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Anneliese Louise van der Pol (born September 23, 1984) is a Dutchmarker-Americanmarker actress and singer. After an early career in musical theatre, she was cast as Chelsea Daniels in the Disney Channel Original Series That's So Raven, a role that gained her renown among young audiences. Van der Pol also has a career as a singer and has recorded several songs for The Walt Disney Company.

Early life

Van der Pol was born in Naaldwijkmarker, The Netherlandsmarker to Willem van der Pol, who is Dutch and the director of the Physical Plant at the California State Universitymarker in Fullertonmarker, Californiamarker, and Dyan Ross, an Americanmarker from Brooklynmarker, New York Citymarker. Van der Pol's mother named her after Anne Frank after visiting the house where Frank hid. Van der Pol has two older sisters, Rachel and Sarah, and is of Jewish heritage. Van der Pol's family moved to her mother's native United States when she was three years old, and she retains dual citizenship between the Netherlands and the United States.

Early Career

Van der Pol attended Washington Elementary School in Bellflowermarker, California. She began acting in third grade and graduated from the theater program of the acclaimed Orange County High School of the Artsmarker. She played Eva Perón in the Buena Park Civic Theatre production of Evita in 1999 and received positive reviews from the Los Angeles Times. At the age of fifteen, she is also the youngest actresses in U.S Theatrical History to play the role in a professional production. She also was a runner-up on a special karaoke episode of Great Pretenders.

Van der Pol subsequently starred as "Laurey" in an Austinmarker, Texasmarker, musical theatre production of Oklahoma! from 2000 to 2001. Her performance earned her the Austin Critics Table Award nomination for "Best Actress in a Musical." Van der Pol was later cast as Chelsea Daniels, the best friend of the title character on the Disney Channel's That's So Raven, a role she played from 2002 to 2007. Just as the first season of "That's So Raven" began, she went back to Austin Musical Theatre to perform in "Celebrate: AMT," a performance highlighting all the shows the company had done up to then. She was a featured soloist. Van der Pol has also appeared on the Disney Channel Games as a member of the Red Team; her teammates were Zac Efron, Kay Panabaker, Dylan Sprouse, Shin Koyamada, and Moises Arias. She was originally offered the role of Kim Possible but chose not to take the part.Anneliese also had a minor role in Bratz: The Movie as Avery, a mean popular girl.

Van der Pol is a soprano and is trained in the belting vocal technique. In 2004, she recorded the song "Over It" for the Disney Channel Original Movie Stuck in the Suburbs. Her second solo recording, called "A Day in the Sun," a cover originally sung by Hilary Duff, appeared on the album That's So Raven Too!. Van der Pol has been associated with several other Disney music projects, including the Elton John song "Circle of Life" for a special edition of The Lion King DVD, "A Dream Is a Wish Your Heart Makes" for the Cinderella: Special Edition DVD, and "Candle on the Water" from Pete's Dragon on DisneyMania 4.

Van der Pol is one of only three cast members of That's So Raven (along with T'Keyah Crystal Keymáh and Rondell Sheridan) not to star in a Disney Channel Original Movie, although she is the only cast member to star in a Walt Disney Theatrical Production.

2006 Drunk driving arrest

On July 10, 2006, Van der Pol was arrested for driving under the influence (DUI) of alcohol. Officers said she was arrested after hitting a parked car and several other cars. According to court documents, Van der Pol was driving with a 0.19 blood-alcohol level, more than twice California's legal limit of 0.08. In 2007, she pleaded "no contest" to the charges and received 36 months probation and a penalty of $2,844 in fines and assessments. She was also required to attend an alcohol education program. . Van der Pol's probation is scheduled to end in March of 2010.

2007-Present: Broadway Debut, Beauty & the Beast, & Vanities: A New Musical

In February 2007, it was announced Anneliese would be making her Broadwaymarker debut as Belle, in Beauty and the Beast. Van der Pol was the musical's 17th (and final) Belle. She played the role from April 3, 2007 to July 29, 2007 as the show played 5,464 regular performances. During her run as Belle, Anneliese also performed at Bryant Parkmarker's Broadway in Bryant Park on July 12, 2007 along Beauty and the Beast co-stars Chris Hoch and Jeanne Lehmann, performing songs from the show. Prior to Beauty's final show, Anneliese appeared on Live with Regis and Kelly for a small interview discussing her Broadway debut and experiences with the show. She also discussed the origins of her name, and performed Beauty 's "A Change in Me." To date, Anneliese remains to be Broadway's final Belle.

In May 2008, it was revealed that Anneliese would play the role of Kathy in the new musical, Vanities. She played the role during the musical's Broadwaymarker previews in Pasadena, Californiamarker from August 22, 2008 to September 28, 2008. Originally, the musical was scheduled to begin performances on Broadway February 2, 2009 at the Lyceum Theatre with an official opening on February 26, 2009 but the show's Broadway run was postponed due to the economic turmoil in the US and to focus on the future of the musical. The show then made its New York City debut Off-Broadway at the Second Stage Theatre on July 2, 2009 in previews, and officially opened on July 16, 2009. Performances continued through August 9, 2009. On August 21st, she started recording the Original Cast Album for Vanities alongside Lauren Kennedy and Sarah Stiles.

As of July 2009, she stated she had received her fourth call-back for the role of Glinda in Wicked on Broadway. Van der Pol is slated to appear in a twelve part Jewish version of Sesame Street called Shalom Sesame. The series is scheduled to debut during the Hanukkah holiday in December 2010.

In September 2009, Van der Pol starred as Esther Smith in the Theatre Under The Stars production of Meet Me in St. Louis that had a limited run from September 29 to October 11, 2009.


Film & Television
Year Show Role Awards & Notes
2002 Divorce: The Musical Chelsea Weber
2003-2006 Express Yourself Herself
2003-2007 That's So Raven Chelsea Daniels Won - Young Artist Awards - "Outstanding Young Performers in a TV Series"
2005 Disney Channel's Totally Suite New Year's Eve Herself
Horror High Rachael
Katbot Katbot/Katerina Botenski (voices) Cancelled Series
2006 Kim Possible Heather (voice)
The Disney Channel Games Herself
2007 Bratz: The Movie Avery


Year Theatre Role Awards & Notes
1990 The Sleeping Beauty Ballet Little Red Riding Hood
1991 The Glory of Christmas Soloist
The Sound of Music Brigitta
The Will Rogers Follies Mary Rogers
1996 Eleanor, An American Love Story Young Eleanor Roosevelt
1997 Catch a Falling Star Sheree
1998 Murphy's Law Kelly
1999 Fiddler on the Roof Chava
Grease Sandy Won - Bobbi Award - "Best Actress in a Musical"
Beguiled Again Principal
Evita Eva "Evita" Peron Youngest Actress in History to play role in professional production (15)
2000 Oklahoma! Laurey Nominated - B. Iden Payne Award - "Best Featured Actress in a Musical"Nominated - Austin Critics Table Award - "Best Actress in a Musical"
2002 The Nutcracker Clara
Copelia Copelia
2007 Beauty and the Beast Belle Broadway debut/Last Belle on Broadway
2008 & 2009 Vanities Kathy Won - Outstanding Achievement in 2008/9 - Outstanding Achievement by a Lead Actress (Musical)
2009 Meet Me in St. Louis Esther


Other albums/compilations
  • 1999: Children of Christmas

Selected Soundtracks
That's So Raven
  • Released: May 18, 2004
  • Songs
* "That's So Raven" (w/ Raven-Symoné, Orlando Brown)
Stuck in the Suburbs
  • Released: July 13, 2004
  • Songs:
* "Over It"
That's So Raven Too!
  • Released: March 7, 2006
  • Songs:
* "Friends" (w/ Raven-Symoné)
* "Let's Stick Together" (w/ Raven-Symoné, Kyle Massey)
* "A Day in the Sun"
  1. Friends (50/50 Mix) - Anneliese van der Pol, Raven-Symoné
DisneyMania 4
  • Released: April 4, 2006
  • Songs:
* "Candle on the Water"


  1. Stated on the Live with Regis and Kelly show, July 3, 2007
  13. Christina Applegate, Jake Gyllenhaal, Annaliese van der Pol, Cedric the Entertainer, et. al. Set for Shalom Sesame
  14. Gyllenhaal, Stiller to appear on 'Shalom Sesame'
  15. Spotlight Meet Me in St. Louis Familiar Faces
  16. Theatre Under the Stars Meet Me in St. Louis

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