Audra McDonald Wins Best Actress at 2012 Tony Awards

The Broadway star was named best lead actress in “The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess,” making it her fifth Tony but her first in the lead actress category

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NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 10: Audra McDonald, Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Musical for Porgy and Bess, poses in the press room at the 66th Annual Tony Awards at The Beacon Theatre on June 10, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Jason Kempin/WireImage for Tony Award Productions)

Audra McDonald won best performance by a leading actress in a musical for “The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess” at the 2012 Tony Awards (Image: Getty Images)

“I was a little girl with a potbelly and afro puffs, hyperactive and overdramatic. And I found the theater, and I found my home,” said Audra McDonald, a now five-time Tony Award-winning actress. The 41-year old leading lady picked up her fifth Tony Award Sunday evening for her role in The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess at Richard Rogers Theater.  Her powerful performance as “Bess” in Porgy and Bess earned her the title of best lead actress in a musical. BlackEnterprise correspondent Shannon Lanier caught up with McDonald about her Celebrity Hustle pre-Tony.