Award Winners Tony Award for Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Musical Winners List

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List of Tony Award for Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Musical winners from every year the award has been given out. All Tony Award for Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Musical winners are listed below in order of popularity, but can be sorted by any column. People who won the Tony Award for Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Musical award are listed along with photos for every Tony Award for Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Musical winner that has a picture associated with their name online. You can click on the name of the Tony Award for Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Musical award recipients to get more information about each. People who won the Tony Award for Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Musical are usually listed by year, but on this list you've got a complete list of Tony Award for Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Musical winners from all years. If this proves to not be a full list of Tony Award for Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Musical winners, you can help make it so by adding to this one. This list includes the most memorable and well-known Tony Award for Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Musical winners of all time. Anybody who won the Tony Award for Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Musical usually has a picture associated with their name, so all the Tony Award for Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Musical-winning people are listed here with photos when available. This list spans the history of the Tony Award for Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Musical, so most of the famous Tony Award for Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Musical winners are here and can be a good starting point for making a list of your favorites. This list answers the question "who are all the people who have ever won Tony Award for Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Musical?" If you're looking for all the nominees, you can click the links above the title of this page to the Listopedia page where you'll find a directory of award nominees, as well as the rest of the award winners lists we have. You can use the items in this list to create a new list, re-rank it to fit your opinion, then share it with your Facebook friends, Twitter followers or with any other social networks you use on a regular basis. Everything from Catherine Zeta-Jones to Lauren Bacall is included on this list. (53 items)

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Alexis Smith is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Tony Award for Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Musical Winners List
Alexis Smith was a Canadian-born stage, film, and television actress. She appeared in several major Hollywood movies in the 1940s and had a notable career on Broadway in the 1970s, winning a ...more

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Alice Ripley is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Tony Award for Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Musical Winners List
Alice Ripley is an American actor, singer, songwriter, and mixed media artist. She is known, in particular, for her various roles on Broadway in musicals, including the Pulitzer Prize-winning ...more

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Angela Lansbury is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Tony Award for Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Musical Winners List
Dame Angela Brigid Lansbury, DBE is an Anglo-Irish-American actress and singer who has appeared in theatre, television, and films. Her career has spanned seven decades, much of it based in the ...more

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Anna Maria Alberghetti is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Tony Award for Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Musical Winners List
Anna Maria Alberghetti is an Italian operatic singer and actress.

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Audra McDonald is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Tony Award for Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Musical Winners List
Audra Ann McDonald 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 ...more

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Barbara Harris is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Tony Award for Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Musical Winners List
Barbara Harris is an American actress who was a Broadway stage star and later became a movie actress. She appeared in such movies as A Thousand Clowns, Plaza Suite, Nashville, Family Plot, ...more

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Bebe Neuwirth is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Tony Award for Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Musical Winners List
Beatrice "Bebe" Neuwirth is an American actress, musician and dancer. She has worked in television and is known for her portrayal of Dr. Lilith Sternin, Dr. Frasier Crane's wife, on ...more

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Bernadette Peters is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Tony Award for Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Musical Winners List
Bernadette Peters is an American actress, singer and children's book author. Over the course of a career that has spanned five decades, she has starred in musical theatre, films and television, ...more

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Carol Channing is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Tony Award for Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Musical Winners List
Carol Elaine Channing is an American actress, singer, dancer, comedian, and voice artist. She won the Golden Globe Award and was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for ...more

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Catherine Zeta-Jones is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Tony Award for Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Musical Winners List
Catherine Zeta-Jones CBE is a Welsh actress. She began her career on stage at an early age. After starring in a number of British and U.S. television films and small roles in films, which ...more

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Chita Rivera is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Tony Award for Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Musical Winners List
Chita Rivera is an American actress, dancer, and singer best known for her roles in musical theatre. She is the first Hispanic woman and the first Latino American to receive a Kennedy Center ...more

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Christine Ebersole is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Tony Award for Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Musical Winners List
Christine Ebersole is a two-time Tony Award winning American actress and singer. She previously co-starred on the TBS sitcom Sullivan & Son, where she played Carol Walsh.

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Diahann Carroll is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Tony Award for Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Musical Winners List
Diahann Carroll is an American television and stage actress and singer. She has had a long, successful career that has spanned nearly six decades. After appearing in some of the earliest major ...more

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Dolores Gray is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Tony Award for Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Musical Winners List
Dolores Gray was an American actress and singer. She was nominated for the Tony Award for Best Lead Actress in a Musical twice, winning once.

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Jennifer Holliday is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Tony Award for Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Musical Winners List
Jennifer-Yvette Holliday is an American singer and Tony Award-winning actress. She started her career on Broadway in musicals such as Dreamgirls, and later became a successful recording artist. ...more

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Donna McKechnie is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Tony Award for Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Musical Winners List
Donna McKechnie is an American musical theater dancer, singer, actress, and choreographer. She is known for her professional and personal relationship with choreographer Michael Bennett, with ...more

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Lauren Bacall is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Tony Award for Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Musical Winners List
Lauren Bacall was an American actress known for her distinctive voice and sultry looks. She was named the 20th greatest actress of the 20th century by the American Film Institute and received an ...more

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Liza Minnelli is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Tony Award for Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Musical Winners List
Liza May Minnelli is an American actress and singer best known for her portrayal of Sally Bowles in the 1972 musical film Cabaret which won her an Academy Award for Best Actress. Born to film ...more

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Donna Murphy is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Tony Award for Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Musical Winners List
Donna Murphy is an American actress and singer, known for her work in musical theater. A five-time Tony Award nominee, she has twice won the Tony for Best Actress in a Musical; for her role as ...more

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Mary Martin is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Tony Award for Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Musical Winners List
Mary Virginia Martin was an American actress, singer and Broadway star. A muse of Rodgers and Hammerstein, she originated many leading roles over her career including Nellie Forbush in South ...more

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Dorothy Loudon is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Tony Award for Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Musical Winners List
Dorothy Loudon was an American actress and singer. She won the Tony Award for Best Lead Actress in a Musical in 1977 for her performance as Miss Hannigan in Annie. Loudon was also nominated for ...more

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Elizabeth Seal is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Tony Award for Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Musical Winners List
Elizabeth Seal is a British actress. In 1961, she won the Tony Award for Best Leading Actress in a Musical for her performance in the title role of Irma La Douce.

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Nanette Fabray is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Tony Award for Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Musical Winners List
Nanette Fabray (born Ruby Bernadette Nanette Fabares; October 27, 1920 – February 22, 2018) was an American actress, singer and dancer. She began her career performing in vaudeville as a child ...more

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Natasha Richardson is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Tony Award for Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Musical Winners List
Natasha Jane Richardson was an English stage and screen actress. A member of the Redgrave family, she was the daughter of actress Vanessa Redgrave and director/producer Tony Richardson and the ...more

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Ethel Merman is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Tony Award for Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Musical Winners List
Ethel Merman was an American actress and singer. Known primarily for her belting voice and roles in musical theatre, she has been called "the undisputed First Lady of the musical comedy ...more

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Faith Prince is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Tony Award for Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Musical Winners List
Faith Prince is an American actress and singer, best known for her work on Broadway in musical theatre. She won the Tony Award as Best Actress in a Musical, and received three other Tony

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Patti LuPone is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Tony Award for Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Musical Winners List
Patti Ann LuPone is an American actress and singer, best known for her work in stage musicals. She is a two-time Grammy Award winner and a two-time Tony Award winner. She is also a 2006 American ...more

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Rosalind Russell is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Tony Award for Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Musical Winners List
Rosalind Russell was an American actress of stage and screen, known for her role as fast-talking newspaper reporter Hildy Johnson in the Howard Hawks screwball comedy His Girl Friday, as well as ...more

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Gertrude Lawrence is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Tony Award for Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Musical Winners List
Gertrude Lawrence was an English actress, singer, dancer and musical comedy performer known for her stage appearances in London's West End and on New York's Broadway.

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Glenn Close is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Tony Award for Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Musical Winners List
Glenn Close is an American film, television and stage actress. Throughout her long and varied career, she has been consistently acclaimed for her versatility and is widely regarded as one of the ...more

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Ruth Brown is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Tony Award for Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Musical Winners List
Ruth Brown was an American singer-songwriter and actress also known as "Queen of R&B" noted for bringing a pop music style to R&B music in a series of hit songs for Atlantic ...more

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Lea Salonga is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Tony Award for Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Musical Winners List
Maria Lea Carmen Imutan Salonga KLD, better known as Lea Salonga, is a Filipina singer and actress who starred in the lead role of Kim in the musical Miss Saigon, for which she won the Olivier, ...more

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Glynis Johns is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Tony Award for Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Musical Winners List
Glynis Johns is an actress.

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Grace Hartman is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Tony Award for Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Musical Winners List
Grace Hartman was an American stage and musical theatre actress. She was married to actor Paul Hartman until the time of her death in 1955.

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Tyne Daly is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Tony Award for Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Musical Winners List
Ellen Tyne Daly is an American stage and screen actress. She has won six Emmy Awards for her television work, a Tony Award and is a 2011 American Theatre Hall of Fame inductee. Daly began her ...more

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Vivien Leigh is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Tony Award for Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Musical Winners List
Vivian Mary Hartley, later known as Vivien Leigh, was an English stage and film actress. She won two Academy Awards for Best Actress for her performances as "Southern belle" Scarlett ...more

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Gwen Verdon is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Tony Award for Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Musical Winners List
Gwenyth Evelyn “Gwen” Verdon was an actress and dancer who won four Tony awards for her musical comedy performances and served as uncredited choreographers assistant and specialty dance coach ...more

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Judy Holliday is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Tony Award for Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Musical Winners List
Judy Holliday was an American actress, comedian and singer. She began her career as part of a nightclub act before working in Broadway plays and musicals. Her success in the 1946 stage ...more

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Heather Headley is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Tony Award for Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Musical Winners List
Heather Headley is a Trinidadian-American singer, songwriter, record producer, and actress. She has won a Tony Award, a Grammy Award, and a Drama Desk Award, and she has been nominated for a ...more

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Victoria Clark is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Tony Award for Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Musical Winners List
Victoria Clark is an American musical theatre singer and actress. Clark has performed in many Broadway musicals and in other theatre, film and television work, and her soprano voice can be heard ...more

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Helen Gallagher is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Tony Award for Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Musical Winners List
Helen Gallagher is an American actress, dancer, and singer.

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Idina Menzel is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Tony Award for Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Musical Winners List
Idina Menzel is an American actress and singer. She rose to prominence when she originated the role of Maureen Johnson in the Broadway musical Rent, a role which she reprised for the 2005 ...more

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Maryann Plunkett is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Tony Award for Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Musical Winners List
Maryann Plunkett is an American actress who in 1987 won the Tony Award for Best Leading Actress in a Musical for her performance as "Sally Smith" in Me and My Girl. Additional Broadway ...more

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Natalia Makarova is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Tony Award for Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Musical Winners List
Natalia Romanovna Makarova is a Soviet-Russian-born prima ballerina and choreographer. The History of Dance, published in 1981, notes that “her performances set standards of artistry and ...more

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Joanna Gleason is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Tony Award for Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Musical Winners List
Joanna Gleason is a Canadian actress and singer. She is a Tony Award-winning musical theatre actress and has also had a number of notable film and TV roles.

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Sutton Foster is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Tony Award for Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Musical Winners List
Sutton Lenore Foster is an American actress, singer and dancer. Foster is best known for her work on the Broadway stage, for which she has received two Tony Awards for Best Performance by a ...more

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LaChanze is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Tony Award for Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Musical Winners List
Rhonda LaChanze Sapp, known professionally as LaChanze is an American actress, singer, and dancer. She won the Tony Award for Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Musical in 2006 for her ...more

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Marissa Jaret Winokur is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Tony Award for Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Musical Winners List
Marissa Jaret Winokur, sometimes credited as Marissa Winokur, is an American actress known for her performance as Tracy Turnblad in the highly successful Broadway musical adaptation of John ...more

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Patricia Routledge is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Tony Award for Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Musical Winners List
Katherine Patricia Routledge, CBE, is an English actress, singer and author . She is best known for her role as Hyacinth Bucket in the British television series Keeping Up Appearances, which ran ...more

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Thelma Ritter is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Tony Award for Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Musical Winners List
Thelma Ritter was an American actress, best known for her comedic roles as working class characters and strong New York accent. She received six Academy Award nominations for Best Supporting ...more