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Tony Winners for Best Actress in a Play

The Tony (Antoinette Perry) Awards are given by the American Theatre Wing for achievement in the Broadway theater.

  • Glenn Close (born 1947)

    American actress.

    • Two-time Tony Award winner for Best Actress in a Play: 1984, for The Real Thing; 1992, for Death and the Maiden
  • Lily Tomlin (born 1939)

    American comedienne and actress.

    • 1986 Tony Award winner for her performance in The Search for Intelligent Life in the Universe
  • Jessica Tandy (born 1909, died 1994)

    American actress.

    • Three-time Tony Award winner for Best Actress in a Play: 1948, for A Streetcar Named Desire; 1978, for The Gin Game; 1983, for Foxfire
  • Shirley Booth (born 1907, died 1992)

    American actress.

    • 1950 Tony Award winner for her performance in Come Back, Little Sheba; 1953 winner for Time of the Cuckoo
  • Constance Cummings (born 1910)

    American actress.

    • 1979 Tony Award winner for her performance in Wings
  • Audrey Hepburn (born 1929, died 1993)

    Belgian-born American actress and activist for famine relief in Africa.

    • 1954 Tony Award winner for her performance in Ondine
  • Nancy Kelly (born 1921, died 1995)

    American actress.

    • 1955 Tony Award winner for her performance in The Bad Seed
  • Helen Hayes (born 1900, died 1993)

    American actress.

    • Two-time Tony Award winner for Best Actress in a Play: 1947, for Happy Birthday; 1958, for Time Remembered
  • Anne Bancroft (born 1931)

    American actress. Original name: Anna Maria Italiano.

    • 1960 Tony Award winner for her performance in The Miracle Worker
  • Maureen Stapleton (born 1925)

    American actress.

    • 1971 Tony Award winner for her performance in Gingerbread Lady
  • Ingrid Bergman (born 1915, died 1982)

    Swedish actress.

    • 1947 Tony Award winner for her performance in Joan of Lorraine
  • Madeline Kahn (born 1942, died 1999)

    American actress

    • 1992 Tony Award winner for her performance in The Sisters Rosensweig
  • Julie Harris (born 1925)

    American actress.

    • Five-time Tony Award winner for Best Actress in a Play: 1952, for I Am a Camera; 1956, for The Lark; 1969, for Forty Carats; 1973, for The Last of Mrs. Lincoln; and 1977, for The Belle of Amherst
  • Sandy Dennis (born 1937, died 1992)

    American actress.

    • 1964 Tony Award winner for her performance in Any Wednesday
  • Maggie Smith (born 1934)

    English actress.

    • 1990 Tony Award winner for her performance in Lettuce and Lovage
  • Ellen Burstyn (born 1932)

    American actress. Original name: Edna Gilhooley.

    • 1975 Tony Award winner for her performance in Same Time, Next Year
  • Mercedes Ruehl (born 1948)

    American actress.

    • 1991 Tony Award winner for her performance in Lost in Yonkers
  • Judith Anderson (born 1898, died 1992)

    Australian actress.

    • 1948 Tony Award winner for her performance in Medea
  • Katharine Cornell (born 1893, died 1974)

    American actress.

    • 1948 Tony Award winner for her performance in Antony and Cleopatra
  • Martita Hunt (born 1900, died 1969)

    English actress.

    • 1949 Tony Award winner for her performance in The Mad Woman of Chaillot
  • Uta Hagen (born 1919)

    American actress.

    • Two-time Tony Award winner for Best Actress in a Play: 1951, for The Country Girl; 1963, for Who''s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
  • Margaret Leighton (born 1922, died 1976)

    English actress.

    • Two-time Tony Award winner for Best Actress in a Play: 1957, for Separate Tables; 1962, for Night of the Iguana
  • Gertrude Berg (born 1899, died 1966)

    American actress.

    • 1959 Tony Award winner for her performance in A Majority of One
  • Joan Plowright (born 1929)

    English actress.

    • 1961 Tony Award winner for her performance in A Taste of Honey
  • Irene Worth (born 1916)

    American actress.

    • Two-time Tony Award winner for Best Actress in a Play: 1965, for Tiny Alice; 1976, for Sweet Bird of Youth
  • Rosemary Harris (born 1930)

    English actress.

    • 1966 Tony Award winner for her performance in The Lion in Winter
  • Beryl Reid (born 1920, died 1996)

    English actress.

    • 1967 Tony Award winner for her performance in The Killing of Sister George
  • Zoe Caldwell (born 1933)

    Australian actress.

    • Three-time Tony Award winner for Best Actress in a Play: 1968, for The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie; 1982, for Medea; 1996 for Master Class
  • Tammy Grimes (born 1934)

    American actress.

    • 1970 Tony Award winner for her performance in Private Lives
  • Colleen Dewhurst (born 1926, died 1991)

    Canadian actress.

    • 1974 Tony Award winner for her performance in A Moon for the Misbegotten
  • Phyllis Frelich (born 1944)

    American actress.

    • 1980 Tony Award winner for her performance in Children of a Lesser God
  • Jane Lapotaire (born 1944)

    English actress.

    • 1981 Tony Award winner for her performance in Piaf
  • Stockard Channing (born 1944)

    American actress. Original name: Susan Stockard.

    • 1985 Tony Award winner for her performance in Joe Egg
  • Linda Lavin (born 1939)

    American actress and singer.

    • 1987 Tony Award winner for her performance in Broadway Bound
  • Joan Allen (born 1956)

    American actress.

    • 1988 Tony Award winner for her performance in Burn This
  • Pauline Collins (born 1940)

    English actress.

    • 1989 Tony Award winner for her performance in Shirley Valentine
  • Janet McTeer
    • 1997 Tony Award winner for her performance in A Doll''s House
  • Marie Mullen
    • 1998 Tony Award best actress winner for her performance in The Beauty Queen of Leenane
  • Judi Dench
    • 1999 Tonny Award winner for her performance in Amy''s View.

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