Stars who started out young onstage

Published 9:38 AM ET, Tue January 21, 2014
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She might be best known as Carrie Bradshaw from the HBO hit "Sex in the City," but Sarah Jessica Parker's acting credits include a stint in the lead role of "Annie" on Broadway in the 1980s. She revisited her days as the red-haired orphan in a guest appearance on Fox's "Glee," where she performed a mash-up of the classic tune "You're Never Fully Dressed Without a Smile" and "The Way You Look Tonight." Lynn Goldsmith/Corbis
Lea Michele debuted on Broadway in 1995, when she played Young Cosette in "Les Miserables." She went on to appear in "Ragtime," "Fiddler on the Roof" and "Spring Awakening" on Broadway before landing the role of Rachel Berry on the Fox show "Glee." courtesy Joan Marcus
Kristen Bell made her Broadway debut in 2001 as Becky Thatcher in "The Adventures of Tom Sawyer." She went on to land various film and television roles, including the title role of "Veronica Mars" and supporting roles in "Heroes," "Couples Retreat" and "Forgetting Sarah Marshall." courtesy Joan Marcus
Anna Kendrick was 12 when she won the role of Dinah Lord in the Broadway musical "High Society." Since then, she's appeared in the "Twilight" films, "Pitch Perfect" and "Up in the Air," for which she was nominated for an Academy Award for best supporting actress. courtesy Joan Marcus
Before assuming the famous role of Ferris Bueller, Matthew Broderick, right, began his acting career onstage. He won a Tony award in 1983 for playing Eugene Jerome in Neil Simon's "Brighton Beach Memoirs." He won his next Tony in 1995 for "How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying," in which he starred alongside Megan Mullally, left, and Victoria Clark. courtesy Joan Marcus
Liza Minnelli and Christopher Walken appeared in the off-Broadway musical "Best Foot Forward" in 1963. Minnelli later won a leading actress Tony for her role in "Flora the Red Menace" at age 19, and went on to a career in music and film that also earned her an Emmy, Grammy and Academy Award. Walken found more success in Hollywood, including a 1978 Academy Award for best supporting actor for "The Deer Hunter." Courtesy Everett Collection
She's the recipient of an Oscar, Tony, Emmy, Grammy, Directors Guild of America award, Golden Globe, Peabody award and a National Medal of Arts. There's pretty much no artist award that Barbra Streisand hasn't won. She also received the New York Drama Critics Award and a Tony nomination for her very first Broadway appearance, in 1968's "I Can Get It For You Wholesale." Courtesy Barbra Archives
From "Follies" and "Annie Get Your Gun" to "Gypsy," Bernadette Peters has starred in some of Broadway's biggest hits in recent decades. She made her debut on the Great White Way in 1967, when she was not yet 20 years old, in "The Girl with the Freudian Slip." courtesy Joan Marcus
Actors Montgomery Clift and Elisabeth Fraser, both born in 1920, starred in the 1941 Pulitzer Prize-winning drama "There Shall Be No Night." Later, Clift's Hollywood acting career garnered four Academy Award nominations, while Fraser went on to a career in film and TV. George Karger/Pix Inc./Time Life Pictures/Getty Images