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VIDEO: On This Day, July 3- Happy Birthday Audra McDonald and Betty Buckley!

These two legendary leading ladies have delighted Broadway audiences in classic shows like Cats, Hello Dolly!, Carousel, Porgy and Bess, and more!

VIDEO: On This Day, July 3- Happy Birthday Audra McDonald and Betty Buckley!

It's a double bill Happy Birthday on this day for Broadway legends Audra McDonald and Betty Buckley!

Audra McDonald has won a record-breaking six Tony Awards, making her the most decorated performer in American theater. The singer and actress was named one of TIMEmagazine's 100 most influential people of 2015 and received a 2015 National Medal of Arts - America's highest honor for achievement in the arts - from President Barack Obama. In addition to her work on stage and screen, McDonald is noted as a passionate advocate for equal rights, LGBTQ causes, and underprivileged youth.

Betty Buckley, in an award-winning career that has encompassed TV, film, stage and concert work around the globe, is probably best known as one of theater's most respected and legendary leading ladies. She won a Tony Award for her performance as Grizabella, the Glamour Cat, in Andrew Lloyd Webber's Cats.

Buckley received her second Tony Award nomination for Best Actress in a musical for her performance as Hesione in Triumph of Love, and an Olivier Award nomination for her critically-acclaimed interpretation of Norma Desmond in the London production of Andrew Lloyd Webber's Sunset Boulevard, which she repeated to more rave reviews on Broadway. She is a 2012 Theatre Hall of Fame inductee.




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