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Katherine Renee "Kate" Shindle (born January 31, 1977), Miss America 1998 and Miss Illinois 1997, is an American actress, singer, dancer, and AIDS activist. She is the author of the 2014 memoir Being Miss America: Behind the Rhinestone Curtain, published by the University of Texas Press.[1][2] She is currently serving as the President of the Actors' Equity Association, elected in 2015.[3]

Kate Shindle
Katherine Renee Shindle

(1977-01-31) January 31, 1977 (age 42)
Alma materNorthwestern University
OccupationAuthor, singer, actress, dancer, public speaker, AIDS prevention advocate
Years active1997–present
TitleMiss America 1998
Miss Illinois 1997
President of Actors' Equity Association (2015-present)
PredecessorTara Dawn Holland
SuccessorNicole Johnson
16th President of the Actors' Equity Association
Assumed office
Preceded byNick Wyman



Shindle was born in Toledo, Ohio,[4] grew up in Brigantine, New Jersey and Moorestown, New Jersey[1][5] and attended high school at Bishop Eustace Preparatory School.[6] She was a double major in sociology and theater (with a minor in musical theater) at Northwestern University.[1][6] She has worked as an actress in New York since 1999.[1] Shindle is also a licensed real estate agent.[1]

Shindle appeared (as a replacement) in the Broadway production of Jekyll & Hyde as understudy for the role of Lucy and several other roles.[7] After being cast by co-directors Sam Mendes and Rob Marshall, she played the role of Sally Bowles in the 1998 Broadway revival of Cabaret on the national tour in 2000-2001, and on Broadway during June–July 2001.[8] She played this role again in the Maltz Jupiter Theatre (Jupiter, Florida) production, starting in January 2012, and was nominated for a 2013 Carbonell Award.[9] In 2007-08 she appeared in the Broadway musical Legally Blonde as Vivienne Kensington.[10] She played the Mad Hatter in the Broadway production of Wonderland in 2011.[7][11]

She appeared in a concert version of Jeykll & Hyde in September 2004 at the Mohegan Sun Casino's Cabaret Theatre in Uncasville, Connecticut, playing Lucy.[12] She then toured in the United States with the concert version, starting in September 2005, and recorded the role on the Jekyll & Hyde: Resurrection album.[13]


Film roles
Year Title Role Notes
2004 The Stepford Wives Beth Peters
2004 Seven Ten Split Kate Short film
2005 Capote Rose
2014 Lucky Stiff Dominique Also performer
Television roles
Year Title Role Notes
1997 77th Miss America Pageant Herself / Miss Illinois TV Special
1998 The 78th Annual Miss America Pageant Herself / Miss America 1998
1999 Today Herself / Correspondent Episode: "Episode dated 20 December 1999"
2004 As the World Turns Flight Attendant Episode: "Episode dated 23 August 2004"
2005 Chasing the Crown Herself / Host Television film
2007 Legally Blonde: The Musical Vivienne Kensington Television film; also performer
2008 Legally Blonde the Musical: The Search for Elle Woods Herself Episodes: "These Pink Boots Are Made for Walking", "A Star Is Born"
2009 White Collar Female Anchor Episode: "Flip of the Coin"
2010 Gossip Girl Samantha Episode: "Goodbye, Columbia"
2011 Last Cake Standing Herself / Judge Episode: "Cakes Got Talent"
2014 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Julianne Episode: "Reasonable Doubt"
2019 The Good Fight Rachelle Dax 7 episodes
2019 Elementary Danielle Olivera Episode: "On the Scent"



National TourEdit


  • The Sting (2018) – Billie – Paper Mill Playhouse[16]



  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i Witchel, Alex (August 28, 2014). "Taking the Crown, Then Taking Orders: Former Miss America Kate Shindle Revisits Favorite Haunts". New York Times.
  2. ^ a b Elisa, Lala (August 18, 2014). "Miss America winner writes book documenting experiences". Press of Atlantic City.
  3. ^ Purcell, Carey. "Actress, Newly Elected Equity President and Former Miss America Kate Shindle On Still Trying to "Cobble Together a Living" Playbill, August 2015
  4. ^ "Broadway World Biography". Broadway World.
  5. ^ Marcus, Joan. "Author Alison Bechdel and actor Katherine Shindle dish on the Tony winning musical Fun Home opening Tuesday in Philly", The Philadelphia Inquirer, June 7, 2017. Accessed November 29, 2017. "A critical and commercial hit when it opened in 2015 on Broadway, the show kicked off a national tour in October and stars former Miss America Katherine Shindle (Legally Blonde on Broadway, Cabaret national tour), who grew up in New Jersey, in Brigantine and Moorestown, and attended Bishop Eustace Preparatory School in Pennsauken."
  6. ^ a b "Miss America: Miss Illinois 1997". Miss America.
  7. ^ a b c "Kate Shindle Broadway" PlaybillVault, accessed August 17, 2015
  8. ^ Tauber, Michelle; Neill, Mike; Russell, Lisa; Fowler, Joanne; Dam, Julie; Tresniowski, Alex; Miller, Samantha; Dougherty, Steve; Yu, Ting (October 16, 2000). "American Beauties: 80 Years". People.
  9. ^ Hetrick, Adam. "Cabaret, Starring Kate Shindle, Begins at Maltz Jupiter Theatre Jan. 10", Playbill, January 10, 2012
  10. ^ Pincus-Roth, Zachary. "Legally Blonde Ends San Francisco Run Feb. 24; Broadway Next", Playbill, February 24, 2007
  11. ^ Jones, Kenneth. "Take Me Back to Mad Hatter: Wonderland, With Janet Dacal as Alice, Begins on Broadway", Playbill, March 21, 2011
  12. ^ Hernandez, Ernio. "Broadway's Robert Evan and Kate Shindle Reprise Jekyll & Hyde in Concert, Sept. 8-12", Playbill, August 21, 2004
  13. ^ Keddy, Genevieve Rafter. "Photo Coverage: Jekyll & Hyde in Concert", broadwayworld, February 2, 2006
  14. ^ "University of Texas Press Biography". University of Texas Press.
  15. ^
  16. ^ "The Sting - Paper Mill Playhouse". Paper Mill Playhouse. Retrieved 2018-04-17.

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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Tara Dawn Holland
Miss America
Succeeded by
Nicole Johnson
Preceded by
Tania Gibson
Miss Illinois
Succeeded by
Ashley Eisenhauer