Laurie Metcalf would make Tony Awards history with win for ‘Three Tall Women’

Three-time Emmy winner Laurie Metcalf (“Roseanne”) won her first Tony Award only last year but could well add a second one to her crowded mantle this Sunday. This would be a nice makeup award for Metcalf who lost a close Supporting Actress Oscar race this year for her performance in “Lady Bird” to Allison Janney for “I, Tonya.”

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Last season Metcalf took home the Best Actress in a Play Tony Award for her bravura performance in “A Doll’s House Part 2” which told the story of what happened to Ibsen’s heroine in the years after she walked out on her husband. This season Metcalf has returned to Broadway in an acclaimed revival of Edward Albee’s “Three Tall Women.” With Glenda Jackson all but certain to win her first Tony up in the lead race, producers petitioned successfully to have Metcalf and co-star Allison Pill, who are billed above the title, dropped down to featured.

This is Metcalf’s fifth Tony nomination and first in Featured Actress. (Besides that win last year, she also has reaped three other Best Actress in a Play nominations for “November”, “The Other Place” and “Misery”.)

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If she wins two awards in a row she’ll pull off the same feat as Gwen Verdon (“Redhead”, “New Girl in Town”), Sandy Dennis (“A Thousand Clowns”, “Any Wednesday”), Stephen Spinella (“Angels in America” Parts One and Two) and Judith Light (“Other Desert Cities”, “The Assembled Parties”).

Metcalf will also join a very impressive list of actresses who won both awards on the play side including Audra McDonald (who has also won both musical actress awards also), Cynthia Nixon, Jennifer Ehle, Viola Davis, Irene Worth, Zoe Caldwell, Colleen Dewhurst, Anne Bancroft, Maureen Stapleton, Shirley Booth and the aforementioned Sandy Dennis.

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