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Audra McDonald makes Tony Award history with win

Sunday - 6/8/2014, 11:24pm  ET

This photo provided by Jeffrey Richards Associates shows Audra McDonald as Billie Holiday in "Lady Day at Emerson's Bar & Grill". McDonald won her sixth Tony at the 68th annual Tony Awards on Sunday, June 8, 2014, 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. (AP Photo/Jeffrey Richards Associates, Evgenia Eliseeva, file)

MARK KENNEDY
AP Drama Writer

NEW YORK (AP) -- Audra McDonald has become the Tony Awards' most decorated actress.

The singer and actress on Sunday 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.

The latest win -- for best lead actress in a play -- also makes McDonald the first grand-slam performance winner. 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"). She also has two Grammys.

She beat Tyne Daly, LaTanya Richardson Jackson, Cherry Jones and Estelle Parsons.


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