Bailey Hanks

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Bailey Hanks
Born (1988-02-06) February 6, 1988 (age 28)
Anderson, South Carolina
Occupation stage, television actress, singer, dancer

Bailey Noel Hanks (born February 6, 1988) is an American singer, actress, and dancer best known for winning MTV's Legally Blonde: The Musical – The Search for Elle Woods.[1] She performed on Broadway as Elle Woods in Legally Blonde: The Musical in 2008.[2]

Life and career[edit]

Hanks was born on February 6, 1988 in Anderson, South Carolina, to Brad and Angie Hanks. She has one older sister, Brooke, and one younger sister, Bradlee. Her father is a pastor and youth minister in addition to being a highway patrolman, while her mother is a nurse. Hanks attended Westside High School (South Carolina) in Anderson. She transferred to and graduated from Pendleton High School in 2006. Growing up in the local theater, her notable appearances were as Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz; Gertrude McFuzz in Seussical the Musical; Elle Woods in Legally Blonde; Baby June in Gypsy; Hello, Dolly!; Music Man; A Year With Frog and Toad; Annie; Bye Bye Birdie; A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum; and High Steppin' Country. Bailey studied under Sarah Reese, an esteemed former opera singer. Bailey was also crowned Miss Liberty Teen 2005, and competed in the Miss SC Teen Pageant. Hanks also had the honor of performing the National Anthem for president Bill Clinton in 2000. Hanks is an alumna of Gamma Phi Beta (Coastal Carolina University) in real life. Hanks starred as Sharpay Evans in a production of High School Musical which ran from November 5 to December 7, 2008 at the Paper Mill Playhouse.[3]

Hanks appeared in the daytime television soap opera Guiding Light in April 2009.[4]

Bailey played the part of the NYU Tour Guide in the third installment of Touchstone Pictures' "Step Up" franchise. The film, titled Step Up 3D, premiered in August 2010.[5]

In 2012, Hanks tweeted out a photo in support of Chick-fil-A following the chain's support of anti-gay marriage statements. The Broadway community quickly responded by condemning Hanks for her seemingly homophobic tweet. [6]

Hanks currently resides in Piedmont, South Carolina.

Hanks got engaged to her boyfriend on November, 10th 2012.

March 15, 2014 she married Jason Weidman in Central, SC, and then honeymooned at the tropical Barceló Punta Cana Resort in the Dominican Republic.[7]



  • Legally Blonde: The Musical, Broadway, July 23 - October 19, 2008
  • High School Musical, Paper Mill Playhouse, November 5 - December 7, 2008
  • VOTE!, New York International Fringe Festival, August 14–26, 2009[8]
  • Freckleface Strawberry (reading) Manhattan Movement Arts Center, September 2009- Role of Emily
  • 9 to 5: The Musical Role of Doralee Rhodes Roxy Regional Theater, September and October 2012[9]




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