Megan Hilty just found out she was nominated for a Tony — like yesterday — and while we’re sure she’s celebrating with friends, family and an unlimited amount of wine (at least that’s what we’d be doing), she’s also taking time to honor the female stars who’ve paved the way and inspired her thus far.
So without further ado, here are the women who made the ever-talented Megan Hilty’s #WCW list:
1. Bernadette Peters
I grew up idolizing her… And I still do! She is a singular talent and has built an iconic career while maintaining the reputation of being the nicest woman in show business. (Side note: Peters played Hilty’s mom on Smash! Check out the clip below.)
2. Ella Fitzgerald
I think she is the greatest singer of all time. She has a signature style, tone and phrasing that could never be reproduced.
3. Samantha Bee
She’s smart, she’s hilarious and she’s reporting on issues that really matter.
4. Melissa McCarthy
I first saw her onstage years ago in Los Angeles at The Groundlings Theater and thought she was a star from the moment she came onstage. It has been so exciting and inspiring to watch her career skyrocket from there!
5. Danai Gurira
I just saw her play on Broadway in Eclipsed and was blown away by her talent. I was always a fan of her acting, and now I’m incredibly impressed with her as a writer and a business woman as well.
6. Dolly Parton
I was fortunate enough to get to work with her on 9 to 5 the Musical. To this day I always ask myself, “What would Dolly do?” She is the perfect example of how to get business done with grace, kindness and an incredible sense of humor.
And now… ICYMI
Hilty was just nominated for a Tony for Best Performance by a Featured Actress in the play Noises Off. Very soon she’s hitting the road for her concert tour to promote her live CD, which will hit iTunes in May, and because she’s not busy enough, she’ll also be recurring in The Good Wife this spring, leading up to the series’ finale.
— Megan Hilty (@meganhilty) May 3, 2016