- 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.
- 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
- 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
- The Juilliard School, New York, New York, United States (BA in Music, 1993)
Sign up and add shows to get the latest updates about your favorites shows - Start Now
- 1. The Masked Singer's Poodle Reveal Left One Panelist Kicking Themselves
- 2. The Riverdale Cast Reacts to That Unexpected Gargoyle King Reveal
- 3. I Am the Night Just Can't Keep Up With Chris Pine's Killer Performance
- 4. Mindy Kaling Thinks Her Office Character Turned Into a Murderer
- 5. Everything We Know About the Rest of The Walking Dead Season 9
- 6. What to Stream the Weekend of Jan. 25
- 7. Anthony Scaramucci Exits Celebrity Big Brother Faster Than the White House