Fresno's Audra McDonald Makes Tony Awards History

Fresno's Audra McDonald became the Tony Awards' most decorated actress Sunday in New York.

McDonald 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").

McDonald grew up in Fresno and{}is a graduate of Roosevelt School of the Arts at Roosevelt High School. She got her start with the Good Company Players Junior Company.