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Audra McDonald Joins 'Good Fight' as Her 'Good Wife' Character!

Audra McDonald has joined the cast of CBS All Access’ series The Good Fight as a series regular for season two.

The six-time Tony-winning actress will reprise her role of Liz Lawrence, who she played on The Good Wife.

It will be revealed in The Good Fight that Liz, a tough United States attorney, is the ex-wife of Adrian Boseman (Delroy Lindo), and over the course of the season the two will have to deal with many of their unresolved issues.

“We’re thrilled that Audra McDonald will return to the fictional Chicago of The Good Fight,” executive producers Robert and Michelle King said in a statement. “After seeing her facility with both comedy and drama, we were dying for the chance to work with her again. Audra brings intelligence, strength, and wit to Liz Lawrence, the character she developed in the fourth season of The Good Wife.”

It was also just announced that Michael Boatman and Nyambi Nyambi have been promoted to series regulars for the upcoming season.

Tina Fey Inducts Audra McDonald Into Lincoln Center Hall Of Fame!

Tina Fey is all smiles as she poses alongside inductee Audra McDonald while attending the 2017 Lincoln Center Hall Of Fame Gala held at the Alice Tully Hall on Tuesday (June 6) in New York City.

The 47-year-old entertainer and Audra, 46, were joined at the event by Gavin Creel, James Monroe Iglehart, Ashley Brown, Lindsay Mendez and Norah O’Donnell.

PHOTOS: Check out the latest pics of Tina Fey

The new honor, timed to a fundraising gala for the 11 arts organizations that make up Lincoln Center (including Lincoln Center Theater and the Metropolitan Opera).

Audra trained at Lincoln Center’s Juilliard School, and her 1994 debut at Lincoln Center Theater in “Carousel” yielded the actress her first Tony.

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Ben Platt Wins Performance Prize at Drama League Awards, Breaks Record for Youngest Winner!

Ben Platt walks the red carpet while attending the 2017 Drama League Awards Ceremony at the Marriott Marquis Times Square on Friday (May 19) in New York City.

The 23-year-old actor beat out all of the other performers on Broadway this season to win the Distinguished Performance Award. Only one person wins the award each year and each recipient can only receive this award once during his or her career.

Ben, who won for his work in Dear Evan Hansen, becomes the youngest winner of the award ever!

Other stars that were in attendance included Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812‘s Josh Groban, Denee Benton, and Lucas Steele, Dear Evan Hansen‘s Rachel Bay Jones and Laura Dreyfuss, Six Degrees of Separation‘s Allison Janney and Corey Hawkins, Bandstand‘s Laura Osnes, Sunset Boulevard‘s Glenn Close and Michael Xavier, The Little FoxesLaura Linney and Cynthia Nixon, Groundhog Day‘s Andy Karl, The Price‘s Danny DeVito, FalsettosAndrew Rannells, Brandon Uranowitz, and Christian Borle, Significant Other‘s Gideon Glick, The Glass Menagerie‘s Sally Field, and Hello Dolly‘s David Hyde Pierce and Kate Baldwin.

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Meryl Streep Gets Praised By Viola Davis: 'I Always Feel Like She Sees Me'

Viola Davis is opening up about her friendship with Meryl Streep, who wrote an essay about her after she was named one of Time magazine’s most influential people.

“What I love about Meryl is I always feel like she sees me,” Viola, 51, told ET while hitting the carpet at the Time 100 Gala on Tuesday night (April 25) in New York City. “I never feel like the words she has for me are haphazard. I feel like they’re very specific and they’re well thought out and that makes me feel good. It makes me feel like she really is a friend, that she really takes me in.”

PHOTOS: Check out the latest pics of Meryl Streep

“Besides the fact that it’s Meryl Streep, she really doesn’t have to give me anything, really,” Viola added. “When she just sends me a text message she doesn’t know I get so happy. I try to play it off, I really do, I’m like, ‘Oh ok well have a good day’ but I’m really like, ‘Oh my god, she texted me back!’”

Pictured: Meryl hitting the red carpet with composer, lyricist and honoree Stephen Sondheim, Alan Cumming and Audra McDonald at PEN America’s 2017 Literary Gala held at the American Museum of Natural History on Tuesday (April 25) in New York City.

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Jessica Chastain & Lena Dunham Slam Bill O'Reilly at Power of Women Event

Jessica Chastain and Lena Dunham hit the carpet while attending Variety’s Power of Women event on Friday morning (April 21) at Cipriani Midtown in New York City.

The ladies both spoke at the event and took time to slam Fox News’ Bill O’Reilly, who was just fired from The O’Reilly Factor amid claims of sexual harassment.

Lena spoke to honor Gretchen Carlson, who was the first woman at Fox News to speak out against sexual harassment at the company.

“I’m in the very privileged position to be able to say whatever the f–k I want most of the time,” Lena said (via Variety). “But when you work in a corporate infrastructure the challenge of coming out about sexual harassment is so massive. And to see a woman who surmounted that and bravely made space for other women to do the same is deeply inspired.”

“We also should’ve known a few years ago about Bill O’Reilly when he confused a loofah with a falafel. So this isn’t fresh info,” she added.

Jessica decided not to refer to Bill by his name during her speech.

“Most recently women said ‘No’ to a certain Fox News anchor,” she said. “After years of sexual assault accusations and settlements were unearthed, women’s rights groups called for the advertisers to pull their support from the show and companies listened. And so did Fox. As a result, the 8 o’clock news hour will be known as simply ‘The Factor.’ This is our collective power in action.”

Other women in attendance included Salma Hayek, Audra McDonald, Danielle Brooks, Chelsea Clinton, Gayle King, Ashley Graham, Vanessa Bayer, and Tina Knowles.

FYI: Jessica is wearing a Carolina Herrera dress and Stella Luna shoes. Ashley is wearing a Fleur du Mal corset and Schutz shoes.

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Oprah Winfrey Talks Vacationing with the Obamas: 'What Happens on the Boat, Stays on the Boat'

Oprah Winfrey is all smiles as she arrives at the premiere of her new HBO film The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks on Tuesday night (April 18) at the SVA Theater in New York City.

The 63-year-old actress, entrepreneur, and former talk show host was joined at the premiere by her co-stars Rose Byrne, Renée Elise Goldsberry, and Courtney B. Vance.

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At the premiere, Oprah played coy when asked about her recent vacation with former President Barack Obama, Michelle Obama, Tom Hanks, and Bruce Springsteen where the stars enjoyed some fun in the sun aboard a yacht of the coast of Tahiti.

“This is the deal, what happens on the boat stays on the boat,” Oprah joked with Extra. “There were conversations all the time, that’s all we did was talk, we talked and everybody else did a lot of paddle boarding. I’m not really good with the ocean. Me and the ocean don’t get along too good, there was a lot of paddle boarding, snorkeling, jet skiing, lots of good stuff.”

Other guests at the premiere included Cynthia Erivo, Lee Daniels, and Audra McDonald.

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks premiere on HBO on April 22.

FYI: Rose is wearing a Rosie Assoulin dress, Broken English jewelry, Anita Ko earrings, and Jimmy Choo shoes and clutch.

15+ pictures inside of stars arriving at the premiere…

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Blake Lively, Jessica Chastain, Audra McDonald Stand Up for a Cause in Variety's Power of Women

Chelsea Clinton, Blake Lively, Jessica Chastain, Gayle King, Audra McDonald, and Shari Redstone have been chosen as Variety‘s Power of Women to cover the Power of Women NY issues.

The six women were chosen because they have made a difference in the world by lending their support to important causes and charities. Here’s a selection of what they had to share…

Blake, on taking on child pornography: “There are millions of files all over the world being traded every single day of child pornography…It’s so disturbing. A lot of these people are fathers.”

Jessica, on Planned Parenthood: “That’s where I got my birth control pills. That’s where I learned about sex education. It was a very important place to me.”

Audra, on spending time with homeless youths: “You wake up the next morning, if you slept at all, and you’re converted. These kids, this is their life. It just changes you’re worldview. It can’t not.”

For more from the women, visit Variety.comMore Here! »

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