Fresh off of her second Tony Award win last year for “The Sound Inside,” Marie-Louise Parker earned a follow-up nomination in the same category for her work in the revival of Paula Vogel“How I Learned to Drive”, Pulitzer Prize winner. Parker returned to the haunting play 25 years after originating the Off-Broadway role, reuniting with her co-stars David Morse – who also collected an offer – and Johanna dayno longer director Marc Brokawa.
This nomination not only celebrates her exemplary performance, but also places Parker in an extremely exclusive list of performers who have garnered at least five Best Actress nominations. Her first offer was in 1990, when she performed “Prelude to a Kiss.” More than a decade later, Parker earned his second nomination for “Proof” and took home the award. Over the next two decades, she earned another nomination for “Reckless” in 2005 and last year for “The Sound Inside,” which earned her the second trophy of her career. This year, “How I Learned to Drive” marks its fifth.
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With five nominations to his credit, Parker is tied with Stockard Channing, Cherry Jonesand Laura Linney. Channing’s first offer here came in 1985 for “Joe Egg,” for which she won her first Tony. Six years later, she earned a second Best Actress nomination for “Six Degrees of Separation” and another the following year for “Four Baboons Worshiping the Sun.” In 1999 she returned with “The Lion in Winter” and more than a decade later picked up her most recent nomination for “Other Desert Cities.” Channing has more overall nominations than Parker: She also has featured actress offers for “The House of Blue Leaves” and best actress in a musical for “Pal Joey.”
Just like Parker, Jones has won five nominations during her career and they are all in the Best Actress category. Her tally begins in 1991 with “Our Country’s Good,” which she followed with a nomination and win in 1995 for “The Heiress.” Since 2000, Jones has three other nominations, for “A Moon for the Misbegotten”, “Doubt”, for which she won her second award, and most recently “The Glass Menagerie”.
Linney also has five bids in that same category, although she has never won. She got those quotes for “The Crucible” in 2002, “Sight Unseen” in 2005, “Time Stands Still” in 2010, “The Little Foxes” in 2017 and “My Name is Lucy Barton” in 2020, a run that she lost. to Parker.
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Only four other women have won more nominations in this category. Joan Alexander racked up six bids in Best Actress and eight overall. She only won one competition in 1969 for “The Great White Hope,” and she has an honorary Tony in 1995 for her role as president of the National Endowment for the Arts.
Colleen Dewhurst beats Alexander by one in the category with seven Best Actress nominations. She won for “A Moon for the Misbegotten” in 1974 to go along with her featured actress award in 1961 for “All the Way Home.”
Rosemary Harris has eight Best Actress nominations and nine overall. She has only won once, for ‘The Lion in Winter’ in 1966. Her most recent nomination was in 2010 for Featured Actress for ‘The Royal Family,’ and she received the Lifetime Achievement award in 2019.
Julie Harris garnered 10 Tony nominations, including nine for Best Actress. She first won in 1952 for “I Am a Camera” and again in 1956 for “The Lark”. She has three more wins for “Forty Carats” in 1969, “The Last of Mrs. Lincoln” in 1973, and “The Belle of Amherst” in 1977. She also received the Lifetime Achievement Award in 2002.
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If Parker wins, she will tie Jessica Tandy and Zoe Caldwell three Best Actress trophies; Harris is the only one with more with five. But Parker would go down in Tony Awards history as the first to win this race twice in a row. During the last years, Judith Light won Best Featured Actress consecutively in 2012 for “Other Desert Cities” and 2013 for “The Assembled Parties”, and Laurie Metcalf did so in every category, with an acting win for “A Doll‘s House, Part 2″ in 2017 and a star for “Three Tall Women” in 2018.
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