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A bona fide Broadway star who earned three Tony Awards before her 30th birthday, Audra McDonald was born in Berlin on July 3, 1970. Raised in Fresno, Calif., she went on to study classical voice at New York's Juilliard School.

In the 1990s, McDonald took the theater world by storm with critically acclaimed performances in "Carousel," "Master Class," "Ragtime" and "Marie Christine." In 2004, she won a fourth Tony Award for her role as Ruth Younger in "A Raisin in the Sun."

Although the actress's resume includes supporting roles in several films, she found even greater success in television, most notably with featured roles in the Emmy-nominated adaptations of "Wit" (2001) and "A Raisin in the Sun" (2008), and a recurring role on "Private Practice." McDonald also starred as Daddy Warbucks's secretary, Miss Grace Farrell, in the small-screen remake of Annie (1999).

Audra McDonald in Beauty and the Beast (2017)

Beauty and the Beast (2017)

2017 PG

In this live action version of the Disney adapted animated feature, young Belle yearns to escape her ordinary existence -- and her village's boorish suitors -- until she becomes imprisoned in the castle of a monstrous prince.

  • Audra McDonald in Ricki and the Flash Ricki and the Flash
  • Audra McDonald in Annie Annie
  • Audra McDonald in The Sound of Music Live! The Sound of Music Live!
  • Audra McDonald in It Runs in the Family It Runs in the Family
  • Audra McDonald in Wit Wit
  • Audra McDonald in Private Practice Private Practice
  • Audra McDonald in A Raisin in the Sun A Raisin in the Sun
  • Audra McDonald in Rampart Rampart
  • Audra McDonald in Leonard Bernstein's New York Leonard Bernstein's New York
  • Audra McDonald in Seven Servants Seven Servants
  • Audra McDonald in The Best Thief in the World The Best Thief in the World
  • Audra McDonald in Music Instinct: Science and Song Music Instinct: Science and Song