Audra McDonald was the big winner at last night’s Tony Awards. McDonald was the winner of best dramatic actress for Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill – her sixth Tony, making her the winningest woman in the history of the award show.
McDonald’s historic 6th win – at age 43 – pushed her past Angela Lansbury and Julie Harris’s previous records of five acting Tonys each, and she received a standing ovation at the podium.
As she cried, McDonald acknowledged Lena Horne, Diahann Carroll, Ruby Dee, Maya Angelou and Billie Holiday, whom she plays in the drama.
McDonald also thanked her children and husband and her late parents, for ignoring the doctor’s advice and not medicating her as a kid.