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Audra McDonald makes Tony Award history with win

6/18/2014 MARK KENNEDY , AP Drama Writer
Audra McDonald makes Tony Award history with win © The Associated Press Audra McDonald makes Tony Award history with win

NEW YORK (AP) — Audra McDonald has become the Tony Awards' most decorated actress.

The singer and actress on Sunday 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"). She also has two Grammys.

She beat Tyne Daly, LaTanya Richardson Jackson, Cherry Jones and Estelle Parsons.

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