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Audra Ann McDonald

Birthplace: West Berlin, Berlin, Germany
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Stanley James McDonald, Jr. and Private
Wife of Will Swenson
Ex-wife of Private
Sister of Private

Occupation: Actress, singer
Managed by: Erica Howton
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About Audra McDonald

Audra Ann McDonald (born July 3, 1970) is an American actress and singer. Primarily known for her work on the Broadway stage, she has won six Tony Awards, more performance wins than any other actor, and is the only person to win all four acting categories.


  • Parents: Anna Kathryn (Jones), a university administrator, and Stanley James McDonald Jr., a high school principal
  • One sister
  • Spouse(s) 1) Peter Donovan ​(m. 2000; div. 2009)​ 2) Will Swenson ​(m. 2012)​
  • Children 2

Awards and nominations

In 2012, Audra McDonald received the Golden Plate Award of the American Academy of Achievement presented by Awards Council member General Colin Powell.[83][84]

On September 22, 2016, Audra McDonald was awarded the National Medal of Arts by President Barack Obama for 2015. The Award states, in part: "for lighting up Broadway as one of its brightest stars.... In musicals, concerts, operas, and the recording studio, her rich, soulful voice continues to take her audiences to new heights."[85]


“ Audra McDonald comes home for 'overwhelming' honor at alma mater Roosevelt High”

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A DNA test whose results were displayed on the show Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates, Jr. (2021) stated that Audra’s genetic ancestry is:

  • 72% African
  • 28% European

Genetically, she was found to have a common ancestor with rapper and actor Sean Combs.


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Audra McDonald's Timeline

July 3, 1970
West Berlin, Berlin, Germany