Audra McDonald is one of those truly remarkable women that did not just live by the saying “If you’re in it for the money, you might as well be an actor.” Born and raised in southern California, Audra McDonald had a troubled childhood and was arrested and convicted twice for theft. However, her first true love was in performing, and after several failed attempts at Broadway, she finally got lucky when someone thought she was pretty. She moved on to doing various voice-over jobs, but then discovered she had a gift for art – drawing. Eventually, she became an acclaimed illustrator, painter and graphic novelist.
Now, she has a new book, Europa!, which is out now. While on tour with her second book, she recently shared some thoughts on her new book on Sean Penn, which you can find out more about at the website. In addition to being an accomplished illustrator and painter, Ms. McDonald has also written a number of books, including scripts for television, such as Greetings from the Gods, as well as non-script books. In fact, she has co-written and co-produced a very successful play, called Winter Guest. She has also been nominated three times for an Academy Award for Best Music, Writing and Directing. Those are some pretty impressive credentials, and when you consider how long she has been writing, producing or directing, she definitely has been around for a while.
According to astrologers, Audra McDonald is a Cancer, so if you’re planning on dying in October of this year, you might want to revise that. She does, however, share that the pay scale for a top acting role on Broadway is quite high, and when compared to other parts of the world, such as Hollywood, the pay is “amazing.” If you add up the salaries of actors and actresses in other countries, such as the UK and Australia, they will all typically make more than $1 million per year. The pay is much higher for an actress in Hollywood, but even those who don’t make the big bucks in Tinsel Town, can still command a great salary. Audra McDonald’s salary is no exception, even though she spends most of her time working on the West End stage.
Audra McDonald Personal Details
- Date Of Birth: 3 July 1970
- Birth Place: Berlin, Germany
- Birth Name: Audra Ann McDonald
- Nickname: Audra
- Zodiac Sign: Cancer
- Occupation: Actress, Singer
- Nationality: American
- Race/Ethnicity: Black
- Religion: Christian
- Hair Color: Black
- Eye Color: Dark Brown
- Sexual Orientation: Straight
Audra McDonald Body Statistics
- Weight in Pounds: 134 lbs
- Weight in Kilogram: 61 kg
- Height in Feet: 5′ 8″
- Height in Meters: 1.73 m
- Body Measurements: 34-24-33 in (86-61-84 cm)
- Breast Size: 34 inches (86 cm)
- Waist Size: 24 inches (61 cm)
- Hips Size: 33 inches (84 cm)
- Bra Size/Cup Size: 34B
- Feet/Shoe Size: 7.5 (US)
- Dress Size: 6 (US)
Audra McDonald Family Members
- Father: Stanley McDonald, Jr (high school principal)
- Mother: Anna McDonald (university administrator)
- Spouse: Will Swenson (m. 2012), Peter Donovan (m. 2000-2009)
- Children: Zoe Madeline Donovan (Daughter), Sally James McDonald-Swenson (Daughter)
- Siblings: Alison McDonald (Sister)
Audra McDonald Education
- She attended and graduated from The Juilliard School in 1993. (BM)
Audra McDonald Facts
- She was born in Berlin, Germany and raised in Fresno, California.
- She became the youngest actor ever to win three Tony Awards.
- She was named one of Time magazine’s 100 most influential people of 2015.
“When I first was exposed to ‘Porgy and Bess’ many, many years ago, I was blown away by it – loved the music, overwhelmed by the production at the Met that I saw, and thought I want to play Bess someday. But I also knew they were stereotypes that were considered racist.” – Audra McDonald
As for her actual net worth, according to the US Business and Career Institute, it is between two and three million. She lives in Los Angeles and works as a producer on various television shows, including Law and Order, and CSI: NY. She has additionally written screenplays, produced music, and worked in the motion picture industry. It should be noted that she is not a professional in the TV or film industry, so comparing her to an actor or actresses with a similar career profile such as Leonardo DiCaprio, Britney Spears, and Jessica Simpson will be difficult.
Audra McDonald’s great physique also helps her to have a steady acting career. She was nominated for an Emmy for her role as Holly Golightly in the TV show “Heroes.” Her career spanned four decades, which makes her career span quite long compared to many of her peers in the acting business. Audra McDonald’s biography is fascinating, especially when you look into her personal life.
One interesting tidbit about Audra McDonald is that she was born in what is considered to be a tiny town in rural Texas, near Laredo, Texas. It was here that she would meet her husband, Richard McDonald, in their early years of their marriage. They got married in 1947, and just a few short years later, Richard became famous as one of the first American actors to appear in the English-language movie serials “A Christmas Story.” His appearance earned him a reputation as one of the best actors of his time.