Kristen Bell is an award-winning actress that is best known for starring in movies and series like Veronica Mars (2004–07), Couples Retreat (2009), You Again (2010), The Boss (2016), Bad Moms (2016) and A Bad Moms Christmas (2017).
The New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts graduate, who has openly spoken out about her battles with mental health issues like depression and anxiety and has twice been selected as the “World’s Sexiest Vegetarian”, has also done work as a voice-over artist, most notably voicing Princess Anna in the Disney fantasy film Frozen (2013) and its subsequent sequels and spin-offs.
Bell was born Kristen Anne Bell, the only child of Lorelei (nee Frygier) and Tom Bell, on July 18, 1980, in Huntington Woods, a suburb of Detroit, Michigan. She, however, has four half-siblings and two stepsisters from her parents’ second marriages following their divorce when she just two years old. Her father is an actor and a CBS news director while her mother is a registered nurse. She is of Polish, German, Scottish and Irish ancestry.
Bell attended Shrine Catholic High School, where she joined the school’s drama and music club. She had however already begun acting, landing a role in Raggedy Ann and Andy while also appearing in a number of television commercials. Her mother had set her up with a talent agent and enrolled her into a private acting class to help her forge a career in the entertainment industry.
After high school, Kristen Bell moved to New York City to study musical theater at the prestigious Tisch School of the Arts. In 2001, during her senior year, she took the role of Becky Thatcher in the Broadway production of The Adventures of Tom Sawyer. She then went on to land an uncredited role in Pootie Tang (2001) although her scene was later cut out.
In 2002, after appearing in the Broadway revival of The Crucible, she moved to Los Angeles, California, in order to get more roles. Bell was however only able to land guest-starring roles for a while before later appearing in the film Gracie’s Choice (2004). She was subsequently cast as the lead character in the series Veronica Mars (2004) which received critical acclaim upon release. While continuing to work on other seasons of the series, Bell starred in Reefer Madness: The Movie Musical (2005).
Following the cancellation of Veronica Mars in early 2007, for which she had won a Saturn Award for Best Actress on Television, Kristen Bell landed another title charcter in the romantic comedy Forgetting Sarah Marshall (2008). She then went on to appear in Serious Moonlight (2009), alongside Meg Ryan, and Couples Retreat (2009), opposite Jason Bateman.
In recent times, while starring as Jeannie van der Hooven in House of Lies (2012-2016), Bell appeared in the sci-fi comedy Safety Not Guaranteed (2012), the drama The Lifeguard (2013) before going on to voice Princess Anna in Frozen (2013).
Who is Kristen Bell’s Husband, Kids?
Kristen Bell is married to actor, writer, and director Dax Shepard who is best known for playing Crosby Braverman in the series Parenthood (2010 – 2015). He further appeared in films such as Without a Paddle (2004), Employee of the Month (2006), and Idiocracy (2006). Shepard, who was born on the 2nd of January, 1975, has also appeared in other of movies alongside his wife. They are When In Rome (2010), Hit and Run (2012), and CHiPs (2017).
The Detroit-born couple first met each other at a birthday party of a mutual acquaintance, before they began dating in 2007, just after Bell broke it off with her former fiancé, film producer Kevin Mann. They announced their engagement in January 2010 but got married three years later on October 17, 2013, at the Beverly Hills County Clerk’s Office. They took so long to walk down the aisle as a form of protest to push for the state of California to legalize same-sex marriage.
Together, the couple has two daughters: Lincoln Bell Shepard, born on the 28th of March, 2013, and Delta Bell Shepard, born on the 19th of December, 2014.
Height, Weight, Body Measurements, and Other Facts
Birth Name: Kristen Anne Bell
Date of Birth: July 18, 1980
Place of Birth: Huntington Woods, Michigan, U.S.
Zodiac Sign: Cancer
Body Type: Slim
Height: 5 feet 1 inches (155 cm)
Weight: 48 kg (106 pounds)
Body Measurements: 34 – 24 -34 inches (86 – 61 – 86 cm)
Hair Color: Blonde
Eye Color: Blue