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June 11, 2017 09:41 PM

Laurie Metcalf is finally a Tony winner.

The veteran stage actress was crowned the best actress in a leading role in a play at the 2017 Tony Awards on Sunday night after a revered performance in A Doll’s House, Part 2.

“This is an honor,” Metcalf said in her speech before thanking her fellow cast members and the producers of the play. “And I must thank my daughter Mae and my son Donovan for putting up with me going away for long stretches of time so I can do what I love most, which is theater.”

Metcalf won in one of the most star-studded categories in the show this year, up against veteran performers like Cate Blanchett in The Present, Sally Field in The Glass Menagerie, Laura Linney in Lillian Hellman’s The Little Foxes and Jennifer Ehle in Oslo.

The Roseanne actress, a three-time Tony nominee already, was the front-runner in the category for her work as Nora in the comedic A Doll’s House sequel which saw her come back a successful woman 15 years after she left the original.

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“I never got to play Nora in A Doll’s House before, so now to be able to play her after she’s had all these life experiences and reinvented herself is really freeing,” Metcalf, 61, told PEOPLE about her involvement in the play. “The first thing that made me laugh was the title, because I thought it was so cheeky of this playwright to brand it as part 2. I knew that it would have a lot of humor in it and I knew that it would have some guts to it, because it takes some nerve to call it that.”

Bette Midler, nominated in the musical category for best leading actress for Hello, Dolly!, presented the award.

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