Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Play
|Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Play|
|Awarded for||Quality supporting roles in a Broadway play|
|Presented by||Tony Award Productions (American Theatre Wing and The Broadway League)|
|Currently held by||Sophie Okonedo (2014)|
The Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Play is an honor presented at the Tony Awards, a ceremony established in 1947 as the Antoinette Perry Awards for Excellence in Theatre, to actresses for quality supporting roles in a Broadway play. The awards are named after Antoinette Perry, an American actress who died in 1946. Honors in several categories are presented at the ceremony annually by the Tony Award Productions, a joint venture of The Broadway League and the American Theatre Wing, to "honor the best performances and stage productions of the previous year."
Originally called the "Tony Award for Actress, Supporting or Featured (Dramatic)", Patricia Neal first won the award at the inception of the ceremony for her portrayal of Regina Hubbard in Lillian Hellman's Another Part of the Forest. Before 1956, nominees' names were not made public: the change was made by the awards committee to "have a greater impact on theatregoers". The award was renamed in 1976, when Shirley Knight became the first winner under the new title for her role as Carla in Robert Patrick's Kennedy's Children. Its most recent recipient is Sophie Okonedo, for the role of Ruth Younger, in A Raisin in the Sun.
Six actresses (Christine Baranski, Judith Ivey, Judith Light, Swoosie Kurtz, Audra McDonald, and Frances Sternhagen) hold the record for most awards in this category, each with a total of two. Portrayals of Ruth Younger in A Raisin in the Sun have won twice, for Audra McDonald and Sophie Okonedo. Supporting actresses in two of three plays in Neil Simon's Eugene trilogy (Brighton Beach Memoirs and Broadway Bound) were nominated for the Tony, and featured actresses in six parts of August Wilson's The Pittsburgh Cycle have also been nominated for the award.
|1947||Neal, PatriciaPatricia Neal||Hubbard, Regina !Regina Hubbard||Another Part of the Forest !Another Part of the Forest||—|||
|1949||Booth, ShirleyShirley Booth||Woods, Grace !Grace Woods||Goodbye, My Fancy !Goodbye, My Fancy||—|||
|1951||Stapleton, MaureenMaureen Stapleton||Rose, Serafina Delle !Serafina Delle Rose||Rose Tattoo !The Rose Tattoo||—|||
|1952||Winters, MarianMarian Winters||Landauer, Natalia !Natalia Landauer||I Am a Camera !I Am a Camera||—|||
|1953||Straight, BeatriceBeatrice Straight||Proctor, Elizabeth !Elizabeth Proctor||Crucible !The Crucible||—|||
|1954||Fleet, Jo VanJo Van Fleet||Watts, Jessie Mae !Jessie Mae Watts||Trip to Bountiful !The Trip to Bountiful||—|||
|1955||Jessel, PatriciaPatricia Jessel||Romaine !Romaine||Witness for the Prosecution !Witness for the Prosecution||—|||
|1956||Merkel, UnaUna Merkel||Ponder, Edna Earle !Edna Earle Ponder||Ponder Heart !The Ponder Heart|||
|1957||Cass, PeggyPeggy Cass||Gooch, Agnes !Agnes Gooch||Auntie Mame !Auntie Mame|||
|1958||Bancroft, AnneAnne Bancroft||Mosca, Gittel !Gittel Mosca||Two for the Seesaw !Two for the Seesaw|||
|1959||Newmar, JulieJulie Newmar||Sveg, Katrin !Katrin Sveg||Marriage-Go-Round !The Marriage-Go-Round|||
|1960||Revere, AnneAnne Revere||Berniers, Anna !Anna Berniers||Toys in the Attic !Toys in the Attic|||
|1961||Dewhurst, ColleenColleen Dewhurst||Follet, Mary !Mary Follet||All the Way Home !All the Way Home|||
|1962||Ashley, ElizabethElizabeth Ashley||Michaelson, Mollie !Mollie Michaelson||Take Her, She's Mine !Take Her, She's Mine|||
|1963||Dennis, SandySandy Dennis||Markowitz, Sandra !Sandra Markowitz||Thousand Clowns !A Thousand Clowns|||
|1964||Loden, BarbaraBarbara Loden||Maggie !Maggie||After the Fall !After the Fall|||
|1965||Ghostley, AliceAlice Ghostley||Bryson, Mavis Parodus !Mavis Parodus Bryson||Sign in Sidney Brustein's Window !The Sign in Sidney Brustein's Window|||
|1966||Caldwell, ZoeZoe Caldwell||Polly !Polly[IV]||Slapstick Tragedy !Slapstick Tragedy|||
|1967||Seldes, MarianMarian Seldes||Julia !Julia||Delicate Balance !A Delicate Balance|||
|1968||Walker, ZenaZena Walker||Sheila !Sheila||Day in the Death of Joe Egg !A Day in the Death of Joe Egg|||
|1969||Alexander, JaneJane Alexander||Bachman, Eleanor !Eleanor Bachman||Great White Hope !The Great White Hope|||
|1970||Danner, BlytheBlythe Danner||Tanner, Jill !Jill Tanner||Butterflies Are Free !Butterflies Are Free|||
|1971||Allen, RaeRae Allen||Stein, Fleur !Fleur Stein||And Miss Reardon Drinks A Little !And Miss Reardon Drinks A Little|||
|1972||Wilson, ElizabethElizabeth Wilson||Harriet !Harriet||Sticks and Bones !Sticks and Bones|||
|1973||Dana, LeoraLeora Dana||Edwards, Elizabeth !Elizabeth Edwards||Last of Mrs. Lincoln !The Last of Mrs. Lincoln|||
|1974||Sternhagen, FrancesFrances Sternhagen||z !Multiple[V]||Good Doctor !The Good Doctor||—|
|1975||Moreno, RitaRita Moreno||Gomez, Googie !Googie Gomez||The Ritz !The Ritz|||
|1976||Knight, ShirleyShirley Knight||Carla !Carla||Kennedy's Children !Kennedy's Children|||
|1977||Beverley, TrazanaTrazana Beverley||Lady in Red !Lady in Red||For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow Is Enuf !For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow Is Enuf|||
|1978||Wedgeworth, AnnAnn Wedgeworth||Medwick, Faye !Faye Medwick||Chapter Two !Chapter Two|||
|1979||Hickson, JoanJoan Hickson||Delia !Delia||Bedroom Farce !Bedroom Farce|||
|1980||Manoff, DinahDinah Manoff||Tucker, Libby !Libby Tucker||I Ought to be in Pictures !I Ought to be in Pictures|||
|1981||Kurtz, SwoosieSwoosie Kurtz||Landis, Gwen !Gwen Landis||Fifth of July !Fifth of July|||
|1982||Plummer, AmandaAmanda Plummer||Agnes !Agnes||Agnes of God !Agnes of God|||
|1983||Ivey, JudithJudith Ivey||Josie !Josie||Steaming !Steaming|||
|1984||Baranski, ChristineChristine Baranski||Charlotte !Charlotte||Real Thing !The Real Thing|||
|1985||Ivey, JudithJudith Ivey||Bonnie !Bonnie||Hurlyburly !Hurlyburly|||
|1986||Kurtz, SwoosieSwoosie Kurtz||Shaughnessy, Bananas !Bananas Shaughnessy||House of Blue Leaves !The House of Blue Leaves|||
|1987||Alice, MaryMary Alice||Rose !Rose||House of Blue Leaves !Fences|||
|1988||Caldwell, L. ScottL. Scott Caldwell||Holly, Bertha !Bertha Holly||Joe Turner's Come and Gone !Joe Turner's Come and Gone|||
|1989||Baranski, ChristineChristine Baranski||Gorman, Chris !Chris Gorman||Rumors !Rumors|||
|1990||Tyzack, MargaretMargaret Tyzack||Schoen, Lotte !Lotte Schoen||Lettice and Lovage !Lettice and Lovage|||
|1991||Worth, IreneIrene Worth||Kurnitz, Grandma !Grandma Kurnitz||Lost in Yonkers !Lost in Yonkers|||
|1992||Brennan, BridBrid Brennan||Agnes !Agnes||Dancing at Lughnasa !Dancing at Lughnasa|||
|1993||Monk, DebraDebra Monk||Geneva !Geneva||Redwood Curtain !Redwood Curtain|||
|1994||Adams, JaneJane Adams||Birling, Sheila !Sheila Birling||Inspector Calls !An Inspector Calls|||
|1995||Sternhagen, FrancesFrances Sternhagen||Penniman, Lavinia !Lavinia Penniman||Heiress !The Heiress|||
|1996||McDonald, AudraAudra McDonald||Graham, Sharon !Sharon Graham||Master Class !Master Class|||
|1997||Thigpen, LynneLynne Thigpen||Kaufman, Judith B., Dr. !Dr. Judith B. Kaufman||American Daughter !An American Daughter|||
|1998||Manahan, AnnaAnna Manahan||Folan, Mags !Mags Folan||Beauty Queen of Leenane !The Beauty Queen of Leenane|||
|1999||Franz, ElizabethElizabeth Franz||Loman, Linda !Linda Loman||Death of a Salesman !Death of a Salesman|||
|2000||Brown, BlairBlair Brown||Bohr, Margrethe !Margrethe Bohr||Copenhagen !Copenhagen|||
|2001||Davis, ViolaViola Davis||Tonya !Tonya||King Hedley II !King Hedley II|||
|2002||Finneran, KatieKatie Finneran||Ashton, Brooke !Brooke Ashton||Noises Off !Noises Off|||
|2003||Pawk, MicheleMichele Pawk||Louise !Louise||Hollywood Arms !Hollywood Arms|||
|2004||McDonald, AudraAudra McDonald||Younger, Ruth !Ruth Younger||Raisin in the Sun !A Raisin in the Sun|||
|2005||Lenox, AdrianeAdriane Lenox||Muller, Mrs. !Mrs. Muller||Doubt: A Parable !Doubt: A Parable|||
|2006||Tour, Frances de laFrances de la Tour||Lintott, Mrs. !Mrs. Lintott||History Boys !The History Boys|||
|2007||Ehle, JenniferJennifer Ehle||zz !Multiple[VI]||Coast of Utopia !The Coast of Utopia||—|
|2008||Reed, RondiRondi Reed||Aiken, Mattie Fae !Mattie Fae Aiken||August: Osage County !August: Osage County|||
|2009||Lansbury, AngelaAngela Lansbury||Arcati, Madame !Madame Arcati||Blithe Spirit !Blithe Spirit|||
|2010||Johansson, ScarlettScarlett Johansson||Catherine !Catherine||View from the Bridge !A View from the Bridge|||
|2011||Barkin, EllenEllen Barkin||Brookner, Emma Dr. !Dr. Emma Brookner||Normal Heart !The Normal Heart|||
|2012||Light, JudithJudith Light||Grauman, Silda !Silda Grauman||Other Desert Cities !Other Desert Cities|||
|2013||Light, JudithJudith Light||Faye !Faye||Assembled Parties, The !The Assembled Parties|||
|2014||Okonedo, SophieSophie Okonedo||Younger, Ruth !Ruth Younger||Raisin in the Sun, A !A Raisin in the Sun|||
- Tony Award for Best Featured Actor in a Play
- Tony Award for Best Performance by a Featured Actor in a Musical
- Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Musical
^[I] Each year is linked to the article about the Tony Awards held that year.
^[II] The "Ref." cites the role the winning actor portrayed in the work; the award winners and nominees are referenced by the general reference.
^[III] The Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Play was not presented in 1948 or 1950.
^[IV] Slapstick Tragedy, written by Tennessee Williams, is a double-bill featuring two one act plays: The Mutilated and The Gnädiges Fräulein; Caldwell played "Polly" in The Gnädiges Fräulein.
^[V] Sternhagen plays multiple roles in The Good Doctor; as described by its author, the play is composed of "sketches, Vaudeville scenes, if you will, written with my non-consenting collaborator, Anton Chekhov".
^[VI] The Coast of Utopia is broken into three parts. Ehle played Liubov in "Voyage" (part one), Natalie Herzen in "Shipwreck" (part two), and Malwida von Meysenbug in "Salvage" (part three).
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