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Lea Michele

Lea Michele Sarfati (born August 29, 1986), known professionally as Lea Michele, is an American actress and singer. Michele began working professionally as a child actress on Broadway in productions such as Ragtime and Les Misťrables. She originated the role of Wendla in the musical Spring Awakening and currently plays Rachel Berry in the Fox television series Glee. Michele performs in the soprano range. At eight years old, Michele went with a friend named Angela Hind to an open call for a musical. She decided on a whim she wanted to try out. She was offered the part and made her debut on Broadway in 1995 as a replacement in the role of Young Cosette in the New York City production of Les Misťrables. She played the role of Wendla in Steven Sater and Duncan Sheik's musical version of Spring Awakening, starring in early workshops and Off-Broadway and finally originating the role in the Broadway production in 2006 at the age of 20. Around the same time that the show was set to go to Broadway, she was offered the role of Eponine in the Broadway revival of Les Misťrables. She elected to remain with Spring Awakening, which debuted on Broadway in December 2006. She was nominated for a Drama Desk Award for her performance in Spring Awakening in the category of Outstanding Actress in a Musical. Michele stars in the Fox television series Glee, where she plays the star singer of a high school glee club, Rachel Berry. The pilot debuted on May 19, 2009. She has won a Screen Actors Guild Award for outstanding ensemble performance and the 2009 Satellite Award for best actress.

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LEA'S

Lea Michele seen on Mar 08 2014 in Los Angeles, CA. Lea Michele was photographed at a promotional appearance for her new album "Louder" on March 8, which was held at the Barnes & Noble store at The Grove in LA. For her ensemble, Lea chose a black and white printed Suno jumper that she paired with a metallic pair of Rupert Sanderson heels. To get a look inspired by Lea's here, try a number with a bold print, such as Wren's Open Back Kimono Dress in Black/White Floral or Milly's Graphic Jacquard Flare Dress in Black/White. For a dressier option, take a look at Kay Unger New York's Lace Occasion Cocktail Dress in Navy Multi. From there, Lea kept her accessories minimal... do you think that she should have added a little jewelry, perhaps something like Chan Luu's Swarovski Wrap Bracelet in Ombre Orange to add a pop of color? In other news, Lea recently chatted with Billboard about one of the tracks on her album, "If You Say So,Ē which is a tribute to her late boyfriend Cory Monteith. According to Lea: "Listening to it, itís therapeutic and difficult. It will always represent the most devastating thing thatís ever happened to me in my whole life. But at the same time, music is therapy. Itís been therapy for me in the entire grieving process and in my entire life. Iím grateful that Sia collaborated on that song with me and itís a moment in my life... music has just been so important and so helpful to me this whole year." So touching!

LEA GOES SEXY FOR SWITCH

Lea Michele seen on Dec 14 2013 in Los Angeles, CA. Lea Michele made an appearance at Switch Boutique's holiday soiree that was held in LA on December 14, and was joined by her "Glee" co-stars Naya Rivera, Chord Overstreet and Becca Tobin. Opting for a sexy black Three Floor dress with strategically placed cutouts, Lea accessorized with a pair of black strappy heels and a collection of rings on each finger. For those of you who are interested in getting a look similar to Lea's - perhaps for an upcoming holiday gathering? - it's super easy to score similar pieces here on CoutureCandy. Start with either AGAIN's Corvette in Scaled Black or Karina Grimaldi's Carolyne Dress in Jade, and then add on several pretty rings, such as mixing Avanessi's Knot Ring in Yellow Gold with Satya Jewelry's Gunmetal and Gold Moon Ring in Wax and Wane. Are you a fan of Lea's red carpet look on this occasion, everyone? In case you hadn't heard, Lea recently divulged how she was scared to release her debut solo album. She recently released the album's lead single "Cannonball," and the album - titled "Louder" - is set to come out in March 2014. Said Lea: "It's really scary because this is all me. What's funny... I was talking to my mom and she's like, 'This is the opportunity for people to really get to see you, who you are in a personal way.' And I'm excited about that because I've played a character for so long, singing these cover songs, which has been so awesome, and now I'm kind of ready to let people know who Lea Michele really is. It's emotional and uplifting. It's empowering, and at the same time there's still those really great songs in it that are just fun and that are happy. There's still those bright lights and those shining moments within the album. It's just a really incredible, somehow, explanation of what this past year of my life has been like." Are any of you interested in checking out Lea's first album?

FASHIONABLE FOR THE FOX UPFRONTS

Lea Michele seen on May 13 2013 in New York, NY. Lea Michele was photographed on the red carpet of the 2013 Fox Upfront Presentation that was held at Woolman Rink in NYC on March 13, rocking a vibrant Lela Rose dress that was paired with silver Jenni Kayne slingback heels. From there, Lea added on an oversized Dana Rebecca ring and a delicate EF Collection bracelet. To emulate Lea's look here, choose a sophisticated yet playful cocktail dress, like one of Kay Unger New York's stylish creations. Both the Short Satin Dress in Berry and the Stretch Satin with Embellished Top in Coral are similar to Lea's. From there, add on Satya Jewelry's Snake Wrap Bangle in Silver and Femme Metale Jewelry's Spiked Dome Ring for an edgy touch. Do you like Lea's promotional outfit on this occasion, everyone? In other news, the "Glee" actress recently posted an Instagram photo of one of her top skincare secrets... under eye patches! Hollywood Life reports that "Eyes by Valerie Youth Enhancing Eye Treatment are contoured eye treatments that feel so refreshing you will assume that refrigeration is required. They are cool and refreshing, filled with aqua botanicals and algae extracts that plump-up the delicate under eye tissue. This rejuvenating eye mask also helps to minimize the appearance of fine lines and dark circles. An absolute beauty must-have." I guess that's how Lea's skin stays so fresh!

LEA'S YOUNG DRIVE FOR SUCCESS

Lea Michele seen on Dec 27 2012 in West Hollywood, CA. Lea Michele was photographed leaving a hair salon with her mother Edith in West Hollywood on December 27, and the duo was seen getting picked up by Lea's dad, Marc. Sounds like it was a fun family affair! For her salon ensemble, Lea paired a bright plaid button-up (both Splendid's Plaid Button Down in Scarlet and Rails' Kendra Button Down in Pink/Grey are cute, bold options) with basic black leggings (Hale Bob's Legging in All Black are a wardrobe staple) and a pair of tall boots (for a flat option, check out Seychelles' Slap On The Wrist Boot in Black), and then toted a black bag with a long shoulder strap. A delicate necklace and a pair of aviator sunglasses provided the finishing touches for Lea's look. What are your thoughts, everyone - is this an outfit you would consider wearing to get your hair done? In other Lea news, the "Glee" starlet recently chatted with Daily Mail UK on a number of topics, one including her intense drive to be successful. According to LM: "When I was eight years old, I went with a friend who was auditioning and I decided to do it too Ė as a joke. Then I got it two weeks later. Itís like a key that fits in a lock. It felt natural and it gave me a rush. I just felt that I knew how to do that. And if you can do it well then obviously thatís the universe telling you thatís what youíre supposed to be doing. I was lucky enough to figure that out at a young age. I didnít want a small amount of success, I wanted a lot." Well good news for Lea... she definitely got it!

LEA'S

Lea Michele seen on Oct 15 2012 in Beverly Hills, CA. Lea Michele was seen attending Elle's Women in Hollywood celebration that was held at the Four Seasons Hotel in Beverly Hills last night, October 15, rocking a risque Zimmerman look that consisted of a black lace bodysuit under a sheer dress with slender striped panels. I'll be anxious to hear your thoughts on Lea's look here, everyone - do you think it's sexy and sultry, or is body-baring look in poor taste for the type of event that she was attending? In addition to her sheer number, Lea accessorized with a silver J/Hadley and Graziela ring and a pair of black strappy B Brian Atwood heels. If you're interesting in turning out a sheer look - with much more coverage than Lea has here, obvs - check out either Decode 1.8's Sheer Sleeve Dress in Black or Nicole Miller's Black Sheath Dress; both have sheer tops/sleeves but offer enough coverage to keep them classy. Or, you could try a sheer black top (like Zoa's Crinkle Shirred Top in Black) and pair it with black skinny jeans (try Hudson Jeans' classic Black Skinny Jeans) for a more casual look. Thoughts, readers? In other LM news, the "Glee" actress recently chatted with People Magazine about her perfect party dress, saying: "The perfect party dress is a cute mini. But it has to stand on its own, you shouldnít need a lot of accessories, hair or makeup. Something that you can just throw on and itís fabulous in its own sense. But itís also important to be comfortable. You canít say, ĎIf I suck this part in or donít eat!í" Umm... doesn't quite sound like she's referring to the dress she wore on this occasion, does it?

HABITAT FOR HUMANITY HELPER

Lea Michele seen on Jul 20 2012 in New York, NY. Lea Michele was photographed smiling and posing at the Valspar Hands For Habitat event that was held at NYC's Hearst Tower on July 20, wearing a cornflower blue Oscar de la Renta dress that she paired with black Versace heels. The event was focused around an initiative that auctions off self-made celebrity handprints to benefit Habitat for Humanityís disaster relief programs in the U.S., Haiti and Chile. What a great cause! On the fashion front, it's extremely easy to get Lea's look. Simply opt for a dress in a vibrant shade of blue; CoutureCandy has several options for you to choose from, including Single Dress' Pleated V Neck Dress in Royal, Kay Unger's Belted Dress in Blue, and Jack by BB Dakota's Dublin Dress in Surf. From there, pick out a pair of great black heels and accessorize simply with a delicate silver ring, like Lea did on her right hand. Christie Martin Jewelry's Sterling Silver Band Ring is the perfect pick. Do you like Lea's look here, everyone? In other Lea news, there is a lot of buzz going around saying that she and her fellow "Glee" cast mates were snubbed of Emmy nominations! According to JustJared, "'Glee' was shut out of all the categories except three, including a nomination for Best Guest Actress in a Comedy Series for Dot-Marie Jones." Lea did have a chance to make a statement about the Emmy noms to E! Online, saying: "I think there are so many incredible shows out right now. Iím very proud of our last season. I think it was one of our best seasons ever." What are your thoughts on "Glee"'s nominations (or lack thereof)?

LEA AT LETTERMAN

Lea Michele seen on May 21 2012 in New York, NY. Lea Michele was photographed arriving at the David Letterman studios in NYC on May 21, taking time to smile and pose for the photogs. For her Letterman look, Lea started with a sparkly Zadig & Voltaire jacket (for a more basic option that is more wearable, try Jenny Han's Cotton Denim Jacket in Light Denim), and then wore a basic white t-shirt (try Bailey 44's Cylinder Tee in White) and a printed Jenni Kayne mini skirt (for an exotic option, check out JET by John Eshaya's Printed Mini Skirt in Tribal). From there, LM wore a pair of black booties (for a super cute pair of peep toe wedges, check out Seychelle's Eye to Eye Wedges in Black) and casually toted a black bag as she made her way into the studios. What are your thoughts on Lea's look here, everyone - are you into it or no? For a fun fact that you might not have known about Lea, the "Glee" starlet has 14 tattoos! Some of her ink includes musical notes, a cross, writing on her rib, a gold star for her character, a bird, a butterfly, the word "Imagine" to match her co-stars Jenna Ushkowitz and Kevin McHale, and more. Says Lea: "I come from a very big Italian family, and tattoos are very popular. We'll be like, 'Let's all get tattoos.' Then we get super sentimental, and then the next day I wake up with, like, another butterfly on my foot. And I'm like, it seemed more important in the moment. On Easter, some people go hunting for eggs, we go get tattoos." I would have never guessed!

FOX UPFRONTS FANCY

Lea Michele seen on May 14 2012 in New York, NY. "Glee" starlet Lea Michele was spotted posing on the red carpet of the 2012 Fox Upfront Presentation that was held earlier this evening, May 14, in NYC. Looking gorgeous in a lace Pucci dress, Lea accessorized with a pair of Casadei stilettos and Lorraine Schwartz jewelry. To emulate this classy and romantic look for your next fancy soiree, choose one of Sue Wong's ladylike dresses, such as the Vintage Scrollwork Dress in Antique or the Short Dress in Blush. From there, add on an oversized gemstone ring as Lea did (Femme Metale Jewelry's Noble Fleur with Snow Quartz Ring is similar), and then finish things off with a few stacked gold bangles (check out Calico Juno Designs' Bracelet 28 in Gold). What is your opinion of Lea's outfit here, everyone? Also, do you like her dark and vampy makeup? At the presentation, LM spoke to E! News about the upcoming season of the hit Fox show, saying: "We were with Ryan [Murphy] last night, and he gave us basically the arc of next year for our characters. I just sat there and didnít speak and tried to memorize and remember everything. And things change throughout the year, but itís very exciting. I was super happy. Cory was happy.Ē Lea is kind of vague with her description - what do you think is going to happen, "Glee" fans?

SWEET IN WHITE

Lea Michele seen on May 01 2012 in Hollywood, CA. Lea Michele was photographed at The Academy of Television Arts & Sciencesí screening of "Glee" that was held in Hollywood on May 1, looking quite lovely in a look that's a bit toned down from her usual red carpet appearances. Clad in a Jenni Kayne white frock (for a similar option, try Gold Hawk's Flutter Sleeve Dress in Blanc de Blanc, or for a sleeveless option, check out Suzabelle's Kinnkora Dress in White) with silver metallic Giambattista Vall Spring 2012 sandals, Lea kept her jewelry and accessories to a minimum for a look that's totally fresh and perfect for spring. Do you think she should have added on a few extra pieces of jewelry, such as Avanessi's Large Stud Earrings in White Gold or Love Heals' Matrix in White, perhaps? Or do you like this look the way it is, simple and chic? Let me know your thoughts, everyone! In other Lea news, it seems that the "Glee" gal has a new celeb lookalike! Lea recently tweeted a photo of herself at this "Glee" event to Kim Kardashian, saying: "Kim Kardashian is it just me or do we kinda look alike in this pic?" Kim then responded, saying: "Twins! If only I was so lucky." Then LM responded: "Haha if only I was so lucky." Do you think that Lea and Kim have a minor case of girl crushes on one another?

LEA'S LAX ARRIVAL

Lea Michele seen on Apr 09 2012 in Los Angeles, CA. Lea Michele and her "Glee" co-star Cory Monteith were photographed arriving at LAX on April 9, after spending a weekend in Cabo San Lucas. For her airport arrival outfit, Lea donned a bright red jacket (the hue of Jack by BB Dakota's Wilimina Jacket in Red is similar to Lea's) over a slouchy white tee (try Michael Stars' Relaxed V Neck in White), and then opted for a skinny pair of jeans (for a similar pair, try either Earnest Sewn's Audrey in Bianca or Bleulab's Reversible Curve Legging in Alumina). Lea kept her accessories to a minimum, choosing only a pair of nude sandals, oversized black shades, and black shoulder tote. Is this outfit something you'd wear for a flight, everyone? In case you hadn't heard, Lea and Cory are rumored to be a couple, and Life & Style reports that their weekend in Mexico was a romantic one! According to a source of the magazine's, the two allegedly stayed at Las Ventanas al Paraiso, a luxury resort in Cabo, and spent the trip "quietly flirting and holding hands." It seems that many celeb romances originate from the star meeting on set - do you think Lea and Cory make a cute real-life couple?

PRETTY AT PEOPLE'S CHOICE

Lea Michele seen on Jan 11 2012 in Los Angeles, CA. Lea Michele looked white hot at the 2012 People's Choice Awards that were held at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live earlier this evening, January 11, wearing a slinky, draped white Marchesa dress. Just look at the craftsmanship that went into that dress - wow! In addition to her dress, Lea wore a pair of silver Jimmy Choo heels and rocked Lorraine Schwartz jewels. Sideswept, glossy locks and a bright pink pout completed LM's awards ensemble. In fact, Lea ended up winning the Favorite TV Comedy Actress Award tonight, as she was up against Tina Fey, Courteney Cox, Jane Lynch, and Kaley Cuoco. Congrats, Lea! To emulate her glamorous look with pieces from CoutureCandy, start with a unique white number, such as Sue Wong's Battenburg Lace Short Dress in White or Alexia Admor's Jewel Neckline Dress in White, and then choose a dazzling pair of earrings. Femme Metale Jewelry's Tassel Chain Earrings in Silver are both a pretty and slightly edgy choice. Finish off your look with Cynthia Vincent's Mesh and Leather Sandal in Gunmetal - which are almost like a sportier version of LM's Jimmy Choos - and add on a bright pink lippie, and you'll be set! What are your thoughts on Lea's People's Choice Awards outfit, everyone? Is this one of your favorite red carpet moments of hers?

LEA'S HOLIDAY EATING TRADITIONS

Lea Michele seen on Dec 06 2011 in New York, NY. "Glee" star Lea Michele made an appearance on "The Tonight Show With Jay Leno" in NYC on December 6, showing off her rocking body in a black and gold metallic Emilio Pucci Resort 2012 mini dress. From there, Lea accessorized with Stephen Webster jewelry and a pair of gold Christian Louboutin sandals. If you're interested in emulating this look of Lea's, start with a long sleeve mini dress with just the right amount of pizzazz. Minnie Rose's Printed Crew Dress in Luggage Print has a fun exotic pattern, while Jenny Han's Ruched Sleeve Dress in Black has the perfect amount of sparkle for a holiday soiree. From there, accessorize with a pretty double finger ring (like Erica Anenberg's Princess Twosome Ring in Gold/Clear) and a metallic pair of sandals (try Giuseppe Zanotti's Anthracite Mule in Pewter). What are your thoughts on Lea's look here - hot or not? On the show, Lea discussed her family's holiday eating traditions with Jay... which can sometimes present a problem due to the fact that she's a vegetarian. Says Lea: "In the Italian tradition, we always do only fish on Christmas Eve... and I love my aunt and I love my uncle - you make a great dinner - but I don't really partake in it! I'm a vegetarian, and it's a little smelly but they can eat it if they want to! And for Italians, even on Thanksgiving, turkey is like a side dish. We just eat pasta. This year on Thanksgiving, our turkey was on like a side dish. This much turkey, and then huge bowls of pasta came to the table. I'm totally fine with that." What are some of your holiday culinary traditions, everyone?

WHITE HOT

Lea Michele seen on Nov 03 2011 in Beverly Hills, CA. Lea Michele was white hot as she attended the Christian Louboutin 20th Anniversary and Book Launch at Barneys New York in Beverly Hills on November 3, rocking a sexy white Versus by Versace mini dress that perfectly showcased her toned and tanned gams. For the rest of her ensemble, Lea wore a pair of sky high dove grey Louboutin heels, along with a metallic Kotur box clutch and a Sethi Couture cocktail ring. To steal LM's look, simply opt for Kirribilla's nearly identical Lauren Dress in White or Alexia Admor's Strapless Gold Ring Dress in White. From there, sport a snazzy cocktail ring (such as Dean Davidson's Cocktail Ring in Smokey Topaz/Sterling) and tote a goes-with-everything grey clutch, like Julie K Handbags' Callie in Slate. Does this Lea look get your stamp of approval, readers... or are you not feeling it? If you're a fan of the "Glee" starlet, I'm sure you'll be excited to hear that Lea was honored with one of Glamour's 2011 Women of the Year Awards tonight! She joined fellow honorees Chelsea Handler and Jennifer Lopez at the lavish ceremony in NYC, in addition to Jennifer Aniston, who showed up to support BFF Handler. Do you think that the Glamour staffers got it right with their picks this year, everyone?

DISHING ON SEASON 3

Lea Michele seen on Sep 10 2011 in New York, NY. Photogs caught Lea Michele as she made her way into the Alexander Wang spring 2012 show at New York Fashion Week on September 10, and something tells me she doesn't seem to mind. Perhaps it's the fact that she stopped in the middle of the street to strike a pose - and she even did the "over the shoulder"! She pulled out all the stops. Then again, she's at Fashion Week! Why shouldn't she? Wearing a drapey beige dress (for something similar, try Indah' Cutout Shadow Tunic in Sunset or Bianca Nero's Knit 3/4 Halter Dress in Taupe) along with electric blue Brian Atwood peeptoe stilettos and a bling bling ring (like Femme Metale Jewelry's Crowned Gem Ring in Silver), Lea looked effortless and chic. If you're looking to make a colorful statement with your footwear the same way that Lea has, try Diane von Furstenberg's Eva Shoe in Citron. What are your thoughts on Lea's 'fit here, are you as impressed as I am? In other LM news, the "Glee" sweetie is dishing several secrets from the upcoming season! Says Lea: "I know that I have some really great story lines with Chris Colfer and Darren Criss. I know that Iím going to be in the high school musical which I canít say but itís one of my dream roles. So I know that Iím doing that and I know that theyíre going back to a lot of classic songs. From the first script it was not a lot of top 10 songs but older songs which I love and am so excited to sing and lots of broadway. So Iím super excited about that." But what about this alleged New York spin-off that everyone has been buzzing about? According to Michele: "You know whatís so funny is that I feel like so many people are looking so far ahead, and honestly for me, I know what is coming up for Rachel this season and Iím so excited for that so I try not to get too far ahead of myself and Iím just focused on what I have to do right now." Who is excited for the new season of "Glee" to start?

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