With yet another Emmy nomination for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series or a Movie for ‘Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill’, Audra McDonald added one more feather in her cap. The singer and actress won several titles for her awe-inspiring contributions in the field of music and acting.
The six-time Tony Award winner played Billie Holiday in the ‘Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill’ which aired on HBO. The TV movie was filmed before a live audience at Café Brasil in New Orleans and McDonald portrayed the lead character of a jazz icon who became famous through her songs that included, “God Bless the Child,” “What a Little Moonlight Can Do,” “Strange Fruit” and “Taint Nobody’s Biz-ness.”
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Audra McDonald was hailed as the most decorated performer of the Broadway after she bagged her sixth Tony Award for ‘Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill’ in 2014. She also became the first person to win awards in all four acting categories, besides setting the record for the most competitive wins by an actor, the Nonesuch Journal reported.
The singer and actress, who has performed in both musicals and drama on stage, maintains an active career in concert and recording. Not only does she performs at concerts throughout the US but also song cycles and operas, according to the Television Academy.
She was born into a musical family on July 3, 1970. Fresno, in California, was her hometown and she received classical vocal training at the Julliard School. Her first Tony Award came a year after she graduated, for the Best Performance by a Featured Actress in a Musical for Carousel at Lincoln Center Theater. She started her career in Opera in 2006 at Houston Grand Opera.