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Biography #2 (for That's So Raven)

Anneliese van der Pol stars as Chelsea Daniels in That's So Raven, Raven's best friend, whose loyalty as Raven's sidekick often draws her into humorous escapades in the Disney Channel original comedy series That's So Raven.

Anneliese (pronounced AH nah LEE zah) was born September 27, 1984, in the Netherlands. She immigrated to the United States in 1987 and retains dual (Dutch/American) citizenship.

Her debut performance as soloist Lana the Ladybug in her third-grade musical established Anneliese's love for the stage. Anneliese went on to graduate from the Musical Theater Program of The Orange County High School of the Arts (OCHSA), where her talent was well-respected among instructors and students. Highlights of her high school experience include winning the title of Funniest Girl as well as a one-day suspension incurred for a dress code violation.

For her critically acclaimed performance as Eva Peron in the Buena Park Civic Theatre production of Evita in 1999, Anneliese won rave reviews from the Los Angeles Times. She also earned a place in history as the youngest actress (at age 15) to play the role in a professional production.

In 2002, Anneliese starred as Laurey in Austin Musical Theater's production of Oklahoma. Her performance in this celebrated show earned her B. Iden Payne and the Austin Critics Table award nominations for Best Actress in a Musical.

Anneliese is also an accomplished dancer, having danced the role of Clara in The Nutcracker and the title role of Copelia for the Southern California Dance Theater. Recently, she contributed a song to the soundtrack for Stuck in the Suburbs, a Disney Channel Original Movie, and looks forward to more vocal projects.

Anneliese is a constant student of dance and voice who takes weekly acting classes from Andrew Magarian at The Shop in North Hollywood. While continuing to take great pleasure in playing the sweetly goofy Chelsea Daniels, Anneliese looks forward to undertaking dramatic roles in the future.

Bio courtesy ABC for "That's So Raven" (19-Nov-2006)


Biography #3

Anneliese Louise van der Pol (born September 23, 1984 in Amsterdam, Noord-Holland, Netherlands) is an Dutch-American actress who's most famous for her role as Chelsea Daniels in the Disney Channel series That's So Raven. Her name is pronounced AH-NUH-LEE-SUH, not ANN-A-LEECE.

Biography

Anneliese was born in the Netherlands, where it is flat, green, and rainy, as she claims. Her dream was to be a ballerina, but a sprained ankle stood in her way. Although she had surgery to correct it, she still can no longer dance en pointe. Her mother, Dyan Ross, was born in Brooklyn, New York. Anneliese's family moved to the United States at the age of 2. She has two sisters, one born in 1982, the other in 1984. Anneliese is currently single and claims absolulety no time for guys and not even enough time for family. Anneliese grew up in Southern, California.

Theatre

A graduate of the Musical Theater Program at The Orange County (CA) High School of the Arts, Anneliese has already made an impressive mark in the world of entertainment. For her captivating performance as Eva Peron in the Buena Park Civic Theatre production of Evita, she not only won rave reviews from the Los Angeles Times but also earned a place in history as the youngest actress (age 15) to play the role in a professional production. Anneliese also starred as Laurey in Oklahoma! for Austin Musical Theatre, and was nominated in May 2001 for Best Actress In a Musical during the 2000-01 season by the Austin Theatre Critics Table.

That's So Raven

Many people believe that Anneliese's voice overshadows her That's So Raven co-star Raven-Symoné's, especially in the That's So Raven episode Road to Audition. She has said that despite rumors, there is no competition between her and Raven-Symoné: "Raven is a really good friend, and I feel no sense of competition between us whatsoever."

Film

In the film Divorce: The Musical Anneliese plays the role of a daughter whose parents are going through a divorce. Coincidentally, her character's name is also Chelsea just as it is in That's So Raven. The last name of the character, however, is Weber as opposed to Daniels in That's So Raven.

Music

Anneliese has a vocal range of 3 and a half octaves. She is a soprano and is trained in the belting vocal technique. Recently, Anneliese sang Over It for the Disney Channel Original Movie, Stuck in the Suburbs. She was in the studio recording her first vocal demo CD with veteran music producer/ composer Bob Esty, who has produced, written and arranged numerous hit songs for Barbra Streisand and Cher. Anneliese was also working with award-winning songwriters Allan Rich and Jud Friedman. However, the current status of her demo CD is unknown.

Article text released under CC-BY-SA. It uses material from the Wikipedia article "Anneliese van der Pol" (31-Dec-2005)

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