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18 Famous Actresses Who Won Tonys for Musicals

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List RulesFamous film and TV actresses who have also won a Tony Award for work in musical theater

List of Famous Actresses Who Won Tonys for Musicals. Several famous Hollywood actresses have won Tony Awards for their performances in musicals. This all-star group includes several women who have also won Emmy and Oscar Awards. One famous actress even earned four Tony Awards for Best Actress in a Musical.

Who is the most famous actress who won a Tony Award for her performance in a musical? Catherine Zeta-Jones tops our list. She won a Tony Award for Best Actress in a Musical in 2010 for her performance as Desiree Armfeldt in A Little Night Music. Vivien Leigh won a Tony Award for Best Actress in a Musical in 1963 for her performance as Tatiana in Tovarich.

Murder She Wrote actress Angela Lansbury has won four Tony Awards for Best Actress in a Musical. She won for her performances as Mame Dennis in Mame (1966), Countess Aurelia in Dear World (1969), Mama Rose in Gypsy (1975) and Mrs. Lovett in Sweeney Todd (1979). Kristin Chenoweth won a Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Musical in 1999 for her performance as Sally Brown in You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown.

Are you surprised that so many famous actresses have won Tony Awards for their performances in musicals? Share your thoughts in the comments section.
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  • Catherine Zeta-Jones
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    Catherine Zeta-Jones won a Tony Award for Best Actress in a Musical in 2010 for her performance as Desiree Armfeldt in A Little Night Music.
    • Age: 51
    • Birthplace: Swansea, United Kingdom
  • Lauren Bacall
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    Lauren Bacall won two Tony Awards for Best Actress in a Musical.  In 1970, she won for her performance as Margo Channing in Applause. In 1981, she won for her performance as Tess Harding in Woman of the Year.
    • Age: Dec. at 90 (1924-2014)
    • Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States of America
  • Glenn Close
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    Glenn Close won a Tony Award for Best Actress in a Musical in 1994 for her performance as Norma Desmond in Sunset Boulevard.  She has also won two Tonys for Best Actress in a Play, in 1984 and 1992.
    • Age: 73
    • Birthplace: USA, Connecticut, Greenwich

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  • Liza Minnelli
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    Liza Minnelli won two Tony Awards for Best Actress in a Musical.  In 1965, she won for her performance as Flora Mezaros in Flora the Red Menace. In 1978, she won for her performance as Michelle Craig in The Act.
    • Age: 74
    • Birthplace: Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, United States of America

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