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Tony Awards: Ellen Barkin wins Tony for 'Normal Heart'

June 12, 2011 |  5:23 pm

Barkin Ellen Barkin won the Tony Award for actress in a featured role in a play for her role in "The Normal Heart."

Barkin called her involvment in the play the "proudest moment in my career.... It taught me something I never believed in -- that one person can make a difference, that one person can change the world."

The actress profusely thanked playwright Larry Kramer in addition to thanking Hollywood agents Bryan Lourd and Kevin Huvane.

Barkin plays a wheelchair-bound doctor who is confronting the AIDS crisis during the '80s. This is the first time that Barkin has acted in a Broadway play.

The other nominees in the category were Edie Falco, Judith Light, Joanna Lumley and Elizabeth Rodriguez.

Neil Patrick Harris kicked off the ceremony with a song routine that lampooned the predominance of gays in the Broadway community. He was joined by Bobby Cannavale and Brooke Shields, the latter of whom had some difficulty remembering the lyrics in her duet with Harris.

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-- David Ng

Photo (top): Ellen Barkin. Credit: Charles Sykes / Associated Press

Photo credit (bottom): American Theatre Wing

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