Lea was born in The Bronx, New York, the daughter of Edith Sarfati, a nurse, & Marc Sarfati, a delicatessen owner. Michele’s mother is Italian American & Catholic, while her father is of Spanish-Sephardic Jewish ancestry. Michele grew up in Tenafly, New Jersey, where she attended Tenafly High School. She gone to Stagedoor Manor in the Catskills, a performing arts training center. She was then after recognized to the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University, but preferred to keep working on stage. Michele is engaged in participating in charities for gay rights & animal rights. In April of 2010 Michele came out in a PSA for PETA speaking out against fur. In 2008, Michele was a part of the PETA ad campaign titled, “Buck Cruelty! Say No to Horse-Drawn Carriage Rides,”. In September of 2010 Michele was honored by PETA for her work for animals.
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In support of gay rights, Michele performed at the Human Rights Campaign Dinner in November 2009. Also in November 2009, Michele and Jonathan Groff performed for True Colors Cabaret, a fundraiser in support of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender equality. In 2008, Michele performed at a benefit concert called “Alive in the World” to aid the Twin Tower Orphan Fund. Michele has also been engaged with Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS.
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