Renee Elise Goldsberry: All The Facts

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Renee Elise Goldsberry

Ever since she was a little girl, Renee Elise Goldsberry envisioned being an actress. The determination and hard work she has put in the profession over the years has made her one. She has starred in many television series and films. She is credited to have originated the role of Angelica Schuyler in the Broadway musical “Hamilton” which earned her the 2016 Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Musical. Renee has come a long way in her acting journey and here is everything you need to know about her.

Renee Elise Goldsberry: Age and bio

Renee Elise Goldsberry was born on January 2, 1971, in San Jose, California, USA. Her mother, Betty Sanders, (not a sister to Bernie Sanders) worked as an industrial psychologist, while her father was an executive in the automotive industry, he also held a career as a chemist and a physicist. Renee has one older brother and two younger brothers.

Even though her family had their 9-5 jobs, they were talented in music and as Renee grew, she discovered her passion for music and acting and her parents encouraged her to pursue both vigorously. Due to the job of her father, the family moved a lot as she was raised in Houston Texas, Detroit and Michigan.

At the age of 8, her mother led her by the hand into a summer camp alongside her younger brother who was rather coy. They were enrolled in a camp at the HITS Theater in Houston taught by the legendary singer and songwriter Carolyn Frankli. This early exposure prepared Renee for greatness.

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She attended Cranbrook Kingswood School, Bloomfield Hills, Michigan and proceeded to do a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theatre from Carnegie Mellon University in 1993. In 1997, she completed her Masters of Music in Jazz Studies from the University of Southern California’s Thornton School of Music and won the John Lennon Songwriting Contest in the rock music category.

She is 48 years old.

Renee Elise Goldsberry: Career

Renee started off her career in the theater when she played the role of Michelle Moris in “Dreamgirls” in 1997. Between 1997-2002, she appeared as a singer on Fox’s legal comedy-drama series “Ally McBeal” in up to 43 episodes. She adapted easily to her role as she has been singing all her life. In 2001, she made her motion picture debut in the film “All About You” as Nicole Taylor.

In 2002, she appeared as Nala in the Broadway production of “The Lion King”. Renee held a stellar career in the theater appearing in  Broadway productions like “The Color Purple” “Rent” and “Good People”.

She received a nomination for a Drama League Award for Distinguished Performance, and won a New York magazine Best of 2005 Award, for her performance as Sylvia in the 2005 “Shakespeare in the Park” revival of “Two Gentlemen of Verona”. While she wanted to also register long-acting credits in motion pictures, theatre productions snatched a major part of her soul.

Renee originated the role of Nettie Harris in “The Color Purple”, the Broadway musical adaptation of the Pulitzer Prize-winning 1982 novel of the same name. In 2015, she originated the role of Angelica Schuyler in the Broadway production of “Hamilton”. This role gave her career a major lift as she won a 2015 Drama Desk Award, the Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical, and the 2016 Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Musical. She also received a Grammy Award after the original cast album won Best Musical Theater Album at the 2016 Grammy Awards.

In television series, she has appeared in a number of roles. She played the role of Evangeline Williamson on ABC soap opera “One Life to Live”. She has played the role of Geneva Pine on CBS legal and political drama “The Good Wife”.

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Renee is also having an impressive career in music having recorded an album titled “Everything But the Kitchen Sink” followed by an EP entitled “Beautiful”. She has performed with Barry White, Patti Austin, Whitney Houston, Al Green, Mariah Carey, Faith Hill, and Barry Manilow.


Renee has also managed her personal life to the admiration of many. Her marital life is going perfectly well. She married New York attorney Alexis Johnson in 2002. In May 2009, the couple welcomed their first child, a son named Benjamin Johnson. In 2014, the couple adopted a second child, a daughter from Africa. They gave her the name Bielle.

Renee Elise Goldsberry: Net worth, height, and other facts

Renee is a successful actress in all ramifications but her net worth makes it look that she has been working without pay. For all those theater performances, for all those appearances in films and television series, and for all those song recordings, Renee is worth 1 million dollars.

She stands at a height of 5 ft 7 inches or 1.70 meters.

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