Kristin Chenoweth was supposed to become a regular on The Good Wife when she joined the legal drama in its fourth season. But the Broadway star ended up departing the show after just two episodes. And a traumatic incident on set ensured that she would never return to the CBS hit again.
Chenoweth was cast as journalist Peggy Byrne on The Good Wife in 2012. The character was first seen interviewing Alicia and Peter Florrick following the latter’s announcement that he was running for state governor. And Byrne didn’t pull any punches during her chat with the Alicia, describing her as both a doormat and hypocritical. She also caused further trouble with an article that ended up losing Mandy her job.
Of course, by this point Chenoweth was already a well-established actress. She’d first caught attention in 2001 sitcom Kristin before bagging roles in Ugly Betty, The West Wing, and most famously Glee, where she played alcoholic faded star April Rhodes. In 2009 Chenoweth won her first Emmy Award thanks to her supporting turn in Pushing Daisies.
You may well have seen Chenoweth on the big screen, too. She’s appeared in several festive films including Deck the Halls and Four Christmases, while other movie credits include Running with Scissors, Stranger Than Fiction, and You Again. But it’s on the Broadway stage where Chenoweth’s career has truly thrived.
At the turn of the century Chenoweth bagged a Tony Award thanks to her turn in You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown. Four years later she was the first actress to take the role of Glinda in musical phenomenon Wicked. Chenoweth has also co-starred in the Promises, Promises Broadway revival with Sean Hayes, and in 2007 she performed solo at New York City’s Metropolitan Opera. This was only the third time that a name from the world of musical theater had been allowed such an honor.