He's one step closer to becoming a true legend. 1
He recently received the Academy Award nomination for Best Original Song for Moana. This means Miranda is close to being only the second Latino to have earned an Emmy, a Grammy, an Oscar and a Tony. Rita Moreno is currently the only Latina to hold all four.
Miranda grew up in the Inwood neighborhood of New York City. 2
His mom Luz Towns-Miranda was a clinical psychologist and his dad Luis A. Miranda Jr., a political consultant. He has an older sister named Luz. Inwood is a little north of Washington Heights, the neighborhood that inspired his breakthrough hit In the Heights.
He's a proud father. 3
Miranda married Vanessa Nadal in 2010. 5
They knew of each other during high school, but didn't really connect until later. Nadal is a chemical engineer and an attorney.
Miranda attended Hunter College High School and continued on a creative path in college. 6
He graduated from Wesleyan University in 2002. It was during his time at college that he penned the first versions of what became his hit In the Heights.
His son is fully bilingual. 7
In 2016, Miranda shared that his son knows Spanish and English. "It’s adorable to see him sense who he’s talking to and translate. He’ll be like, ‘Leche?’ No, Milk?’ and that’s kind of incredible," he told People.
He's a Pulitzer Prize winner. 8
His successful play Hamilton, which premiered in 2015, garnered him the Pulitzer Prize award in Drama in 2016. So if he gets the Oscar, can we call him our first Latino PEGOT?
He was offered a job teaching English at his old high school before the fame. 9
He was also a substitute teacher before starting his career on Broadway.