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Ariana DeBose Biography

Ariana DeBose is an American actress, singer, and dancer. She gained wider recognition for her role as Anita in Steven Spielberg’s musical film West Side Story (2021), winning the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress. She is the first Afro-Latina, the first openly queer actor of color, and the first openly queer woman to win an Oscar.DeBose has also appeared in several films and television shows. She made her film debut in the 2020 musical film The Prom, followed by a role in the Apple TV+ musical comedy series Schmigadoon! (2021).

Ariana DeBose Age

Ariana was born on 25 January 1991, in Raleigh, North Carolina, United States. She celebrates her birthday every 25 of January every year. Her birth sign is Aquarius.

Ariana DeBose Height and Weight

Ariana stands an average height of 5 feet 5 inches (1.65 meters tall) and weighs 52 kilograms (114 lbs). She has black hair and brown eyes. Her other body measurements are not available.

Ariana DeBose Parents, Family, and Siblings

Ariana in Wilmington, North Carolina. Her mother, Gina DeBose, is an eighth-grade teacher.  DeBose trained in dance at CC & Co. Dance Complex in Raleigh. DeBose has stated that her father is Puerto Rican and her mother is white. She also has African-American and Italian ancestry.

Ariana DeBose’s Husband and Children

DeBose is in a relationship with costume designer and professor Sue Makkoo. The pair met while working on Summer: The Donna Summer Musical in 2017. Previously, DeBose was in a romantic relationship with theater props master Jill Johnson. The pair met while both were working on Motown: The Musical.

Ariana DeBose Education

DeBose graduated from Wake Forest-Rolesville High School in Wake Forest, North Carolina. She then enrolled at Western Carolina University to study musical theater but left after three months to pursue her career in New York City. DeBose has said that she learned a lot from her time at Western Carolina University.

Ariana DeBose Career

Ariana’s career began in 2009 when she competed in the sixth season of So You Think You Can Dance. She was eliminated in the Top 20, but her performance earned her the attention of casting directors. In 2013, DeBose played Mary Wilson in Motown on Broadway, understudying the role of Diana Ross. She later joined the cast of Pippin on Broadway, playing a noble and a player and understudying the role of the Leading Player, which she ended up taking over for a short period in 2014. She can be heard playing director/choreographer Zoey Taylor in As the Curtain Rises, an original Broadway soap opera podcast from the Broadway Podcast Network.

In 2015, DeBose left Pippin to join the ensemble of the off-Broadway musical Hamilton. The show moved to Broadway later that year. She left Hamilton in July 2016 and made a guest appearance on the TV series Blue Bloods as Sophia Ortiz. She also starred as Daphne in the thriller film Seaside. From November 2016 to August 2017, DeBose portrayed Jane on Broadway in A Bronx Tale.

DeBose played Alyssa Greene in the film adaptation of The Prom, directed by Ryan Murphy, where she was opposite Jo Ellen Pellman as Emma Nolan. In March 2021, DeBose released a dance-pop recording and video of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s “Shall We Dance” for the album R&H Goes Pop, produced by Justin Goldner and arranged by Benjamin Rauhala. In 2021, DeBose played schoolmarm Emma Tate in season 1 of the parody musical comedy series Schmigadoon! on Apple TV+. In season 2 of Schmigadoon! in 2023, she played the role of Emcee.

Following her West Side Story success, it was announced that DeBose would host the 75th Tony Awards. DeBose called the opportunity to host “a bucket list moment” that “I didn’t know I had.” She received generally positive reviews for the show. She also made a recurring appearance in the fourth season of the HBO science fiction series Westworld.

DeBose went viral on Twitter after performing at the 76th British Academy Film Awards, where she celebrated the female nominees by name in an original freestyle rap performance. Despite being described by Variety as “a little out of breath at some points” and that the lyrics “felt clumsy”, show producer Nick Bullen defended the performance, claiming it was well-received by the live audience and that the criticism was “incredibly unfair” and he “absolutely loved it”. The rap went viral with lines like “Angela Bassett did the thing” becoming pop-culture sensations.

DeBose will next star in the upcoming science-fiction thriller I.S.S. She will also appear in the upcoming superhero film Kraven the Hunter, directed by J.C. Chandor. She will star in the spy film Argylle for Apple TV+. DeBose will also voice the character Asha in the 2023 Disney animated film Wish.

Ariana DeBose Net Worth

DeBose’s net worth is estimated to be $5 million in 2023. She has earned her wealth through her successful career as an actress, singer, and dancer. DeBose has starred in several Broadway musicals, films, and television shows.

Ariana DeBose Movies

  • Company
  • Seaside
  • Hamilton
  • The Prom
  • West Side Story
  • Once Upon a Studio
  • I.S.S.
  • Wish
  • Argylle
  • Kraven the Hunter
  • TBA House of Spoils

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