NYP98011802-18 JANUARY 1998-NEW YORK, NEW YORK,USA: Audra McDonald (who plays the principal role of Sarah) and novelist E.L.Doctorow (in tux) listens to opening night speeches during curtain call at the Ford Center theatre, January 18th, for the Broadway musical "Ragtime" based on E.L.Doctorow novel. UPI ep/Ezio Petersen
1998 Tony Awards ceremonies-McDonald 1st woman to win 3 consecutive Tony Awards
NYP98060805 - 8 JUNE 1998 - NEW YORK, NEW YORK, USA: 1998 Tony Award winner Audra McDonald-Best Featured Actress/Musical-"Ragtime" became the first woman in the 52 year history of the awards ceremonies to win consecutive Tony Awards for her performances in 3 different productions ("The Master Class--Carousel--Ragtime") at the 52nd annual Tony Awards ceremonies held June 7th at Radio City Music Hall in New York City. UPI ep/Ezio Petersen
NYP2000051730- 17 MAY 2000- NEW YORK, NEW YORK, USA: 2000 Tony Award nominees for Best Actress in a Musical: Audra McDonald Marin Mazzie Heather Headley Rebecca Luker left to right pose May 17 at the Tony Awards brunch. ep/Ezio Petersen UPI
Audra McDonald performs for President George W. Bush and first lady Laura Bush in the East Room of the White House honoring the Dance Theatre of Harlem and its Founder and Artistic Director, Arthur Mitchell, in Washington, DC on February 6, 2006. (UPI Photo/Ron Sachs/Pool).
"A FINE ROMANCE" TO BENEFIT THE MOTION PICTURE & TELEVISION FUND
Actress Audra McDonald arrives for "A Fine Romance" to benefit the Motion Picture & Television Fund at Sunset Gower Studios in the Hollywood section of Los Angeles, California on November 18, 2006. (UPI Photo/Jim Ruymen)
MCDONALD, SHEPARD AND SONDHEIM HONORED IN NEW YORK
Tony award winning actress Audra McDonald poses with her mother Ellen (L) before Audra received her honorary degree from her alumni the Juilliard School at it's 102nd commencement ceremony in New York on May 25, 2007. (UPI Photo/Ezio Petersen)
Actress Audra McDonald attends the premiere of her film "A Raisin in the Sun" at the Eccles Theater during the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah on January 23, 2008. (UPI Photo/Alexis C. Glenn)
Audra McDonald of "The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess," winner of "Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical," poses for photographer during the 66th Annual Tony Awards held at the Beacon Theatre on June 10, 2012 in New York City. UPI/Monika Graff
Audra McDonald of ÒLady Day at EmersonÕs Bar & GrillÓ with her Tony Award for Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Play in the press room during 68th Tony Awards at Radio City Music Hall in New York City on June 8, 2014. The annual awards, which are presented by the American Theatre Wing, recognizes the achievements of Broadway theater. UPI/John Angelillo.
President Obama awards the 2015 National Medal of Arts and National Humanities Medal in Washington
President Barack Obama awards the National Medal of Arts to actress Audra McDonald during a ceremony at the White House in Washington, D.C. on September 22, 2016. Obama awarded the awarded the 2015 National Medal of Arts and National Humanities Medals to 24 recipients. Photo by Kevin Dietsch/UPI
Audra McDonald attends the 23rd annual SAG Awards in Los Angeles
Actress Audra McDonald arrives for the the 23rd annual SAG Awards held at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles on January 29, 2017. The Screen Actors Guild Awards will be broadcast live on TNT and TBS. Photo by Jim Ruymen/UPI