The "Tony" is named after Antoinette Perry (1888-1946), co-founder of the American Theatre Wing.
Wikipedia: Tony Award
The Antoinette Perry Award for Excellence in Theatre, more commonly known informally as the Tony Award, recognizes achievement in live Broadway theatre. The awards are presented by the American Theatre Wing and The Broadway League at an annual ceremony in New York City. The awards are given for Broadway productions and performances, and an award is given for regional theatre. Several discretionary non-competitive awards are also given, including a Special Tony Award, the Tony Honors for Excellence in Theatre, and the Isabelle Stevenson Award. The awards are named after Antoinette Perry, co-founder of the American Theatre Wing.
7 April 1947, New York (NY) Times, pg. 40, col. 1:
20 STAGE NOTABLES
GET PERRY AWARDS
Unlike the prizes awarded annually by the Motion Picture Academy of Arts and Sciences, the Perry Awards do not designate their recipients as "best" or "first," but the classifications in which they are given will be elastic from year to year. The awards are made by directors of the American Theatre Wind in memory of the actress and director who was chairman of the Wing's wartime board.
The award already has been dubbed a "Tony" as he associates called Miss Perry, who died last year. Brock Pemberton, representing the Wing, handed out the awards. For the women, each "Tony" was an initialed sterling silver compact case. The men received engraved gold bill clips.
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