1 october, 1976
Danielle Bisutti has made a name for herself in the entertainment business with diverse characters she has brought to life in television and film. Known for her chameleon-like qualities, she embodies each role presented to her with a unique depth, rawness, and passion that is rare to find in actresses today. Her talent, a blend of perfected comedic timing in various projects while bringing dramatic intensity to others, has made her one of the industry's most exciting rising actresses. Bisutti has appeared on many top-rated series, including FOX's "Bones" (2005), TNT's "Raising the Bar" (2008), Disney's "Wizards of Waverly Place" (2007), CBS' "Without a Trace" (2002), "Cold Case" (2003) and "Two and a Half Men" (2003), FOX's "The O.C." (2003) and ABC's "Boston Legal" (2004), to name a few. However, Bisutti may be best-known for her starring role as the uptight-yet-lovable fashion diva "Amanda Cantwell on the award-winning #1 Nickelodeon series, "True Jackson, VP" (2008). Her role on the series has made her not only one of the top actresses to watch on television, but an emerging international fashion icon, as her character dresses to the nines in exclusive designs on the series.
Born and raised in Los Angeles, California, Bisutti's decision to start a career in the entertainment industry came naturally and early, and the genesis of Danielle's talent stems from a family rooted in the entertainment business. Her father was a set decorator in both film and television for 20 years, so she was no stranger to being on sets as the seeds were unknowingly planted early for her future career. Danielle's mother found her five-year-old daughter playing a Carole King melody on the piano, and by fifth grade Bisutti was writing her own compositions. She was musically inspired by artists that her parents exposed her to at an early age: Carole King, James Taylor, Simon & Garfunkel, The Beatles, Joni Mitchell, Van Morrison, The Temptations, Marvin Gaye and Aretha Franklin, sounds that would shape the music she would create in the years to come.
In high school Bisutti explored as many opportunities as possible to hone in on her passion for the entertainment business. She immersed herself in theatre, choir, dance, speech and debate, and even played volleyball and basketball. She went on to attend California State University Fullerton, where she received a BA in Acting and Musical Theatre. While attending CSUF, she was nominated several times for "Best Actress" in the Irene Ryan Competition and took runner up at The Lincoln Center Theatre in NYC. Michael Butler (producer of the original Broadway producer of "Hair" in 1968) fell in love with Bisutti's talent when he saw her performing the role of "Sheila" in a California production of "Hair". Butler took Bisutti and the cast to Chicago to perform at the Democratic National Convention, where they shared the stage with Crosby Stills Nash & Young, Bonnie Raitt and Jackson Browne, to name a few. The "Hair" tribe had a five-week run at the New Athenaeum Theatre in the heart of Chicago, where Bisutti's vocal performance was compared to a "cool-alto styling of a young Rickie Lee Jones". She shined on the stage and thrived on the thrill of performing in front of a live audience, and went on to land other theatre credits including: "Reno Sweeny" in "Anything Goes", "Maggie" in "Boy's Life", "Yelena" in "Uncle Vanya", "Victoria/Jane" in Noel Coward's "Tonight at 8:30", "Fastranda" in "Pippin" and "Ophelia" in "Hamlet".
Although musical theatre and performing on stage is one of Bisutti's biggest passions in life, she also had the desire to work in television and film, reverting back to the time spent on set with her father throughout her childhood. She has gone on to excel in not only television, but in feature films as well. Her credits include her debut leading role in Tropix (2004), Venice Underground (2005) (with Eric Mabius), The Neighbor (2007/I) (with Matthew Modine), a featured role in Get Smart (2008) (with Steve Carell) and in 2010 she was seen starring as "Heather Stroud", the leading female role in Coram Deo Studio's feature film debut, "No Greater Love", distributed by Lions Gate Films Home Entertainment. Bisutti's talent is just taking flight, as her career blossoms with every day that passes.
In addition to acting, Bisutti is an active supporter of "The Davana Foundation" and "The Go Campaign". In her spare time she loves to garden, paint, take yoga classes, watch movies, cook, hike, work out, and enjoy a night out on the town dining and dancing with her friends.