audra mcdonald*By winning her latest Tony, actress Audra McDonald made history Sunday night.

McDonald became the first African-American thespian to win five Tony Awards. The Fresno, California native was awarded the Best Actress in a Musical for her role in “The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess.”

In an emotional acceptance speech, Audra McDonald recounted her humble beginnings as a little girl with afro puffs and too much energy. She went on to say when she found the theater as a child, she found a home. (Watch it below.)

With her historic win, McDonald ties the record set by Julie Harris and Angela Lansbury for the most wins by an actress. McDonald’s past wins include “Master Class,” “Raisin In The Sun,” as well as “Ragtime” and “Carousel.”