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Lex’s Laura Bell Bundy hits big-time (again) with lead role in TV’s Anger Management

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From a tour with Rascal Flatts this summer to leading lady opposite Charlie Sheen on FX’s Anger Management, Lexington’s Laura Bell Bundy continues a climb to stardom that started with dancing lessons at Town and Village School of Dance in Paris.
 

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Lexington native Laura Bell Bundy

The Lexington Catholic graduate and Tony-nominated actress and singer/songwriter will begin shooting this week in the role of Dr. Jordan Denby, a partner for Sheen’s character in a sex research project, according to TV Guide and Bundy’s website. The character Denby is also a recent divorcee with a drinking problem. Bundy is reportedly “ecstatic” about the new role.
 

Bundy replaces Selma Blair who left the show in June. Blair reportedly complained about Sheen’s work ethic and the star then refused to work with her. The show airs on Thursdays at 9:30 p.m. on FX.
 

Bundy, daughter of Lorna Bell Bundy-Jones and Don Bundy of Lexington, has no problem with “work ethic.” She got her start at an early age at Images Model Agency. At age 9 she appeared in the Radio City Christmas Spectacular in New York City, and at age 10, she originated the role of Tina Denmark in the successful off-Broadway production of Ruthless, The Musical for which she received the Outer-Critics Circle Award and a Drama Desk nomination. She began writing country music at age 14 and had her first band at 18.
 
Along the way, it’s been a lot of hard work and one big step after another – including a country music career, off-Broadway, Broadway, television, music videos, soap operas, movies – and judging the Miss America pageant.
 
Her Tony award for Best Leading Actress in a Musical came when she originated the role of Elle Woods in Legally Blonde at the Palace Theater on Broadway. She was also the original Amber Von Tussie on Broadway in Hairspray.
 

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Laura Bell Bundy filmed music videos in Lexington last year. (KyForward file photo)

She also had a recurring role on the sixth season of How I Met Your Mother as Becky and the recurring role of Shelby on the CW show Hart of Dixie.
 
Her film credits include Dreamgirls, Jumanji, Life with Mikey and The Adventures of Huck Finn.
 
Bundy performed her winning “Giddy On Up” single from her first album at the Academy of Country Music Awards in 2010. That same year, her second album was released and debuted at No. 5 on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart.

 
Despite her success, she described herself as a “hometown Kentucky girl at heart,” in an interview with KyForward last year. She said she loves “watching the Wildcats play basketball, hanging out with her family and, of course, bourbon” (Maker’s Mark is her favorite).
 
She has said she hopes to be able to continue her recurring role on Heart of Dixie – and that she will be appearing with Rascal Flatts in Cincinnati on Sept. 5.
 

For more information:
LauraBellBundy.com
Laura Bell Bundy’s Facebook page
 

You might also be interested in reading: Laura Bell Bundy: Despite fame and celebrity, she’s a hometown Kentucky girl at heart.

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