Audra McDonald

Audra McDonald


7/3/1970, Berlin, Germany

Birth Name

Audra Ann McDonald


  • Audra McDonald as Dr. Naomi Bennett on P...
  • Audra McDonald as Dr. Naomi Bennett on P...
  • Audra McDonald as Dr. Naomi Bennett on P...
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Audra McDonald was born in Berlin, Germany on July 3, 1970 were her father was stationed with the U.S Army. She was raised in Fresno, California and her mother worked as an administrator at California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo. After her father finished with his…more


Trivia and Quotes

  • Trivia

    • Audra won the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Actress in a Musical for her work in 110 in The Shade in 2007.

    • Throughout her career Audra has won a total of four Tony Awards.

    • Audra was nominated for a Tony Award (Best Actress in a Musical) and a Drama Desk Award (Outstanding Actress in a Musical) for her work in the revival of 110 in The Shade.

    • McDonald was raised in Fresno, California.

    • She is 5'8" or 1.73 m.

    • Her daughter is named Zoe Madeline, after the late Zoe Caldwell and Madeline Kahn.

    • She is the youngest actor ever to win three Tony Awards.

    • She graduated from The Juilliard School for the Performing Arts in 1993.

    • She has won four Tony Awards in eleven years: 1) Best Actress (Featured Role - Musical), in 1994 for a revival of "Carousel"; 2) Best Actress (Featured Role - Play), in 1996 for playing Sharon in Terence McNally's "Master Class"; 3) Best Actress (Featured Role - Musical) 1998 for playing Sarah in "Ragtime"; 4) Best Actress (Featured Role - Play), in 2004 for playing Ruth Younger in a revival of Lorraine Hansberry's "A Raisin in the Sun". She was also nominated in 2000 as Best Actress (Musical) for playing the title role in "Marie Christine."

  • Quotes

  • Audra McDonald is one of the all time GREATS!!! She is an amazing performer on stage and on the small screen. Audra has won four tony awards, three of which she recieved before the age of 30!! How many women have done that? Audra McDonald is a POWERHOUSE!moreless

    Audra McDonald plays Naomi Bennett on ABC's Private Practice and to me is the best actor on the show! I know that is difficult for many of you all to believe but she is Amazing! I love what she brings to the character ,which is a sense of reality and who Audra is as well as a feeling of " I can relate to that." Naomi is a character that reflects a lot of people and Audra does a wonderful job in keeping us interested in what is next to come for her character. I love the story line of Naomi and Sam. Now is the 2nd season we are seeing more with them and the drama that occurs when they are together and when they go at it and it keeps the practice on edge as well as the viewers. Because these two dynamic characters create a tone that is set for the practice we see that if Naomi and Sam are having a good day everyone is usually having a good day, within the practice. But if they are having a down day the whole practice suffers. So again give Naomi a chance because she does more than you think.///moreless