Private Practice Star Audra McDonald Discusses College Suicide Attempt
She may be a Broadway legend now — and a record-breaker, to boot — but Audra McDonald's life was not always so charmed. She recently opened up about one of her darkest chapters: a suicide attempt years ago.
"When I was [in college] at Juilliard, I had a suicide attempt," she told host Peter Travers, the film critic for Rolling Stone. "I tried to slit my wrist."
Audra praises the performing arts conservatory for its fast action.
"When someone is suicidal, one of the first things you have to do is to protect them from themselves," she stated. "They had a mental health facilitator there, a therapist there and they checked me into a mental health hospital where I was for a month and got me the help I needed."
And now Audra seems to be on top of the world. She's been married to fellow Broadway star Will Swenson for nearly two years; she has a teenaged daughter, Zoe (from her marriage to Peter Donovan); and she just picked up her sixth Tony Award, making her the individual with the most performance Tonys ever.
We're so glad she lived to gain such success and happiness!