Ariana DeBose

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Academy Award-Winning Actress, Hamilton & West Side Story

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Ariana DeBose: Biography at a Glance

  • Ariana DeBose is an Academy Award-winning and Tony-nominated actress, singer, and dancer who plays "Anita" in the Steven Spielberg directed West Side Story.
  • Her role as "Anita" earned her the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress, a historic win as she became the first openly queer woman of color and only the second Latina to win an Oscar.
  • She performed in Hamilton off and on Broadway and subsequently went on to play the role of “Disco Donna” in Summer: The Donna Summer Musical, where she received a nomination for Best Actress in a Musical at the Tony Awards.
  • She starred in Netflix's The Prom, directed by Ryan Murphy alongside Meryl Streep, Nicole Kidman, and James Corden.
  • She also can be seen as "Emma" in Schmigadoon!, a musical comedy television series on Apple TV+.
  • Ariana launched as “Mary Wilson” in Motown: The Musical on Broadway followed by the musical Pippin.
  • Ariana, who stresses the importance of diversity and representation in media, was honored as one of TIME 100's Most Influential People and Adweek's Pride Stars.

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Biography

Ariana DeBose is an Academy Award-winning and Tony-nominated actress, singer, and dancer who plays "Anita" in the Steven Spielberg directed West Side Story. She performed in Hamilton off and on Broadway and subsequently went on to play the role of “Disco Donna” in Summer: The Donna Summer Musical, where she received a nomination for Best Actress in a Musical at the Tony Awards.

She played a leading role in Netflix's The Prom, directed by Ryan Murphy alongside Meryl Streep, Nicole Kidman, and James Corden. She also can be seen as "Emma" in Schmigadoon!, a musical comedy television series on Apple TV+.

Ariana launched as “Mary Wilson” in Motown: The Musical on Broadway followed by the musical Pippin.

Ariana, who stresses the importance of diversity and representation in media, was honored as one of TIME 100's Most Influential People and Adweek's Pride Stars.

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