Anneliese Van Der Pol
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Anneliese Van Der Pol
|Born:||September 23, 1984|
Naaldwijk, Noord Holland, The Netherlands
Anneliese Louise van der Pol (born September 23, 1984) is a Dutch-American actress and singer. After an early career in musical theatre, she was cast as Chelsea Daniels in the Disney Channel Original Series That's So Raven, a role that gained her renown among young audiences. Van der Pol also has a career as a singer and has recorded several songs for The Walt Disney Company.
 Early life
Van der Pol was born in Amsterdam, North Holland, Netherlands, to Willem van der Pol, who is Dutch and the director of the Physical Plant at the California State University in Fullerton, California, and Dyan Ross, an American from Brooklyn, New York City. Van der Pol's mother named her after Anne Frank after visiting the house where Frank hid. Van der Pol's family moved to her mother's native United States when she was three years old, and she retains dual citizenship between the Netherlands and the United States. She is fluent in English and speaks a little Dutch.
Van der Pol attended Washington Elementary School in Bellflower, California. Van der Pol began acting in third grade and graduated from the theater program of the acclaimed Orange County High School of the Arts. She played Eva Perón in the Buena Park Civic Theatre production of Evita in 1999 and received positive reviews from the Los Angeles Times. At the age of fifteen, she was also one of the youngest actresses to play the role in a professional production.
She also was a runner-up on a special karaoke episode of Great Pretenders.
Van der Pol subsequently starred as "Laurey" in an Austin, Texas, musical theatre production of Oklahoma! from 2000 to 2001. Her performance earned her the Austin Critics Table Award nomination for "Best Actress in a Musical." Van der Pol was later cast as Chelsea Daniels, the best friend of the title character on the Disney Channel's That's So Raven, a role she played from 2002 to 2007. Just as the first season of "That's So Raven" began, she went back to Austin Musical Theatre to perform in "Celebrate: AMT," a performance highlighting all the shows the company had done up to then. She was a featured soloist. Van der Pol has also appeared on the Disney Channel Games as a member of the Red Team; her teammates were Zac Efron, Kay Panabaker, Dylan Sprouse, Shin Koyamada, and Moises Arias. She was originally offered the role of Kim Possible but chose not to take the part. Anneliese also had a minor role in Bratz: The Movie as Avery, a mean popular girl.
Van der Pol is a soprano and is trained in the belting vocal technique. In 2004, she recorded the song "Over It" for the Disney Channel Original Movie Stuck in the Suburbs. Her second solo recording, called "A Day in the Sun," a cover originally sung by Hilary Duff, appeared on the album That's So Raven Too!. Van der Pol has been associated with several other Disney music projects, including the Elton John song "Circle of Life" for a special edition of The Lion King DVD, "A Dream Is a Wish Your Heart Makes" for the Cinderella: Special Edition DVD, and "Candle on the Water" from Pete's Dragon on DisneyMania 4.
Van der Pol appeared in the role of "Belle" in Beauty and the Beast on Broadway beginning on April 3, 2007. She was the final actress to play the role on Broadway before it closed after 13 years on July 29, 2007. A few weeks prior, on July 3, Van der Pol appeared on Live with Regis and Kelly to talk about her role as Belle. Anneliese spoke about being the last Belle, and what things were like at the show. She also performed "A Change In Me".
Van der Pol is one of only three cast members of That's So Raven (along with T'Keyah Crystal Keymáh and Rondell Sheridan) not to star in a Disney Channel Original Movie, although she is the only cast member to star in a Walt Disney Theatrical Production.
She starred in a new musical titled Vanities, which was performed at the Pasadena Playhouse from August 22 to September 28, 2008, and was scheduled to begin performances on Broadway February 2, 2009, at the Lyceum Theatre with an official opening on February 26, but the show has since been postponed due to the economic turmoil in the US. The musical will now begin performances Off-Broadway at the Second Stage Theatre on June 30, 2009 and officially open on July 16, 2009.
- ↑ Anneliese van der Pol Biography. TVGuide.com. Retrieved on 2008-06-22.
- ↑ Stated on the Live with Regis and Kelly show, July 3, 2007
- ↑ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QCvYYxRwgIE&feature=related
- ↑ Broadway staff. Anneliese van der Pol to Star in Vanities. Broadway.com. Retrieved on 2008-05-31.
- ↑ Producers of Musical Vanities Drop February 2009 Broadway Plan, Aim for Future
- ↑ Musical Vanities to Make NYC Bow at Off-Broadway's Second Stage