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

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  1. Vivien Leigh
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    Vivien Leigh

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    Vivian Mary Hartley, later known as Vivien Leigh (5 November 1913 – 8 July 1967), was an English stage and film actress. She won two Academy Awards for Best Actress for her performances as "Southern belle" Scarlett O'Hara in Gone with the Wind (1939) and Blanche DuBois in the film version of A Streetcar Named Desire (1951), a role she had also played on stage in London's West End in 1949. She also won a Tony Award for her work in the Broadway version of Tovarich (1963).


  2. Lauren Bacall
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    Lauren Bacall

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    Lauren Bacall (/ˌlɔrən bəˈkɔːl/, born Betty Joan Perske; September 16, 1924 – August 12, 2014) was an American actress known for her distinctive voice and sultry looks. She was named the 20th greatest female star of Classic Hollywood cinema by the American Film Institute, and received an Academy Honorary Award from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in 2009, "in recognition of her central place in the Golden Age of motion pictures."


  3. Angela Lansbury
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    Angela Lansbury

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    Dame Angela Brigid Lansbury, DBE (born 16 October 1925) is a British-American actress and singer who has appeared in theatre, television and film. Her career has spanned seven decades, much of it based in the United States, and her work has attracted international attention.


  4. Alexis Smith
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    Alexis Smith

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    Margaret Alexis Fitzsimmons Smith (June 8, 1921 – June 9, 1993), known as Alexis Smith, was a Canadian-born stage, film, and television actress and singer. She appeared in several major Hollywood movies in the 1940s and had a notable career on Broadway in the 1970s, winning a Tony Award in 1972.


  5. Diahann Carroll
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    Diahann Carroll

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    Diahann Carroll (/dˈæn ˈkær.əl/; born July 17, 1935) is an American television and stage actress and singer. Her acting career has spanned nearly six decades. After appearing in some of the earliest major studio films to feature black casts such as Carmen Jones (1954) and Porgy and Bess (1959) and on Broadway, she starred in Julia (1968), one of the first series on American television to star a black woman in a non-stereotypical role. Later she played the role of Dominique Deveraux on the popular prime time soap opera, Dynasty. She is the recipient of numerous stage and screen awards and nominations. Carroll has been married four times and became the mother of a daughter in 1960. She is a breast cancer survivor and activist. Carroll was scheduled to return to the Broadway stage in the 2014 revival of A Raisin in the Sun as Mama, but withdrew prior to opening citing the demands of the rehearsal and performance schedule.


  6. Rosalind Russell
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    Rosalind Russell

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    Rosalind Russell (June 4, 1907 – November 28, 1976) was an American actress of stage and screen, known for her role as fast-talking newspaper reporter Hildy Johnson in the Howard Hawks screwball comedy His Girl Friday (1940), as well as for her portrayals of Mame Dennis in Auntie Mame (1958) and Rose in Gypsy (1962). A noted comedian, she won all five Golden Globes for which she was nominated and was tied with Meryl Streep for most wins until Streep won her sixth award in 2007. Russell won a Tony Award in 1953 for Best Performance by an Actress in a Musical for her portrayal of Ruth in the Broadway show Wonderful Town (a musical based on the film My Sister Eileen, in which she also starred). She has been nominated for four Academy Award for Best Actress in a leading role throughout her career.


  7. Patricia Routledge
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    Patricia Routledge

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    Katherine Patricia Routledge, CBE (born 17 February 1929), is an English actress and singer. She is best known for her role as Hyacinth Bucket in the British television series Keeping Up Appearances, which ran from 1990 to 1995.


  8. Glynis Johns
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    Glynis Johns

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    Glynis Johns (born 5 October 1923) is a British stage and film actress, dancer, pianist and singer. She is best known for creating the role of Desiree Armfeldt in A Little Night Music on Broadway, for which she won a Tony Award, and for playing Winifred Banks in Walt Disney's musical motion picture box office smash Mary Poppins. In both roles, she originated songs written specifically for her, including "Send in the Clowns", composed by Stephen Sondheim, and "Sister Suffragette", written by the Sherman Brothers.


  9. Mary Martin
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    Mary Martin

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    Mary Martín (b. 1927-October 12, 1982) was a Spanish-Mexican artist whose work has been recognized with membership in the Salón de la Plástica Mexicana.


  10. Judy Holliday
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    Judy Holliday

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    Judy Holliday (June 21, 1921 – June 7, 1965) was an American actress, comedian and singer.


  11. Barbara Harris
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    Barbara Harris

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    Barbara Harris (born July 25, 1935) is an American actress who was a Broadway stage star and later became a movie actress. She appeared in such movies as A Thousand Clowns, Plaza Suite, Nashville, Family Plot, Freaky Friday, Peggy Sue Got Married, and Grosse Pointe Blank. Harris has won a Tony Award and has been nominated for an Academy Award and received four Golden Globe Award nominations.


  12. Ethel Merman
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    Ethel Merman

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    Ethel Merman (January 16, 1908 – February 15, 1984) was an American actress and singer. Known primarily for her voice and roles in musical theatre, she has been called "the undisputed First Lady of the musical comedy stage." Among the many standards introduced by Merman in Broadway musicals are "I Got Rhythm", "Everything's Coming Up Roses", "Some People", "Rose's Turn", "I Get a Kick Out of You", "It's De-Lovely", "Friendship", "You're the Top", "Anything Goes", and "There's No Business Like Show Business", which later became her theme song.


  13. Gwen Verdon
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    Gwen Verdon

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    Gwenyth Evelyn “Gwen” Verdon (January 13, 1925 – October 18, 2000) was an American actress and dancer who won four Tony awards for her musical comedy performances and served as uncredited choreographers assistant and specialty dance coach for both theater and film. With flaming red hair and a quaver in her voice, Verdon was a critically acclaimed performer on Broadway in the 1950s, 1960s, and 1970's. Having originated many roles in musicals she is also strongly identified with her second husband, director–choreographer Bob Fosse, remembered as the dancer–collaborator–muse for whom he choreographed much of his work and as the guardian of his legacy after his death.


  14. Anna Maria Alberghetti
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    Anna Maria Alberghetti

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    Anna Maria Alberghetti (born 15 May 1936) is an Italian operatic singer and actress.


  15. Carol Channing
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    Carol Channing

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    Carol Elaine Channing (born January 31, 1921) is an American actress, singer, dancer, comedian, and voice artist.


  16. Nanette Fabray
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    Nanette Fabray

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    Nanette Fabray (born October 27, 1920) is an American actress, dancer and singer. She began her career performing in vaudeville as a child and became a musical theatre actress during the 1940s and 1950s, winning a Tony Award in 1949 for her performance in Love Life. In the mid-1950s, she served as Sid Caesar's comedic partner on Caesar's Hour, for which she won three Emmy Awards. From 1979 to 1984, she appeared as Grandma Katherine Romano on One Day at a Time.


  17. Leslie Uggams
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    Leslie Uggams

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    Leslie Uggams (born May 25, 1943) is an American actress and singer. She is known for her work in the 1967 broadway musical Hallelujah, Baby! for which she won a Tony Award for Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Musical and a Theatre World Award (1967); as Kizzy Reynolds in the 1977 television miniseries Roots.


  18. Gertrude Lawrence
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    Gertrude Lawrence

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    Gertrude Lawrence (4 July 1898 – 6 September 1952) was an English actress, singer, dancer and musical comedy performer known for her stage appearances in the West End of London and on Broadway in New York.


  19. Dolores Gray
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    Dolores Gray

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    Dolores Gray (June 7, 1923 – June 26, 2002) was an American actress and singer. She was nominated for the Tony Award for Best Lead Actress in a Musical twice, winning once.


  20. Thelma Ritter
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    Thelma Ritter

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    Thelma Ritter (February 14, 1902 – February 5, 1969) was an American actress, best known for her comedic roles as working class characters and strong New York accent. She received six Academy Award nominations for Best Supporting Actress, and won one Tony Award for Best Leading Actress in a Musical.


  21. Elizabeth Seal
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    Elizabeth Seal

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    Elizabeth Seal (born 28 August 1933, Genoa, Italy) is a British actress. In 1961, she won the Tony Award for Best Leading Actress in a Musical for her performance in the title role of Irma La Douce.


  22. Virginia Capers
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    Virginia Capers

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    Eliza Virginia Capers (September 22, 1925 – May 6, 2004) was an American actress She won the Tony Award for Best Lead Actress in a Musical in 1974 for her performance as Lena Younger in Raisin, a musical version of Lorraine Hansberry's play A Raisin in the Sun.


  23. Helen Gallagher
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    Helen Gallagher

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    Helen Gallagher (born July 19, 1926) is an American actress, dancer, and singer.


  24. Grace Hartman
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    Grace Hartman

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    Grace Hartman (January 7, 1907; San Francisco, California – August 8, 1955; Van Nuys, California) was an American stage and musical theatre actress. She was married to actor Paul Hartman until the time of her death in 1955.




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