Ariana Joan Grande-Butera (born June 26, 1993) is an American actress, model and singer who currently plays the role of Cat Valentine on the Nickelodeon TV series Victorious.

Early Life

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Grande was born and raised in Boca Raton, Florida. She is of Italian descent, half Sicilian, half Abruzzese. As a child, Grande began performing at Boca Raton’s former Little Palm Theatre for Young People. A few years later, she started to perform in Fort Lauderdale Children's Theater (FLCT). On her website she said pink is her favorite color, her favorite movie's are 13 Going on 30 and The Hangover, and that her astro sign is Cancer. Grande's hair is also naturally brown and curly, but was asked by creator Dan Schnieder to dye her hair red velvet because he didn't want a cast of all brunettes. (Because of the shooting schedule, she has to have her hair re-dyed every other week.) She enjoys to get "technically involved" with the TV show, meaning she likes to help and/or watch the producers put together the songs, camera shots, etc. She performs at gigs singing and doing covers of songs, which she has posted on YouTube. Ariana is a huge fan of the popular Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling, as stated in an interview for Popstar magazine, where she "performed a spell" to show off how big a fan she was. She also appeared in the Broadway show 13 the Musical with Elizabeth Gillies, also her co-star in the Nickelodeon series Victorious. Grande is the only member of the main cast who had no prior on-screen acting experience. In 2009 and 2010, Grande performed at Birdland jazz club in New York City with Miranda Sings. In 2008, Grande played the role of Charlotte in the musical 13 on Broadway, for which she won a National Youth Theatre Association Award. When she joined the musical, Grande left her high school,

North Broward Preparatory School, but continued to be enrolled. The school sent materials to her for study with tutors. She played the role of Miriam in the first reading of the forthcoming musical Cuba Librecomposed by Desmond Child. Grande teaches music and dance to children in South Africa each year as a member of "Broadway in South Africa."


Ariana is also known for playing the role of Charlotte for the musical 13 on Broadway (Elizabeth Gillies also starred in 13 as Lucy) which won her a National Youth Theatre Association Award. She played the role of Miriam in the first reading of the new musical Cuba Libre composed by Desmond Child. She has worked with Grammy-winning composers including Diane Warren. In summer 2009, she taught music and dance to children in South Africa as a

member of "Broadway in South Africa". She is the younger sister of Frankie Grande, the actor and director. She will appear as a contestant in a celebrity episode of the Nickelodeon game show BrainSurge. She also does really good impressions of people, like Shakira, Britney Spears and others.
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Grande is currently working on her solo music career while filming Victorious. She has currently covered many popular songs such as "Love The Way You Lie", "Born This Way/Express Yourself", "Grenade" and "Vienna" (originally by Billy Joel). She sang an original song called "Suitcase" live and has also recorded a song called "Stick Around" with Graham Phillips, written by Peter Stengaard and Leslie Satcher.
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At age 8, Ariana performed the National Anthem for the first LIVE ESPN broadcast of the Anthem for the Florida Panther’s hockey league.

She is on tour in Miami Beach performing covers of songs including Grenade by Bruno Mars, Only Girl In The World by Rihanna, and her mashup of Express Yourself (Madonna) and Born This Way (Lady Gaga). Some of her back-up dancers include her friends Ian and Isaac and her brother Frankie.


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  • Full name: Ariana Joan Grande
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  • Birthdate: June 26th, 1993
  • Eye colour: Brown
  • Star sign: Cancer
  • She was born in Boca Raton, Florida.
  • Her natural hair colour is brown and it's curly.
  • She dyed her hair to red velvet for her role Cat in Victorious.
  • She has a big brother named Frankie. He is also a performer and is on tour with her as one of her dancers.
  • Her fashion icon is Marilyn Monroe.
  • Her celebrity crush is Jon Bon Jovi.
  • Her favorite cereal is Cocoa Puffs.
  • Her favorite episode of Victorious is "Survival to the Hottest" and her favorite line is "What's that supposed to mean?".
  • She has to make her voice higher to play Cat.
  • She's allergic to cats (ironically, her character on Victorious loves them).
  • Her YouTube pageis "osnapitzari" (O.Snap.Itz.Ari)
  • She has a birthmark on her left shoulder/back.
  • She loves Celine Dion and Imogen Heap.
  • She's a huge techno- junky.
  • She loves swimming.
  • She used to collect stuffed animals, hockey pucks, and halloween masks.
  • She uses GarageBand to create remixes of her favorite songs.
  • She has a MAC computer.
  • She has a dimple in her left cheek.
  • Her SayNow number is #646-783-2240.
  • Her FAN mail address is 265 S. Federal Hwy Suite 331 Deerfield Beach, FL 33441.
  • She has a LOOP keyboard.
  • She has a home studio.
  • Her favorie colors are periwinkle, blue, and coral pink/blue.
  • She was on Brainsurge,and wore a pink t-shirt, and skinny jeans,and had 130 points, allowing her to move onto thte next round, and being the only girl to compete, but then she lost, along with Carlos (BTR) and was the first one to slide down "The Brain Drain". The episode aired on April 21st 2011.
  • She is studying Spanish.
  • She loves Judy Garland and can impersonate her quite well.
  • She has a talent for mimicking the speaking and singing voices of others, including but not limited to Britney Spears, Shakira, her costar Liz Gillies, a laughing baby, a crying baby and a lamb "baaa-ing".
  • Her best friend is her co-star Liz Gillies.
  • Her height is 5'1½" (1.56 m)
  • She said she had a crush on Bruno Mars.

Stage and screen credits


Year Show Role Notes
2010-present Victorious Cat Valentine Main Role
2010 BrainSurge Herself Contestant


Year Film Role Notes
2008 13 Charlotte

Original Broadway Cast




Give it Up (with Elizabeth Gillies)

I Want You Back (Jackson 5 Cover with Victorious Cast)

Leave It All To Shine (with Victorious and iCarly Casts)


You're My Only Shorty (backing vocals; demo; featuring Iyaz)


Upcoming Ariana Grande Album

Put Your Hearts Up (lead single from debut album)

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