Idina Menzel
Idina Menzel
Biographical information

Full name

Idina Kim Menzel


May 30, 1971



Further information

Role in Frozen

Voice of Elsa

External links


Idina Menzel (born Idina Kim Mentzel, May 30, 1971) is American actress, Broadway performer and singer-songwriter. She is best known for her work on Broadway, starring as Elphaba and Maureen Johnson in Wicked and Rent, respectively. In Frozen, she provided the voice of Elsa.


Theatrical career

  • Rent (1995-1997)
  • Wicked (2003-2004, 2006)
  • See What I Wanna See (2005)
  • Chess (2008)
  • If/Then (2013)



  • Still I Can't Be Still (1998)
  • Here (2004)
  • I Stand (2008)
  • Holiday Wishes (2014)
  • Various soundtracks
    • The Other Sister
    • Desperate Housewives
    • Beowulf: "A Hero Comes Home"


Biographical information

Personal life

Menzel was born in Queens, New York, to a Jewish family. Her mother was a therapist, and her father worked as a pajama salesman. She also has a younger sister named Cara. Her family lived in New Jersey since the time she was in kindergarten to third grade, but she considers herself to be raised in Syosset, New York.

After her parents divorced when she was fifteen, Menzel began working as a wedding and bar mitzvah singer. She continued this job throughout her time in the Tisch School of the Arts in New York University. While there, she earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in drama.

She has changed her surname from Mentzel to Menzel to better reflect the pronunciation the family had adopted in America.