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Fresno's Audra McDonald Makes Tony Awards History

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Fresno's Audra McDonald became the Tony Awards' most decorated actress Sunday in New York.

McDonald 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").

McDonald grew up in Fresno and is a graduate of Roosevelt School of the Arts at Roosevelt High School. She got her start with the Good Company Players Junior Company.



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