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

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!
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1.
Colleen Dewhurst
Actress, Annie Hall
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 title...
“ Year: 1990
Series: Road to Avonlea
Episode: N/A
Role: Marilla Cuthbert
Nominated, and if so, Won?: Yes; No
Nominees: ” - jmpatison003
 
2.
Colleen Dewhurst
Actress, Annie Hall
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 title...
“ Year: 1991
Series: Road to Avonlea
Episode: N/A
Role: Marilla Cuthbert
Nominated, and if so, Won?: Yes; No
Nominees: ” - jmpatison003
 
3.
Kate Nelligan
Actress, Wolf
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 schoolteacher who suffered from alcoholism and mental illness...
“ Year: 1992
Series: Road to Avonlea
Episode: N/A
Role: Sydney Carver
Nominated, and if so, Won?: No
Nominees: ” - jmpatison003
 
4.
Elaine Stritch
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 old broad broaching 80 with the still-shapely legs...
“ Year: 1993
Series: Law & Order
Episode: N/A
Role: Lanie Stieglitz
Nominated, and if so, Won?: Yes; Yes
Nominees: ” - jmpatison003
 
5.
Faye Dunaway
Actress, Chinatown
She is one of the great models who transitioned successfully into acting! "Thomas Crown Affair" being one of the greatest performances causing all to take notice! Playing intelligent women with ability to match her contemporary male powerful counterparts into in-depth presence of the changes appearing...
“ Year: 1994
Series: Columbo
Episode: It's All in the Game
Role: Lauren Staton
Nominated, and if so, Won?: Yes; Yes
Nominees: ” - jmpatison003
 
6.
Rosemary Clooney
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 to sing in her grandfather's mayoral election campaigns...
“ Year: 1995
Series: ER
Episode: N/A
Role: Madame X/Mary Cavanaugh
Nominated, and if so, Won?: Yes; No
Nominees: ” - jmpatison003
 
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. However, Plummer may be best remembered for her work in the Quentin Tarantino classic Pulp Fiction...
“ Year: 1996
Series: The Outer Limits
Episode: N/A
Role: Dr. Theresa Givens
Nominated, and if so, Won?: Yes; Yes
Nominees: ” - jmpatison003
 
8.
Kristine Sutherland
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 and her big-screen debut in Honey, I Shrunk the Kids...
“ 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) ” - jmpatison003
 
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 as "Loretta King" and starred opposite Whoopi Goldberg and Armin Mueller-Stahl in New Line Cinema's Theodore Rex as "Dr. Veronica Shade". She portrays "Drusilla" in the television dramas Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel...
“ 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) ” - jmpatison003
 
10.
“ Year: 1999
Series: NYPD Blue
Episode: N/A
Role: Katie Sipowicz
Nominated, and if so, Won?: Yes; Yes
Nominees: ” - jmpatison003
 
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 Stockard...
“ 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) ” - jmpatison003
 
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 Stockard...
“ 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) ” - jmpatison003
 
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 took the family both around the country and abroad while growing up...
“ 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) ” - jmpatison003
 
14.
Azura Skye
Actress, Bandits
“ 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) ” - jmpatison003
 
15.
Marlee Matlin
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 children's...
“ 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) ” - jmpatison003
 
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. However, Plummer may be best remembered for her work in the Quentin Tarantino classic Pulp Fiction...
“ 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) ” - jmpatison003
 
17.
“ 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) ” - jmpatison003
 
18.
Carey Mulligan
Actress, Drive
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 playing Kitty Bennet in Pride & Prejudice alongside Keira Knightley...
“ 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) ” - jmpatison003
 
19.
Alex Kingston
Actress, ER
“ 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) ” - jmpatison003
 
20.
Lucy Lawless
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 also has a daughter, Daisy Lawless, from her first marriage to Garth Lawless...
“ 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) ” - jmpatison003
 
21.
Ann-Margret
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 Carl Gustav Olsson...
“ Year: 2010
Series: Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
Episode: N/A
Role: Rita Wills
Nominated, and if so, Won?: Yes; Yes
Nominees: ” - jmpatison003
 
22.
Julia Stiles
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 take modern dance lessons at an early age...
“ Year: 2011
Series: Dexter
Episode: N/A
Role: Lumen Pierce
Nominated, and if so, Won?: Yes; No
Nominees: ” - jmpatison003
 
23.
Alex Kingston
Actress, ER
“ 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) ” - jmpatison003