Renee Goldsberry

Renee Elise Goldsberry

Renée Elise Goldsberry(born January 2, 1971) is an American actress , singer and songwriter . She has starred on Broadway in several productions: Nettie inThe Color Purple, Kate inGood People, Mimi in Rent , and Nala inThe Lion King. She is also known for her recurring roles as a singer onAlly McBeal ,as assistant Cook County State's Attorney Geneva Pine onThe Good Wife ,and her starring role as Evangeline Williamson onOne Life to Live. She is currently appearing as Angelica Schuyler Church inHamilton, for which she has received a Tony Award nomination.

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 Renee Goldsberry's Personal life

In 2002, she married New York attorney Alexis Johnson.Goldsberry gave birth to the couple's first child, a son named Benjamin Johnson, in May 2009. She and her husband then adopted a daughter, Brielle, in 2014.

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 Renee Goldsberry's Career


Between 1997 and 2002, Goldsberry had a recurring role onAlly McBealas one of the back-up singers who frequently accompanied Vonda Shepard 's performances. She appeared in a total of 42 episodes prior to the show's cancellation. She also carried the role over into a guest appearance on the showAlly .

in 2004 for "Outstanding Actress in a Daytime Drama Series" and won aSoap Opera DigestAward in 2005 forFavorite Triangle, with co-stars Michael Easton and Melissa Archer . Goldsberry was nominated for a Daytime Emmy Award for " Outstanding Supporting Actress " in both 2006 and 2007 for the role.

Following her leavingOne Life to Live, she held a recurring role as assistant state attorney Geneva Pine on the political dramaThe Good Wife, appearing multiple times every season throughout the show's run, and ultimately appearing in a total of 23 episodes between 2010 and the show's cancellation in 2016.

She has also made guest appearances on such shows asStar Trek: Enterprise,Royal Pains,Law & Order: Special Victims Unit,Younger,Masters of Sex, andThat 80's Show.


She was also the grand prize winner of the 1997 John Lennon Songwriting Contest for her rock music.

She also wrote and recorded an album titledEverything But the Kitchen Sinkand an EP titledBeautiful, both of which are out of print.


as Nicole, for which her performance was praised (although the film itself received mixed reviews).She also had a leading role as Drea in the 2008 action filmPistol Whippedand small supporting roles in the crime dramaEvery Secret Thingand the comedySisters.


The Lion Kingand was on the US tour forDreamgirls.

She later originated the role of Nettie inThe Color Purple, the Broadway musical adaptation of the Pulitzer Prize-winning 1982 novel of the same name ,from November 2005 to mid-January 2006.

, making her the final actress to play the role on Broadway.Rent's last performance was filmed and made into a DVD,Rent: Filmed Live on Broadway, which was also aired on national television. In 2011, she was nominated for an Outer Critics Circle Award for her portrayal of Kate in the Broadway production of David Lindsay-Abaire 's play,Good People.

She went on to appear in off-Broadway productions ofLove's Labors LostandAs You Like It, and appeared inI'm Getting My Act Together and Taking It on the Roadat Encores! .

and is currently performing the role at the Richard Rodgers Theatre . For her work onHamilton, Goldsberry won both the 2015 Drama Desk Award and the Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical. In addition, as a member of the principal cast of the musical, she was also a recipient of a Grammy Award when the original cast album ofHamiltonwon Best Musical Theater Album at the 2016 Grammy Awards .She was also nominated for a 2016 Tony Award for the part.

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 Renee Goldsberry's Credits


  • Ally McBeal, Singer, 43 episodes, 1997-2002
  • Ally, Ikete, 3 episodes, 1999
  • Providence, Clare, 1 episode, 2002
  • Any Day Now, Beverly Morris, 1 episode, 2002
  • That 80's Show, Spokesmodel #2, 1 episode, 2002
  • Star Trek: Enterprise, Crewman Kelly, 1 episode, 2002
  • One on One, Paulette, 1 episode, 2002
  • One Life to Live, Evangeline Williamson , 272 episodes, 2003-07
  • The Return of Jezebel James, Paget, 2 episodes, 2008
  • Rent: Filmed Live on Broadway, Mimi Marquez, filmed stage production, 2008
  • Life on Mars, Denise Watkins, 1 episode, 2008
  • Royal Pains, Mrs. Phillips, 1 episode, 2010
  • White Collar, Ellen Samuel, 1 episode, 2010
  • Running Wilde, 1 episode, 2010
  • The Good Wife, Geneva Pine, 23 episodes, 2010-16
  • The Following, Olivia Warren, 3 episodes, 2013
  • Save Me, Mary, 1 episode, 2013
  • Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, Martha Marron, 3 episodes, 2013-14
  • Masters of Sex, Morgan Hogue, 1 episode, 2014
  • Younger, Courtney Ostin, 1 episode, 2015


  • Palco & Hirsch, Jessica, 2001
  • All About You, Nicole, 2001 (also composer/lyricist)
  • Turnaround, Rachel, 2002
  • Pistol Whipped, Drea, 2008
  • Jump the Broom: A Musical, Ayana, 2009 (short)
  • Every Secret Thing, Cynthia Barnes, 2014
  • Sisters, Kim, 2015


  • The Lion King, Nala (replacement), Broadway
  • Dreamgirls, US Tour
  • Paper Moon, regional
  • Abyssinia, regional
  • Two Gentlemen of Verona, Sylvia, off-Broadway, 2005
  • The Color Purple, Nettie, Broadway, 2005
  • The Baker's Wife, off-Broadway, 2007
  • Rent, Mimi Marquez (replacement), Broadway, 2007-08
  • Good People, Kate, Broadway, 2011
  • Love's Labor's Lost, off-Broadway, 2011
  • As You Like It, off-Broadway, 2012
  • I'm Getting My Act Together and Taking It on the Road, Heather, Encores! , 2013
  • Hamilton, Angelica Schuyler , off- Broadway, 2015
  • Hamilton, Angelica Schuyler , Broadway, 2015-present

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 Renee Goldsberry's Discography

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 Renee Goldsberry's Awards and nominations

2004 NAACP Image Awards Outstanding Actress in a Daytime Drama SeriesOne Life to LiveNominated
2005 Soap Opera Digest Award Favorite TriangleWon
Drama League Award Distinguished Performance Two Gentlemen of VeronaNominated
2006Daytime Emmy AwardOutstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama SeriesOne Life to LiveNominated
Image Award Outstanding Actress in a Daytime Drama SeriesNominated
2011 Outer Critics Circle Awards Outstanding Featured Actress in a Play Good PeopleNominated
2015 Drama Desk Awards Outstanding Featured Actress in a MusicalHamiltonWon
Lucille Lortel Awards Outstanding Featured Actress in a MusicalWon
2016 Tony Award Best Featured Actress in a MusicalPending
Grammy Award Best Musical Theater AlbumWon Audience Awards Favorite Featured Actress in a MusicalWon

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 Renee Goldsberry's References

  1. Kaufman, Joanne (2015-10-09). "A Night Out With Renée Elise Goldsberry of ‘Hamilton’". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2015-11-30. 
  2. "Hip-hop “Hamilton”-CMU News - Carnegie Mellon University". Retrieved 2015-11-30. 
  3. Goldsberry official website; retrieved January 5, 2009.
  4. "Renée Elise Goldsberry". IMDb. Retrieved 2015-11-30. 
  5. "Headlines: Renée Elise Goldsberry to Join Broadway's Rent as Mimi". May 15, 2008. Retrieved January 5, 2009. 
  6. "The Cypher Revealed: Hamilton Cypher [Explicit]". Retrieved 2015-11-30. 
  7. "Outer Critics Circle Announce 2010-11 Season Nominees". Retrieved 2015-11-30. 
  8. Schulman, Michael (6 August 2015). "The Women of "Hamilton"". The New Yorker. Retrieved 12 August 2015. 
  9. Past Winners. GRAMMY Search database. Grammy Awards. 2016. Retrieved February 23, 2016

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