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Audra McDonald wins best actress musical Tony for her Bess in 'The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess'
NEW YORK (AP) ' Audra McDonald has won the Tony Award for best leading actress in a musical.
Considered the favorite for her powerful portrayal of Bess in "The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess," McDonald captured her fifth Tony, but first as a leading actress.
Raised in Fresno, Calif., and trained at The Juilliard School, she won three Tony Awards before the age of 30 ' for "Carousel," ''Master Class" and "Ragtime" ' and a fourth in 2004 for "A Raisin in the Sun."
She has two Grammy Awards, four albums and thinking of a fifth and two Emmy Award nominations. McDonald, a fierce advocate for gay marriage rights, has a daughter and recently was engaged.
She beat out Jan Maxwell, Cristin Milioti, Kelli O'Hara and Laura Osnes.