Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Play
|Tony Award for
Best Featured Actress in a Play
|Awarded for||Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Play|
|Location||United States New York City|
|Presented by||American Theatre Wing, The Broadway League|
|Currently held by||Jayne Houdyshell for The Humans (2016)|
The Best Performance by a 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), it was later changed to its current title in 1976. Before 1956, nominees' names were not made public. The change was made by the awards committee to "have a greater impact on theatregoers".
Winners and nominees
1st Tony Awards
|Patricia Neal||Another Part of the Forest||Regina Hubbard|
2nd Tony Awards
3rd Tony Awards
|Shirley Booth||Goodbye, My Fancy||Grace Woods|
- 2 Wins
- Christine Baranski
- Judith Ivey
- Swoosie Kurtz
- Judith Light (consecutive)
- Audra McDonald
- Frances Sternhagen
Character win total
- 2 Wins
- Ruth Younger from A Raisin in the Sun
Character nomination total
- Supporting actresses in two of three plays in Neil Simon's Eugene trilogy (Brighton Beach Memoirs and Broadway Bound) were nominated for the Tony.
- Featured actresses in six parts of August Wilson's The Pittsburgh Cycle have been nominated for the award.
Nominated actresses for Side Show, Alice Ripley and Emily Skinner from Side Show, are the first and so far only two to be nominated as one person.
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