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)
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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."[1] 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".[2][3]

Winners and nominees

  indicates the winner


Year Actress Play Character
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


Year Actress Play Character
4th Tony Awards
5th Tony Awards
Maureen Stapleton The Rose Tattoo Serafina Delle Rose
6th Tony Awards
Marian Winters I Am a Camera Natalia Landauer
7th Tony Awards
Beatrice Straight The Crucible Elizabeth Proctor
8th Tony Awards
Jo Van Fleet The Trip to Bountiful Jessie Mae Watts
9th Tony Awards
Patricia Jessel Witness for the Prosecution Romaine Vole
10th Tony Awards
Una Merkel The Ponder Heart Edna Earle Ponder
Diane Cilento Tiger at the Gates Helen of Troy
Anne Jackson Middle of the Night The Daughter
Elaine Stritch Bus Stop Grace Hoylard
11th Tony Awards
Peggy Cass Auntie Mame Agnes Gooch
Anna Massey The Reluctant Debutante Jane Broadbent
Beryl Measor Separate Tables Pat Cooper
Mildred Natwick The Waltz of the Toreadors Mme. St. Pé
Phyllis Neilson-Terry Separate Tables Mrs. Railton-Bell
Diana Van der Vlis The Happiest Millionaire Cordelia Biddle
12th Tony Awards
Anne Bancroft Two for the Seesaw Gittel Mosca
Joan Blondell The Rope Dancers Mrs. Farrow
Brenda De Banzie The Entertainer Phoebe Rice
Mary Fickett Sunrise at Campobello Eleanor Roosevelt
Eileen Heckart The Dark at the Top of the Stairs Lottie Lacey
13th Tony Awards
Julie Newmar The Marriage-Go-Round Katrin Sveg
Maureen Delany God and Kate Murphy Carrie Donovan
Dolores Hart The Pleasure of His Company Jessica Poole
Nan Martin J.B. Sarah
Bertice Reading Requiem for a Nun Nancy Mannigoe


Year Actress Play Character
14th Tony Awards
Anne Revere Toys in the Attic Anna Berniers
Leora Dana The Best Man Alice Russell
Jane Fonda There Was a Little Girl Toni Newton
Sarah Marshall Goodbye Charlie Rusty Mayerling
Juliet Mills Five Finger Exercise Pamela Harrington
15th Tony Awards
Colleen Dewhurst All the Way Home Mary Follet
Eileen Heckart Invitation to a March DeeDee Grogan
Tresa Hughes The Devil's Advocate Nina Sanduzzi
Rosemary Murphy Period of Adjustment Dorothea Bates
16th Tony Awards
Elizabeth Ashley Take Her, She's Mine Mollie Michaelson
Zohra Lampert Look: We've Come Through Jennifer Lewison
Janet Margolin Daughter of Silence Anna Albertini
Pat Stanley Sunday in New York Eileen Taylor
17th Tony Awards
Sandy Dennis A Thousand Clowns Sandra Markowitz
Melinda Dillon Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? Honey
Alice Ghostley The Beauty Part Various Characters
Zohra Lampert Mother Courage and Her Children Kattrin
18th Tony Awards
Barbara Loden After the Fall Maggie
Rosemary Murphy Any Wednesday Dorothea Cleves
Kate Reid Dylan Caitlin Thomas
Diana Sands Blues for Mister Charlie Juanita
19th Tony Awards
Alice Ghostley The Sign in Sidney Brustein's Window Mavis Parodus Bryson
Rae Allen Traveller Without Luggage Juliette
Alexandra Berlin All in Good Time Violet Fitton
Carolan Daniels Slow Dance on the Killing Ground Rosie
20th Tony Awards
Zoe Caldwell Slapstick Tragedy Polly
Glenda Jackson Marat/Sade Charlotte Corday
Mairin D. O'Sullivan Philadelphia, Here I Come! Madge Mulhern
Brenda Vaccaro Cactus Flower Toni Simmons
21st Tony Awards
Marian Seldes A Delicate Balance Julia
Camila Ashland Black Comedy Miss. Furnival
Brenda Forbes The Loves of Cass McGuire Trilbe Costello
Maria Tucci The Rose Tattoo Rosa Delle Rose
22nd Tony Awards
Zena Walker A Day in the Death of Joe Egg Sheila
Pert Kelton Spofford Mrs. Punck
Ruth White The Birthday Party Meg
Eleanor Wilson The Weekend Mrs. Andrews
23rd Tony Awards
Jane Alexander The Great White Hope Eleanor Bachman
Diane Keaton Play It Again, Sam Linda Christie
Lauren Jones Does a Tiger Wear a Necktie? Linda
Anna Manahan Lovers Hanna Wilson


Year Actress Play Character
24th Tony Awards
Blythe Danner Butterflies Are Free Jill Tanner
Alice Drummond The Chinese and Dr. Fish Mrs. Lee
Eileen Heckart Butterflies Are Free Mrs. Baker
Linda Lavin Last of the Red Hot Lovers Elaine Navazio
25th Tony Awards
Rae Allen And Miss Reardon Drinks A Little Fleur Stein
Lili Darvas Les Blancs Madame Neilsen
Joan Van Ark The School for Wives Agnes
Mona Washbourne Home Marian
26th Tony Awards
Elizabeth Wilson Sticks and Bones Harriet
Cara Duff-MacCormick Moonchildren Shelly
Mercedes McCambridge The Love Suicide at Schofield Barracks Lucy Lake
Frances Sternhagen The Sign in Sidney Brustein's Window Mavis Parodus Bryson
27th Tony Awards
Leora Dana The Last of Mrs. Lincoln Elizabeth Edwards
Maya Angelou Look Away Elizabeth Keckley
Katherine Helmond The Great God Brown Margaret
Penelope Windust Elizabeth I Elizabeth I
28th Tony Awards
Frances Sternhagen The Good Doctor Various Characters
Regina Baff Veronica's Room Susan
Fionnula Flanagan Ulysses in Nighttown Various Characters
Charlotte Moore Chemin de Fer Sophie
Roxie Roker The River Niger Mattie Williams
29th Tony Awards
Rita Moreno The Ritz Googie Gomez
Linda Miller Black Picture Show Jane
Geraldine Page Absurd Person Singular Marion
Carole Shelley Absurd Person Singular Jane
Elizabeth Spriggs London Assurance Lady Gay Spanker
Frances Sternhagen Equus Dora Strang
30th Tony Awards
Shirley Knight Kennedy's Children Carla
Mary Beth Hurt Trelawny of the 'Wells' Rose Trewlawny
Lois Nettleton They Knew What They Wanted Amy
Meryl Streep 27 Wagons Full of Cotton / A Memory of Two Mondays Flora Meighan
31st Tony Awards
Trazana Beverley For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow Is Enuf Lady in Red
Patricia Elliott The Shadow Box Beverly
Rose Gregorio Agnes
Mary McCarty Anna Christie Marthy Owen
32nd Tony Awards
Ann Wedgeworth Chapter Two Faye Medwick
Starletta DuPois The Mighty Gents Rita
Swoosie Kurtz Tartuffe Mariane
Marian Seldes Deathtrap Myra Bruhl
33rd Tony Awards
Joan Hickson Bedroom Farce Delia
Laurie Kennedy Man and Superman Violet Robinson
Susan Littler Bedroom Farce Kate
Mary-Joan Negro Wings Amy


Year Actress Play Character
34th Tony Awards
Dinah Manoff I Ought to be in Pictures Libby Tucker
Maureen Anderman The Lady from Dubuque Carol
Pamela Burrell Strider Various Characters
Lois de Banzie Morning's at Seven Myrtle Brown
35th Tony Awards
Swoosie Kurtz Fifth of July Gwen Landis
Maureen Stapleton The Little Foxes Birdie Hubbard
Jessica Tandy Rose Rose's Mother
Zoë Wanamaker Piaf Tione
36th Tony Awards
Amanda Plummer Agnes of God Agnes
Judith Anderson Medea The Nurse
Mia Dillon Crimes of the Heart Babe MaGrath Botrelle
Mary Beth Hurt Meg MaGrath
37th Tony Awards
Judith Ivey Steaming Josie
Elizabeth Franz Brighton Beach Memoirs Kate Jerome
Roxanne Hart Passion Kate
Margaret Tyzack All's Well That Ends Well Countess of Rossillion
38th Tony Awards
Christine Baranski The Real Thing Charlotte
Jo Henderson Play Memory Ruth MacMillan
Dana Ivey Heartbreak House Lady Utterword
Deborah Rush Noises Off Brooke Ashton
39th Tony Awards
Judith Ivey Hurlyburly Bonnie
Joanna Gleason A Day in the Death of Joe Egg Pam
Theresa Merritt Ma Rainey's Black Bottom Ma Rainey
Sigourney Weaver Hurlyburly Darlene
40th Tony Awards
Swoosie Kurtz The House of Blue Leaves Bananas Shaughnessy
Stockard Channing The House of Blue Leaves Bunny Flingus
Bethel Leslie Long Day's Journey into Night Mary Tyrone
Zoë Wanamaker Loot Fay
41st Tony Awards
Mary Alice Fences Rose Maxson
Annette Bening Coastal Disturbances Holly Dancer
Phyllis Newman Broadway Bound Blanche Morton
Carole Shelley Stepping Out Maxine
42nd Tony Awards
L. Scott Caldwell Joe Turner's Come and Gone Bertha Holly
Kimberleigh Aarn Joe Turner's Come and Gone Mattie Cambell
Kate Nelligan Serious Money Various Characters
Kimberly Scott Joe Turner's Come and Gone Molly Cunningham
43rd Tony Awards
Christine Baranski Rumors Chris Gorman
Joanne Camp The Heidi Chronicles Various Characters
Tovah Feldshuh Lend Me a Tenor Maria Merelli
Penelope Ann Miller Our Town Emily Webb


Year Actress Play Character
44th Tony Awards
Margaret Tyzack Lettice and Lovage Lotte Schoen
Polly Holliday Cat on a Hot Tin Roof Big Mama Polllitt
S. Epatha Merkerson The Piano Lesson Berniece
Lois Smith The Grapes of Wrath Ma Joad
45th Tony Awards
Irene Worth Lost in Yonkers Grandma Kurnitz
Amelia Campbell Our Country's Good Various Characters
Kathryn Erbe The Speed of Darkness Mary
J. Smith-Cameron Our Country's Good Various Characters
46th Tony Awards
Brid Brennan Dancing at Lughnasa Agnes
Rosaleen Linehan Dancing at Lughnasa Kate Mundy
Cynthia Martells Two Trains Running Risa
Dearbhla Molloy Dancing at Lughnasa Maggie Mundy
47th Tony Awards
Debra Monk Redwood Curtain Geneva Riordan
Kathleen Chalfant Angels in America: Millennium Approaches Various Characters
Marcia Gay Harden Various Characters
Anne Meara Anna Christie Marthy Owen
48th Tony Awards
Jane Adams An Inspector Calls Sheila Birling
Debra Monk Picnic Rosemary Sydney
Jeanne Paulson The Kentucky Cycle Various Characters
Anne Pitoniak Picnic Helen Potts
49th Tony Awards
Frances Sternhagen The Heiress Lavinia Penniman
Suzanne Bertish The Molière Comedies Lisette
Cynthia Nixon Indiscretions Madeleine Ozeray
Mercedes Ruehl The Shadow Box Beverly
50th Tony Awards
Audra McDonald Master Class Sharon Graham
Viola Davis Seven Guitars Vera
Michele Shay Louise
Lois Smith Buried Child Hallie
51st Tony Awards
Lynne Thigpen An American Daughter Dr. Judith B. Kaufman
Helen Carey London Assurance Lady Gay Spanker
Dana Ivey The Last Night of Ballyhoo Boo Levy
Celia Weston Reba Freitag
52nd Tony Awards
Anna Manahan The Beauty Queen of Leenane Mags Folan
Enid Graham Honour Sophie
Linda Lavin The Diary of Anne Frank Petronella van Daan
Julyana Soelistyo Golden Child Eng Ahn
53rd Tony Awards
Elizabeth Franz Death of a Salesman Linda Loman
Claire Bloom Electra Clytemnestra
Samantha Bond Amy's View Amy Thomas
Dawn Bradfield The Lonesome West Girleen Kelleher


Year Actress Play Character
54th Tony Awards
Blair Brown Copenhagen Margrethe Bohr
Frances Conroy The Ride Down Mt. Morgan Theo
Amy Ryan Uncle Vanya Sonya Serebryakova
Helen Stenborg Waiting in the Wings Sarita Myrtle
Sarah Woodward The Real Thing Charlotte
55th Tony Awards
Viola Davis King Hedley II Tonya
Johanna Day Proof Claire
Penny Fuller The Dinner Party Gabrielle Buonocelli
Marthe Keller Judgment at Nuremberg Mme. Bertholt
Michele Lee The Tale of the Allergist's Wife Lee Green
56th Tony Awards
Katie Finneran Noises Off Brooke Ashton
Kate Burton The Elephant Man Madge Kendal
Elizabeth Franz Morning's at Seven Aaronetta Gibbs
Estelle Parsons Cora Swanson
Frances Sternhagen Ida Bolton
57th Tony Awards
Michele Pawk Hollywood Arms Louise
Christine Ebersole Dinner at Eight Millicent Jordan
Linda Emond Life x 3 Inez
Kathryn Meisle Tartuffe Elmire
Marian Seldes Dinner at Eight Carlotta Vance
58th Tony Awards
Audra McDonald A Raisin in the Sun Ruth Younger
Essie Davis Jumpers Dotty
Sanaa Lathan A Raisin in the Sun Beneatha Younger
Margo Martindale Cat on a Hot Tin Roof Big Momma Pollitt
Daphne Rubin-Vega Anna in the Tropics Conchita
59th Tony Awards
Adriane Lenox Doubt: A Parable Mrs. Muller
Mireille Enos Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? Honey
Heather Goldenhersh Doubt: A Parable Sister James
Dana Ivey The Rivals Mrs. Malaprop
Amy Ryan A Streetcar Named Desire Stella Kowalski
60th Tony Awards
Frances de la Tour The History Boys Mrs. Lintott
Tyne Daly Rabbit Hole Nat
Jayne Houdyshell Well Ann Kron
Alison Pill The Lieutenant of Inishmore Mairead
Zoë Wanamaker Awake and Sing! Bessie Berger
61st Tony Awards
Jennifer Ehle The Coast of Utopia Various Characters
Xanthe Elbrick Coram Boy Various Characters
Dana Ivey Butley Edna Shaft
Jan Maxwell Coram Boy Various Characters
Martha Plimpton The Coast of Utopia Various Characters
62nd Tony Awards
Rondi Reed August: Osage County Mattie Fae Aiken
Sinéad Cusack Rock 'n' Roll Eleanor
Mary McCormack Boeing-Boeing Gretchen
Laurie Metcalf November Clarice Bernstein
Martha Plimpton Top Girls Angie
63rd Tony Awards
Angela Lansbury Blithe Spirit Madame Arcati
Hallie Foote Dividing the Estate Mary Jo Gordon
Jessica Hynes The Norman Conquests Annie
Marin Ireland reasons to be pretty Steph
Amanda Root The Norman Conquests Sarah


Year Actress Play Character
64th Tony Awards
Scarlett Johansson A View from the Bridge Catherine
Maria Dizzia In the Next Room (or The Vibrator Play) Mrs. Daldry
Rosemary Harris The Royal Family Fanny Cavendish
Jessica Hecht A View from the Bridge Beatrice Carbone
Jan Maxwell Lend Me a Tenor Maria Merelli
65th Tony Awards
Ellen Barkin The Normal Heart Dr. Emma Brookner
Edie Falco The House of Blue Leaves Bananas Shaughnessy
Judith Light Lombardi Marie Lombardi
Joanna Lumley La Bête The Princess
Elizabeth Rodriguez The Motherfucker with the Hat Veronica
66th Tony Awards
Judith Light Other Desert Cities Silda Grauman
Linda Emond Death of a Salesman Linda Loman
Spencer Kayden Don't Dress for Dinner Suzette
Celia Keenan-Bolger Peter and the Starcatcher Molly Aster
Condola Rashād Stick Fly Cheryl
67th Tony Awards
Judith Light The Assembled Parties Faye
Carrie Coon Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? Honey
Shalita Grant Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike Cassandra
Judith Ivey The Heiress Lavinia Penniman
Condola Rashād The Trip to Bountiful Thelma
68th Tony Awards
Sophie Okonedo A Raisin in the Sun Ruth Younger
Sarah Greene The Cripple of Inishmaan Helen McCormack
Celia Keenan-Bolger The Glass Menagerie Laura Wingfield
Anika Noni Rose A Raisin in the Sun Beneatha Younger
Mare Winningham Casa Valentina Rita
69th Tony Awards
Annaleigh Ashford You Can't Take It with You Essie Carmichael
Patricia Clarkson The Elephant Man Madge Kendal
Lydia Leonard Wolf Hall Parts 1 & 2 Anne Boleyn
Sarah Stiles Hand to God Jessica
Julie White Airline Highway Tanya
70th Tony Awards
Jayne Houdyshell The Humans Deirdre Blake
Pascale Armand Eclipsed Bessie
Megan Hilty Noises Off Brooke Ashton
Andrea Martin Dotty Otley
Saycon Sengbloh Eclipsed Helena

Win total

2 Wins

Nomination total

Character win total

2 Wins

Character nomination total

3 Nominations
  • Brooke Ashton from Noises Off
  • Honey from Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

2 Nominations
  • Bananas Shaughnessy from The House of Blue Leaves
  • Beneatha Younger from A Raisin in the Sun
  • Beverly from The Shadow Box
  • Big Mama Pollitt from Cat on a Hot Tin Roof
  • Charlotte from The Real Thing
  • Lady Gay Spanker from London Assurance
  • Lavinia Penniman from The Heiress
  • Linda Loman from Death of a Salesman
  • Madge Kendal from The Elephant Man
  • Maria Merelli from Lend Me a Tenor
  • Marthy Owen from Anna Christie
  • Mavis Parodus Bryson from The Sign in Sidney Brustein's Window
  • Ruth Younger from A Raisin in the Sun



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