My Alternate Emmy for Best Guest Actress in a Drama Series Winners

by jmpatison003 | created - 12 Jan 2013 | updated - 22 Jan 2013 | Public

This list contains my alternate choices for the Emmy Award for Best Guest Actress in a Drama Series from 1990-2012. Some of the choices are personal favorites of mine, while others are series that time has shown to have been unfairly passed over. I also included 5 alternate nominees (in order to equate the current number of total nominees with the older number and in order to give myself greater ability to recognize ignored shows). For nominees: * indicates nominee and ** indicates winner. Some other information has also been included. Enjoy!

1. Colleen Dewhurst

Actress | Anne of Green Gables

Tall, luminous and leonine, the legendary Colleen Dewhurst must go down as one of the theater's finest contemporary tragediennes of the late 1900s. With trademark dusky tones and a majestically careworn appearance, she possessed an inimitable down-to-earth fierceness that not only earned her the ...

Year: 1990 Series: Road to Avonlea Episode: N/A Role: Marilla Cuthbert Nominated, and if so, Won?: Yes; No Nominees:

2. Colleen Dewhurst

Actress | Anne of Green Gables

Tall, luminous and leonine, the legendary Colleen Dewhurst must go down as one of the theater's finest contemporary tragediennes of the late 1900s. With trademark dusky tones and a majestically careworn appearance, she possessed an inimitable down-to-earth fierceness that not only earned her the ...

Year: 1991 Series: Road to Avonlea Episode: N/A Role: Marilla Cuthbert Nominated, and if so, Won?: Yes; No Nominees:

3. Kate Nelligan

Actress | The Cider House Rules

Cando-American actress Kate Nelligan has had a successful acting career in her native Canada, in Britain and in the United States. Born Patricia Colleen Nelligan on March 16, 1951 in London, Ontario, Kate was the daughter of blue collar-worker Patrick Nelligan and his wife Josephine (née Deir), a ...

Year: 1992 Series: Road to Avonlea Episode: N/A Role: Sydney Carver Nominated, and if so, Won?: No Nominees:

4. Elaine Stritch

Actress | 30 Rock

A brash, incorrigible scene-stealer now entering her sixth decade in a career that has had many highs and lows, veteran Elaine Stritch certainly lives up to the Stephen Sondheim song "I'm Still Here". Having stolen so many moments on stage that she could be convicted of grand larceny, this tough ...

Year: 1993 Series: Law & Order Episode: N/A Role: Lanie Stieglitz Nominated, and if so, Won?: Yes; Yes Nominees:

5. Faye Dunaway

Actress | Network

Faye Dunaway was one of the hottest actresses in the 1970s playing neurotic, highly driven women with sex appeal. Life in the 1990s has not been as good. In a much-publicized incident, she was dropped as the lead in the Broadway musical "Sunset Boulevard", and her attempt at starring in a ...

Year: 1994 Series: Columbo Episode: It's All in the Game Role: Lauren Staton Nominated, and if so, Won?: Yes; Yes Nominees:

6. Rosemary Clooney

Actress | White Christmas

Rosemary Clooney was born in Maysville, Kentucky, to Marie Frances (Guilfoyle) and Andrew Joseph Clooney. She was one of five children. Her father was of Irish and German descent, and her mother was of Irish and English ancestry. She grew up in Maysville, where she and her sister Betty Clooney used...

Year: 1995 Series: ER Episode: N/A Role: Madame X/Mary Cavanaugh Nominated, and if so, Won?: Yes; No Nominees:

7. Amanda Plummer

Actress | Pulp Fiction

The daughter of Canadian actor Christopher Plummer and American actress Tammy Grimes, Amanda Plummer was born in New York City on March 23, 1957. Her breakthrough role came when she starred opposite Robin Williams in The Fisher King (1991). However, Plummer may be best remembered for her work in the...

Year: 1996 Series: The Outer Limits Episode: N/A Role: Dr. Theresa Givens Nominated, and if so, Won?: Yes; Yes Nominees:

8. Kristine Sutherland

Actress | Honey, I Shrunk the Kids

Kristine Sutherland's first love was theater. She went to an audition in high school as moral support for a friend but ended up auditioning herself. She worked as an actress on stage through the 80s, landing a few pilot roles as well as her small secretary part in Legal Eagles (1986) and her ...

Year: 1997 Series: Buffy the Vampire Slayer Episode: Prophecy Girl Role: Joyce Summers Nominated, and if so, Won?: No Nominees: Robia LaMorte as Jenny Calendar in Buffy the Vampire Slayer (Prophecy Girl)

9. Juliet Landau

Actress | Ed Wood

Juliet Landau, the daughter of Martin Landau and Barbara Bain, co-starred in Tim Burton's highly acclaimed Ed Wood (1994) as "Loretta King" and starred opposite Whoopi Goldberg and Armin Mueller-Stahl in New Line Cinema's Theodore Rex (1995) as "Dr. Veronica Shade". She portrays "Drusilla" in the ...

Year: 1998 Series: Buffy the Vampire Slayer Episode: School Hard Role: Drusilla Nominated, and if so, Won?: No Nominees: Kristine Sutherland as Joyce Summers in Buffy the Vampire Slayer (School Hard); Robia LaMorte as Jenny Calendar in Buffy the Vampire Slayer (Passion)

10. Debra Monk

Actress | One for the Money

Debra Monk was born on February 27, 1949 in Middletown, Ohio, USA. She is an actress, known for One for the Money (2012), The Devil's Advocate (1997) and NYPD Blue (1993).

Year: 1999 Series: NYPD Blue Episode: N/A Role: Katie Sipowicz Nominated, and if so, Won?: Yes; Yes Nominees:

11. Stockard Channing

Actress | Grease

One of Broadway and Hollywood's cleverer talents who tends to shine a smart, cynical light on her surroundings, Stockard Channing was born Susan Williams Antonia Stockard on February 13, 1944, in New York City, to a Catholic family, with English and Irish ancestry. The daughter of Lester Napier ...

Year: 2000 Series: The West Wing Episode: He Shall, from Time to Time... Role: Dr. Abigail "Abbey" Bartlet Nominated, and if so, Won?: No Nominees: Amber Benson as Tara Maclay in Buffy the Vampire Slayer (New Moon Rising); Eliza Dushku as Faith Lehane in Angel (Five by Five (Part 1)); Marlee Matlin as Joey Lucas in The West Wing (Take This Sabbath Day); Elisabeth Röhm as Detective Kate Lockley in Angel (Sense & Sensitivity)

12. Stockard Channing

Actress | Grease

One of Broadway and Hollywood's cleverer talents who tends to shine a smart, cynical light on her surroundings, Stockard Channing was born Susan Williams Antonia Stockard on February 13, 1944, in New York City, to a Catholic family, with English and Irish ancestry. The daughter of Lester Napier ...

Year: 2001 Series: The West Wing Episode: Bartlet's Third State of the Union Role: Dr. Abigail "Abbey" Bartlet Nominated, and if so, Won?: No Nominees: Clare Kramer as Glory/Glorificus in Buffy the Vampire Slayer (Spiral); Kathryn Joosten as Dolores Landingham in The West Wing (18th and Potomac); Julie Benz as Darla in Angel (Darla); Daisy McCrackin as Bethany Chaulk in Angel (Untouched)

13. Mary-Louise Parker

Actress | Weeds

Southern-bred Mary-Louise Parker, from Fort Jackson, South Carolina, was born on August 2, 1964, the youngest of four born to Judge John Morgan Parker and the former Caroline Louise Morell. She comes from Swedish, English, Scottish, Scotch-Irish, German, and Dutch ancestry. Her father's occupation ...

Year: 2002 Series: The West Wing Episode: H. Con-172 Role: Amy Gardner Nominated, and if so, Won?: No Nominees: Julie Benz as Darla in Angel (Lullaby)

14. Azura Skye

Actress | One Missed Call

Azura Skye was born on November 8, 1981 in Northridge, Los Angeles, California, USA as Azura Dawn Storozynski. She is an actress, known for One Missed Call (2008), 28 Days (2000) and Bandits (2001).

Year: 2003 Series: Buffy the Vampire Slayer Episode: Help Role: Cassie Newton Nominated, and if so, Won?: No Nominees: Eliza Dushku as Faith Lehane in Buffy the Vampire Slayer (Touched); Alfre Woodard as Denise Freeman in The Practice (N/A)

15. Marlee Matlin

Actress | Children of a Lesser God

Marlee Beth Matlin was in Morton Grove, Illinois, to Libby (Hammer) and Donald Matlin, an automobile dealer. She has two older brothers. Her family is of Russian Jewish and Polish Jewish descent.

Marlee lost much of her hearing at the age of eighteen months. That did not stop her from acting in a ...

Year: 2004 Series: Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Episode: N/A Role: Dr. Amy Solwey Nominated, and if so, Won?: Yes; No Nominees: Glenn Close as Evelyn Baker Lang in The West Wing (The Supremes); Mary McCormack as Kate Harper in The West Wing (Memorial Day); Lily Tomlin as Debbie Fiderer in The West Wing (No Exit)

16. Amanda Plummer

Actress | Pulp Fiction

The daughter of Canadian actor Christopher Plummer and American actress Tammy Grimes, Amanda Plummer was born in New York City on March 23, 1957. Her breakthrough role came when she starred opposite Robin Williams in The Fisher King (1991). However, Plummer may be best remembered for her work in the...

Year: 2005 Series: Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Episode: N/A Role: Miranda Cole Nominated, and if so, Won?: Yes; Yes Nominees: Eve Myles as Gwyneth in Doctor Who (The Unquiet Dead); Penelope Wilton as Harriet Jones in Doctor Who (Aliens of London)

17. Michelle Forbes

Actress | Kalifornia

Michelle Forbes was born on January 8, 1965 in Austin, Texas, USA as Michelle Renee Forbes Guajardo. She is an actress, known for Kalifornia (1993), True Blood (2008) and Escape from L.A. (1996).

Year: 2006 Series: Battlestar Galactica Episode: Pegasus Role: Admiral Helena Cain Nominated, and if so, Won?: No Nominees: Lucy Lawless as Number Three/D'Anna Biers in Battlestar Galactica (Final Cut)

18. Carey Mulligan

Actress | Never Let Me Go

Carey Hannah Mulligan is a British actress. She was born May 28, 1985, in Westminster, London, England, to Nano (Booth), a university lecturer, and Stephen Mulligan, a hotel manager. Her mother is from Llandeilo, Wales, and Carey also has Irish and English ancestry.

Her first major appearance was ...

Year: 2007 Series: Doctor Who Episode: Blink Role: Sally Sparrow Nominated, and if so, Won?: No Nominees: Lucy Lawless as Number Three in Battlestar Galactica (The Eye of Jupiter)

19. Alex Kingston

Actress | ER

Alex Kingston was born on March 11, 1963 in London, England as Alexandra Elizabeth Kingston. She is an actress, known for ER (1994), Doctor Who (2005) and Alpha Dog (2006). She has been married to Jonathan Stamp since July 18, 2015. She was previously married to Florian Haertel and Ralph Fiennes.

Year: 2008 Series: Doctor Who Episode: Silence in the Library Role: River Song Nominated, and if so, Won?: No Nominees: Kate Walsh as Dr. Addison Montgomery in Grey's Anatomy (N/A); **Cynthia Nixon as Janis Donovan in Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (N/A); Suranne Jones as Idris in Doctor Who (The Doctor's Daughter)

20. Lucy Lawless

Actress | Xena: Warrior Princess

New Zealand icon Lucy Lawless, is most famously known for her role as "Xena the Warrior Princess". Lucy is married to producer Rob Tapert (Robert Gerard Tapert) and resides in New Zealand. They have two sons, Julius Robert Bay Tapert and Judah Miro Tapert, who were both born in New Zealand. Lucy ...

Year: 2009 Series: Battlestar Galactica Episode: The Hub Role: Number Three Nominated, and if so, Won?: No Nominees: Kate Vernon as Ellen Tigh in Battlestar Galactica (No Exit)

21. Ann-Margret

Actress | Bye Bye Birdie

Actress and singer Ann-Margret is one of the most famous sex symbols and actresses of the 1960s and beyond. She continued her career through the following decades and into the 21st century.

Ann-Margret was born Ann-Margret Olsson in Valsjöbyn, Jämtland County, Sweden, to Anna Regina (Aronsson) and ...

Year: 2010 Series: Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Episode: N/A Role: Rita Wills Nominated, and if so, Won?: Yes; Yes Nominees:

22. Julia Stiles

Actress | 10 Things I Hate About You

Julia O'Hara Stiles was born on March 28, 1981 in New York City, the outgoing daughter of a Greenwich Village artist mother, Judith Newcomb Stiles, and an elementary school teacher father, John O'Hara. She is the eldest of three children, and has Irish, English, and German ancestry. Encouraged to ...

Year: 2011 Series: Dexter Episode: N/A Role: Lumen Pierce Nominated, and if so, Won?: Yes; No Nominees:

23. Alex Kingston

Actress | ER

Alex Kingston was born on March 11, 1963 in London, England as Alexandra Elizabeth Kingston. She is an actress, known for ER (1994), Doctor Who (2005) and Alpha Dog (2006). She has been married to Jonathan Stamp since July 18, 2015. She was previously married to Florian Haertel and Ralph Fiennes.

Year: 2012 Series: Doctor Who Episode: Let's Kill Hitler Role: River Song/Melody Pond Nominated, and if so, Won?: No Nominees: Jamie Lee Curtis as Dr. Samantha Ryan in NCIS (N/A)