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18-year-old actress and singer
Ariana Grande currently stars as Cat Valentine, on the hit Nickelodeon show VICTORIOUS. Most recently, she was signed to the Universal Republic Record label with a single and album in her very near future. Ariana has just completed her first voice-over work as an animated fairy, Princess Diaspro, on the new Nickelodeon series, The Winx Club. She was also named as Klout.com’s third most influential actress online.
Originating from the world of Broadway, Ariana made her debut in 2008 in the original role of Charlotte in 13 the musical, for which she won a National Youth Theatre Association Award in 2009. In 2010, she created the original role of Miriam in the reading of the new musical, Cuba Libre, written and produced by Desmond Child.
In her early years, she has been a soloist with various symphonies including South Florida’s Philharmonic, Pops and Symphonia Orchestras, and has had repeated appearances singing at NYC’s own Birdland. Ariana performed the National Anthem for the first live ESPN broadcast of the Anthem for the Florida Panther’s hockey league. In the Summer of 2009, as a member of the charitable organization, Broadway in South Africa, Ariana performed and taught music and dance to children in Gugulethu, South Africa. Also, at the age of 10, Ariana co-founded the youth singing group, Kids Who Care, in South Florida, which performed for charitable fundraising events, raising over $500,000 for charities in 2007 alone.
Ariana in a Nutshell:
“I believe in manicures. I believe in overdressing. I believe in primping at leisure and wearing lipstick. I believe in pink. I believe happy girls are the prettiest girls. I believe that tomorrow is another day, and… I believe in miracles.” – Audrey Hepburn