Audra McDonald

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  • Birth Name: Audra Ann McDonald
  • Birth Place: Berlin, Germany
  • Date of Birth / Zodiac Sign: 07/03/1970, Cancer
  • Profession: Actor; singer
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Audra McDonald Fast Facts:Her father's sisters performed in a gospel group called the McDonald Sisters, who toured in the 1970s.
  • Made her Broadway debut as a replacement in The Secret Garden while she was still in school at Juilliard.
  • Won three Tony awards in five years and was the first person to win three before the age of 30 (she was 27).
  • Released her debut album, Way Back to Paradise, in 1998.
  • Joined the cast of Kate Walsh's Grey's Anatomy spinoff, Private Practice, in 2007.
  • Daughter Zoe Madeline is named for friends Zoe Caldwell (Audra's costar in Master Class) and Madeline Kahn.
  • Performed at the first gay wedding in New York City, and is an active advocate of marriage equality.
  • Audra McDonald Relationships:
  • Peter Donovan - Ex-husband
  • Will Swenson - Husband
  • Sawyer Swenson - Stepson
  • Zoe Madeline Donovan - Daughter
  • Stanley James McDonald Jr. - Father
  • Anna McDonald - Mother
  • Alison McDonald - Sister
  • Bridger Swenson - Stepson
  • Audra McDonald Awards:
  • 2001 Emmy: Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie - Nominee
  • 2004 Tony: Actress (Featured Role--Play) - Winner
  • 2008 Emmy: Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie - Nominee
  • 1998 Tony: Actress (Featured Role--Musical) - Winner
  • 2007 Tony: Actress (Musical) - Nominee
  • 1994 Tony: Actress (Featured Role--Musical) - Winner
  • 2008 Grammy: Best Classical Album - Winner
  • 2008 Grammy: Best Opera Recording - Winner
  • 2012 Tony: Actress (Musical) - Winner
  • 2013 Emmy: Outstanding Special Class Program - Nominee
  • 2014 Tony: Actress (Play) - Winner
  • 2000 Tony: Actress (Musical) - Nominee
  • 1996 Tony: Actress (Featured Role--Play) - Winner
  • College:
  • The Juilliard School, New York, New York, United States (BA in Music, 1993)

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