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Audra McDonald Makes History Playing Billie Holiday; First To Win Six Tony Awards; Watch Tearful Speech

Audra McDonald, 43, one of my celebrity look-a-likes, has just made history with her work as Billie Holiday in Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill. She takes home the Tony for best lead actress in a play; her sixth win. Previously Audra McDonald was tied with Angela Lansbury and Julie Harris for most awards won, but last night she shatters through the ceiling becoming the biggest winner in the history of the Tonys, she just happens to be black. Audra also makes history for winning the top award in four different performance categories.

The latest win — for best lead actress in a play — also makes McDonald the only woman to win a Tony in all four acting categories. 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”). {Source}

Audra McDonald Tony Awards Make Histroy

Of course, the woman with the most technical and beautiful voice, gives a tearful, emotional speech that is worthy of a standing ovation. We write about a lot of celebrities, but this woman here is classy, dignified, intelligent, graceful, and beautiful. From the first time I saw a special on ABC about her over a decade ago, I have been in love with her journey and her poise. People like Audra are the people we need to seek and support. IJS, Kanye she’s famous with a purpose.

In her speech she thanks all of the [black] women before her who knocked down these doors. Check out her tearful acceptance speech below:

I want thank all the shoulders of the strong and brave, and courageous women that I am standing on. I am standing on Lena Horne’s shoulder; I ‘m standing on Mays Angelou’s shoulders, I’m standing on Diane Carroll and Ruby Dee, and most of all, Billie Holiday. You deserve so much more than what you were given when you were on this planet.

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