Tony nominee Katy Sullivan has Tuscaloosa roots

Katy Sullivan in “Cost of Living.”

One of the women up for a Tony Award on Sunday night has Tuscaloosa roots.

Katy Sullivan, nominated for best featured actress in a play for her role in “Cost of Living,” grew up in Tuscaloosa before heading to Webster University’s Conservatory in St. Louis.

Sullivan has appeared in a number of TV series, including “My Name is Earl,” “NCIS: New Orleans” and the ninth season of “Dexter.”

Her role as Ani in “Cost of Living” has brought her acclaim for her performance, and she’s broken barriers in the process. Ani is a quadriplegic, and Sullivan is a double above-the-knee amputee. Publications have called her the first woman amputee to appear on Broadway and the first to nab a Tony nomination.

Sullivan is also an acclaimed athlete, having competed in the London 2012 Paralympic Games. She’s a four-time U.S. champion in the 100 meters.

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