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Kristen Bell

Full Name Kristen Anne Bell
Age 42
Birthday July 18, 1980
Born Huntington Woods, Michigan
Height 5‘1"
Net Worth $25 million
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Kristen Bell is a famous American actress known for her witty charm and versatility on screen. With her girl-next-door looks and sharp comedic timing, Bell has captivated audiences in both television and film.

Early Life and Education

Born in Michigan, Kristen Bell spent most of her childhood in nearby Huntington Woods. She grew up with her parents, Tom and Lorelei Bell, and her younger sister Sara. As a child, Bell participated in school drama and music clubs, discovering her passion for performing. At age 11 she landed her first role in a local production of Raggedy Ann and Andy.

Eager to hone her acting skills, Bell left high school early and enrolled at New York University‘s prestigious Tisch School of the Arts. She left before graduating to take on major roles in Broadway productions like The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and The Crucible, working alongside established actors like Aaron Eckhart.

Breakout Role on Veronica Mars

In 2004, 22-year-old Kristen Bell was cast in her breakout role as the title character in Veronica Mars. This neo-noir drama aired for three seasons on UPN and then The CW. Bell portrayed Veronica Mars, a witty high school student who moonlights as a private investigator under the guidance of her detective father. The show was set in the fictional town of Neptune, California and followed Veronica as she solved mysteries while uncovering the corruption of her affluent community.

Veronica Mars earned rave reviews, with critics praising the sharp writing and Bell‘s magnetic performance as the whip-smart, fearless sleuth. Though the show had modest ratings, it attracted a passionate cult following. Fans fell in love with Bell‘s versatility as her character effortlessly switched between being an average teenage girl, skilled detective, and loyal friend. This devoted fanbase raised funds via Kickstarter for a 2014 Veronica Mars film continuation with Bell and most of the original cast.

Comedic Film Roles

After Veronica Mars ended, Bell leveraged her signature combo of humor, intelligence, and charm to land roles in multiple hit comedies. In 2008‘s Forgetting Sarah Marshall, she played a hip, disarming musician who happens to be Jason Segel‘s character‘s ex-girlfriend. Her scene-stealing supporting turn gained Hollywood‘s attention.

She went on to star opposite her now-husband Dax Shepard in romantic comedies like When in Rome and CHiPS. But it was her raunchy 2012 comedy Hit and Run, written and co-directed by Shepard, that showed Bell was willing to take risks and commit fully to outrageous characters.

In 2016‘s Bad Moms, Bell led an ensemble cast as a fed-up overworked mom who indulges in partying with some fellow stressed-out parents. Critics praised Bad Moms as a clever look at motherhood and applauded Bell‘s "fantastic lead performance."

The Good Place and Frozen

Currently, Bell stars as Eleanor Shellstrop on NBC‘s hit The Good Place sitcom alongside veteran actor Ted Danson. The show, about a woman who dies and enters a utopian afterlife, has earned stellar reviews for its philosophical themes and offbeat humor. Bell expertly handles her character‘s signature sarcasm and faux narcissism while allowing glimpses of vulnerability and growth.

In film, Bell has voiced the eternally optimistic, fearless Princess Anna in Disney‘s Frozen animated movies. The original 2013 Frozen was a massive global hit,grossing over $1 billion. Bell charmed audiences with her vocal performance, infusing warmth and spunk into the character. She reprised this beloved role in the 2019 sequel Frozen II and in shorts, video games, and more.

Personal Life and Activism

Bell has been happily married to fellow actor Dax Shepard since 2013 when they wed at the Beverly Hills County Clerk‘s Office. The couple has two daughters – Lincoln, born in 2013, and Delta, born in 2014.

Outside of acting, Bell has used her platform to advocate for causes like immigration reform, mental health resources, and animal welfare. She and Shepard launched the natural baby brand Hello Bello in 2019. The couple co-authored the 2022 book The Kids Are All…Oh You Know: A New Mom Survival Guide.

Now 42, Kristen Bell has certainly come a long way from her days as a NYU drama student. But whether she‘s playing a quick-witted detective, sarcastic ex, or eternally optimistic princess, Bell always brings honesty, humor, and heart to every role. Her versatility, endeavoring spirit, and talent for comedy will surely continue delighting audiences in the years to come.