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==Early life==
 
==Early life==
Adopted as a baby, '''Kristi Dawn Chenoweth''' was born and grew up in [[Broken Arrow, Oklahoma]], a suburb of [[Tulsa, Oklahoma]]. She has said that she is one-quarter [[Cherokee]].<ref>{{cite web | url=http://kchenoweth.net/kristin_biography.php | title=Kristin Dawn Chenoweth | publisher=KChenoweth.Net | accessdate=October 13, 2011}}</ref><ref>{{cite web|url=http://www.parade.com/articles/editions/2005/edition_05-15-2005/in_step_with_1|title=Brady's Bits: Kristin Chenoweth|accessdate=September 12, 2009| publisher=[[Parade (magazine)|Parade]]| date=May 15, 2005| last=Brady | first=James| authorlink=James Brady (columnist)| quote=Chenoweth's family name is Welsh, but she's part Cherokee. 'One-fourth,' she said.}}</ref> At an early age, she performed gospel songs for local churches. A performing highlight of her childhood was a solo appearance at the [[Southern Baptist Convention]] national conference at the age of 12, where she performed the [[Evie (singer)|Evie]] song "Four Feet Eleven". The chorus begins, "I'm only 4 feet 11, but I'm going to Heaven" (Chenoweth is {{convert|4|ft|11|in|cm|abbr=on}} in height).<ref name=tcm>{{cite web|url=http://www.tcm.com/tcmdb/person/805677%7C0/Kristin-Chenoweth/%7C0 |publisher= [[Turner Classic Movies]]| title=Biography}}</ref><ref>{{cite web|url=http://www.pbs.org/wnet/tavissmiley/archive/200904/20090429_chenoweth.html |title=Kristin Chenoweth | date= April 29, 2009 | publisher=PBS | work=Tavis Smiley Archives | accessdate=2010-01-27}}{{dead link|date=January 2012}}</ref>
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Adopted as a baby, '''Kristi Dawn Chenoweth''' was born and grew up in [[Broken Arrow, Oklahoma]], a suburb of [[Tulsa, Oklahoma]]. She has said that she is one-quarter [[Cherokee]].<ref>{{cite web | url=http://kchenoweth.net/kristin_biography.php | title=Kristin Dawn Chenoweth | publisher=KChenoweth.Net | accessdate=October 13, 2011}}</ref><ref>{{cite web|url=http://www.parade.com/articles/editions/2005/edition_05-15-2005/in_step_with_1|title=Brady's Bits: Kristin Chenoweth|accessdate=September 12, 2009| publisher=[[Parade (magazine)|Parade]]| date=May 15, 2005| last=Brady | first=James| authorlink=James Brady (columnist)| quote=Chenoweth's family name is Welsh, but she's part Cherokee. 'One-fourth,' she said.}}</ref> At an early age, she performed gospel songs for local churches. It sucked and noone liked her. A performing highlight of her childhood was a solo appearance at the [[Southern Baptist Convention]] national conference at the age of 12, where she performed the [[Evie (singer)|Evie]] song "Four Feet Eleven". The chorus begins, "I'm only 4 feet 11, but I'm going to Heaven" (Chenoweth is {{convert|4|ft|11|in|cm|abbr=on}} in height).<ref name=tcm>{{cite web|url=http://www.tcm.com/tcmdb/person/805677%7C0/Kristin-Chenoweth/%7C0 |publisher= [[Turner Classic Movies]]| title=Biography}}</ref><ref>{{cite web|url=http://www.pbs.org/wnet/tavissmiley/archive/200904/20090429_chenoweth.html |title=Kristin Chenoweth | date= April 29, 2009 | publisher=PBS | work=Tavis Smiley Archives | accessdate=2010-01-27}}{{dead link|date=January 2012}}</ref>
   
 
After graduating from [[Broken Arrow Senior High]], where she participated in school plays, Chenoweth attended [[Oklahoma City University]], where she was a member of [[Gamma Phi Beta]] (Beta Omicron) sorority.<ref name=okcu>[http://www.okcu.edu/Music/faculty/fbirdwell.asp "Florence Birdwell, Professor of Voice Biography at Oklahoma City University"]. okcu.edu. Retrieved {{Nowrap|March 8}}, 2010.</ref><ref>[http://www.eduinreview.com/resources/gamma-phi-beta/ Gamma Phi Beta Sorority] eduinreview.com. Retrieved {{Nowrap|March 8}}, 2010.</ref> She earned a BFA degree in [[musical theatre]]<ref name=NPR2009>{{cite web |work=[[Fresh Air]] |url=http://www.npr.org/templates/rundowns/rundown.php?prgId=13&prgDate=04-16-2009&view=storyview |title=April&nbsp;16, 2009}}</ref> and a master's degree in opera performance, studying under voice instructor [[Florence Birdwell]], who also trained [[Miss America]] 1981, [[Susan Powell (entertainer)|Susan Powell]], and three-time [[Tony Award|Tony]] nominee [[Kelli O'Hara]].<ref name=okcu/> It was Birdwell who suggested to Chenoweth that she add an "n" to her first name.<ref>Beaujon, Ewa. [http://web.archive.org/web/20100612043021/http://www.expressnightout.com/content/2009/04/kristin_chenoweth.php "Keeping it Clean: Kristin Chenoweth, 'A Little Bit Wicked{{'"}}]. expressnightout.com, {{Nowrap|April 13}}, 2009</ref> While at OCU, Chenoweth competed in beauty pageants, winning the title of "Miss OCU" and was the first runner-up in the [[Miss Oklahoma]] pageant in 1991.<ref name=tcm/> In 1992, Chenoweth participated in a studio recording of ''[[The Most Happy Fella]]''.<ref name=Kristinofficial>{{cite web |title=Kristin Chenoweth.com |url=http://www.kristinchenoweth.com/}}</ref>
 
After graduating from [[Broken Arrow Senior High]], where she participated in school plays, Chenoweth attended [[Oklahoma City University]], where she was a member of [[Gamma Phi Beta]] (Beta Omicron) sorority.<ref name=okcu>[http://www.okcu.edu/Music/faculty/fbirdwell.asp "Florence Birdwell, Professor of Voice Biography at Oklahoma City University"]. okcu.edu. Retrieved {{Nowrap|March 8}}, 2010.</ref><ref>[http://www.eduinreview.com/resources/gamma-phi-beta/ Gamma Phi Beta Sorority] eduinreview.com. Retrieved {{Nowrap|March 8}}, 2010.</ref> She earned a BFA degree in [[musical theatre]]<ref name=NPR2009>{{cite web |work=[[Fresh Air]] |url=http://www.npr.org/templates/rundowns/rundown.php?prgId=13&prgDate=04-16-2009&view=storyview |title=April&nbsp;16, 2009}}</ref> and a master's degree in opera performance, studying under voice instructor [[Florence Birdwell]], who also trained [[Miss America]] 1981, [[Susan Powell (entertainer)|Susan Powell]], and three-time [[Tony Award|Tony]] nominee [[Kelli O'Hara]].<ref name=okcu/> It was Birdwell who suggested to Chenoweth that she add an "n" to her first name.<ref>Beaujon, Ewa. [http://web.archive.org/web/20100612043021/http://www.expressnightout.com/content/2009/04/kristin_chenoweth.php "Keeping it Clean: Kristin Chenoweth, 'A Little Bit Wicked{{'"}}]. expressnightout.com, {{Nowrap|April 13}}, 2009</ref> While at OCU, Chenoweth competed in beauty pageants, winning the title of "Miss OCU" and was the first runner-up in the [[Miss Oklahoma]] pageant in 1991.<ref name=tcm/> In 1992, Chenoweth participated in a studio recording of ''[[The Most Happy Fella]]''.<ref name=Kristinofficial>{{cite web |title=Kristin Chenoweth.com |url=http://www.kristinchenoweth.com/}}</ref>
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