My Alternate Emmy for Best Actress in a Drama Series Winners

by jmpatison003 | created - 04 Jan 2013 | updated - 02 Jul 2013 | Public

This list contains my alternate choices for the Emmy Award for Best Actress in a Drama Series from 1970-2012. 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 5-7 alternate nominees depending on the strength of the year. For nominees: * indicates nominee and ** indicates winner. Some other information has also been included. Enjoy!

1. Susan Hampshire

Actress | The Forsyte Saga

Susan Hampshire, the English actress who has won three Emmy Awards, was born in Kensington, London on May 12, 1937. Her original ambition was to be a nurse, but she could not pass her O-Level exam in Latin. (She found out when she was 30 years old that she was dyslexic, and her work on dyslexia ...

Year: 1970 Series: The Forsyte Saga Role: Fleur Mont Forsyte Nominated for Award, and if so, Won?: Yes; Yes Age in Award Year: 33 Episode Submission: Nominees: Amanda Blake as Miss Kitty Russell in Gunsmoke; *Joan Blondell as Lottie Hatfield in Here Come the Brides; Linda Cristal as Victoria Montoya in The High Chaparral; *Peggy Lipton as Julie Barnes in The Mod Squad; Eleanor Parker as Sylvia Caldwell in Bracken's World

2. Peggy Lipton

Actress | The Mod Squad

She was a groovy and sexy icon of the late hippie era. To millions of TV viewers she became familiar as the reformed juvenile delinquent, turned undercover cop, Julie Barnes. With her expressive brown eyes and trademark long blonde hair, sylphlike Peggy Lipton was one third of a streetwise urban ...

Year: 1971 Series: The Mod Squad Role: Julie Barnes Nominated for Award, and if so, Won?: Yes; No Age in Award Year: 25 Episode Submission: Nominees: Amanda Blake as Miss Kitty Russell in Gunsmoke; *Linda Cristal as Victoria Montoya in The High Chaparral; Lynda Day George as Linda Casey in Mission: Impossible; **Susan Hampshire as Sarah Churchill, Duchess of Marlborough in The First Churchills; Yvette Mimieux as Vanessa Smith in The Most Deadly Game

3. Glenda Jackson

Actress | A Touch of Class

Few in modern British history have come as far or achieved as much from humble beginnings as Glenda Jackson has. From acclaimed actress to respected MP (Member of Parliament), she is known for her high intelligence and meticulous approach to her work. She was born to a working-class household in ...

Year: 1972 Series: Elizabeth R Role: Queen Elizabeth I of England Nominated for Award, and if so, Won?: Yes; Yes Age in Award Year: 36 Episode Submission: Nominees: Amanda Blake as Miss Kitty Russell in Gunsmoke; Lynda Day George as Lisa Casey in Mission: Impossible; *Peggy Lipton as Julie Barnes in The Mod Squad; Julie London as Nurse Dixie McCall in Emergency!; *Susan Saint James as Sally McMillan in McMillan & Wife

4. Michael Learned

Actress | The Waltons

Four-time Best Actress Emmy Award winner Michael Learned was born on April 9, 1939 in Washington, D.C. The oldest of six daughters of a U.S. State Department employee, she was raised on her family's farm in Connecticut. The family moved to Austria when she was age 11, and it was while attending ...

Year: 1973 Series: The Waltons Role: Olivia Walton Nominated for Award, and if so, Won?: Yes; Yes Age in Award Year: 34 Episode Submission: Nominees: *Lynda Day George as Lisa Casey in Mission: Impossible; Anne Jeffreys as Sybil Van Lowreen in The Delphi Bureau; Julie London as Nurse Dixie McCall in Emergency!; Lee Meriwether as Betty Jones in Barnaby Jones; *Susan Saint James as Sally McMillan in McMillan & Wife

5. Jean Marsh

Actress | Willow

Born in London, Jean Marsh became interested in show business while taking dancing and mime classes as therapy for a childhood illness. After attending a charm school and working as a model, she started acting in repertory and took voice lessons. Her repertory work was supplemented by a number of ...

Year: 1974 Series: Upstairs, Downstairs Role: Rose Buck Nominated for Award, and if so, Won?: Yes; No Age in Award Year: 40 Episode Submission: Nominees: Pauline Collins as Sarah Moffat in Upstairs, Downstairs; Julie London as Nurse Dixie McCall in Emergency!; **Michael Learned as Olivia Walton in The Waltons; *Jeanette Nolan as Sally Fergus in Dirty Sally; Susan Saint James as Sally McMillan in McMillan & Wife

6. Jean Marsh

Actress | Willow

Born in London, Jean Marsh became interested in show business while taking dancing and mime classes as therapy for a childhood illness. After attending a charm school and working as a model, she started acting in repertory and took voice lessons. Her repertory work was supplemented by a number of ...

Year: 1975 Series: Upstairs, Downstairs Role: Rose Buck Nominated for Award, and if so, Won?: Yes; Yes Age in Award Year: 41 Episode Submission: Nominees: *Angie Dickinson as Sergeant Leann Anderson in Police Woman; *Michael Learned as Olivia Walton in The Waltons; Diana Muldaur as Joy Adamson in Born Free; Susan Saint James as Sally McMillan in McMillan & Wife; Jessica Walter as Amy Prentiss in Amy Prentiss

7. Michael Learned

Actress | The Waltons

Four-time Best Actress Emmy Award winner Michael Learned was born on April 9, 1939 in Washington, D.C. The oldest of six daughters of a U.S. State Department employee, she was raised on her family's farm in Connecticut. The family moved to Austria when she was age 11, and it was while attending ...

Year: 1976 Series: The Waltons Role: Olivia Walton Nominated for Award, and if so, Won?: Yes; Yes Age in Award Year: 37 Episode Submission: Nominees: *Angie Dickinson as Sergeant Leann Anderson in Police Woman; Jean Marsh as Rose Buck in Upstairs, Downstairs; *Anne Meara as Kate McShane in Kate McShane; Susan Saint James as Sally McMillan in McMillan & Wife; Lindsay Wagner as Jaime Sommers in The Bionic Woman

8. Jean Marsh

Actress | Willow

Born in London, Jean Marsh became interested in show business while taking dancing and mime classes as therapy for a childhood illness. After attending a charm school and working as a model, she started acting in repertory and took voice lessons. Her repertory work was supplemented by a number of ...

Year: 1977 Series: Upstairs, Downstairs Role: Rose Buck Nominated for Award, and if so, Won?: No Age in Award Year: 43 Episode Submission: Nominees: *Angie Dickinson as Sergeant Leann Anderson in Police Woman; *Kate Jackson as Sabrina Duncan in Charlie's Angels; *Michael Learned as Olivia Walton in The Waltons; *Sada Thompson as Kate Lawrence in Family; **Lindsay Wagner as Jaime Sommers in The Bionic Woman

9. Sada Thompson

Actress | Family

Renowned and highly respected actress Sada Thompson has earned critical acclaim both on stage and TV for her noble, strong-minded matrons, but her more challenging and compelling work has come when her characters have displayed darker, more neurotic tones.

Born in Des Moines, Iowa, she was the ...

Year: 1978 Series: Family Role: Kate Lawrence Nominated for Award, and if so, Won?: Yes; Yes Age in Award Year: 51 Episode Submission: Nominees: Melissa Sue Anderson as Mary Ingalls in Little House on the Prairie; Melissa Gilbert as Laura Ingalls in Little House on the Prairie; Farrah Fawcett as Jill Munroe in Charlie's Angels; *Fionnula Flanagan as Aunt Molly Culhane in How the West Was Won; *Michael Learned as Olivia Walton in The Waltons

10. Barbara Bel Geddes

Actress | Vertigo

Arguably best remembered for her role as Miss Ellie, the Ewing family matriarch on the long-running TV series Dallas (1978), Barbara Bel Geddes had earlier scored success on stage and screen long before gaining more lasting fame on television. She was born in New York City on Halloween Day 1922, ...

Year: 1979 Series: Dallas Role: Miss Ellie Ewing Nominated for Award, and if so, Won?: Yes; Yes Age in Award Year: 57 Episode Submission: Nominees: Lynda Carter as Diana Price/Wonder Woman in Wonder Woman; Melissa Gilbert as Laura Ingalls in Little House on the Prarie; Karen Grassle as Caroline Quiner Ingalls in Little House on the Prairie; Gemma Jones as Louisa Leyton Trotter in The Duchess of Duke Street; *Sada Thompson as Kate Lawrence in Family

11. Kristy McNichol

Actress | The Pirate Movie

Actor Kristy McNichol is best known for her role as "Buddy" in the Spelling/Goldberg hit TV series Family (1976), where she won 2 Emmy awards and was nominated for a Golden Globe. McNichol began her career with guest appearances on such popular TV series as Starsky and Hutch, The Bionic Woman, Love...

Year: 1980 Series: Family Role: Buddy Lawrence Nominated for Award, and if so, Won?: Yes; No Age in Award Year: 18 Episode Submission: Nominees: **Barbara Bel Geddes as Miss Ellie Ewing in Dallas (Mastectomy); Melissa Gilbert as Laura Ingalls in Little House on the Prairie; Linda Gray as Sue Ellen Ewing in Dallas; Gemma Jones as Louisa Leyton Trotter in The Duchess of Duke Street; *Sada Thompson as Kate Lawrence in Family

12. Veronica Hamel

Actress | Hill Street Blues

Veronica Hamel was born on November 20, 1943 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA. She is an actress and producer, known for Hill Street Blues (1981), Cannonball! (1976) and Lost (2004). She was previously married to Michael Irving.

Year: 1981 Series: Hill Street Blues Role: Joyce Davenport Nominated for Award, and if so, Won?: Yes; No Age in Award Year: 38 Episode Submission: Nominees: *Barbara Bel Geddes as Miss Ellie Ewing in Dallas; Melissa Gilbert as Laura Ingalls in Little House on the Prairie; *Linda Gray as Sue Ellen Ewing in Dallas; Michele Lee as Karen Fairgate in Knots Landing; *Stefanie Powers as Jennifer Hart in Hart to Hart

13. Veronica Hamel

Actress | Hill Street Blues

Veronica Hamel was born on November 20, 1943 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA. She is an actress and producer, known for Hill Street Blues (1981), Cannonball! (1976) and Lost (2004). She was previously married to Michael Irving.

Year: 1982 Series: Hill Street Blues Role: Joyce Davenport Nominated for Award, and if so, Won?: Yes; No Age in Award Year: 39 Episode Submission: Nominees: *Debbie Allen as Lydia Grant in Fame; Linda Evans as Krystle Carrington in Dynasty; *Michele Lee as Karen Fairgate in Knots Landing; *Stefanie Powers as Jennifer Hart in Hart to Hart; Jane Wyman as Angela Channing in Falcon Crest

14. Tyne Daly

Actress | Spider-Man: Homecoming

Tyne Daly was born on February 21, 1946 in Madison, Wisconsin, USA as Ellen Tyne Daly. She is an actress, known for Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017), Judging Amy (1999) and Cagney & Lacey (1981). She was previously married to Georg Stanford Brown.

Year: 1983 Series: Cagney & Lacey Role: Detective Mary Beth Lacey Nominated for Award, and if so, Won?: Yes; Yes Age in Award Year: 37 Episode Submission: Burn Out Nominees: *Debbie Allen as Lydia Grant in Fame; Joan Collins as Alexis Colby in Dynasty; *Linda Evans as Krystle Carrington in Dynasty; *Sharon Gless as Detective Chris Cagney in Cagney & Lacey; *Veronica Hamel as Joyce Davenport in Hill Street Blues

15. Tyne Daly

Actress | Spider-Man: Homecoming

Tyne Daly was born on February 21, 1946 in Madison, Wisconsin, USA as Ellen Tyne Daly. She is an actress, known for Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017), Judging Amy (1999) and Cagney & Lacey (1981). She was previously married to Georg Stanford Brown.

Year: 1984 Series: Cagney & Lacey Role: Detective Mary Beth Lacey Nominated for Award, and if so, Won?: Yes; Yes Age in Award Year: 38 Episode Submission: Nominees: *Debbie Allen as Lydia Grant in Fame; *Joan Collins as Alexis Colby in Dynasty; *Sharon Gless as Detective Chris Cagney in Cagney & Lacey; *Veronica Hamel as Joyce Davenport in Hill Street Blues; Michele Lee as Karen Fairgate in Knots Landing

16. Sharon Gless

Actress | Burn Notice

Few actresses have the distinction of being recognized and revered worldwide for multiple iconic roles in groundbreaking television shows. Sharon Gless is one of them.

Generations of TV viewers know and love the remarkable characters brought to life by this standout multi Emmy and Golden Globe ...

Year: 1985 Series: Cagney & Lacey Role: Detective Chris Cagney Nominated for Award, and if so, Won?: Yes; No Age in Award Year: 42 Episode Submission: Nominees: *Debbie Allen as Lydia Grant in Fame; Anne Baxter as Victoria Cabot in Hotel; **Tyne Daly as Detective Mary Beth Lacey in Cagney & Lacey (Heat); *Veronica Hamel as Joyce Davenport in Hill Street Blues; *Angela Lansbury as Jessica Fletcher in Murder, She Wrote

17. Cybill Shepherd

Actress | Cybill

Cybill Lynne Shepherd was born in Memphis, Tennessee, to Patty, a homemaker, and William Shepherd, a small business owner. Named after her grandfather, Cy, and her father, Bill, Shepherd's career began at a young age in modeling, when she won the "Miss Teenage Memphis" contest in 1966 and the "...

Year: 1986 Series: Moonlighting Role: Maddie Hayes Nominated for Award, and if so, Won?: Yes; No Age in Award Year: 36 Episode Submission: Nominees: Debbie Allen as Lydia Grant in Fame; *Tyne Daly as Detective Mary Beth Lacey in Cagney & Lacey; **Sharon Gless as Detective Chris Cagney (DWI); *Veronica Hamel as Joyce Davenport in Hill Street Blues; *Angela Lansbury as Jessica Fletcher in Murder, She Wrote

18. Susan Dey

Actress | The Partridge Family

Susan Dey was born on December 10, 1952 in Pekin, Illinois, USA as Susan Hallock Dey. She is an actress and producer, known for The Partridge Family (1970), L.A. Law (1986) and Looker (1981). She has been married to Bernard Sofronski since February 20, 1988. She was previously married to Leonard ...

Year: 1987 Series: L.A. Law Role: Grace Van Owen Nominated for Award, and if so, Won?: Yes; No Age in Award Year: 35 Episode Submission: Nominees: *Tyne Daly as Detective Mary Beth Lacey in Cagney & Lacey; *Jill Eikenberry as Ann Kelsey in L.A. Law; **Sharon Gless as Detective Chris Cagney in Cagney & Lacey (Turn, Turn, Turn); Veronica Hamel as Joyce Davenport in Hill Street Blues; *Angela Lansbury as Jessica Fletcher in Murder, She Wrote; Cybill Shepherd as Maddie Hayes in Moonlighting

19. Angela Lansbury

Actress | The Manchurian Candidate

The daughter of an actress and the granddaughter of a high-ranking politician, Angela Brigid Lansbury studied acting from her youth, departing for the United States in 1940 during the Battle of Britain. She was contracted by MGM while still a teenager and nominated for an Academy Award for her ...

Year: 1988 Series: Murder, She Wrote Role: Jessica Fletcher Nominated for Award, and if so, Won?: Yes; No Age in Award Year: 63 Episode Submission: Nominees: **Tyne Daly as Detective Mary Beth Lacey in Cagney & Lacey (Friendly Fire); *Susan Dey as Grace Van Owen in L.A. Law; *Jill Eikenberry as Ann Kelsey in L.A. Law; *Sharon Gless as Detective Chris Cagney in Cagney & Lacey; Mel Harris as Hope Murdoch Steadman in thirtysomething

20. Jill Eikenberry

Actress | L.A. Law

The couple who plays together stays together. While this old and familiar adage probably would not work for a number of the happily married, high-profiled Hollywood star couples still thriving around town, it certainly has done wonders for one of Hollywood's more popular pairs -- actress Jill ...

Year: 1989 Series: L.A. Law Role: Ann Kelsey Nominated for Award, and if so, Won?: Yes; No Age in Award Year: 42 Episode Submission: Nominees: **Dana Delany as Nurse Colleen McMurphy in China Beach; *Susan Dey as Grace Van Owen in L.A. Law; *Linda Hamilton as Catherine Chandler in Beauty and the Beast; *Angela Lansbury as Jessica Fletcher in Murder, She Wrote; Pamela Reed as T.J. Cavanaugh in Tanner '88

21. Patricia Wettig

Actress | Thirtysomething

Three-time Emmy Award winner Patricia Wettig made a noticeable dramatic impact on late 1980s TV as wife and mom Nancy Weston on the award-winning series Thirtysomething (1987). Although her husband, actor Ken Olin, also co-starred on the series, they had different spouses on the show. Known for her...

Year: 1990 Series: thirtysomething Role: Nancy Krieger Weston Nominated for Award, and if so, Won?: Yes; Yes Age in Award Year: 39 Episode Submission: The Other Shoe Nominees: *Dana Delany as Nurse Colleen McMurphy in China Beach; Susan Dey as Grace Van Owen in L.A. Law; *Jill Eikenberry as Ann Kelsey in L.A. Law; *Angela Lansbury as Jessica Fletcher in Murder, She Wrote; Sarah Polley as Sara Stanley in Road to Avonlea

22. Dana Delany

Actress | China Beach

Dana Welles Delany was born on March 13, 1956, in New York City and raised in Stamford, Connecticut. Dana knew early in life that she wanted to be an actress. Following graduation from Wesleyan University, this tall (5'7") beauty moved to New York and developed her skills working in daytime ...

Year: 1991 Series: China Beach Role: Nurse Colleen McMurphy Nominated for Award, and if so, Won?: Yes; No Age in Award Year: 35 Episode Submission: Fever Nominees: Susan Dey as Grace Van Owen in L.A. Law; *Sharon Gless as Rosie O'Neill in The Trials of Rosie O'Neill (When I'm 44); *Angela Lansbury as Jessica Fletcher in Murder, She Wrote (Thursday's Child); Sarah Polley as Sara Stanley in Road to Avonlea; **Patricia Wettig as Nancy Krieger Weston in thirtysomething (Guns and Roses)

23. Regina Taylor

Actress | Courage Under Fire

While TV audiences best remember Regina Taylor for her empathic portrayal of housekeeper Lilly Harper in the critically lauded series I'll Fly Away (1991), which rewarded her with a Golden Globe for best actress, an NAACP Image Award, and two Emmy nominations, this Dallas-born talent has made even ...

Year: 1992 Series: I'll Fly Away Role: Lilly Harper Nominated for Award, and if so, Won?: Yes; No Age in Award Year: 32 Episode Submission: Coming Home Nominees: **Dana Delany as Nurse Colleen McMurphy in China Beach (Through and Through); *Sharon Gless as Rosie O'Neill in The Trials of Rosie O'Neill (Heartbreak Hotel); *Angela Lansbury as Jessica Fletcher in Murder, She Wrote (Night Fears); Marlee Matlin as Tess Kaufman in Reasonable Doubts; Sarah Polley as Sara Stanley in Road to Avonlea; Janine Turner as Maggie O'Connell in Northern Exposure

24. Kathy Baker

Actress | Picket Fences

For someone who has made an award-winning impact in all three mediums (stage, film and TV), actress Kathy Baker has been strangely denied all-out stardom, yet continues to demonstrate her versatility in whatever material comes her way.

The comely blonde was born Katherine Whitton Baker in Midland, ...

Year: 1993 Series: Picket Fences Role: Dr. Jill Brock Nominated for Award, and if so, Won?: Yes; No Age in Award Year: 43 Episode Submission: Thanksgiving Nominees: *Angela Lansbury as Jessica Fletcher in Murder, She Wrote (Night of the Coyote); Marlee Matlin as Tess Kaufman in Reasonable Doubts; Sarah Polley as Sara Stanley in Road to Avonlea; *Regina Taylor as Lilly Harper in I'll Fly Away (Comfort and Joy); *Janine Turner as Maggie O'Connell in Northern Exposure (Love's Labour Mislaid)

25. Angela Lansbury

Actress | The Manchurian Candidate

The daughter of an actress and the granddaughter of a high-ranking politician, Angela Brigid Lansbury studied acting from her youth, departing for the United States in 1940 during the Battle of Britain. She was contracted by MGM while still a teenager and nominated for an Academy Award for her ...

Year: 1994 Series: Murder, She Wrote Role: Jessica Fletcher Nominated for Award, and if so, Won?: Yes; No Age in Award Year: 69 Episode Submission: A Killing in Cork Nominees: Gillian Anderson as Special Agent Dana Scully in The X-Files (Beyond the Sea); *Kathy Baker as Jill Brock in Picket Fences (Guns 'R' Us); *Swoosie Kurtz as Alex Reed in Sisters (Protective Measures); *Jane Seymour as Dr. Michaela Quinn in Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman (Best Friends); **Sela Ward as Teddy Reed in Sisters (Land of the Lost Children)

26. Claire Danes

Actress | My So-Called Life

New Yorker Claire Catherine Danes was born in Manhattan, the daughter of Carla (Hall), a day-care provider and artist, and Christopher Danes, a computer consultant and photographer. She has an older brother, Asa. Her paternal grandfather, Gibson Andrew Danes, was a Dean of the Yale School of Art ...

Year: 1995 Series: My So-Called Life Role: Angela Chase Nominated for Award, and if so, Won?: Yes; No Age in Award Year: 16 Episode Submission: Pilot Nominees: Gillian Anderson as Special Agent Dana Scully in The X-Files (Irresistible); *Kathy Baker as Dr. Jill Brock in Picket Fences (Frogman Returns); Neve Campbell as Julia Salinger in Party of Five; *Angela Lansbury as Jessica Fletcher in Murder, She Wrote (Dear Deadly); *Sherry Stringfield as Dr. Susan Lewis in ER (Motherhood)

27. Gillian Anderson

Actress | The X Files

Gillian Anderson was born in Chicago, Illinois, to Rosemary Alyce (Lane), a computer analyst, and Homer Edward Anderson III, who owned a film post-production company. Gillian started her career as a member of an amateur actor group while at high school. In 1987, her love of the theatre took her to ...

Year: 1996 Series: The X-Files Role: Special Agent Dana Scully Nominated for Award, and if so, Won?: Yes; No Age in Award Year: 28 Episode Submission: Piper Maru Nominees: **Kathy Baker as Jill Brock in Picket Fences (Bottled); *Christine Lahti as Dr. Kate Austin in Chicago Hope (Transplanted Affection); *Angela Lansbury as Jessica Fletcher in Murder, She Wrote (Death by Demographics); Kate Mulgrew as Captain Kathryn Janeway in Star Trek: Voyager; *Sherry Stringfield as Dr. Susan Lewis in ER (Take These Broken Wings)

28. Gillian Anderson

Actress | The X Files

Gillian Anderson was born in Chicago, Illinois, to Rosemary Alyce (Lane), a computer analyst, and Homer Edward Anderson III, who owned a film post-production company. Gillian started her career as a member of an amateur actor group while at high school. In 1987, her love of the theatre took her to ...

Year: 1997 Series: The X-Files Role: Special Agent Dana Scully Nominated for Award, and if so, Won?: Yes; Yes Age in Award Year: 29 Episode Submission: Memento Mori Nominees: *Roma Downey as Monica in Touched by an Angel (Missing in Action); Sarah Michelle Gellar as Buffy Summers in Buffy the Vampire Slayer (Prophecy Girl); *Christine Lahti as Dr. Kate Austin in Chicago Hope (Back to the Future); *Julianna Margulies as Nurse Carol Hathaway in ER (The Long Way Around); Jane Seymour as Dr. Michaela Quinn in Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman

29. Sarah Michelle Gellar

Actress | Buffy the Vampire Slayer

Emmy Award-winning Sarah Michelle Gellar was born on April 14, 1977 in New York City, the daughter of Rosellen (Greenfield), who taught at a nursery school, and Arthur Gellar, who worked in the garment industry. She is of Russian Jewish and Hungarian Jewish descent.

Eating in a local restaurant, ...

Year: 1998 Series: Buffy the Vampire Slayer Role: Buffy Summers Nominated for Award, and if so, Won?: No Age in Award Year: 21 Episode Submission: Innocence Nominees: *Gillian Anderson as Special Agent Dana Scully in The X-Files (All Souls); Catherine Bell as Lieutenant Colonel Sarah MacKenzie in JAG; *Roma Downey as Monica in Touched by an Angel (The Spirit of Liberty Moon); **Christine Lahti as Dr. Kate Austin in Chicago Hope (Cabin Fever); *Julianna Margulies as Nurse Carol Hathaway in ER (Carter's Choice)

30. Lorraine Bracco

Actress | Goodfellas

Lorraine was voted the "ugliest girl in the 6th grade" at her Long Island grade school. She moved to France in 1974 where she became a fashion superstar for Jean-Paul Gaultier. Her sister is Elizabeth Bracco. Has two daughters, Stella Keitel by ex-boyfriend Harvey Keitel and Margaux Guerard by ...

Year: 1999 Series: The Sopranos Role: Dr. Jennifer Melfi Nominated for Award, and if so, Won?: Yes; No Age in Award Year: 45 Episode Submission: The Legend of Tennessee Moltisanti Nominees: *Gillian Anderson as Special Agent Dana Scully in The X-Files (Milagro); **Edie Falco as Carmela Soprano in The Sopranos (College); Sarah Michelle Gellar as Buffy Summers in Buffy the Vampire Slayer (Earshot); *Julianna Margulies as Nurse Carol Hathaway in ER (The Storm, Part II); Keri Russell as Felicity Porter in Felicity

31. Edie Falco

Actress | The Sopranos

Edith Falco, called Edie, was born on July 5, 1963 in Brooklyn, New York, to Judith Anderson, an actress, and Frank Falco, a jazz drummer. She is of Italian (father) and Swedish, English, and Cornish (mother) descent. Edie grew up on Long Island and attended SUNY Purchase, where she was trained in ...

Year: 2000 Series: The Sopranos Role: Carmela Soprano Nominated for Award, and if so, Won?: Yes; No Age in Award Year: 37 Episode Submission: Full Leather Jacket Nominees: *Lorraine Bracco as Dr. Jennifer Melfi in The Sopranos (Big Girls Don't Cry); *Amy Brenneman as Amy Gray in Judging Amy (The Wee Hours); Sarah Michelle Gellar as Buffy Summers in Buffy the Vampire Slayer (Hush); *Julianna Margulies as Nurse Carol Hathaway in ER (Great Expectations); **Sela Ward as Lily Manning in Once and Again (Pilot)

32. Sarah Michelle Gellar

Actress | Buffy the Vampire Slayer

Emmy Award-winning Sarah Michelle Gellar was born on April 14, 1977 in New York City, the daughter of Rosellen (Greenfield), who taught at a nursery school, and Arthur Gellar, who worked in the garment industry. She is of Russian Jewish and Hungarian Jewish descent.

Eating in a local restaurant, ...

Year: 2001 Series: Buffy the Vampire Slayer Role: Buffy Summers Nominated for Award, and if so, Won?: No Age in Award Year: 24 Episode Submission: The Body Nominees: Alexis Bledel as Rory Gilmore in Gilmore Girls; *Lorraine Bracco as Dr. Jennifer Melfi in The Sopranos (Employee of the Month); **Edie Falco as Carmela Soprano in The Sopranos (Second Opinion); Lauren Graham as Lorelai Gilmore in Gilmore Girls; *Marg Helgenberger as Special Agent Catherine Willows in CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (Justice Is Served); *Sela Ward as Lily Manning in Once and Again (Second Time Around)

33. Jennifer Garner

Actress | Alias

Jennifer Garner, who catapulted into stardom with her lead role on the television series Alias (2001), has come a long way from her birthplace of Houston, Texas. Raised in Charleston, West Virginia by her mother, Patricia Ann (née English), a retired teacher of English, and her father, William John...

Year: 2002 Series: Alias Role: Agent Sydney Bristow Nominated for Award, and if so, Won?: Yes; No Age in Award Year: 30 Episode Submission: Truth Be Told Nominees: *Frances Conroy as Ruth Fisher in Six Feet Under (Pilot); Sarah Michelle Gellar as Buffy Summers in Buffy the Vampire Slayer (Normal Again); Lauren Graham as Lorelai Gilmore in Gilmore Girls; *Rachel Griffiths as Brenda Chenowith in Six Feet Under (The Secret); **Allison Janney as C.J. Cregg in The West Wing (The Women of Qumar)

34. Allison Janney

Actress | The Help

Allison Janney is an award-winning actress who has earned a solid reputation in stage productions and in many supporting roles on screen, and who more recently has become prominent by portraying one of the major characters in the popular TV series The West Wing (1999).

Entertainment Weekly magazine ...

Year: 2003 Series: The West Wing Role: C.J. Cregg Nominated for Award, and if so, Won?: Yes; No Age in Award Year: 44 Episode Submission: The Long Goodbye Nominees: Alexis Bledel as Rory Gilmore in Gilmore Girls; *Frances Conroy as Ruth Fisher in Six Feet Under (Nobody Sleeps); **Edie Falco as Carmela Soprano in The Sopranos (Whitecaps); *Jennifer Garner as Agent Sydney Bristow in Alias (Phase One); Sarah Michelle Gellar as Buffy Summers in Buffy the Vampire Slayer (Chosen); Lauren Graham as Lorelai Gilmore in Gilmore Girls

35. Allison Janney

Actress | The Help

Allison Janney is an award-winning actress who has earned a solid reputation in stage productions and in many supporting roles on screen, and who more recently has become prominent by portraying one of the major characters in the popular TV series The West Wing (1999).

Entertainment Weekly magazine ...

Year: 2004 Series: The West Wing Role: C.J. Cregg Nominated for Award, and if so, Won?: Yes; Yes Age in Award Year: 45 Episode Submission: Access Nominees: Alexis Bledel as Rory Gilmore in Gilmore Girls (A House Is Not a Home); *Edie Falco as Carmela Soprano in The Sopranos (All Happy Families...); *Jennifer Garner as Agent Sydney Bristow in Alias (The Two); Lauren Graham as Lorelai Gilmore in Gilmore Girls (A House Is Not a Home); *Mariska Hargitay as Detective Olivia Benson in Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (Control)

36. Glenn Close

Actress | Fatal Attraction

Seven time Academy Award-nominated actress Glenn Close was born and raised in Greenwich, Connecticut. She is the daughter of Bettine (Moore) and William Taliaferro Close (William Close), a prominent doctor. Both of her parents were from upper-class northeastern families.

Glenn was often seen on ...

Year: 2005 Series: The Shield Role: Captain Monica Rawling Nominated for Award, and if so, Won?: Yes; No Age in Award Year: 58 Episode Submission: Nominees: Kristen Bell as Veronica Mars in Veronica Mars; Alexis Bledel as Rory Gilmore in Gilmore Girls; *Jennifer Garner as Agent Sydney Bristow in Alias (Before the Flood); Lauren Graham as Lorelai Gilmore in Gilmore Girls (Let Me Hear the Balalaikas Ringing Out); Allison Janney as C.J. Cregg in The West Wing (Liftoff); Mary McDonnell as President Laura Roslin in Battlestar Galactica (The Hand of God)

37. Mary McDonnell

Actress | Battlestar Galactica

Mary McDonnell is a two-time Oscar®-nominated actress, who is known for her character portrayals in both period and present-day screen roles, as well as a long history of stage and film roles.

Mary Eileen McDonnell was born on April 28, 1952 in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, to Eileen (Mundy) and John ...

Year: 2006 Series: Battlestar Galactica Role: President Laura Roslin Nominated for Award, and if so, Won?: No Age in Award Year: 54 Episode Submission: Lay Down Your Burdens, Part II Nominees: Kristen Bell as Veronica Mars in Veronica Mars; *Frances Conroy as Ruth Fisher in Six Feet Under (Everyone's Waiting); *Allison Janney as C.J. Cregg in The West Wing (Institutional Memory); Billie Piper as Rose Tyler in Doctor Who (The Impossible Planet); Ellen Pompeo as Dr. Meredith Grey in Grey's Anatomy ((As We Know It)); *Kyra Sedgwick as Deputy Chief Brenda Leigh Johnson in The Closer

38. Mary McDonnell

Actress | Battlestar Galactica

Mary McDonnell is a two-time Oscar®-nominated actress, who is known for her character portrayals in both period and present-day screen roles, as well as a long history of stage and film roles.

Mary Eileen McDonnell was born on April 28, 1952 in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, to Eileen (Mundy) and John ...

Year: 2007 Series: Battlestar Galactica Role: President Laura Roslin Nominated for Award, and if so, Won?: No Age in Award Year: 55 Episode Submission: Taking a Break from All Your Worries Nominees: Freema Agyeman as Martha Jones in Doctor Who (Human Nature); Kristen Bell as Veronica Mars in Veronica Mars; Connie Britton as Tami Taylor in Friday Night Lights; *Minnie Driver as Dahlia Malloy in The Riches (Pilot); *Edie Falco as Carmela Soprano in The Sopranos (The Second Coming); **Sally Field as Nora Walker in Brothers & Sisters (Mistakes Were Made, Part II); Ellen Pompeo as Dr. Meredith Grey in Grey's Anatomy (Some Kind of Miracle)

39. Glenn Close

Actress | Fatal Attraction

Seven time Academy Award-nominated actress Glenn Close was born and raised in Greenwich, Connecticut. She is the daughter of Bettine (Moore) and William Taliaferro Close (William Close), a prominent doctor. Both of her parents were from upper-class northeastern families.

Glenn was often seen on ...

Year: 2008 Series: Damages Role: Patty Hewes Nominated for Award, and if so, Won?: Yes; Yes Age in Award Year: 61 Episode Submission: Pilot (Get Me a Lawyer) Nominees: *Sally Field as Nora Walker in Brothers & Sisters (History Repeating); *Holly Hunter as Detective Grace Hanadarko in Saving Grace (Tacos, Tulips, Duck, and Spices); Mary McDonnell as President Laura Roslin in Battlestar Galactica (The Hub); Elisabeth Moss as Peggy Olson in Mad Men; Kyra Sedgwick as Deputy Chief Brenda Leigh Johnson in The Closer; Catherine Tate as Donna Noble in Doctor Who (Turn Left)

40. Mary McDonnell

Actress | Battlestar Galactica

Mary McDonnell is a two-time Oscar®-nominated actress, who is known for her character portrayals in both period and present-day screen roles, as well as a long history of stage and film roles.

Mary Eileen McDonnell was born on April 28, 1952 in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, to Eileen (Mundy) and John ...

Year: 2009 Series: Battlestar Galactica Role: President Laura Roslin Nominated for Award, and if so, Won?: No Age in Award Year: 57 Episode Submission: Sometimes a Great Notion Nominees: Connie Britton as Tami Taylor in Friday Night Lights; **Glenn Close as Patty Hewes in Damages (Trust Me); *Elisabeth Moss as Peggy Olson in Mad Men (Meditations in an Emergency); Anna Paquin as Sookie Stackhouse in True Blood; Katey Sagal as Gemma Teller Morrow in Sons of Anarchy; Anna Torv as Olivia Dunham in Fringe

41. Katey Sagal

Actress | Futurama

An extremely gifted and versatile performer adept at both comedy and drama, actress/singer Katey Sagal became a household name in the late 1980s as the fabulously brazen, undomesticated Peg Bundy on the enduring Fox series Married... with Children (1987). During its lengthy run, she received three ...

Year: 2010 Series: Sons of Anarchy Role: Gemma Teller Morrow Nominated for Award, and if so, Won?: No Age in Award Year: 56 Episode Submission: Nominees: *Connie Britton as Tami Taylor in Friday Night Lights (After the Fall); *Glenn Close as Patty Hewes in Damages (Your Secrets Are Safe); Karen Gillan as Amy Pond in Doctor Who (Amy's Choice); *January Jones as Betty Draper in Mad Men (The Gypsy and the Hobo); *Julianna Margulies as Alicia Florrick in The Good Wife (Threesome); Anna Paquin as Sookie Stackhouse in True Blood; Emmy Rossum as Fiona Gallagher in Shameless

42. Elisabeth Moss

Actress | The One I Love

Elisabeth Moss is an American actress. She is best known for the AMC series Mad Men (2007-2015), Hulu series The Handmaid's Tale (2017) and the film The One I Love (2014).

Initially, Moss had aspirations of becoming a professional dancer. In her adolescence, she traveled to New York City to study ...

Year: 2011 Series: Mad Men Role: Peggy Olson Nominated for Award, and if so, Won?: Yes; No Age in Award Year: 29 Episode Submission: The Suitcase Nominees: *Connie Britton as Tami Taylor in Friday Night Lights (Always); Michelle Dockery as Lady Mary Crawley in Downton Abbey; *Mireille Enos as Detective Sarah Linden in The Killing (Missing); **Julianna Margulies as Alicia Florrick in The Good Wife (In Sickness); Elizabeth McGovern as Lady Cora Crawley, Countess of Grantham in Downton Abbey; Emmy Rossum as Fiona Gallagher in Shameless; Katey Sagal as Gemma Teller Morrow in Sons of Anarchy

43. Claire Danes

Actress | My So-Called Life

New Yorker Claire Catherine Danes was born in Manhattan, the daughter of Carla (Hall), a day-care provider and artist, and Christopher Danes, a computer consultant and photographer. She has an older brother, Asa. Her paternal grandfather, Gibson Andrew Danes, was a Dean of the Yale School of Art ...

Year: 2012 Series: Homeland Role: Carrie Mathison Nominated for Award, and if so, Won?: Yes; Yes Age in Award Year: 33 Episode Submission: The Vest Nominees: *Glenn Close as Patty Hewes in Damages (I've Done Way Too Much for This Girl); *Michelle Dockery as Lady Mary Crawley in Downton Abbey (Episode Seven); Elizabeth McGovern as Lady Cora Crawley, Countess of Grantham (Episode Six); *Elisabeth Moss as Peggy Olson in Mad Men (The Other Woman); Katey Sagal as Gemma Teller Morrow in Sons of Anarchy

44. Michelle Dockery

Actress | Downton Abbey

Michelle Suzanne Dockery born 15 December 1981 is an English actress and singer. She is best known for her role as Lady Mary Crawley in the ITV drama series Downton Abbey (2010-2015), for which she has been nominated for three consecutive Emmy Awards and a Golden Globe Award. She made her ...

Year: 2013 Series: Downton Abbey Role: Lady Mary Crawley Nominated for Award, and if so, Won?: TBA Age in Award Year: 32 Episode Submission: Episode One Nominees: Claire Danes as Carrie Mathison in Homeland; Vera Farmiga as Norma Bates in Bates Motel; Julianna Margulies as Alicia Florrick in The Good Wife; Tatiana Maslany as Sarah Manning/Beth Childs/Alison Hendrix/Cosima Niehaus/Helena/Katja Obinger/Rachel Duncan in Orphan Black; Elisabeth Moss as Peggy Olson in Mad Men; Keri Russell as Elizabeth Jennings in The Americans; Katey Sagal as Gemma Teller Morrow in Sons of Anarchy



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