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Audra Mcdonald Wins Sixth Tony Awards

Actress Audra McDonald

Actress Audra McDonald with her 2014 Tony Award. (Photo: Jason Szenes)

News Americas, NEW YORK, NY,  June 8, 2014: Actress Audra McDonald, at 43, won her sixth Tony for portraying Billie Holiday in “Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill,” putting her ahead of five-time winners Angela Lansbury and the late Julie Harris for the most competitive wins by an actress. McDonald got a prolonged standing ovation and among those she thanked were her parents for not medicating their hyperactive child.

The latest win — for best lead actress in a play — also makes McDonald the only woman to win a Tony in all four acting categories. She previously won as best featured actress in a play (“A Raisin in the Sun” and “Master Class”), best lead actress in a musical (“The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess”) and best featured actress in a musical (“Ragtime” and “Carousel”).