Former child star Lacey Chabert, known for her natural acting skills and charming personality, is an American actress of French and Scottish ancestry who made successful transformation to adult actor. Initially coming to prominence for being a model for cough syrup TV ads and playing young Cosette in the highly successful Broadway musical “Les Misrables,” young Chabert acquired her worldwide fame and recognition while portraying regular Claudia Salinger in the Fox acclaimed series “Party of Five” (1994-2000) which also launched the career of such young actress as Neve Campbell. For her brilliant efforts, she earned rave reviews and took home two Young Star Awards. In 2005, one of the best young actresses of her generation, Chabert won a MTV Movie Award after making a strong comedic impression with her not-so-bright Gretchen Weiners role in the comedy film Mean Girls (2004).
In addition to acting, Chabert is also known as one of fruitful voice actors. Her cotton candy voice is well-remembered for voicing Eliza Thornberry in the popular TV series “The Wild Thornberrys” (1998) and its movie installments The Wild Thornberrys: The Origin of Donnie (2001, TV), The Wild Thornberrys Movie (2002) and Rugrats Go Wild! (2003), and Meg Griffin in the cult hit series “The Family Guy” (1999-2000). Additionally, she gained wealth exposure as the voice of young Anastasia in the 1997 Fox animated film of the same name.
Off screen, one of Maxim magazine’s “Hot 100” (2005), Chabert is a passionate photographer and an active supporter of programs that encourage youngsters to spend their time innovatively and effectively. During 1999-2000, she sponsored and judged a national in-school photography contest, Eastman Kodak Company’s The Yearbook Click. The brown-eyed, brown-haired beauty is also a competent violinist. She currently resides in Southern California, in which she moved with her supportive family since 1994.
Miss Jr. Mississippi
Childhood and Family:
On September 30, 1982, Lacey Nicole Chabert was born in Purvis, Mississippi, to parents Tony Chabert, a French-speaking Cajun from Louisiana who worked as a continuance operations representative for an oil company, and Julie Chabert. She has two older sisters, Crissy and Wendy, and a younger brother named T J. As a child, Lacey was deeply interested in acting, appearing in musical and dramatic plays before attaining double digits in age. A lively young girl, Lacey also began taking voice lessons when she was 5, and became one of junior vocalist finalists on a talent show four years later. Later, she also crowned the title of Miss Jr. Mississippi.
As for her personal life, Lacey owns three Chihuahuas named Teacup, Teaspoon and Tealeaf, as well as a dog named Abu. She is a big fan of actors Leonardo DiCaprio, Jodie Foster and Claire Danes. During her off, the 5’ 3” tall actress likes practicing various activities, including dancing, singing, golfing, ice skating, roller skating, cooking and shoe shopping.
Lacey Chabert had acting since she was five, appearing in dramatic and musical performances on stage in and around her hometown in Mississippi, and was approached by an agent four years later while on a family vocation in New York City. A junior vocalist finalist on TV’s Star Search, Chabert then landed several TV gigs, most notably in a cough syrup commercial. However, the multi-talented young star got her big break when she won the pivotal role of young Cosette in the hit Broadway musical “Les Misrables” (1991). She remained with the role for the next two years.
As for TV acting, Chabert, who made her TV movie debut with A Little Piece of Heaven (1991), got a bigger part when she was tapped to play Baby June, opposite Bette Midler as Mama Rose in the CBS TV-movie version of Gypsy (1993), detailing the prototypical stage mother of topless dancer Gypsy Rose Lee. The same year, she was also seen joining the cast of the popular ABC daytime soap “All My Children” in the recurring role of Bianca Montgomery.
Nevertheless, it was her first regular turn as Claudia Salinger, one of five siblings, along with Scott Wolf, Matthew Fox and Neve Campbell, who dared by the unexpected death of both parents, in the Fox long-running series “Party of Five” (1994-2000) that earned Chabert worldwide recognition. Playing the stubborn, egotistic but musically gifted little sister, she correctly conveyed the precocious quality that gave the character a sensitive edge. As a result, her acting earned her a plenty of appreciation and she was garnered the 1997 and 1998 Young Stars for Best Performance by a Young Actress. During the1999-2000 periods, she added three Young Star nods to her impressive accomplishment.
While working on the acclaimed drama serial, Chabert kept on busy doing other projects. After a role in the television movie Educating Mom (1996), the former Star Search’s junior-vocalist finalist lent her voice to the 1997 animated movies Redux Riding Hood, Babes in Toyland, and Anastasia, a Fox film where she showcased her musical talents by providing the speaking and singing voice of the young Anastasia. Lured by her impressive work in Anastasia, Chabert was handed her first film role in the following year when director Stephen Hopkins cast her in the supporting role of Penny Robinson in the silver screen adaptation of Lost in Space. The sci-fi film starred William Hurt as Prof. John Robinson, and Mimi Rogers as Dr. Maureen Robinson was a commercially hit though it didn’t receive the same success with the critics. She followed it up with several voice-over works, most notably as the recurring role of Eliza Thornberry in the series “The Wild Thornberrys” (1998), a character she later reprised for the TV movie The Wild Thornberrys: The Origin of Donnie (2001) and the wide screen films The Wild Thornberrys Movie (2002) and Rugrats Go Wild! (2003), and as regular Meg Griffin in the cult favorite “The Family Guy” (1999-2000).
After “Party of Five” ended, always a pedant for snuffing out excellence projects, Chabert rejected several MTV-movie offers. Instead, she engaged in two independent films in 2002 with the great Hometown Legend and The Scoundrel’s Wife. She also could sporadically be seen playing supporting roles in big screen films like Christina Wayne’s drama Tart (2001), the comedy Not Another Teen Movie (2001, starred Chyler Leigh, Chris Evans and Jaime Pressly) and the Eddie Murphy comedy Daddy Day Care (2003).
In 2004, the chirpy and sexy girl delivered a memorable comedic turn as Gretchen Weiners, the not-so-intelligent and most naive member of the nasty high school group, in the Mark Waters-helmed Mean Girls, opposite Lindsay Lohan, Rachel McAdams, Tina Fey and Amanda Seyfried. Chabert’s bright efforts in the comedy film won her a 2005 MTV Movie for Best On-Screen Team, an award she shared with other costars like Lohan, MCAdams and Seyfried. The same year, she also found herself acting with Matthew Davis, James Spader and Robin Tunney in the thriller Shadow of Fear (2004), as well as assumed the plum role of Brooke Ellison in Christopher Reeve-helmed television movie The Brooke Ellison Story (2004), based on a true-life quadriplegic woman who surmounted many difficulties to complete her study at Harvard.
Chabert’s raising film career was well-established in the following year when she was signed to have four different roles within a year. She first costarred with Andrew Keegan in writer/director Jason Carvey’s A New Wave (2005) before portraying sociopathic prostitute Faruza in the indie crime thriller The Pleasure Drivers (2005). Next up, she shared the screen with Jason Mewes in the comedy Nice Guys (2005) and starred as the defensive sister in the live-action teen comedy Dirty Deeds (2005), directed by David Kendall and also starred Milo Ventimiglia. In addition to acting, Chabert also provided the voice of Kaycee in the Jen Klein-created animated serial “Bratz” (2005) and Surthanna in an episode of “Super Robot Monkey Team Hyperforce Go!” (2005).
The 24-year-old young woman recently played the lead of Olivia Martin in the telepic Hello Sister, Goodbye Life, a drama by Steven Robman, starred as Noa Goldman, opposite John Doman, in a drama-thriller by John Carter, Fatwa, and will soon support René Ashton and Brody Hutzler in the comedy film Be My Baby, as well as play Dana in Glen Morgan’s horror Black Christmas. Moreover, Chabert is scheduled to play roles in the pre-produced horror movie These Woods (2006) and the series “She Said/He Said,” in addition to the announced Accidental Murder (2006), a mystery film written and helmed by Jeff Vargen. As a voice actor, she is set to star as Jeanna in Andrian Carr’s animated 2004: A Light Knight’s Odyssey (2006).