrough Artist.
Her Personal Life
Laura Bell Bundy, who was born with congenital heart abnormalities, is the spokesperson for the American Heart Association. She had open-heart surgery in 2015 to address a ventricular septal defect.
After four years of dating, she announced her engagement to TBS executive Thom Hinkle in December 2015. They were married in Arcadia, California on June 3, 2017.
Estimated Net Worth
Laura Bell Bundy is one of the wealthiest stage actresses and one of the most popular. According to our investigation, Wikipedia, Forbes, and Business Insider, Laura Bell Bundy has an estimated net worth of $1.5 million.