On Sunday night, actress Audra McDonald, who many know from her stint on Shonda Rhimes’ television series, Private Practice, won her fifth Tony Award for her performance in Porgy and Bess (reimagined by MacArthur “Genius” Grant recipient, Suzan-Lori Parks).

McDonald’s win on Sunday tied her with Angela Lansbury and Julie Harris for most wins. McDonald is the first woman of color to accomplish this.

But something else makes McDonald’s win special: she has only appeared in 10 Broadway shows. That’s right. McDonald is batting .500. Her success is nearly unparalleled:

[N]ote that she’s just 41 years old, and, according to IBDB.com (the Internet Broadway Database), she’s appeared in just 10 Broadway shows, starting in 1991 through the pressent. Talk about talent and recognition; 10 Broadway shows, and she won Tony Awards for her performances in half of them. To help put this into some perspective, imagine a Hollywood actress making 10 movies over a 20 year period, and winning Academy Awards (whether supporting or lead) for her performances in 5 of them.

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Here’s McDonald’s acceptance speech from Sunday night:


What say you, Hollywood?

Can a supremely talented black actress get some love?