Audra McDonald Bio,Wiki, Age, Family, Height, Husband, Broadway, Billie Holiday, Awards, Tony, Net Worth

Audra McDonald born Audra Ann McDonald is an American actress and singer best known for her work on the Broadway stage. She is known for her appearances in Beauty and the Beast

Audra McDonald Biography

Audra McDonald born Audra Ann McDonald is an American actress and singer best known for her work on the Broadway stage. She is known for her appearances in Beauty and the Beast, Private Practice and A Raisin in the Sun.

Audra McDonald Age | How Old Is Audra Mcdonald?

She was born on July 3, 1970 in West Berlin, Germany. She is 52 years old as of 2022.

Audra McDonald Height

McDonald stands at a height of 5 feet 8 inches tall.

Audra McDonald Family

McDonald is born to American parents, Anna Kathryn, a university administrator, and Stanley McDonald Jr., a high school principal. At the time of her birth, her father was stationed with the United States Army. She was raised in Fresno, California, the elder of two daughters.

Audra McDonald Husband | Audra Mcdonald Will Swenson

McDonald is married to actor and singer Will Swenson who is best known for his work in musical theatre. T he couple tied the knot on October 6, 2012. The couple lives in Croton-on-Hudson, New York.

She was previously married to bassist Peter Donovan in September 2000. Audra Mcdonald and Peter Donovan divorced in 2009.

Audra McDonald
Audra McDonald

Audra McDonald Children | Audra Mcdonald Kids | Audra Mcdonald Daughter

McDonald has two children; one daughter, Zoe Madeline Donovan, with Peter Donovan who is named after McDonald’s close friend and Master Class co-star Zoe Caldwell.

Her second born daughter is with Will Swenson who is named Sally James McDonald-Swenson, born on October 19, 2016.

Audra McDonald Salary

McDonald earns an estimated salary of about $50000 to $100000 annually.

Audra Mcdonald Net Worth

McDonald has an estimated net worth of $2 million dollars which she has earned from her acting and singing career.

Audra McDonald Education

Audra McDonald graduated from the Roosevelt School of the Arts program within Theodore Roosevelt High School in Fresno. She then studied classical voice as an undergraduate under Ellen Faull at the Juilliard School, graduating in 1993.

Audra McDonald Career

McDonald has performed in musicals, operas, and dramas such as 110 in the Shade, A Moon for the Misbegotten, Carousel, Ragtime, Master Class and Porgy and Bess. As a classical soprano, McDonald has performed in staged operas with the Houston Grand Opera and the Los Angeles Opera and in concerts with symphony orchestras like the Berlin Philharmonic and New York Philharmonic.

In 2008, her recording of Kurt Weill’s Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny with the Los Angeles Opera won the Grammy Award for Best Classical Album and the Grammy Award for Best Opera Recording.

McDonald has a close working relationship with composer Michael John LaChiusa who has written several works for her, including the Broadway musical Marie Christine, the opera Send (who are you? i love you) and The Seven Deadly Sins: A Song Cycle.

With her full lyric soprano voice, McDonald maintains an active concert and recording career throughout the United States performing a wide repertoire from classical to musical theater to jazz and popular songs. In 2016, she was awarded the National Medal of Arts by President Barack Obama. In 2017 she was inducted into the American Theater Hall of Fame.

On television, she portrayed Dr. Naomi Bennett as a main cast member of Shonda Rhimes’s ABC television drama Private Practice from 2007-2011. McDonald also portrayed the recurring character of Liz Lawrence in Season 4 of The Good Wife; a role that she reprises as a main cast member in the spinoff series The Good Fight.

In 2013, McDonald performed the role of Mother Superior in The Sound of Music Live! opposite Carrie Underwood as Maria. She has twice been nominated for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or Movie for her performance of Ruth Younger in A Raisin in the Sun in 2008 and portrayals of Susie Monahan in Wit opposite Emma Thompson in 2001.

In 2016, Audra McDonald was nominated for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series or Movie and a Screen Actors Guild Award for her performance in Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill for HBO in which McDonald portrayed jazz legend Billie Holiday.

In 2015, she won the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Special Class Program for her work hosting the program Live from Lincoln Center.

On film, McDonald is best known for her portrayals of Maureen in Ricki and the Flash (2015) opposite Meryl Streep and Madame de Garderobe in the 2017 film version of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast. She has been nominated five times for the NAACP Image Awards for her work in television and film.

Audra Mcdonald Tony

McDonald has won six Tony Awards. At the age of 28, she was a three-time Tony Award winner for her performances in Carousel, Master Class, and Ragtime, placing her alongside Gwen Verdon, Shirley Booth and Zero Mostel by accomplishing this feat within five years.

McDonald was nominated for another Tony Award for her performance in Marie Christine before she won her fourth in 2004 for her role in A Raisin in the Sun, placing her in the company of then four-time winning actress Angela Lansbury.

On June 10, 2012, she scored her fifth Tony Award win for her portrayal of Bess in Broadway’s The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess, thus tying Julie Harris and Angela Lansbury.

McDonald’s 2014 performance as Billie Holiday in Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill earned McDonald her sixth Tony award and made her the first person to win all four acting categories.

Audra Mcdonald Billie Holiday

In 2014, Mcdonald portrayed jazz legend Billie Holiday in Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill which earned her sixth Tony award and made her the first person to win all four acting categories.

Audra Mcdonald Beauty And The Beast

McDonald played a role as Madame de Garderobe in the 2017 film version of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast.

Audra Mcdonald Movies And Tv Shows

Audra Mcdonald Movies

  • 1996 – Seven Servants
  • 1998 – The Object of My Affection
  • 1999 – Cradle Will Rock
  • 1999 – Annie
  • 2003 – It Runs in the Family
  • 2004 – The Best Thief in the World
  • 2011 – Rampart
  • 2015 – Ricki and the Flash
  • 2017 – Beauty and the Beast
  • 2017 – Hello Again

Audra Mcdonald Tv Shows

1999 – Annie
1999 – Homicide: Life on the Street
1999 – Having Our Say: The Delany Sisters’ First 100 Years
2000 – Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
2000 – The Last Debate
2001 – Wit
2003 – Mister Sterling
2003 – Partners and Crime
2003 – Tea Time with Roy & Sylvia
2005 – Passion: Live From Lincoln Center
2006 – The Bedford Diaries
2006–07 – Kidnapped
2007–13 – Private Practice
2009 – Grey’s Anatomy
2007 – Great Performances
2008 – A Raisin in the Sun
2009 – She Got Problems
2012–13 – Sesame Street
2013 – The Good Wife
2013 – The Sound of Music Live!
2013 – Audra McDonald: Go Back Home
2013 – It Could Be Worse
2013 – The Ordained
2014 – Submissions Only
2014 – Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street: Live from Lincoln Center
2016 – Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill
2018 – The Good Fight
2018 – RuPaul’s Drag Race

2021- The Bite

Audra Mcdonald Songs

  • Days In The Sun
  • I’ll Be Here
  • If I Loved You
  • The Glamorous Life
  • Make Someone Happy
  • Aria
  • Your Daddy’s Son
  • Stars and the Moon
  • When Did I Fall in Love?
  • Daybreak in Alabama
  • I Double Dare You
  • Facebook Song
  • Baltimore
  • Migratory V
  • Wheels of a Dream
  • Way Back to Paradise
  • Ill Wind
  • Supper Time
  • I Won’t Mind
  • Bambalele
  • Beat My Dog
  • Ain’t It De Truth?
  • Lose That Long Face
  • Some Days
  • Edelweiss
  • On a Turquoise Cloud
  • See What I Wanna See
  • Tess’s Torch Song
  • God Give Me Strength
  • First You Dream
  • Go Back Home
  • My Stupid Mouth

Audra Mcdonald Awards

  • Tony Award for Best Lead Actress in a Musical
    2012 · Porgy and Bess
  • Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Musical
    1998, 1994 · Ragtime, Carousel
  • Tony Award for Best Lead Actress in a Play
    2014 · Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill
  • Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Play
    2004, 1996 · A Raisin in the Sun, Master Class
  • Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Actress in a Musical
    2012, 2007 · Porgy and Bess, 110 in the Shade
  • Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical
    1994 · Carousel
  • Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Actress in a Play
    2014 · Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill
  • Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Featured Actress in a Play
    2004 · A Raisin in the Sun
  • Grammy Award for Best Opera Recording
    2009 · Weill: Rise And Fall Of The City Of Mahagonny
  • Grammy Award for Best Classical Album
    2009 · Weill: Rise And Fall Of The City Of Mahagonny
  • Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding Actress in a Musical
    2014, 2012, 1994 · Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill, Porgy and Bess, Carousel
  • Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding Featured Actress in a Play
    2004 · A Raisin in the Sun
  • Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Special Class Programs
    2015 · Live from Lincoln Center
  • Audie Award for Multi-voiced Performance
    2017 · Small Great Things
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