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Irene Worth, CBE (June 23, 1916 – March 9, 2002) was an American stage and screen actress who became one of the leading stars of the British and American theatre. She pronounced her given name with three syllables: "I-REE-nee". Worth made her Broadway debut in 1943, joined the Old Vic
Old Vic
company in 1951 and the RSC in 1962. She won the BAFTA Award for Best British Actress for the 1958 film Orders to Kill. Her other film appearances included Nicholas and Alexandra
Nicholas and Alexandra
(1971) and Deathtrap (1982) A three-time Tony Award
Tony Award
winner, she won the Tony Award
Tony Award
for Best Actress in a Play for Tiny Alice in 1965 and Sweet Bird of Youth
Sweet Bird of Youth
in 1976, and won the 1991 Tony Award
Tony Award
for Best Featured Actress in a Play for Lost in Yonkers, a role she reprised in the 1993 film version. One of her final stage performances was opposite Paul Scofield
Paul Scofield
in the 2001 production of I Take Your Hand in Mine at the Almeida Theatre
Almeida Theatre
in London.

Contents

1 Early life 2 Career

2.1 Shakespeare and the West End 2.2 The RSC, the National Theatre and Greenwich 2.3 America 2.4 The later years 2.5 Recitals

3 Death and Funeral 4 Awards 5 Honours 6 Filmography 7 References 8 External links

Early life[edit] Harriet Elizabeth Abrams was born in Fairbury, Nebraska
Fairbury, Nebraska
to a Mennonite family.[1] Her parents, Agnes Thiessen and Henry Abrams, were educators. They moved from Nebraska
Nebraska
to California
California
in 1920.[2] She was educated at Newport Harbor High School, Newport Beach, California, Santa Ana Junior College, Santa Ana, California
California
and UCLA. Career[edit] Shakespeare and the West End[edit] She joined the Old Vic
Old Vic
company in 1951, worked with Tyrone Guthrie and there played Desdemona, Helena in A Midsummer Night's Dream, Portia in The Merchant of Venice
The Merchant of Venice
and her first Lady Macbeth. The company went off to South Africa with Worth as one of the leading ladies. In 1953, she joined the fledgling Shakespeare Festival in Stratford, Ontario for its inaugural season. There she was the principal leading lady, performing under an enormous tent with Alec Guinness
Alec Guinness
in All's Well That Ends Well and Richard III.[3] "Binkie" Beaumont brought her back to London in N. C. Hunter's "Chekhovian" drama, A Day by the Sea, with a cast that included John Gielgud
John Gielgud
and Ralph Richardson. She joined the Midland Theatre Company in Coventry
Coventry
for Ugo Betti's The Queen and the Rebels. Her transformation from "a rejected slut cowering at her lover's feet into a redemption of regal poise" ensured a transfer to London, where Kenneth Tynan
Kenneth Tynan
wrote of her technique: "It is grandiose, heartfelt, marvellously controlled, clear as crystal and totally unmoving." In the 1950s, Worth demonstrated her exceptional versatility by playing in the farce Hotel Paradiso in London with Alec Guinness, high tragedy in the title role of Schiller's Mary Stuart, co-starring Eva Le Gallienne; and on Broadway and Shakespearean comedy in As You Like It at Stratford, Ontario. In Ivor Brown's play William's Other Anne she played Shakespeare's first girlfriend Anne Whateley
Anne Whateley
opposite John Gregson as Shakespeare.[4] She also made a number of well-regarded appearances in British films of the period, most notably her powerful performance as a French Resistance agent in Anthony Asquith's 1958 wartime espionage drama Orders to Kill, which earned her the BAFTA award for Best Supporting Actress. The RSC, the National Theatre and Greenwich[edit] In 1962, she joined the Royal Shakespeare Company
Royal Shakespeare Company
at the Aldwych Theatre, and it was there that she gave some of her greatest performances. She was Goneril to Paul Scofield's Lear in Peter Brook's acclaimed King Lear, the first of many collaborations with Brook. She recreated her implacable Goneril in the stark, black-and-white film version of this production. She repeated her Lady Macbeth
Macbeth
and appeared again for Brook in Friedrich Dürrenmatt's The Physicists. Playing an asylum superintendent, she showed the darker side of her acting. She then went to New York in 1965 for the opening of Edward Albee's enigmatic Tiny Alice, in which she co-starred with John Gielgud
John Gielgud
and which won her the first of her three Tony Awards. She returned to the RSC at the Aldwych to repeat her role. She worked with Peter Brook
Peter Brook
in Paris
Paris
and also toured Iran
Iran
with Orghast, Brook's attempt to develop an international theatre language. She joined the National Theatre at the Old Vic
Old Vic
in 1968 to play Jocasta in Peter Brook's production of Seneca's Oedipus, again opposite Gielgud. She was proud to have been in Noël Coward's last play Suite in Three Keys, in which he himself made his last appearance on stage. In 1974 she appeared in three thematically-linked plays at the Greenwich Theatre directed by Jonathan Miller
Jonathan Miller
under the umbrella title of Family Romances and using the same actors for each play. Worth took the roles of Gertrude in Hamlet, Madame Arkadina in Chekhov's The Seagull, and Mrs Alving in Ibsen's Ghosts. America[edit] Worth spent most of the 1970s in North America. She was an acclaimed Hedda Gabler
Hedda Gabler
at Stratford, Ontario, a role she considered one of her most satisfying achievements and which prompted Walter Kerr
Walter Kerr
to write, in The New York Times, "Miss Worth is just possibly the best actress in the world." She played Princess Kosmonopolis in Tennessee Williams's Sweet Bird of Youth opposite Christopher Walken, which brought her a second Tony Award. She was Madame Ranevskaya in The Cherry Orchard, for which she received another Tony nomination and which featured Raúl Juliá, Mary Beth Hurt and Meryl Streep, whose career was in its beginning stages. Towards the end of the decade she played Winnie, in Beckett's Happy Days. Worth also appeared in the premiere of another Albee play, The Lady from Dubuque, which closed after twelve performances; a revival of Ibsen's John Gabriel Borkman; Toys in the Attic by Lillian Hellman; and The Golden Age by A. R. Gurney. The later years[edit] She starred as the goddess Athena
Athena
in The National Radio Theater's 1981 Peabody Award-winning radio drama of The Odyssey
Odyssey
of Homer. On screen in 1982, Worth co-starred with Michael Caine
Michael Caine
and Christopher Reeve
Christopher Reeve
in the film version of a Broadway murder mystery, Deathtrap, playing a psychic. In 1984, Peter Hall invited her to return to the National Theatre to play Volumnia in Coriolanus, with Ian McKellen
Ian McKellen
in the title role. The impresario Joseph Papp
Joseph Papp
persuaded her to repeat Volumnia off-Broadway in a production by Steven Berkoff, when she was once again partnered by Christopher Walken
Christopher Walken
as Coriolanus. She was also seen in David Hare's The Bay at Nice (National, 1987) and in Chère Maître (New York, 1998 and Almeida, London 1999), compiled by Peter Eyre from the letters of George Sand
George Sand
and Gustave Flaubert. In 1991, she won a third Tony for her performance as the tough-as-nails Grandma Kurnitz in Neil Simon's Lost in Yonkers, and later appeared in the film version along with Richard Dreyfuss
Richard Dreyfuss
and Mercedes Ruehl.[5] In 1999, she appeared in the film Onegin. As she was about to begin preview performances in a Broadway revival of Anouilh's Ring Round the Moon, Worth had a stroke and never appeared in the production. She continued to act, however, right up until September 2001, when one of her last appearances was with Paul Scofield
Paul Scofield
at the Almeida Theatre
Almeida Theatre
in the two-handed play, I Take Your Hand in Mine, by Carol Rocamora based on the love letters of Anton Chekhov
Anton Chekhov
and Olga Knipper. Recitals[edit] During the mid-1960s in New York, Worth and Gielgud had collaborated in a series of dramatic readings, first from T. S. Eliot and Edith Sitwell and then from Shakespeare. It was a form of theatre at which she became more adept as she grew older, drawing from Virginia Woolf, Ivan Turgenev
Ivan Turgenev
and Noël Coward
Noël Coward
among others. She referred to them as "her recitals". In the mid-1990s, she devised and performed a two-hour monologue, Portrait of Edith Wharton, based on Wharton's life and writings. Using no props, costumes or sets, she created characters entirely through vocal means. Death and Funeral[edit] She died in 2002 following a second stroke in New York's Roosevelt Hospital, at the age of 85. At her memorial service, held at the Public Theater in New York City, speakers included Edward Albee, Christopher Walken, Mercedes Ruehl, Meryl Streep
Meryl Streep
and Alan Rickman.[6] There was also music performed by flutist Paula Robison and pianist Horacio Gutiérrez. Awards[edit]

Daily Mail
Daily Mail
Television Award The Lady from the Sea
The Lady from the Sea
1953-54 British Film Academy Award Best British Actress Orders to Kill
Orders to Kill
1958 Page One Award Toys in the Attic 1960 Tony Award
Tony Award
for Best Actress (Dramatic) Tiny Alice 1965 Evening Standard
Evening Standard
Award Suite in Three Keys 1966 Variety Club of Great Britain Award Heartbreak House 1967 Plays and Players London Theatre Critics Award Best Actress Heartbreak House 1967 Tony Award
Tony Award
for Best Actress Sweet Bird of Youth
Sweet Bird of Youth
1975-76 Joseph Jefferson Award Best Actress in a Play Sweet Bird of Youth 1975-76 Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Actress The Cherry Orchard
The Cherry Orchard
1977 OBIE Award Performance The Chalk Garden 1981-82 Emmy Award
Emmy Award
in PBS "Live From Lincoln Center: Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center with Irene Worth
Irene Worth
and Horacio Gutiérrez" 1986 OBIE Award Sustained Achievement 1988-89 Tony Award
Tony Award
for Best Featured Actress Lost in Yonkers
Lost in Yonkers
1991 Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Featured Actress Lost in Yonkers
Lost in Yonkers
1991

Honours[edit]

Irene Worth
Irene Worth
was appointed an honorary Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in 1975.

Filmography[edit]

Another Shore
Another Shore
(1948) One Night with You (1948 film debut) Secret People (1952) with Valentina Cortese
Valentina Cortese
and Audrey Hepburn Orders to Kill
Orders to Kill
(1958) with Lillian Gish, directed by Anthony Asquith The Scapegoat (1959) with Alec Guinness
Alec Guinness
and Bette Davis " Seven Seas to Calais
Seven Seas to Calais
(1963 film) with Rod Taylor King Lear
King Lear
(1971) with Paul Scofield Nicholas and Alexandra
Nicholas and Alexandra
(1971) with Janet Suzman, Michael Jayston, Laurence Olivier, Jack Hawkins, Michael Redgrave
Michael Redgrave
and Harry Andrews Happy Days
Happy Days
(1980) (TV) Eyewitness (1981) with William Hurt, Sigourney Weaver
Sigourney Weaver
and Christopher Plummer, directed by Peter Yates Deathtrap (1982) with Michael Caine, Christopher Reeve
Christopher Reeve
and Dyan Cannon, directed by Sidney Lumet Separate Tables
Separate Tables
(TV) (1983) with Julie Christie, Alan Bates
Alan Bates
and Claire Bloom, directed by John Schlesinger The Tragedy of Coriolanus
The Tragedy of Coriolanus
(1984) (TV), directed by Elijah Moshinsky Fast Forward (1985), directed by Sidney Poitier Lost in Yonkers
Lost in Yonkers
(1993) with Richard Dreyfuss
Richard Dreyfuss
and Mercedes Ruehl, directed by Martha Coolidge Just the Ticket (1998) with Andy García
Andy García
and Andie MacDowell Onegin (1999) with Ralph Fiennes, Toby Stephens
Toby Stephens
and Liv Tyler, directed by Martha Fiennes

References[edit]

^ Ratliff, Walter (January 2010). Pilgrims On The Silk Road: A Muslim-Christian Encounter in Khiva. Wipf & Stock. ISBN 1-60608-133-0.  ^ Shirley, Don (March 13, 2002). "Irene Worth, 85; Actress Was 3-Time Tony Winner". Los Angeles Times.  ^ "The Stratford Adventure". www.canadianshakespeares.ca.  ^ Thespis, Plays, Films, Television, English, Summer 1953; 9: 179 - 18 ^ http://www.celebritywonder.com/movie/1993_Lost_in_Yonkers.html ^ Irene Worth
Irene Worth
Memorial https://www.nytimes.com/2002/05/29/arts/irene-worth-memorial.html

External links[edit]

Irene Worth
Irene Worth
at the Internet Broadway Database
Internet Broadway Database
Irene Worth
Irene Worth
on IMDb

Awards for Irene Worth

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BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role

1952–1967

Vivien Leigh
Vivien Leigh
British, Simone Signoret
Simone Signoret
Foreign (1952) Audrey Hepburn
Audrey Hepburn
British, Leslie Caron
Leslie Caron
Foreign (1953) Yvonne Mitchell
Yvonne Mitchell
British, Cornell Borchers
Cornell Borchers
Foreign (1954) Katie Johnson British, Betsy Blair
Betsy Blair
Foreign (1955) Virginia McKenna
Virginia McKenna
British, Anna Magnani
Anna Magnani
Foreign (1956) Heather Sears
Heather Sears
British, Simone Signoret
Simone Signoret
Foreign (1957) Irene Worth
Irene Worth
British, Simone Signoret
Simone Signoret
Foreign (1958) Audrey Hepburn
Audrey Hepburn
British, Shirley MacLaine
Shirley MacLaine
Foreign (1959) Rachel Roberts British, Shirley MacLaine
Shirley MacLaine
Foreign (1960) Dora Bryan
Dora Bryan
British, Sophia Loren
Sophia Loren
Foreign (1961) Leslie Caron
Leslie Caron
British, Anne Bancroft
Anne Bancroft
Foreign (1962) Rachel Roberts British, Patricia Neal
Patricia Neal
Foreign (1963) Audrey Hepburn
Audrey Hepburn
British, Anne Bancroft
Anne Bancroft
Foreign (1964) Julie Christie
Julie Christie
British, Patricia Neal
Patricia Neal
Foreign (1965) Elizabeth Taylor
Elizabeth Taylor
British, Jeanne Moreau
Jeanne Moreau
Foreign (1966) Edith Evans
Edith Evans
British, Anouk Aimée
Anouk Aimée
Foreign (1967)

1968–present

Katharine Hepburn
Katharine Hepburn
(1968) Maggie Smith
Maggie Smith
(1969) Katharine Ross
Katharine Ross
(1970) Glenda Jackson
Glenda Jackson
(1971) Liza Minnelli
Liza Minnelli
(1972) Stéphane Audran (1973) Joanne Woodward
Joanne Woodward
(1974) Ellen Burstyn
Ellen Burstyn
(1975) Louise Fletcher
Louise Fletcher
(1976) Diane Keaton
Diane Keaton
(1977) Jane Fonda
Jane Fonda
(1978) Jane Fonda
Jane Fonda
(1979) Judy Davis
Judy Davis
(1980) Meryl Streep
Meryl Streep
(1981) Katharine Hepburn
Katharine Hepburn
(1982) Julie Walters
Julie Walters
(1983) Maggie Smith
Maggie Smith
(1984) Peggy Ashcroft
Peggy Ashcroft
(1985) Maggie Smith
Maggie Smith
(1986) Anne Bancroft
Anne Bancroft
(1987) Maggie Smith
Maggie Smith
(1988) Pauline Collins
Pauline Collins
(1989) Jessica Tandy
Jessica Tandy
(1990) Jodie Foster
Jodie Foster
(1991) Emma Thompson
Emma Thompson
(1992) Holly Hunter
Holly Hunter
(1993) Susan Sarandon
Susan Sarandon
(1994) Emma Thompson
Emma Thompson
(1995) Brenda Blethyn
Brenda Blethyn
(1996) Judi Dench
Judi Dench
(1997) Cate Blanchett
Cate Blanchett
(1998) Annette Bening
Annette Bening
(1999) Julia Roberts
Julia Roberts
(2000) Judi Dench
Judi Dench
(2001) Nicole Kidman
Nicole Kidman
(2002) Scarlett Johansson
Scarlett Johansson
(2003) Imelda Staunton
Imelda Staunton
(2004) Reese Witherspoon
Reese Witherspoon
(2005) Helen Mirren
Helen Mirren
(2006) Marion Cotillard
Marion Cotillard
(2007) Kate Winslet
Kate Winslet
(2008) Carey Mulligan
Carey Mulligan
(2009) Natalie Portman
Natalie Portman
(2010) Meryl Streep
Meryl Streep
(2011) Emmanuelle Riva
Emmanuelle Riva
(2012) Cate Blanchett
Cate Blanchett
(2013) Julianne Moore
Julianne Moore
(2014) Brie Larson
Brie Larson
(2015) Emma Stone
Emma Stone
(2016) Frances McDormand
Frances McDormand
(2017)

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Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Actress in a Play

Ellen Burstyn
Ellen Burstyn
(1975) Rosemary Harris
Rosemary Harris
(1976) Irene Worth
Irene Worth
(1977) Jessica Tandy
Jessica Tandy
(1978) Constance Cummings
Constance Cummings
/ Carole Shelley
Carole Shelley
(1979) Pat Carroll (1980) Joan Copeland
Joan Copeland
(1981) Zoe Caldwell (1982) Jessica Tandy
Jessica Tandy
(1983) Joan Allen
Joan Allen
(1984) Rosemary Harris
Rosemary Harris
(1985) Lily Tomlin
Lily Tomlin
(1986) Linda Lavin
Linda Lavin
(1987) Stockard Channing
Stockard Channing
(1988) Pauline Collins
Pauline Collins
(1989) Geraldine James (1990) Mercedes Ruehl
Mercedes Ruehl
(1991) Laura Esterman (1992) Jane Alexander
Jane Alexander
(1993) Myra Carter (1994) Cherry Jones
Cherry Jones
(1995) Zoe Caldwell (1996) Janet McTeer
Janet McTeer
(1997) Cherry Jones
Cherry Jones
(1998) Kathleen Chalfant (1999) Eileen Heckart (2000) Mary-Louise Parker
Mary-Louise Parker
(2001) Lindsay Duncan
Lindsay Duncan
(2002) Vanessa Redgrave
Vanessa Redgrave
(2003) Viola Davis
Viola Davis
/ Phylicia Rashad
Phylicia Rashad
(2004) Cherry Jones
Cherry Jones
(2005) Lois Smith
Lois Smith
(2006) Eve Best
Eve Best
(2007) Deanna Dunagan (2008) Janet McTeer
Janet McTeer
(2009) Jan Maxwell
Jan Maxwell
(2010) Frances McDormand
Frances McDormand
(2011) Tracie Bennett (2012) Cicely Tyson
Cicely Tyson
(2013) Audra McDonald
Audra McDonald
(2014) Helen Mirren
Helen Mirren
(2015) Jessica Lange
Jessica Lange
(2016) Laura Linney
Laura Linney
(2017)

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Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Featured Actress in a Play

Frances Sternhagen
Frances Sternhagen
(1975) Rachel Roberts (1976) Rosemary De Angelis (1977) Eileen Atkins (1978) Pamela Reed
Pamela Reed
(1979) Lois de Banzie (1980) Swoosie Kurtz
Swoosie Kurtz
(1981) Amanda Plummer
Amanda Plummer
(1982) Judith Ivey (1983) Christine Baranski
Christine Baranski
(1984) Judith Ivey (1985) Joanna Gleason
Joanna Gleason
(1986) Mary Alice
Mary Alice
(1987) Christine Estabrook (1988) Tovah Feldshuh
Tovah Feldshuh
(1989) Frances Conroy
Frances Conroy
(1990) Irene Worth
Irene Worth
(1991) Christine Baranski
Christine Baranski
(1992) Madeline Kahn
Madeline Kahn
(1993) Jane Adams (1994) Tara Fitzgerald
Tara Fitzgerald
(1995) Elaine Stritch
Elaine Stritch
(1996) Dana Ivey (1997) Allison Janney
Allison Janney
(1998) Anna Friel
Anna Friel
(1999) Marylouise Burke (2000) Viola Davis
Viola Davis
(2001) Katie Finneran
Katie Finneran
(2002) Lynn Redgrave
Lynn Redgrave
(2003) Audra McDonald
Audra McDonald
(2004) Adriane Lenox
Adriane Lenox
(2005) Frances de la Tour (2006) Martha Plimpton
Martha Plimpton
(2007) Linda Lavin
Linda Lavin
(2008) Angela Lansbury
Angela Lansbury
(2009) Viola Davis
Viola Davis
(2010) Edie Falco
Edie Falco
(2011) Judith Light
Judith Light
(2012) Judith Light
Judith Light
(2013) Celia Keenan-Bolger (2014) Annaleigh Ashford
Annaleigh Ashford
(2015) Saycon Sengbloh (2016) Cynthia Nixon
Cynthia Nixon
(2017)

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Tony Award
Tony Award
for Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Play

Ingrid Bergman
Ingrid Bergman
/ Helen Hayes
Helen Hayes
(1947) Judith Anderson
Judith Anderson
/ Katharine Cornell
Katharine Cornell
/ Jessica Tandy
Jessica Tandy
(1948) Martita Hunt (1949) Shirley Booth
Shirley Booth
(1950) Uta Hagen
Uta Hagen
(1951) Julie Harris (1952) Shirley Booth
Shirley Booth
(1953) Audrey Hepburn
Audrey Hepburn
(1954) Nancy Kelly
Nancy Kelly
(1955) Julie Harris (1956) Margaret Leighton
Margaret Leighton
(1957) Helen Hayes
Helen Hayes
(1958) Gertrude Berg
Gertrude Berg
(1959) Anne Bancroft
Anne Bancroft
(1960) Joan Plowright
Joan Plowright
(1961) Margaret Leighton
Margaret Leighton
(1962) Uta Hagen
Uta Hagen
(1963) Sandy Dennis (1964) Irene Worth
Irene Worth
(1965) Rosemary Harris
Rosemary Harris
(1966) Beryl Reid
Beryl Reid
(1967) Zoe Caldwell (1968) Julie Harris (1969) Tammy Grimes
Tammy Grimes
(1970) Maureen Stapleton
Maureen Stapleton
(1971) Sada Thompson
Sada Thompson
(1972) Julie Harris (1973) Colleen Dewhurst
Colleen Dewhurst
(1974) Ellen Burstyn
Ellen Burstyn
(1975) Irene Worth
Irene Worth
(1976) Julie Harris (1977) Jessica Tandy
Jessica Tandy
(1978) Constance Cummings
Constance Cummings
/ Carole Shelley
Carole Shelley
(1979) Phyllis Frelich (1980) Jane Lapotaire (1981) Zoe Caldwell (1982) Jessica Tandy
Jessica Tandy
(1983) Glenn Close
Glenn Close
(1984) Stockard Channing
Stockard Channing
(1985) Lily Tomlin
Lily Tomlin
(1986) Linda Lavin
Linda Lavin
(1987) Joan Allen
Joan Allen
(1988) Pauline Collins
Pauline Collins
(1989) Maggie Smith
Maggie Smith
(1990) Mercedes Ruehl
Mercedes Ruehl
(1991) Glenn Close
Glenn Close
(1992) Madeline Kahn
Madeline Kahn
(1993) Diana Rigg
Diana Rigg
(1994) Cherry Jones
Cherry Jones
(1995) Zoe Caldwell (1996) Janet McTeer
Janet McTeer
(1997) Marie Mullen (1998) Judi Dench
Judi Dench
(1999) Jennifer Ehle
Jennifer Ehle
(2000) Mary-Louise Parker
Mary-Louise Parker
(2001) Lindsay Duncan
Lindsay Duncan
(2002) Vanessa Redgrave
Vanessa Redgrave
(2003) Phylicia Rashad
Phylicia Rashad
(2004) Cherry Jones
Cherry Jones
(2005) Cynthia Nixon
Cynthia Nixon
(2006) Julie White
Julie White
(2007) Deanna Dunagan (2008) Marcia Gay Harden
Marcia Gay Harden
(2009) Viola Davis
Viola Davis
(2010) Frances McDormand
Frances McDormand
(2011) Nina Arianda (2012) Cicely Tyson
Cicely Tyson
(2013) Audra McDonald
Audra McDonald
(2014) Helen Mirren
Helen Mirren
(2015) Jessica Lange
Jessica Lange
(2016) Laurie Metcalf
Laurie Metcalf
(2017)

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Tony Award
Tony Award
for Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Play

Ingrid Bergman
Ingrid Bergman
/ Helen Hayes
Helen Hayes
(1947) Judith Anderson
Judith Anderson
/ Katharine Cornell
Katharine Cornell
/ Jessica Tandy
Jessica Tandy
(1948) Martita Hunt (1949) Shirley Booth
Shirley Booth
(1950) Uta Hagen
Uta Hagen
(1951) Julie Harris (1952) Shirley Booth
Shirley Booth
(1953) Audrey Hepburn
Audrey Hepburn
(1954) Nancy Kelly
Nancy Kelly
(1955) Julie Harris (1956) Margaret Leighton
Margaret Leighton
(1957) Helen Hayes
Helen Hayes
(1958) Gertrude Berg
Gertrude Berg
(1959) Anne Bancroft
Anne Bancroft
(1960) Joan Plowright
Joan Plowright
(1961) Margaret Leighton
Margaret Leighton
(1962) Uta Hagen
Uta Hagen
(1963) Sandy Dennis (1964) Irene Worth
Irene Worth
(1965) Rosemary Harris
Rosemary Harris
(1966) Beryl Reid
Beryl Reid
(1967) Zoe Caldwell (1968) Julie Harris (1969) Tammy Grimes
Tammy Grimes
(1970) Maureen Stapleton
Maureen Stapleton
(1971) Sada Thompson
Sada Thompson
(1972) Julie Harris (1973) Colleen Dewhurst
Colleen Dewhurst
(1974) Ellen Burstyn
Ellen Burstyn
(1975) Irene Worth
Irene Worth
(1976) Julie Harris (1977) Jessica Tandy
Jessica Tandy
(1978) Constance Cummings
Constance Cummings
/ Carole Shelley
Carole Shelley
(1979) Phyllis Frelich (1980) Jane Lapotaire (1981) Zoe Caldwell (1982) Jessica Tandy
Jessica Tandy
(1983) Glenn Close
Glenn Close
(1984) Stockard Channing
Stockard Channing
(1985) Lily Tomlin
Lily Tomlin
(1986) Linda Lavin
Linda Lavin
(1987) Joan Allen
Joan Allen
(1988) Pauline Collins
Pauline Collins
(1989) Maggie Smith
Maggie Smith
(1990) Mercedes Ruehl
Mercedes Ruehl
(1991) Glenn Close
Glenn Close
(1992) Madeline Kahn
Madeline Kahn
(1993) Diana Rigg
Diana Rigg
(1994) Cherry Jones
Cherry Jones
(1995) Zoe Caldwell (1996) Janet McTeer
Janet McTeer
(1997) Marie Mullen (1998) Judi Dench
Judi Dench
(1999) Jennifer Ehle
Jennifer Ehle
(2000) Mary-Louise Parker
Mary-Louise Parker
(2001) Lindsay Duncan
Lindsay Duncan
(2002) Vanessa Redgrave
Vanessa Redgrave
(2003) Phylicia Rashad
Phylicia Rashad
(2004) Cherry Jones
Cherry Jones
(2005) Cynthia Nixon
Cynthia Nixon
(2006) Julie White
Julie White
(2007) Deanna Dunagan (2008) Marcia Gay Harden
Marcia Gay Harden
(2009) Viola Davis
Viola Davis
(2010) Frances McDormand
Frances McDormand
(2011) Nina Arianda (2012) Cicely Tyson
Cicely Tyson
(2013) Audra McDonald
Audra McDonald
(2014) Helen Mirren
Helen Mirren
(2015) Jessica Lange
Jessica Lange
(2016) Laurie Metcalf
Laurie Metcalf
(2017)

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Tony Award
Tony Award
for Best Performance by a Featured Actress in a Play

Patricia Neal
Patricia Neal
(1947) Shirley Booth
Shirley Booth
(1949) Maureen Stapleton
Maureen Stapleton
(1951) Marian Winters (1952) Beatrice Straight (1953) Jo Van Fleet
Jo Van Fleet
(1954) Patricia Jessel (1955) Una Merkel
Una Merkel
(1956) Peggy Cass
Peggy Cass
(1957) Anne Bancroft
Anne Bancroft
(1958) Julie Newmar
Julie Newmar
(1959) Anne Revere
Anne Revere
(1960) Colleen Dewhurst
Colleen Dewhurst
(1961) Elizabeth Ashley
Elizabeth Ashley
(1962) Sandy Dennis (1963) Barbara Loden
Barbara Loden
(1964) Alice Ghostley
Alice Ghostley
(1965) Zoe Caldwell (1966) Marian Seldes
Marian Seldes
(1967) Zena Walker
Zena Walker
(1968) Jane Alexander
Jane Alexander
(1969) Blythe Danner
Blythe Danner
(1970) Rae Allen (1971) Elizabeth Wilson
Elizabeth Wilson
(1972) Leora Dana
Leora Dana
(1973) Frances Sternhagen
Frances Sternhagen
(1974) Rita Moreno
Rita Moreno
(1975) Shirley Knight
Shirley Knight
(1976) Trazana Beverley (1977) Ann Wedgeworth (1978) Joan Hickson
Joan Hickson
(1979) Dinah Manoff (1980) Swoosie Kurtz
Swoosie Kurtz
(1981) Amanda Plummer
Amanda Plummer
(1982) Judith Ivey (1983) Christine Baranski
Christine Baranski
(1984) Judith Ivey (1985) Swoosie Kurtz
Swoosie Kurtz
(1986) Mary Alice
Mary Alice
(1987) L. Scott Caldwell
L. Scott Caldwell
(1988) Christine Baranski
Christine Baranski
(1989) Margaret Tyzack
Margaret Tyzack
(1990) Irene Worth
Irene Worth
(1991) Bríd Brennan (1992) Debra Monk
Debra Monk
(1993) Jane Adams (1994) Frances Sternhagen
Frances Sternhagen
(1995) Audra McDonald
Audra McDonald
(1996) Lynne Thigpen
Lynne Thigpen
(1997) Anna Manahan (1998) Elizabeth Franz (1999) Blair Brown
Blair Brown
(2000) Viola Davis
Viola Davis
(2001) Katie Finneran
Katie Finneran
(2002) Michele Pawk (2003) Audra McDonald
Audra McDonald
(2004) Adriane Lenox
Adriane Lenox
(2005) Frances de la Tour (2006) Jennifer Ehle
Jennifer Ehle
(2007) Rondi Reed
Rondi Reed
(2008) Angela Lansbury
Angela Lansbury
(2009) Scarlett Johansson
Scarlett Johansson
(2010) Ellen Barkin
Ellen Barkin
(2011) Judith Light
Judith Light
(2012) Judith Light
Judith Light
(2013) Sophie Okonedo
Sophie Okonedo
(2014) Annaleigh Ashford
Annaleigh Ashford
(2015) Jayne Houdyshell
Jayne Houdyshell
(2016) Cynthia Nixon
Cynthia Nixon
(2017)

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