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Chenoweth Joins Williams as OCU-Trained Emmy Winner
Kristin Chenoweth won the Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series at the 61st Annual Primetime Emmys for her role as Olive Snook on “Pushing Daisies.” Chenoweth, who studied voice at Oklahoma City University with legendary Professor Florence Birdwell, earned her bachelor’s of music in vocal performance in 1991 and her master’s of music in 1993. Earlier this year, her autobiography, "A Little Bit Wicked," made the New York Times' bestseller list. She is not the first Oklahoma City University-trained musician to win an Emmy. Mason Williams, the Grammy-winning composer of “Classical Gas,” won Emmys in 1967 and 1969 for “outstanding writing achievement in comedy, variety, and music.” Chenoweth also received an Emmy nomination in 2008 for her work on ABC’s critically acclaimed but short-lived series. She earned a Tony Award in 1999 for originating the role of Sally in “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown” and a Tony nomination for “Wicked” in 2004. Her 2009 award was announced live in a Sept, 20 CBS broadcast from Los Angeles. In addition to “Pushing Daisies,” her screen credits include "Four Christmases," "Into Temptation," "Kristin," "The West Wing," "The Music Man," "The Pink Panther," "Stranger Than Fiction," "Deck the Halls" and "Running with Scissors." She has three solo recordings from Sony: "Let Yourself Go," "As I Am" and "A Lovely Way to Spend Christmas." Also nominated in Chenoweth’s category this year were Jane Krakowski (30 Rock), Elizabeth Perkins (Weeds), Amy Poehler (Saturday Night Live), Kristen Wiig (Saturday Night Live) and Vanessa Williams Ugly Betty).