Lea Michele Sarfati (/ /;[note 1] born August 29, 1986) is an American actress, singer and author. She began her career as a child actress on Broadway, appearing in productions of Les Misérables, Ragtime, Fiddler on the Roof, and Spring Awakening. Michele is known for playing Rachel Berry on the Fox series Glee (2009–2015), for which she received an Emmy Award nomination and two Golden Globe nominations. She earned three Grammy Award nominations for music she recorded for Glee. She subsequently starred as Hester Ulrich on the Fox series Scream Queens (2015–2016) and as Valentina Barella on the ABC sitcom The Mayor (2017–present).
Michele at the 2012 People's Choice Awards
|Born||Lea Michele Sarfati
August 29, 1986 
The Bronx, New York, U.S.
|Residence||Brentwood, Los Angeles, California, U.S.|
|Education||Tenafly High School|
Michele made her feature film debut in New Year's Eve (2011), and was signed to Columbia Records in 2012. She released her debut single the following year, "Cannonball", followed by her debut studio album, Louder (2014), which debuted at number 4 on the Billboard 200 chart in the United States. Three years later, she released her second studio album, Places (2017), which debuted at number 28 on the Billboard 200. Michele has also published two books, Brunette Ambition (2014) and You First: Journal Your Way To Your Best Life (2015).
Early life and educationEdit
Lea Michele Sarfati was born in the Bronx, New York. She is the only child of Edith Thomasina (née Porcelli), a retired nurse, and Mark David Sarfati, a real estate agent and former delicatessen owner. Her mother is an Italian American with ancestors from Rome and Naples, while her father is a Sephardic Jew with ancestors from Thessaloniki, Greece.[note 2] Michele was raised in her mother's Catholic faith, and has stated that her father "gladly" attended church with them. She spent the first four years of her life living in the Bronx, until she and her parents moved to the more suburban area of Tenafly, New Jersey. The family also rented an apartment in Manhattan, where they would live when Michele was performing on Broadway. Michele was educated at Rockland Country Day School for elementary school in Congers, New York.
Michele started using her middle name at an early age. When she went on her first audition, for the role of Young Cosette in Les Misérables, she gave her name as Lea Michele, and has used it professionally ever since. Michele stated that she intentionally left off her surname because she was teased about its pronunciation. During the audition, she sang "Angel of Music" from The Phantom of the Opera – the only musical she knew at the time. Michele went along to support a friend, but ended up landing the part herself. In 1997, Michele was homeschooled while living and working in Toronto, where she performed in a production of Ragtime. For her high school education, Michele attended Tenafly High School. During her time there, she was on the volleyball team, the debate team, and participated in choir. In her teens, when she was not working on the stage, Michele had a part-time job at a bat mitzvah dress shop. She also worked at her father's deli.
Michele refrained from auditioning for Broadway roles during her freshman, sophomore and junior years so she could focus on her education. In the summers from 2000 to 2002, Michele attended Stagedoor Manor in the Catskills, a center for performing arts training. At Stagedoor, she was part of the touring troupe Our Time Cabaret, and performed in productions of Side by Side by Sondheim and The Who's Tommy. In her final summer at the camp, Michele was to perform in a production of Sweet Charity, but instead booked the role of Wendla Bergmann in a workshop of Spring Awakening, forcing her to drop out. She was later accepted to New York University's Tisch School of the Arts, but opted instead to continue working professionally on the stage. When Michele was 19 years old, her mother Edith was diagnosed with uterine cancer. Edith received treatment from the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York City.
1995–2008: Beginnings and stage rolesEdit
Michele made her Broadway debut in 1995, at the age of eight, as a replacement in the role of Young Cosette in Les Misérables. Michele was also the understudy for the role of Gavroche. This was followed by the role of the Little Girl in the 1998 original Broadway cast of Ragtime. Michele had been portraying the part of the Little Girl for a year in the original Toronto cast, before the production was transferred to Broadway. As a child, she voiced a main character, Christina, in the animated film Buster & Chauncey's Silent Night, released on October 13, 1998. In 2004, Michele began portraying Shprintze in the Broadway revival of the musical Fiddler on the Roof, and understudied the role of Chava. She also performed on the cast recording of the show.
Michele next played the role of Wendla Bergmann in Steven Sater and Duncan Sheik's musical version of Spring Awakening, starring in early workshops and Off-Broadway performances, before finally originating the role in the 2006 Broadway production at the age of twenty. In February 2005, she performed as Wendla at the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts. Around the same time that Spring Awakening was set to go to Broadway, Michele was offered the role of Éponine Thénardier in the Broadway revival of Les Misérables. She elected to remain with Spring Awakening, which premiered on Broadway in December 2006. For her performance, she was nominated for the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Actress in a Musical. In January 2008, Michele starred in a concert production of the musical Alive in the World as Phoebe, aiding the Twin Towers Orphan Fund.
In April 2008, she performed a Flops n' Cutz concert at Joe's Pub with her boyfriend at the time, stage actor Landon Beard. In May 2008, Michele left the Broadway cast of Spring Awakening with her co-star Jonathan Groff. She then performed as Claudia Octavia in a reading of Sheik and Sater's new musical, Nero, in July 2008 at Vassar College. In August 2008, she portrayed Éponine in the Hollywood Bowl's Les Misérables concert, which was directed by Richard Jay-Alexander. She starred alongside Brian Stokes Mitchell as Javert and John Lloyd Young as Marius Pontmercy, both of whom would go on to guest star on Glee. While in Los Angeles for the Les Misérables concerts, she sang at the Upright Cabaret at Mark's Restaurant in Hollywood in August 2008. The next month, she performed at the benefit Broadway Chance Style: Up Close & Personal along with stars such as Laura Bell Bundy, Eden Espinosa and Kristoffer Cusick.
2009–2012: Glee and mainstream successEdit
From 2009 until its ending in 2015, Michele starred in the Fox musical comedy-drama series Glee as Rachel Berry, the show's female lead and star singer. The role was written specifically for Michele by co-creator Ryan Murphy. Michele won a number of awards for portraying Rachel, including the 2009 Satellite Award for Best Actress – Television Series Musical or Comedy. She was also nominated for the 2009 Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Television Series Musical or Comedy, and the 2010 Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series.
Michele was included on Time's list of the 100 Most Influential People In the World for 2010. In December 2010, she received Billboard's first-ever Triple Threat Award. Several songs performed by Michele on the show were released as singles available for digital download. Her cover of The All-American Rejects' song "Gives You Hell" reached the top 40 on the Billboard Hot 100. Michele was featured as lead singer for 14 of the top 20 best-selling Glee cast songs as of 2010. In 2011, she was nominated for two Grammy Awards, for Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals ("Don't Stop Believin'") and Best Compilation Soundtrack Album (Glee: The Music, Volume 1). That same year, Michele was nominated again for the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Television Series Musical or Comedy. In 2012 and 2013, she won the People's Choice Award for Favorite TV Comedy Actress.
In May 2010, Michele and the cast of Glee embarked on a music tour of the United States, playing 10 shows in Phoenix, Los Angeles, Chicago, and New York City. The final show of 2010 was at Radio City Music Hall. Jonathan Groff, who played Michele's love interest Jesse St. James on the show, performed with her at the Los Angeles and New York City shows. Glee Live! In Concert! then expanded a year later to include 22 shows across North America and 9 shows in England and Ireland. The cast acted in character for the concerts, which were met with positive reviews.
In October 2010, Michele and co-star Matthew Morrison performed as Janet Weiss and Brad Majors, respectively, in the 35th anniversary benefit concert of The Rocky Horror Picture Show. The event benefited The Painted Turtle and also starred Jack Nicholson and Danny DeVito. In February 2011, Michele performed at The Grammys' MusiCares Person of the Year event in Los Angeles, honoring Barbra Streisand. She sang "My Man" from the Streisand film Funny Girl. Before the Super Bowl XLV on February 6, 2011, Michele performed "America the Beautiful" with the United States Air Force Tops In Blue. She then starred in Garry Marshall's romantic comedy film New Year's Eve, portraying Elise, a back-up singer and the love interest of Ashton Kutcher's character. The film was released worldwide on December 9, 2011.
2013–2016: Louder and Scream QueensEdit
On September 18, 2012, it was announced that Michele would be working on her first solo album. She began recordings for the album soon after on October 19, 2012. Michele stated that it was a "pretty slow process" and the album would be more "pop/rock driven" rather than Broadway influenced. On November 27, 2013, it was announced that the first single from her debut album Louder would be "Cannonball", which was released on December 10, 2013. "Cannonball" debuted at number 75 on the Billboard Hot 100, making her the first main Glee cast member to chart as a lead soloist. The single sold over 51,000 copies in its first week of sale. The music video was released on January 9, 2014. Michele subsequently released four promotional singles in the lead-up to the album: "Battlefield", "Louder", "What Is Love?", and "You're Mine". Louder was released on February 28, 2014, and debuted on the Billboard 200 at number four, selling over 62,000 copies in its first week. The second single from the album, "On My Way", was released on May 4, 2014, with the music video premiering on May 19, 2014.
Michele next voiced the lead role of Dorothy Gale in the animated musical film Legends of Oz: Dorothy's Return, which opened in North American theaters on May 9, 2014. In May 2013, it was announced that Michele had signed a deal with Harmony Books and Random House to pen a part memoir, part how-to book titled Brunette Ambition. The book was released on May 20, 2014. Michele had multiple book signings in the United States, including a signing and Q&A event hosted by Jonathan Groff. The book debuted at number nine on the U.S. Nonfiction Best Seller list a week after it was released, and made its debut on The New York Times Best Seller list at number three. Michele released a second book, You First: Journal Your Way to Your Best Life, on September 22, 2015, which was also published by Random House.
In July 2014, it was announced that Michele would guest star in the final season of FX's drama series Sons of Anarchy, playing the role of Gertie, a truck stop waitress who connects with Gemma Teller Morrow (Katey Sagal). Michele's episode, "Smoke 'em If You Got 'em", aired on October 14, 2014. From 2015 to 2016, Michele starred in the Fox horror-comedy series Scream Queens, alongside original scream queen Jamie Lee Curtis, portraying the quirky, neck brace-wearing Hester Ulrich. She was nominated for the People's Choice Award for Favorite Actress in a New TV Series, and two Teen Choice Awards for Choice TV Actress: Comedy and Choice TV: Villain for her performance in the role. On March 15, 2016, the charity single "This Is for My Girls", on which Michele was one of eight featured singers, was released as a charity single. The song, written by Diane Warren, benefited the White House's #62MillionGirls campaign and the Obama administration's Let Girls Learn initiative, set up by the First Lady of the United States Michelle Obama.
2017: Places and The MayorEdit
Michele began recording for her second studio album in April 2015. She stated that the album would be less pop-influenced than her debut, and would "[go] back to [her] roots" with a more theatrical sound. In January 2017, Michele played three shows on a mini tour titled An Intimate Evening with Lea Michele, to support her second studio album, Places. The tour continued with additional shows in the UK and North America in April and May 2017. The lead single from the sophomore album, "Love Is Alive", was released on March 3, 2017. Three promotional singles were subsequently released in the lead-up to the album: "Anything's Possible", "Run to You", and "Getaway Car". Places was released on April 28, 2017, and debuted at number 28 on the Billboard 200 chart with over 16,000 units sold in its first week.
On April 4, 2017, Michele appeared as Amanda in the first episode of Hulu's science fiction anthology series Dimension 404, alongside Robert Buckley and Joel McHale. She currently plays political advisor Valentina Barella in ABC's sitcom The Mayor, created by Jeremy Bronson and executive produced by Daveed Diggs, starring opposite Brandon Micheal Hall and Yvette Nicole Brown. On October 8, 2017, Michele performed as a headlining act at the third annual musical theatre festival Elsie Fest, founded by her Glee co-star Darren Criss.
Michele supported Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, performing in December 2007 at the Lucille Lortel Theatre for Unsung: 'Tis The Season To Be Naughty. She has also participated in Broadway Barks, Broadway Bares, the Easter Bonnet Competition, and the Flea Market and Grand Auction. Michele has been active in campaigning for animal rights; in 2008, she appeared in the PETA advertising campaign "Buck Cruelty! Say No to Horse-Drawn Carriage Rides". In 2008, Michele performed in a benefit concert production of Alive in the World to aid the Twin Towers Orphan Fund. In support of gay rights, she performed at the Human Rights Campaign dinner in November 2009. In the same month, Michele and Jonathan Groff performed for True Colors Cabaret, a fundraiser in support of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender equality. In April 2010, Michele appeared in a public service announcement for PETA, speaking out against fur clothing. In September 2010, Michele was honored by PETA for her work with animals.
In October 2010, Michele performed at a benefit concert for The Painted Turtle. The concert celebrated the 35th anniversary of The Rocky Horror Picture Show, with Michele playing the lead role of Janet Weiss. In February 2011, she performed for the Grammy Award's MusiCares benefit in Los Angeles. In April 2012, Michele performed for the Jonsson Cancer Center Foundation's 17th annual signature fundraiser, Taste for a Cure, at UCLA with her Glee co-star Darren Criss. In October 2012, she and Criss performed together at the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Los Angeles 2012 Stars Gala. In July 2012, Michele hosted the launch of the Valspar Hands for Habitat charity auction, donating a signed hand print to be auctioned off. Money raised from the auction benefited Habitat for Humanity's disaster response programs. Michele has been an ambassador for L'Oréal's Women of Worth program since December 2012, celebrating women who have positively impacted their communities. In June 2013, she co-hosted the launch of Feed America for Target stores. Proceeds from the lifestyle collection benefited Feeding America.
In August 2013, Michele once again donated a hand print to the Valspar Hands for Habitat charity auction. She was then the host of the fundraiser "Lea Michele's Night of Shopping and Cocktails" on December 14, 2013, presented by SodaStream, which benefited Chrysalis, a non-profit organization helping homeless people find work. In April 2014, Michele and Darren Criss once again performed together at the 19th annual Taste for a Cure event for the Jonsson Cancer Center Foundation. In October 2014, she teamed up with Evian to encourage women to perform their own breast exams in an attempt to raise awareness of early cancer detection. In February 2016, it was announced that Michele would collaborate with Burt's Bees in a campaign to act on the declining population of bees.
In June 2016, the Human Rights Campaign released a video in tribute to the victims of the 2016 Orlando gay nightclub shooting, in which Michele and other celebrities told the stories of the people killed there. Michele continues to support the Los Angeles-based non-profit Step Up and attends their annual Step Up Inspiration Awards event. In April 2017, Barnes & Noble donated a portion of every purchase of Places to Step Up. In November 2017, Michele partnered with eBay to design a pin to benefit Feeding America; she also auctioned off a set visit to one of her projects in 2018.
One of the most significant influential figures in Michele's life is Barbra Streisand whom she cites as her "role model". Her mother Edith would play her films when she was a child. Michele dedicated a chapter in her book Brunette Ambition to Streisand, noting that it is important for people to have someone to look up to. Michele wrote, "I really love her, she's always been such a role model to me. She's someone who has built her career on focusing on what makes her unique and what makes her special." An actress who influenced Michele was Natalie Wood. Michele said that she would watch West Side Story as a child and want to play the role of Maria.
Actress and singer Audra McDonald has also been an influence on Michele. She told The Fresno Bee, "Audra is probably the best singer in the world – up there with Barbra. I don't think she has any idea what an influence she had on me. I would say 80% of my singing knowledge came from Audra... How to warm up. How to breathe. How to take care of my voice. All of my beliefs are because Audra instilled them in me." Recording artist Alanis Morissette has been an inspiration throughout Michele's career. Morissette's album Jagged Little Pill was the first album Michele purchased, and in a 2014 interview has said she still owns. She said, "I love Alanis Morissette... All of her songs are lyrically so beautiful and vocally she's so strong." Celine Dion has also influenced her as a singer.
Michele has the vocal range of a soprano and a belter. As of 2013, her voice reportedly spans 2.7 octaves and one semitone. Michele's vocals have been repeatedly praised, however, Christopher Weingarten of Rolling Stone critiqued that Michele's voice is "a little too perfect" for pop music charts. The Boston Globe stated that her voice is a "mighty soprano" and that Michele's vocals are most comfortable when she "straddles the line between Katy Perry and Celine Dion." The Daily Mail called her live vocals during a performance of "Cannonball" on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon a "powerhouse performance". Hahn Nguyen wrote of Michele's voice on the Glee Live! In Concert! tour, "One can truly hear the quality of the live vocals, which in the case of Lea Michele is the real deal. She sounds even better than on the show... Her "Don't Rain On My Parade" live is an amazing and thrilling treat." Billboard called her live performance of "Love Is Alive" on The Late Late Show with James Corden an "emotional performance [that] showcased Michele's strong vocal ability."
In 2007, along with her Spring Awakening co-stars, Michele was featured in a Gap Inc. marketing campaign. The campaign included magazine advertisement spreads and billboards in Times Square. In 2010, Michele became a spokesmodel for beauty company Dove, performing the song "My Favorite Things" from The Sound of Music in television commercials for the brand. The following year, she appeared in a Super Bowl commercial for Chevrolet, along with most of her Glee co-stars. She performed the song "See the USA in Your Chevrolet" as Rachel Berry. Also in 2011, Michele became a spokesperson for a Nike workout application. In September 2011, she appeared in commercials for the HP TouchPad.
In January 2012, Candie's announced that Michele would be the spokesmodel for their brand, taking over from Vanessa Hudgens who was the face of the brand for the previous year. In September 2012, it was revealed that Michele had signed an estimated $1 million deal to be a spokesperson for L'Oréal Paris. She has appeared in magazine spreads and television commercials promoting their products. In September 2015, Pixelberry Studios announced their collaboration with Michele, launching High School Story with Lea Michele, a celebrity takeover update of their popular app.
Michele began working with actor Cory Monteith in 2008, when they were cast as love interests on Glee. In February 2012, the media reported that they had begun dating. They remained together until his death in July 2013.
- Michele said her own name near the beginning of her appearance on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, which aired on December 7, 2011
- Her paternal grandmother, Sylvia "Celia" (née Veissy), was born in New York. Sylvia's parents, Benouta "Bessie" (née Cohenka) and Morris Joseph Veissy, were born in Thessaloniki, Greece. (Who Do You Think You Are?, May 1, 2016)
- "Lea Michele: Biography". TV Guide. Retrieved December 10, 2010.
- "Louder on iTunes". iTunes.
- Rohan, Virginia (May 19, 2014). "Lea Michele returns to Bergen County to sign her new book". NorthJersey.com.
- "UW Sephardic Studies Professor Featured in Emmy-Nominated TV Series". University of Washington. April 23, 2016.
- Longsdorf, Amy (December 8, 2011). "Silver Screen: Tenafly's Lea Michele makes big screen debut". Bergen.com.
- "EXCLUSIVE: Glee Star Lea Michele's Childhood Photos". Radar Online. May 21, 2010. Retrieved March 3, 2014.
- Cortez, Samantha (December 9, 2011). "Lea Michele: I had to change my last name because I was bullied in school". New York Daily News.
- McCann, Ruth (September 6, 2009). "An Interview With Lea Michele, One of the Leads in Fox's 'Glee'". The Washington Post.
- "Lea Michele Landed Role by Luck". MTV. October 12, 2010.
- Simonson, Robert (February 19, 1997). "Toronto Ragtime Extends Yet Again". Playbill.
- Freydkin, Donna (May 10, 2010). "Lea Michele never stopped believing". USA Today. Retrieved November 2, 2010.
- Goodman, Lizzy (November 30, 2013). "Lea Michele Opens Up About Life After Cory". Elle.
- "Up Close & Personal With Lea Michele". Seventeen. Retrieved May 10, 2014.
- "Lea Michele: 25 Things You Don't Know About Me". Us Weekly. May 25, 2014.
- Bonanos, Christopher (July 11, 2010). "Jazz Hands, Everyone!". New York. Retrieved November 2, 2010.
- Peter, Thomas (February 8, 2011). "Q&A with Lea Michele, Featured in Paperback Edition of "Theater Geek"". Playbill.
- Gans, Andrew (November 4, 2006). "DIVA TALK: Chatting with Spring Awakening's Lea Michele Plus News of LuPone, Kritzer and Gravitte". Playbill. Archived from the original on June 29, 2011. Retrieved November 2, 2010.
- "Edith Sarfati's Essay "Till Sunday"". Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. April 5, 2010.
- Waterman, Lauren (October 12, 2009). "High School Musical: Glee's Lea Michele". Teen Vogue.
- Viagas, Robert (May 8, 1997). "Entire Toronto 'Ragtime' Cast Headed for B'way". Playbill. Archived from the original on May 24, 2013.
- Jones, Kenneth (February 26, 2004). "Not Your Zayde's 'Fiddler on the Roof': Leveaux's Fresh Revival Opens on Broadway Feb. 26". Playbill. Archived from the original on May 23, 2013.
- "Fiddler on the Roof [2004 Broadway Revival Cast]: Credits". AllMusic. Retrieved November 9, 2011.
- "Amazing Journey". Untamed Spirits. February 2, 2005.
- Gans, Andrew (August 8, 2008). "DIVA TALK: Chatting with Spring Awakening/Les Miz's Lea Michele Plus News of Ebersole, Eder". Playbill.[permanent dead link]
- Hetrick, Adam (January 13, 2008). "Errico, Michele, Pascal and Reichard Are Alive in the World at the Zipper Jan. 13". Playbill.
- Gans, Andrew (March 4, 2008). "Cody, von Essen, Michele, McCartney, Rapp and More Set for Flopz n' Cutz". Playbill. Archived from the original on October 22, 2012.
- Bacalzo, Dan (June 23, 2008). "Arden, Carlson, Menzel, Michele, Robbins, et al. Set for Sater and Sheik's Nero". Theater Mania.
- "Excitement as Cast Bust Out for Hollywood Bowl Les Misérables". Broadway World. February 26, 2008.
- Gans, Andrew (August 8, 2008). "A World About to Dawn: 'Les Misérables' Arrives at the Hollywood Bowl Aug. 8". Playbill.
- "BWW TV Exclusive: Lea Michele Talks About Her LA Upright Cabaret Debut". Broadway World. August 11, 2008.
- Gans, Andrew (September 27, 2008). "Broadway Chance Style Benefit, with Bundy, Michele, Espinosa, Cusick, Presented Sept. 27". Playbill.
- Andreeva, Nellie (September 4, 2008). "Fox's 'Glee' casts Broadway pair". The Hollywood Reporter.
- Kuhn, Sarah (September 3, 2009). "Life Stages". Backstage. Retrieved September 5, 2009.
- "2009 14th Annual Satellite Awards Nominations". International Press Academy. Archived from the original on December 2, 2009. Retrieved December 17, 2009.
- "The 67th Annual Golden Globe Awards Nominations". GoldenGlobes.org. December 15, 2009. Archived from the original on February 21, 2011. Retrieved February 15, 2011.
- Leopold, Todd. "Emmy nominations smile on 'Glee'". CNN. Retrieved July 8, 2010.
- Newton-John, Olivia (April 29, 2010). "Lea Michele – The 2010 TIME 100". Time.
- Lipshutz, Jason (November 17, 2010). "Lea Michele to Receive Billboard's First-Ever Triple Threat Award At Women in Music". Billboard.
- Linder, Brian (November 4, 2009). "Glee: The Music – Vol. 1 Review". IGN. Archived from the original on February 13, 2011. Retrieved December 5, 2009.
- Linder, Brian (December 8, 2009). "Glee: The Music, Vol. 2 Review". IGN. Retrieved December 9, 2009.
- Kilkelley, Daniel (April 29, 2010). "'Glee' cover takes top spot in Ireland". Digital Spy.
- Henderson, Kathy (April 13, 2010). "What's Up, Lea Michele? All About Glee, Newfound Fame and (Sigh!) Jonathan Groff". Broadway.com. Retrieved May 17, 2011.
- Vena, Jocelyn (December 2, 2010). "'Glee' Star Lea Michele Celebrates Two Grammy Nominations". MTV. Retrieved February 15, 2011.
- "The 68th Annual Golden Globe Awards Nominations". GoldenGlobes.org. December 14, 2011. Archived from the original on January 3, 2011. Retrieved February 15, 2011.
- "People's Choice Awards 2012 Nominees". People's Choice Awards. Retrieved January 29, 2012.
- Masley, Ed (May 16, 2010). "'Glee' fans keep the faith as tour kicks off". USA Today. Retrieved May 16, 2010.
- "In Glee's L.A. Concert, Lea Michele Says "Hello" to Jonathan Groff". Broadway.com. May 24, 2010.
- Palmer, Alun (June 24, 2011). "Glee live tour storms the UK". Daily Mirror.
- Curran, Aimee (May 21, 2010). "'Glee' Cast Brings More Than Mere Covers To L.A. Tour Stop". MTV. Retrieved May 23, 2010.
- Nguyen, Hahn (May 21, 2010). "'Glee: Live' high and low notes: 'Bad Romance,' Brittany and barf bags". Screener. Retrieved May 23, 2010.
- Benigno, Anthony (October 29, 2010). "Halloween gets the star treatment: Lea Michele, Jack Nicholson headline 'Rocky Horror' tribute show". New York Daily News.
- "2011 MusiCares Person of the Year Tribute to Barbra Streisand Pictures - Lea Michele". Rolling Stone. February 11, 2011. Retrieved March 3, 2014.
- Paskin, Willa (January 16, 2014). "Lea Michele to Sing at Super Bowl". New York. Retrieved March 3, 2014.
- McNary, Dave (October 22, 2010). "Lea Michele's countdown to 'New Year's'". Variety.
- Vena, Jocelyn (September 19, 2012). "'Glee' Star Lea Michele Preps Debut Album". MTV.
- Gicas, Peter (October 23, 2012). "Lea Michele Tweets Excitement About Starting Work on Her Debut Solo Album". E! Online.
- Bustos, Kristina (October 2, 2012). "'Glee' star Lea Michele 'working on debut album'". Digital Spy.
- Ng, Philiana (November 27, 2013). "Lea Michele's 'Cannonball' to Be First Single From Debut Album". Billboard. Retrieved December 5, 2013.
- Trust, Gary (December 18, 2013). "Eminem, Rihanna Remain Atop Hot 100 With 'The Monster'". Billboard.
- "Lea Michele's "Cannonball" Is First Song From Any Glee Star to Make Billboard Chart – Where Did It Land?". Wetpaint.com. December 23, 2013.
- Malec, Brett (January 10, 2014). "Lea Michele Debuts "Cannonball" Music Video – Watch Now!". E! Online.
- Nessif, Bruna (December 27, 2013). "Lea Michele Releases New Single "Battlefield" – Take a Listen!". E! Online.
- Lipshutz, Jason (January 13, 2014). "Lea Michele Exclusive Song Premiere: Listen To 'Louder' Title Track". Billboard.
- Sperry, April (January 27, 2014). "Lea Michele Releases New Single, 'What Is Love'". The Huffington Post. Retrieved February 23, 2014.
- Bucksbaum, Sydney (February 10, 2014). "Lea Michele releases Cory Monteith tribute song 'You're Mine': Listen". Zap2it.
- Caulfield, Keith (March 12, 2014). "Rick Ross Rules With Fifth No. 1 Album On Billboard 200". Billboard. Retrieved March 17, 2014.
- Lewis, Casey (February 25, 2014). "Listen to This Great New Lea Michele Song (Plus, Stream the Whole Album!)". Teen Vogue.
- Malach, Maggie (May 19, 2014). "Lea Michele Smoulders in 'On My Way' Video". PopCrush.com.
- McNary, Dave (June 11, 2010). "Lea Michele heads to 'Oz'". Variety.
- Goldberg, Lesley (May 23, 2013). "Lea Michele to Write Her First Book". The Hollywood Reporter.
- "Lea Michele Memoir Brunette Ambition Scheduled For 2014 Release". Access Hollywood. May 23, 2013.
- Champion, Lindsay (May 22, 2014). "Spring Awakening Reunion! Jonathan Groff Joins BFF Lea Michele at Her Brunette Ambition Book Signing". Broadway.com.
- "Emily Giffin topples James Patterson from top of best-sellers list". Reuters. May 29, 2014.
- "Best Sellers – The New York Times". The New York Times. June 8, 2014.
- "Lea Michele's New Book Tells You How to Reach Your Life Goals – Read an Excerpt". InStyle. September 22, 2015.
- Weinstein, Shelli (July 28, 2014). "Lea Michele Books 'Sons of Anarchy' Role". Variety.
- Goldberg, Lesley (July 28, 2014). "Lea Michele Rides to FX's 'Sons of Anarchy'". The Hollywood Reporter.
- Goldberg, Lesley (January 17, 2015). "Lea Michele, Joe Manganiello, More Join Ryan Murphy's 'Scream Queens'". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved January 18, 2015.
- "2016 Nominees & Winners". People's Choice Awards. Retrieved January 21, 2016.
- Vulpo, Mike (May 24, 2016). "Teen Choice Awards 2016 Nominations Announced: See the "First Wave" of Potential Winners". E! Online. Retrieved June 17, 2016.
- Eliahou, Maya (June 9, 2016). "Teen Choice Awards 2016 – Captain America: Civil War Leads Second Wave of Nominations". E! Online. Retrieved June 18, 2016.
- Platon, Adelle (March 15, 2016). "Michelle Obama Taps Missy Elliott, Zendaya, Kelly Rowland, Kelly Clarkson, Janelle Monae & More on 'This Is for My Girls'". Billboard. Retrieved March 16, 2016.
- Wass, Mike (April 15, 2015). "Rejoice! Lea Michele Has Started Recording Her Second Album". Idolator.
- Smith, Briony (August 27, 2015). "October Cover Star Lea Michele Wants to Fix Your Life". Flare.
- Wass, Mike (January 11, 2017). "Lea Michele Will Preview Her Sophomore LP With A Mini Tour". Idolator.
- Viagas, Robert (March 6, 2017). "Lea Michele Adds Boston, Seattle, and Other Cities to Places Album Tour". Playbill.
- Chiu, Melody (March 1, 2017). "Lea Michele's New Single 'Love Is Alive' Off Her Upcoming Album Places". People. Retrieved March 1, 2017.
- Brandle, Lars (March 14, 2017). "Lea Michele Reveals Release Date for 'Places,' Shares New Song 'Anything's Possible': Listen". Billboard. Retrieved March 15, 2017.
- Bacle, Ariana (March 30, 2017). "Hear Lea Michele's romantic new ballad, 'Run to You'". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved May 30, 2017.
- "Lea Michele Shares New Track 'Getaway Car' + New Album 'Places' Out 4/28". Broadway World. April 21, 2017. Retrieved May 30, 2017.
- Caufield, Keith (May 11, 2017). "Billboard 200 Chart Moves: John Mellencamp Earns 19th Top 40 Album With 'Sad Clowns & Hillbillies'". Billboard. Retrieved May 14, 2017.
- Goldberg, Lesley (June 8, 2016). "Lea Michele, Robert Buckley to Star in Hulu Anthology 'Dimension 404'". The Hollywood Reporter.
- Goldberg, Lesley (February 23, 2017). "Lea Michele Joins ABC's Daveed Diggs Comedy". The Hollywood Reporter.
- Lee, Ashley (August 1, 2017). "Lea Michele, Alan Cumming and Ingrid Michaelson Lead Elsie Fest Lineup". The Hollywood Reporter.
- "BC/EF Hosts 'Unsung: 'Tis the Season to be Naughty' Dec.10". Broadway World. December 9, 2007.
- Gans, Andrew (April 20, 2007). "Bundy, Groff and Ziemba Among Easter Bonnet Hosts; Esparza to Sing". Playbill.
- "Spring Awakening Actress Lea Michele Joins PETA Campaign". Broadway World. February 3, 2014. Retrieved March 3, 2014.
- "Stage Tube: Lea Michele Sings 'On My Own' at the Human Rights Campaign Dinner". Broadway World. Retrieved March 3, 2014.
- "HRC National Dinner: Lea Michele". Human Rights Campaign. October 12, 2009.
- Glikas, Bruce (November 30, 2009). "Lea Michele and Jonathan Groff Reunite Onstage at True Colors Cabaret". Broadway World.
- "Lea Michele Says No to Fur in PETA Ad". E! Online. April 8, 2010. Retrieved March 3, 2014.
- "Lea Michele And Alec Baldwin Team Up For The Animals". Radar Online. September 1, 2010. Retrieved March 3, 2014.
- Gans, Andrew (October 28, 2010). "Rocky Horror Picture Show Tribute, With Lea Michele, Matthew Morrison, Presented October 28". Playbill.
- Gans, Andrew (February 11, 2011). "Kristin Chenoweth, Matthew Morrison, Lea Michele Honor Streisand at Feb. 11 MusiCares Gala". Playbill.
- "Past Events: Taste for a Cure". This Week in Beverly Hills. April 12, 2012.
- Denley, Susan (October 29, 2012). "Darren Criss, Lea Michele sing at Big Brothers/Sisters benefit". Los Angeles Times.
- "Actress Lea Michele 'Lends a Hand' to Habitat for Humanity to Launch the Valspar Hands for Habitat Program". PR Newswire. July 20, 2012.
- Schweitzer, Kate (December 18, 2012). "Join Lea Michele in Supporting Women of Worth". Marie Claire.
- Mychaskiw, Marianne (June 20, 2013). "Exclusive! InStyle Tours Lauren Bush Lauren's FEED USA Collection for Target". InStyle.
- "Lea Michele Valspar Hearts and Hands". Hands for Habitat. August 19, 2013.
- Olivier, Ellen (April 26, 2014). "Darren Criss, Lea Michele perform at Taste for a Cure fundraiser". Los Angeles Times.
- Glein, Kelsey (October 6, 2014). "Lea Michele Teams Up with Evian to Promote Breast Cancer Awareness". InStyle.
- Fields, Jackie (February 24, 2016). "Exclusive: Go Behind the Scenes of Lea Michele and Burt's Bees' Brand New Partnership". People.
- Brown, Jay (June 29, 2016). "49 Celebrities Honor 49 Victims of Orlando Tragedy". Human Rights Campaign. Archived from the original on July 1, 2016. Retrieved June 30, 2016.
- @BNSantaMonica (April 28, 2017). "BNSantaMonica on Twitter" (Tweet). Retrieved June 13, 2017 – via Twitter.
- Fowler, Brandi (November 28, 2017). "Lea Michele Designed This Super-Cute Pin to Help Fight Hunger". InStyle.
- "VIDEO: Lea Michele Talks GLEE, Streisand, Broadway & More on GMA". Broadway World. May 20, 2014.
- Bentley, Rick (December 8, 2011). "Lea Michele's career enhanced by Audra McDonald". The Fresno Bee.
- Strasburger, Chantal (May 6, 2014). "Lea Michele's Inspiration List: The People, Places, and Things That Changed Her Life". Teen Vogue.
- "Lea Michele: The Gay Interview". Dallas Voice. March 19, 2014.
- Ayers, Michael D. (September 9, 2009). "Interview: Glee Star Lea Michele On Central Park, Comedy, and a Sweaty Co-Star". Village Voice. Retrieved August 6, 2011.
- "Vocal Range and Profile: Lea Michele". Critic of Music. May 27, 2013.
- Weingarten, Christopher R. "Lea Michele – Louder: Album reviews". Rolling Stone. Retrieved February 25, 2014.
- Rodman, Sarah (March 18, 2014). "Lea Michele, 'Louder': Review". The Boston Globe.
- Paylor, Juliet (March 5, 2014). "'It's unbelievable': Lea Michele gives a powerhouse performance on The Tonight Show as first album Louder debuts at number one on iTunes". Daily Mail.
- Nguyen, Hahn (May 21, 2010). "'Glee: Live' high and low notes: 'Bad Romance,' Brittany and barf bags". Zap2it. Archived from the original on May 22, 2010. Retrieved May 23, 2010.
- Tom, Lauren (March 15, 2017). "Lea Michele Performs New Single 'Love Is Alive' on 'The Late Late Show With James Corden': Watch". Billboard. Retrieved June 13, 2017.
- Henderson, Kathy (January 15, 2008). "Q&A – Lea Michele". Broadway.com.
- Portuguez, Enid (May 18, 2010). "Lea Michele Sings "My Favorite Things"". InStyle.
- Bundy, Brill. "'Glee' takes us to 'See the USA' in a Chevrolet". Zap2it. Retrieved February 7, 2011.
- "Lea Michele's Nike Training Club App". The Huffington Post. March 24, 2011.
- "Glee's Lea Michele does HP TouchPad commercial with Beats [video]". WebOS Nation. July 21, 2011.
- Serpe, Gina; Baker, Ken (January 12, 2012). "Glee's Lea Michele Is a Candie's Girl! Stylish Star Named New Spokeswoman". E! Online. Retrieved July 14, 2013.
- Hogan, Kate (September 17, 2012). "The Rumors Are True! Lea Michele Is the New Face of L'Oréal Paris". People. Retrieved July 14, 2013.
- Pehanick, Maggie (September 9, 2015). "Can't Get Enough of High School Story? Lea Michele Is Starring in the New Update". PopSugar.
- "Lea Michele Doubles Up with New Modern L.A. Pad". TMZ. July 7, 2015.
- Bober, Joanna (September 27, 2016). "Tour Lea Michele's Airy L.A. Abode". InStyle.
- Waterman, Laura. "O-M-Glee: Lea Michele and Cory Monteith". Teen Vogue. Retrieved July 25, 2013.
- "Life & Style Exclusive: Glee Co-Stars Lea Michele and Cory Monteith Dating!". Life & Style. February 21, 2012. Archived from the original on September 27, 2013. Retrieved July 25, 2013.
- Freeth, Becky (July 25, 2013). "Lea Michele Gives Emotional Interview About Boyfriend Cory Monteith". Marie Claire. Archived from the original on July 27, 2013. Retrieved July 25, 2013.
- Corriston, Michele (August 28, 2017). "Lea Michele Declares Love for Boyfriend Zandy Reich Ahead of Her 31st Birthday". People.