Born July 15, 1979, in Kinnelon, NJ, Laura Benanti found success in the realm of musical theater before landing the part of Billie Frasier on Starved. She put her stage skills to use in the dance film Take the Lead. In 2007, she landed the role of Beth on the drama Eli Stone. She recorded an album of duets with Steven Pasquale, her co-star from a production of The Secret Garden. 2011 proved an especially productive year for Benanti, with prominent television roles in both the period NBC drama The Playboy Club and Law and Order: Special Victims Unit helping to boost her profile, and introduce her to a whole new legion of potential fans. ~ Perry Seibert, Rovi