Kristen Anderson-Lopez: Songwriter, Net Worth, ‘Coco’, ‘Let It Go’ & Facts To Know

Kristen Anderson-Lopez is an amazing songwriter, who has written songs for films like ‘Coco’ and ‘Frozen’. Read more about her, including her net worth.

Who is Kristen Anderson-Lopez?

Kristen Anderson-Lopez was born in 1972. She is an American songwriter and is best known for co-writing songs for Disney’s ‘Frozen’ along with her husband, Robert Lopez. They both won an Academy award for the song ‘Let It Go’ for Best Original Song at the 86th Academy Awards and they also won two Grammy Awards at the 57th Annual Grammy Awards. Anderson-Lopez was brought up in three different places: Croton-on-Hudson, New York to 1986; the Myers Park neighborhood of Charlotte, North Carolina, from 1986 to 1990; and Waxhaw, North Carolina from 1990 onward. She was born to parents, Erin and John, who still live in Waxhaw. Her father said that Anderson-Lopez first fell in love with theater when she was just 4. After her family moved to North Carolina, she attended and graduated from Charlotte Country Day School. She later went to Williams College in western Massachusetts, where she double-majored in drama and psychology and graduated in 1994. She did a theater internship in Florida and after that she spent many years working temporary jobs while pursuing her dream of becoming a Broadway theater performer. In 1999, she entered the BMI Lehman Engel Musical Theatre Workshop and it was here that she decided her career as a lyricist. She also met her future husband, Robert Lopez here. They married in 2003. Robert Lopez went on to become an EGOT-winning songwriter, composer and lyricist including three Tony Awards for Avenue Q and The Book of Mormon. They have two daughters, Katie and Annie, who both had voice some parts in the movie Frozen. Kristen Anderson-Lopez played the part of Kanga in the movie, ‘Winnie the Pooh’. ‘Winnie the Pooh’ is a 2011 American animated musical film produced by Walt Disney Animation Studios. The film is about Winnie the Pooh who wakes up to find that he is out of honey. Things take a turn when he learns that Eeyore has lost his tail, and later, Christopher Robin has been abducted by Backson. The duo was supposed to do the songwriting for Disney’s movie, ‘Gigantic’ which was officially announced in 2015. But recently, Disney announced that the project ‘Gigantic’ has been cancelled and will be replaced with another untitled project. Anderson-Lopez’s sister, Kate Anderson, co-wrote the songs for Olaf’s Frozen Adventure. Anderson-Lopez was nominated for Best Original Song at Oscar 2018 for the song “Remember Me”. Oscar 2018 will be held in March 4th this year. “Remember Me” was for the film ‘Coco’ released in 2017.

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In 2006, the team of Anderson-Lopez and her husband, Robert Lopez wrote the songs for a Walt Disney World production of the film ‘Finding Nemo – The Musical. Anderson-Lopez is also the co-creator of the musical ‘In Transit’ which was developed at the O’Neill Musical Theatre Conference. The production won the 2011 Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Ensemble, as well as a nomination for the 2011 Lucille Lortel Award, Outstanding Musical and the 2011 Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding New Off-Broadway Musical. It opened on Broadway at the Circle in the Square Theater in November 2016. She and her husband along with Alex Timbers, co-created the romantic stage musical Up Here, which debuted in 2015. She had done notable work for younger audiences including numerous short and full-length musical adaptations for Theatreworks USA such as ‘Diary of a Worm’, ‘Fancy Nancy’ and ‘Condensed Classics’. Anderson-Lopez worked with her husband on the Disney Theatrical Productions stage musical adaptation of the film ‘Frozen’. Jennifer Lee wrote the book. On being interviewed after the success of her film Frozen, the interviewer asked Anderson-Lopez whether the film opened the doors for her professionally to which she replied, “Statistically it is very hard for females in our business, female writers and female directors. They did a study. It was the same percentage of female writers who had a production in New York in 2011 as what it was in 1911. There’s an institutional bias that goes deep. Women tend to be given jobs based on their experience, and men tend to be given jobs based on their potential. So you have to have experience to have someone take that chance on you, and Frozen doing as well as it did, I think is what allowed me the opportunity. This is my Broadway debut. People think I’ve been on Broadway already. I haven’t. Because it’s so hard to break the glass ceiling for female writers in particular.” Initially, when Anderson-Lopez collaborated with her husband, they wrote on several songs for children’s television shows including, ‘Wonder Pets’ on Nick Jr and ‘Bear’ in the Big Blue House on Disney Channel. The duo along with Henry Jackman also wrote and produced music for the 2011 Disney film, ‘Winnie the Pooh’ for which they were nominated for an Annie Award for Best Music in a Feature Production. Anderson-Lopez and her husband will be writing the music for the sequel, Frozen 2.

Net worth of the songwriter

Songwriter Kristen Anderson-Lopez has a net worth of $8 million.