Popular as an actress, voice actress, and singer, Lacey Chabert made her debut in the entertainment world by playing the character of Cosette in Les Misérables on Broadway. However, her emergence to the limelight came after she was cast as Claudia Salinger in the TV show Party of Five. By 1988, the young performer was well on her way to becoming one of the most talented child actresses in the United States, gaining inroad into several other roles on both the big screen and small screen.
Lacey is a versatile actress with Hollywood movies like Mean Girls, Lost in Space, Christian Mingle, as well as Ghosts of Girlfriends Past to her credit. Her major work on the small screen was realized on the sets of A Christmas Melody, Imaginary Friend, and The Brooke Ellison Story. She has landed several voice roles, lending her voice to the character of Young Vitani in The Lion King II: Simba’s Pride and Eliza Thornberry in The Wild Thornberrys.
Before Hollywood, Lacey Chabert’s Early Days Were Spent In Purvis, Mississippi
Lacey Chabert is the third daughter of Tony and Julie Chabert; she was born as Lacey Nicole Chabert on the 30th of September 1982 in Purvis – a small town located in Mississippi. The famed actress is known to be of mixed ancestry as her dad is of Italian, Cajun, and English origins while her mum has Scottish, English and remote Italian ancestry.
Lacey’s father earned a living working in an oil company as a maintenance operations representative. Chabert is not the only child of her parents; the movie star spent her formative years alongside three siblings – two older sisters, Wendy and Chrissy, alongside a younger brother, JT. She is an animal lover and a dog parent; she once had a dog named Abu which sadly passed away but now she has three chihuahuas named Teacup, Teaspoon & Tealeaf.
Kitty doesn't seem as excited as we are about this…I'm pregnant!!!! My husband and I are thrilled & so thankful ❤️ pic.twitter.com/5IYnEFBd5f
— Lacey Chabert (@IamLaceyChabert) February 27, 2016
She Spent Her Student Days Participating In Several Plays
Growing up, the emerging actress attended regular schools, and also spent a lot of time in the woods with her siblings. Lacey’s days in school were marked by active participation on the set of many plays, both at the local and interschool level.
With the help of her grandmother, the young performer attended music classes with her older sisters and was even part of their church choir. Lacey participated in the 1985 World’s Our Little Miss Scholarship Competition where she emerged as “World’s Baby Petite”. That was not the only thing she accomplished at a young age; in 1985, 1992, and 1993, Lacey made her mark on the set of Les Misérables – a popular Broadway production where she brought the role of young Cosette to life. Lacey Chabert landed the part after she was spotted holidaying in New York by a Broadway company. She became a star after successfully enacting the role on the stages of several theaters.
The actress’ eventual success in the entertainment world has always been expected as she started preparing herself for her career since her childhood days. As a child, Lacey Chabert always dreamt of becoming an actress or a singer; as such, she was always caught singing in front of the mirror.
Her Role In ‘Les Misérables’ Led To Other Roles For The Young Actress
Playing Cosette in Les Misérables was not the actress’ only role at a young age. When Lacey Chabert just turned 11 in 1993, she got the opportunity to lend her voice to several projects such Best Learning Songs Video Ever! and Best Busy People Video Ever!
Before the year ran out, the young talent landed a role in the musical drama Gypsy playing the part of Baby June Hovick. In 1994, Chabert’s voice was heard in Best Sing-Along Mother Goose Video Ever! and Best Silly Stories and Songs Video Ever!. She attained celebrity status following her role in Party of Five, the teen drama where she was cast in the main role of Claudia Salinger. There, she played a talented orphan violinist struggling to attain stardom. The show ran for a total of six seasons and aired 142 episodes.
Lacey Chabert’s performance in Party of Five was highly acclaimed leading to guest starring performances in television shows like Gargoyles: The Goliath Chronicles and ABC Afterschool Specials.
The television movie When Secrets Kill cast her in the role of Jenny Newhall in 1997. She was also the voice behind Jill in Babes in Toyland, and Ruth P. McDougal, a minor character, in Nickelodeon’s show Hey Arnold.
Chabert then landed the role of Penny Robinson in Lost in Space – a 1998 sci-fi adventure film. One of her most prestigious works as a young actress was voicing the role of Young Vitani on the set of the legendary Disney movie The Lion King II: Simba’s Pride.
She Found Fame And Success Through Voice Acting And Live Action Roles
Between 1998 and 2004, Lacey gained popularity in voice acting, lending her voice to characters such as Eliza Thornberry in Nickelodeon’s animated series The Wild Thornberrys which aired a total of 91 episodes. She also made an appearance in the comedy teen movie Not Another Teen Movie breathing life into the character of Amanda Becker.
Meanwhile, the Mississippi native recorded guest-starring appearances in Stories From My Childhood playing the role of Jenny. She also voiced characters like Tanya in An American Tail, Callista in Hercules, and Cindy in We Wish You a Merry Christmas.
Lacey also landed the main voice role of Meg Griffin in the hit animated comedy, Family Guy. She voiced the popular character in the first season of the show; however, Mila Kunis began voicing the character from the second season.
2002 saw her featuring in guest roles in hit series such as Strong Medicine, The Proud Family, and The Drew Carey Show. In 2003, the famous entertainer reprised her voice role of Eliza Thornberry in Rugrats Go Wild. The next year, she landed the title role in the television movie The Brooke Ellison Story and joined the cast of Mean Girls playing Gretchen Wieners. Lacey Chabert portrayed Olivia in the 2006 ABC Family television film titled Hello Sister, Goodbye Life. Before the end of the year, she played a starring role in Black Christmas, Fatwa, and The Pleasure Drivers.
Lacey Chabert was part 2008’s The Spectacular Spider-Man as the voice of Gwen Stacy. Then, in 2009, the actress portrayed Jane in the TV movie titled The Lost. The Mississippi native went on to become one of the sought after voice actresses, taking up leading voice roles in cartoon shows and anime series like Young Justice, Allen Gregory, Transformers: Rescue Bots, Robot Chicken, and The Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes.
In 2012, Chabert shared the screen with Ethan Embry on the set of the television movie Imaginary Friend, playing the role of Emma, an artist haunted by an imaginary friend from childhood. In 2013, she joined the cast of the romantic comedy Slightly Single in L.A. as the protagonist Dale Squire. Before the end of the year, Lacey was cast in the main role of Maggie in the movie Anything is Possible. She then went on to play Kristen in the horror movie Scarecrow.
Lacey Chabert Has Found A Home On The Hallmark Channel
Her 2014 roles were recorded on the sets of Telling of the Shoes where she breathed life into the character of Abby and Ghost of Goodnight Lane as Dani. Also in 2014, she was seen in the faith-based romantic comedy movie Christian Mingle as Gwyneth Hayden. Within the year, Lacey Chabert also made appearances in two television movies namely The Tree That Saved Christmas and Living the Dream. 2015 saw her as part of the cast of the television drama film A Christmas Melody, playing the role of Kristin. She equally played Jenny Fintley in All of My Heart the same year. Lacy stared in two movies in 2016 namely A Wish for Christmas and The Lost Tree.
From 2016 till date, the actress has been quite active in voice work, lending her voice to several characters like Zeta the Sorceress in Shimmer and Shine, Vitani in The Lion Guard, Coorah in Kulipari: An Army of Frogs, and Zatanna Zatara in Justice League Action. She has played several lead roles in Hallmark films like The Sweetest Christmas, The Crossword Mysteries: Proposing Murder, Love on Safari, and Christmas in Rome. Beyond the aforementioned roles, Lacey also played the lead in Hallmark Channel’s Pride, Prejudice, and Mistletoe alongside Brendan Penny in 2018.
Her most recent role was recorded in 2020, when she depicted the character of Chelsea Whitmore on the set of the Hallmark Channel’s romance movie Winter in Vail which premiered on the 4th of January 2020. Also in 2020, she played Tess Harper in The Crossword Mysteries: Abracadaver, another movie from Hallmark Channel.
The Actress Is Married To David Nehdar
The famed actress tied the matrimonial knot with her spouse, David Nehdar, just before Christmas on the 22nd of December 2013. Their wedding which took place in Los Angeles was a secret affair which came as a big surprise to fans when she made the announcement through her Twitter handle. According to reports, the occasion was graced by a few celebrities like the sisters – Kaley and Briana Cuoco; also in attendance were Amy Davidson and Ali Fedotowsky. Friends were quick to express their congratulations to the lovebirds on social media
Prior to their nuptials, Lacey Chabert and David had been in a long relationship, though, how they started or where they met is not public knowledge. After three years of marital bliss, Lacey gave birth to their daughter, Julia Mimi Bella, who was born on the 1st of September 2016.
David Nehdar Is A Successful Businessman Who Enjoys Keeping A Low profile
David Nehdar is a formidable businessman who has has made a name for himself. He was born in the United States on the 16th of August 1974, and was interested in becoming an entrepreneur right from childhood. In pursuit of this dream, he studied Business Management, and thereafter, joined his family business.
Despite being married to someone famous, David maintains a low profile and is rarely spotted out in the public. Though he has a high net worth and a successful career, Lacey Chabert’s husband came into limelight only after his marriage to the actress. The media attention that came his way after his marriage has not changed him one bit, David still maintains his quiet life and has comfortably taken a back seat and rarely makes public appearances with Lacey. He currently lives in California with his family.
She Has Been Successful At Joggling Her Career And The Home Front
According to the actress, raising a child is basically just trial and error and with her husband, they have learned things that work for them and those that don’t. They have equally learned to communicate a lot better and have come to the realization that they have to talk everything out and not bottle things up.
In an interview with thriveglobal.com, the actress said that coming home after a long and stressful day with 10 pages of dialogue for the next day is a common thing with her line of work, but for her, the first thing that comes to mind is to spend time with Julia.
Her husband equally helps by having dinner ready and waiting or ordering something in. She appreciates this gesture and refers to it as an effort that takes a little bit of the responsibility off her, giving her the chance to get on the floor and play with the little girl and talk about her day. Bath time for Julia follows after which they put their daughter in bed and spend some time together before Lacey faces her next-day’s assignment.
Lacey Chabert’s Net Worth Is Estimated At $4 Million
Lacey became a success right from her debut in the entertainment world through sheer hard work and dedication, in addition to her natural talent. Her annual income has always come in variations but the latest review was pegged at $1 million.
The actress’ net worth is estimated to be $4 million which she has accrued majorly from her acting gigs. She has appeared in several commercially successful productions, a good example is the 2004 film Mean Girls which grossed over 129 million dollars and received 84 percent positive reviews from Rotten Tomatoes.
Lacey Chabert has also earned some major awards and accolades for her effort in the entertainment world; these include an Annual Young Star Award, a Young Artist Award, and an MTV Movie Award. Her animated TV show Transformers: Rescue Bots made her a nominee for a BTVA Television Voice Acting Awards.