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Audra McDonald is a Actor American born on 3 july 1970 at Berlin (German)

Audra McDonald

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Birth name Audra Ann McDonald
Nationality USA
Birth 3 july 1970 (48 years) at Berlin (German)

Audra Ann McDonald (born July 3, 1970) is an American actress and singer. She has appeared on the stage in both musicals and dramas, such as Ragtime, A Raisin in the Sun, and Porgy and Bess. She maintains an active concert and recording career, performing song cycles and operas as well as performing in concert throughout the U.S. She has won six Tony Awards, more than any other actor, and is the only person to win all four acting categories. She also starred in the ABC television drama Private Practice as Dr. Naomi Bennett.


McDonald married bassist Peter Donovan in September 2000. They have one daughter, Zoe, named after McDonald's close friend Zoe Caldwell. McDonald and Donovan divorced in 2009. She married Will Swenson on October 6, 2012.

McDonald attended Joan Rivers' funeral in New York on September 7, 2014, where she sang "Smile".

McDonald lives in Croton-on-Hudson, New York.

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Tim Robbins
Tim Robbins
(1 films)
Mike Nichols
Mike Nichols
(1 films)
Sarah Hyland
Sarah Hyland
(3 films)
Emma Thompson
Emma Thompson
(2 films)
Sean Combs
Sean Combs
(1 films)
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Filmography of Audra McDonald (13 films)

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Beauty and the Beast, 2h9
Directed by Bill Condon
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Fantastic, Musical theatre, Romantic comedy, Fantasy, Musical, Romance
Themes Films about music and musicians, Musical films, Children's films
Actors Emma Watson, Dan Stevens, Luke Evans, Emma Thompson, Josh Gad, Ian McKellen
Roles Madame Garderobe
Rating71% 3.5932953.5932953.5932953.5932953.593295
À la fin du XVIII siècle, dans un château proche d'un petit village français, vivait un jeune prince capricieux, égoïste et insensible. Pour avoir refusé d'abriter une fée déguisée en vieille mendiante, il est condamné à vivre sous l'apparence d'une bête monstrueuse jusqu'à ce qu'il puisse aimer une femme et s'en faire aimer en retour, ce qui le délivrerait du sortilège qui a frappé son château et ses habitants. Mais les années passent et la Bête perd peu à peu tout espoir de rompre un jour la malédiction.
Ricki and the Flash, 1h41
Directed by Jonathan Demme
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Comedy, Comedy-drama, Musical
Themes Films about music and musicians
Actors Meryl Streep, Mamie Gummer, Kevin Kline, Rick Springfield, Sebastian Stan, Ben Platt
Roles Maureen Brummel
Rating58% 2.9490752.9490752.9490752.9490752.949075
Ricki chased her dreams of becoming a famous rock star by abandoning her family. She gets a chance to put things right when her ex-husband Pete asks her to visit Indianapolis and help their estranged daughter Julie through a difficult time.
Rampart (2012)
, 1h48
Directed by Oren Moverman
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Thriller, Action, Crime
Themes La corruption policière
Actors Woody Harrelson, Ice Cube, Ned Beatty, Ben Foster, Anne Heche, Robin Wright
Roles Sarah
Rating57% 2.8989952.8989952.8989952.8989952.898995
Officer Dave Brown (Harrelson) has two ex-wives who are sisters (Anne Heche and Cynthia Nixon), and he cheated on both. Brown has a daughter from each marriage which creates conflict at home. Dave also has contentious relationships with his children. However, the film starts with his other home, which is the beat. Dave patrols streets occupied by gangs, and he creates problems for himself with increasing severity. Dave forcibly obtains a confession out of a convenience store thief. Later he is caught on tape beating someone almost to death. The beating is still playing on television when he's involved in a suspicious shooting. These incidents get Dave in trouble with an already beleaguered police department, and he faces either sanctions or forced retirement. Dave tries to talk his way out of trouble with an assistant district attorney (Sigourney Weaver). Dave realizes that his superiors are less concerned about what he has done but more concerned about the predicament he has created by getting caught.
A Raisin in the Sun, 2h11
Directed by Kenny Leon
Origin USA
Genres Drama
Actors Sean Combs, Phylicia Rashād, Audra McDonald, Sanaa Lathan, John Stamos, Bill Nunn
Roles Ruth Younger
Rating66% 3.346643.346643.346643.346643.34664
1959. Walter se sent à l'étroit dans l'appartement qu'il partage avec sa mère Lena, sa soeur Beneatha, sa femme Ruth et son fils Travis. Il rêve d'investir dans un magasin de spiritueux et il aimerait que sa mère, qui doit toucher 10 000 dollars de son défunt mari, lui prête un peu d'argent. Mais cette dernière préfère acheter une maison. Une fois la propriété acquise, cette famille afro-américaine découvre qu'elle n'est vraiment du goût du voisinage, qui est entièrement blanc...
The Best Thief in the World, 1h33
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Comedy, Comedy-drama
Themes Superhero films
Actors Mary-Louise Parker, David Warshofsky, Audra McDonald, Lois Smith, Margo Martindale, Jonah Bobo
Roles Ruth
Rating49% 2.467372.467372.467372.467372.46737
The movie is about a kid named Izzy who lives in the New York City neighborhood of Washington Heights. His family faces a crisis after his father, Paul, suffers from a stroke. His mother, Sue, is an English teacher whose salary is only enough to pay the rent for their apartment. Izzy is trying to find ways to escape his problems by breaking into people's apartments. Izzy does not steal things from houses, instead he eats food, moves around the furniture, writes words on walls, takes showers, and burn pieces of paper. Izzy hangs out with a group of kids who are hoodlums. When Paul's medical insurance is running out, Sue decides to bring Paul back home and take care of him by herself. When Izzy tries again to break in, he gets caught when the homeowners are at home having sex. Izzy is subsequently taken to the local police station.
It Runs in the Family, 1h49
Directed by Fred Schepisi
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Comedy, Comedy-drama
Themes Films about families
Actors Kirk Douglas, Cameron Douglas, Diana Douglas, Rory Culkin, Bernadette Peters, Michael Douglas
Roles Sarah Langley
Rating56% 2.800812.800812.800812.800812.80081
The story involves a highly successful New York City family, each with its set of problems, and highlights the difficulties of the father-son relationship. Mitchell Gromberg is trying to deal with health problems resulting from a stroke. (Kirk Douglas himself suffered a stroke in 1996.) His son, Alex, works as a lawyer in the firm that his father founded, but is questioning the usefulness of his work and his place in the family. Alex's son, Asher, does not take college seriously and seems lost. The youngest son Eli, while extremely intelligent, is entering a difficult pre-adolescent time, while being socially awkward.
Wit (2001)
, 1h39
Directed by Mike Nichols
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Comedy-drama
Themes Films about education, Medical-themed films, Films about cancer, Films based on plays
Actors Emma Thompson, Christopher Lloyd, Audra McDonald, Eileen Atkins, Benedict Wong, Jonathan M. Woodward
Roles Susie Monahan
Rating80% 4.046464.046464.046464.046464.04646
Vivian Bearing (Emma Thompson) is a professor of English literature known for her intense knowledge of metaphysical poetry, especially the Holy Sonnets of John Donne. Her life takes a turn when she is diagnosed with metastatic Stage IV ovarian cancer. Oncologist Harvey Kelekian prescribes various chemotherapy treatments to treat her disease, and as she suffers through the various side-effects (such as fever, chills, vomiting, and abdominal pain), she attempts to put everything in perspective. The story periodically flashes back to previous moments in her life, including her childhood, her graduate school studies, and her career prior to her diagnosis. During the course of the film, she continually breaks the fourth wall by looking into the camera and expressing her feelings.
Cradle Will Rock, 2h12
Directed by Tim Robbins
Origin USA
Genres Drama
Themes Films about writers, Films about television, Political films
Actors Hank Azaria, Joan Cusack, John Cusack, Cary Elwes, Rubén Blades, Angus Macfadyen
Roles Blitzstein - 'Joe Worker' Singer
Rating68% 3.4489753.4489753.4489753.4489753.448975
The film begins with a long tracking shot focusing on a destitute young woman named Olive Stanton (Emily Watson). She is sleeping illegally in a theater, being awakened and kicked out. The shot continues as she slowly walks down the street following the sound of the song Nickel Under My Foot. When she arrives at the source of the music, the camera pans up the side of the building and moves inside where we are introduced to the playwright Marc Blitzstein (Hank Azaria), who is attempting to write the songs and put together the musical The Cradle Will Rock. Acting as Blitzstein’s conscience/mentors are a vision of his deceased wife and, later, an imaginary Bertolt Brecht. Brecht was a radical playwright who stressed the importance of breaking down the wall between the audience and actors.
Annie (1999)
, 1h30
Directed by Rob Marshall
Origin USA
Genres Comedy, Comedy-drama, Musical theatre, Musical
Themes Films about children, Musical films, Films based on plays, Films based on musicals, Children's films
Actors Alicia Morton, Victor Garber, Kathy Bates, Alan Cumming, Audra McDonald, Kristin Chenoweth
Roles Miss Grace Farrell
Rating66% 3.3443653.3443653.3443653.3443653.344365
Eleven-year-old orphan Annie was left at a girls' orphanage when she was an infant. With her was half a heart-shaped locket with a key hole, and a note from her parents saying they'd come back for her. The orphanage is run by the tyrannical Miss Hannigan, who starves the orphans and makes them suffer. Tired of waiting for her parents, Annie tries to escape to find them, but is caught by Miss Hannigan. When Miss Hannigan gets distracted, Annie hides in the dirty laundry bin and she finally succeeds in running away. While out on her own, Annie befriends a dog, whom she names Sandy. But a policeman catches her and returns her to the orphanage. When billionaire Oliver Warbucks decides to take in an orphan for Christmas, his secretary, Grace Farrell, chooses Annie. She is brought to his wealthy estate and bathes in a grand life.
The Object of My Affection, 1h51
Directed by Nicholas Hytner
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Comedy, Comedy-drama, Romantic comedy, Romance
Themes Pregnancy films, Films about sexuality, LGBT-related films, LGBT-related films, LGBT-related film
Actors Jennifer Aniston, Paul Rudd, Alan Alda, Allison Janney, Timothy Daly, John Pankow
Roles Wedding Singer
Rating59% 2.999432.999432.999432.999432.99943
Social worker Nina Borowski (Jennifer Aniston) is a bright young woman living in a cozy Brooklyn apartment. Nina attends a party given by her stepsister Constance (Allison Janney) and her husband, Sidney (Alan Alda). There Nina meets George Hanson (Paul Rudd), a young, handsome, and gay first grade teacher. Nina tells George that her stepsister is constantly trying to fix her up with somebody from higher society, completely ignoring the fact that Nina has a boyfriend, Vince (John Pankow). During the conversation, Nina offers George a room in her apartment as she has just heard from his boyfriend, Dr. Robert Joley (Tim Daly), that George is looking for somewhere to live. George, not knowing about Robert's plans, is taken aback and heartbroken, and after the party the two split up. George accepts Nina's offer and moves into her apartment.
Seven Servants, 1h28
Genres Drama
Actors Anthony Quinn, David Warner, Sonja Kirchberger, Alexandra Stewart, Audra McDonald
Rating77% 3.8843153.8843153.8843153.8843153.884315
A wealthy old man named Archie hires seven servants of both genders and different races to get connected to him by plugging his body openings and remain connected to him until his last breath. The servants are to stay connected to the old man's body for the next ten days. They eat, sleep, and even use the bathroom and fight thieves together. The party for his reunion with old friends is a lavish one. It includes the once love of his life (Hilda, portrayed by Alexandra Stewart), the one and only true friend he ever had (David Warner), and the Opera singer (Audra McDonald in her film debut) plus the maid (Sonja Kirchberger). They servants overcome many difficulties by staying "united which is the core reason for the whole ritual". The best friends are asked to fill up the remaining openings of his body. Hilda is set upon him to do the final act of love between the two of them, something they never ever did though they have loved each other most of their lives. She commits to the act. Then it is time for David Warner to plug up his rear hole, an act he refuses to deliver and the beautiful maid takes the responsibility on her shoulders and does the impossible act of filling his rear end hole instead of David Warner having to go through the pain. In the final scene where all his openings are filled up except for his mouth, it is time for the opera singer to plug up his facial opening while singing a most beautiful opera piece. She sings with the greatest heavenly voice by Audra McDonald into his mouth and thus takes the last breath away from him as she blocks his mouth with her lips hence delivering the last kiss of death and preventing Archie from ever breathing again. Archie dies in peace, in pleasure and harmony for he achieved unity of the races around him though he pays for this eternal obsession and desire with his life.
The Last Debate
Directed by John Badham
Genres Drama
Actors James Garner, Peter Gallagher, Audra McDonald, Marco Sanchez, Donna Murphy, Dorian Harewood
Roles Barbara Manning
Rating58% 2.9109052.9109052.9109052.9109052.910905
A televised presidential debate has a conspiracy behind it.