Full Name at Birth
Bethany Joy Lenz
Bethany Joy Lenz
Bethany Joy Galeotti
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Haley James on One Tree Hill
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Bethany Joy Lenz (born on April 2, 1981) is an American singer-songwriter, musician and actress. As a teenager she honed her vocal skills by training with the Director of The Brooklyn College of Opera and not only plays both the guitar and piano but writes her own music as well. As a singer she has released two independent albums titled Preincarnate and Come On Home (2005) and is best known for her chart topping duet When the Stars Go Blue and video release of Songs in My Pockets. Deemed a triple-threat, Lenz now boasts stage credits that include collaborating with Garry Marshall and Carole King on a new musical as well as working with director Arthur Allan Seidelman on a production of The Outsiders.
As an actress, she is best known for her roles as Michelle Bauer Santos on Guiding Light (from 1998 to 2000) and as Haley James Scott on One Tree Hill (since 2003).
Bethany Joy Lenz was born on 2 April 1981 in Hollywood, Florida. Lenz is an only child to her father, Robert Lenz, a history teacher and therapist, and mother, Cathie, a personnel manager and entrepreneur. Lenz`s first solo singing performance was at the age of 3, in front of a crowd of three thousand people at the The Carpenter`s Church in Lakeland, Florida. At the age of four, Galeotti and her family moved to Arlington, Texas. While attending Pope Elementary there, she was bitten by the acting bug. Immediately after, she performed a twenty minute soliloquy part in High HopeS and Heavy Sweatshirts. This was performed in a very intimate setting in a Dallas museum. She then landed her first stage role at age seven, playing a Munchkin in a local production of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. On December 31, 2005, Bethany Joy Lenz married Enation band member Michael Galeotti. In February 2011 Lenz announced the arrival of their daughter, Maria Rose Galeotti, and a year later made the unexpected announcement that she would be divorcing her husband. Lenz released the following statement, "you'll all be wondering soon why everyone is calling me "Bethany Joy Lenz" again. I'm sorry to say that Michael and I have decided to divorce. We remain friendly and dedicated to raising our beautiful girl in love and we appreciate your prayers and support during this difficult time." Due to the divorce, Lenz now resides in Los Angeles with her one year old daughter.
On November 5th, 2008, Lenz and close friend Amber Sweeney began a group named Everly located in Battle Ground, Washington. Together the duo released Mission Bell an EP consisting of three songs entitled, Home Is You - You Are Mine, Stars and Little Children. Everly are currently said to working on a new album, however it was delayed due to the arrival of Bethany's daughter. Bethany Joy Lenz loves photography, painting, cooking, and horseback riding. She has many dreams that include attending college, movie roles, Broadway, and training at London`s prestigious Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts.
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