Audra McDonald

  • Birth Name: Audra Ann McDonald
  • Birth Place: Berlin, Germany
  • Profession: Actor, Singer
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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.

Awards

  • 2008, Emmy — Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie: Nominee
  • 2004, Tony — Actress (Featured Role--Play): Winner
  • 2001, Emmy — Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie: Nominee
  • 2007, Tony — Actress (Musical): Nominee
  • 1998, Tony — Actress (Featured Role--Musical): Winner
  • 2000, Tony — Actress (Musical): Nominee
  • 1994, Tony — Actress (Featured Role--Musical): Winner
  • 1996, Tony — Actress (Featured Role--Play): Winner
  • 2012, Tony — Actress (Musical): Winner
  • 2013, Emmy — Outstanding Special Class Program: Nominee
  • 2015, Emmy — Outstanding Special Class Program: Winner
  • 2016, Emmy — Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series or a Movie: Nominee
  • 2014, Tony — Actress (Play): Winner
  • 2018, Olivier Awards — Best Actress: Nominee
  • 2016, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Television Movie or Limited Series: Nominee
  • 2008, Grammy — Best Opera Recording: Winner
  • 2008, Grammy — Best Classical Album: Winner

Relationships

  • Will Swenson — Husband
  • Sally James McDonald-Swenson — Daughter
  • Zoe Madeline Donovan — Daughter
  • Stanley James McDonald Jr. — Father
  • Peter Donovan — Ex-husband
  • Anna McDonald — Mother
  • Alison McDonald — Sister
  • Sawyer Swenson — Stepson
  • Bridger Swenson — Stepson

College

  • The Juilliard School, New York, New York, United States (BA in Music, 1993)

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