Audra McDonald

Audra McDonald

  • Highest Rated: 86% A Raisin in the Sun (2008)
  • Lowest Rated: 29% It Runs in the Family (2003)
  • Birthday: Jul 3, 1970
  • Birthplace: Berlin, Germany
  • A multi-talented performer who segued to acting out of an operatic vocal background, Audra McDonald began life in Berlin, the daughter of a U.S. Army employee father and an Affirmative Action officer mother. McDonald's dad subsequently transported the family to Virginia and then to Fresno, CA, where he taught school; meanwhile, McDonald set her eyes on show business at age nine. She sang and danced in cabaret and acted in dinner theater, and attended a junior high and high school designed expressly for youngsters interested in the performing arts. Soon, Juilliard beckoned, but even though McDonald gained acceptance at age 17, she reportedly felt less than enthusiastic during her time there -- complaining vocally about the instructors' insistence on leading her down an "operatic" path though she felt disinclined to go that way. This rectified itself when McDonald "found her way" into opera via dramatic readings of French literature. Many a stage musical followed for the blossoming diva, among them The Secret Garden, Carousel, and Master Class; throughout, she quickly attained a superior reputation for the dynamic range of her voice and the almost incomparable breadth of her vocal modulation. McDonald transitioned to non-musical film acting in the late '90s, with such productions as the made-for-television Having Our Say: The Delany Sisters' First One Hundred Years (1999) and Mike Nichols' cable movie Wit (2001); in the years to follow, she also joined the casts of the prime-time dramas Bedford Diaries (2006) and Private Practice (2007). The following year, McDonald carried her involvement in the 2004 Broadway revival of Lorraine Hansberry's seminal play A Raisin in the Sun to the next level by appearing opposite Sean "P. Diddy" Combs and Phylicia Rashad in the 2008 TV movie of that production. In 2011 she appeared Oren Moverman's bad-cop drama Rampart. She played the Mother Abbess in NBC's Sound of Music Live in 2013.

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

Movies

Rating

Title

Credit

Box
Office

Year

71% Beauty and the Beast Garderobe $504M 2017
No Score Yet Lady Day At Emerson's Bar & Grill Billie Holiday 2016
65% Ricki And The Flash Maureen 2015
No Score Yet The Best of the Boston Pops Actor 2015
44% The Sound Of Music Live! Actor 2013
75% Rampart Sarah $1M 2012
No Score Yet Johnny Mercer: The Dream's On Me Actor 2009
86% A Raisin in the Sun Ruth Younger 2008
No Score Yet Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny Actor 2006
40% The Best Thief in the World Ruth 2004
29% It Runs in the Family Sarah Langley $7.4M 2003
No Score Yet Bernstein: Wonderful Town Actor 2002
83% Wit Nurse Susie Monahan 2001
No Score Yet The Last Debate Barbara Manning 2000
64% Cradle Will Rock `Joe Worker' Singer 1999
No Score Yet Annie Grace Farrell 1999
No Score Yet Having Our Say: Delany Sisters' First 100 Years Bessie in her 20s 1999
54% The Object of My Affection Wedding Singer 1998
No Score Yet Seven Servants Actor 1996
No Score Yet Leonard Bernstein's New York Actor 1996

TV

Rating

Title

Credit

Year

96% The Good Fight
2017
Liz Lawrence
  • 2019
  • 2018
No Score Yet Live From Lincoln Center
2000
Host Performer
  • 2019
  • 2018
  • 2017
  • 2016
  • 2015
  • 2014
  • 2013
  • 2012
  • 2007
  • 2006
  • 2005
83% RuPaul's Drag Race
2009
Judge
  • 2018
No Score Yet The Talk
2010
Guest
  • 2018
No Score Yet The Late Late Show With James Corden
2015
Guest Appearing
  • 2018
  • 2017
  • 2016
No Score Yet The Late Show With Stephen Colbert
2015
Guest
  • 2017
  • 2016
No Score Yet Watch What Happens Live With Andy Cohen
2009
Guest
  • 2017
  • 2016
No Score Yet Sesame Street
1969
Appearing Zookeeper
  • 2017
  • 2013
No Score Yet The Chew
2011-2018
Guest
  • 2017
  • 2012
No Score Yet The View
1997
Guest Performer
  • 2017
  • 2014
  • 2012
  • 2009
100% The Nightly Show With Larry Wilmore
2015-2016
Panelist
  • 2016
  • 2015
No Score Yet The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon
2014
Guest
  • 2016
  • 2014
No Score Yet In Performance at the White House
2010-2016
Performer
  • 2016
  • 2010
  • 2006
No Score Yet Late Show With David Letterman
1993-2015
Guest
  • 2014
No Score Yet Colbert Report
2005-2014
Guest Performer
  • 2014
  • 2012
No Score Yet Sunday Morning
2011-2018
Appearing
  • 2014
  • 2012
No Score Yet Iron Chef America
2004-2018
Judge
  • 2013
94% The Good Wife
2009-2016
Liz
  • 2013
52% Private Practice
2007-2013
Violet Turner Naomi Bennett
  • 2013
  • 2011
  • 2010
  • 2009
  • 2008
  • 2007
No Score Yet Great Performances
2000
Performer
  • 2013
  • 2011
  • 2010
  • 2007
  • 2003
No Score Yet The Wendy Williams Show
2008
Guest
  • 2012
  • 2011
  • 2010
81% Grey's Anatomy
2005
Naomi
  • 2009
13% The Bedford Diaries
2006
Professor Carla Bonatelle
  • 2006
No Score Yet American Masters
2001
Appearing
  • 2003
No Score Yet Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
1999
Audrey Jackson
  • 2001
  • 2000
91% Homicide: Life on the Street
1993-1999
Theresa Giardello
  • 1999

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