My Alternate Emmy for Best Actress in a Drama Series Winners

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!
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1.
Susan Hampshire
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 subsequently...
“ 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 ” - jmpatison003
 
2.
“ 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 ” - jmpatison003
 
3.
Glenda Jackson
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 Birkenhead...
“ 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 ” - jmpatison003
 
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 boarding school in England that she fell in love with the theater and decided to become an actress...
“ 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 ” - jmpatison003
 
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 film appearances as a dancer...
“ 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 ” - jmpatison003
 
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 film appearances as a dancer...
“ 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 ” - jmpatison003
 
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 boarding school in England that she fell in love with the theater and decided to become an actress...
“ 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 ” - jmpatison003
 
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 film appearances as a dancer...
“ 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 ” - jmpatison003
 
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 eldest of three children of magazine editor Hugh Woodruff Thompson and his wife Corlyss Gibson...
“ 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 ” - jmpatison003
 
10.
Barbara Bel Geddes
Actress, Dallas
Arguably best remembered for her role as Miss Ellie, the Ewing family matriarch on the long-running TV series Dallas, Barbara Bel Geddes had earlier scored success on stage and screen long before gaining more lasting fame on television. Born in New York City on Halloween Day 1922, the daughter of noted theatrical and industrial designer Norman Bel Geddes...
“ 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 ” - jmpatison003
 
11.
Kristy McNichol
Actress, Empty Nest
Actor Kristy McNichol is best known for her role as "Buddy" in the Spelling/Goldberg hit TV series "Family", 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 American Style and The Love Boat...
“ 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 ” - jmpatison003
 
12.
“ 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 ” - jmpatison003
 
13.
“ 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 ” - jmpatison003
 
14.
“ 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 ” - jmpatison003
 
15.
“ 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 ” - jmpatison003
 
16.
Sharon Gless
Actress, Burn Notice
Show business is in Sharon Gless' blood. Her grandfather, Neil Steere McCarthy (May 6, 1888 - July 25, 1972), was considered by many to have been the most respected and powerful entertainment lawyer of Hollywood's Golden Age. His clients included Howard Hughes, Paramount Pictures, Louis B. Mayer (personally)...
“ 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 ” - jmpatison003
 
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 "Model of the Year" contest in 1968...
“ 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 ” - jmpatison003
 
18.
Susan Dey
Actress, L.A. Law
“ 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 ” - jmpatison003
 
19.
Angela Lansbury
British character actress, long in the United States. The daughter of an actress and the granddaughter of a high-ranking politician, Lansbury studied acting from her youth, departing for the United States as the Second World War began. She was contracted by MGM while still a teenager and nominated for an Academy Award for her first film...
“ 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 ” - jmpatison003
 
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 Eikenberry and her actor/husband...
“ 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 ” - jmpatison003
 
21.
Patricia Wettig
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. Although her husband, actor Ken Olin, also co-starred on the series, they had different spouses on the show. Known for her searching blue eyes...
“ 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 ” - jmpatison003
 
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 television and theater...
“ 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) ” - jmpatison003
 
23.
Regina Taylor
Actress, The Unit
While TV audiences best remember Regina Taylor for her empathic portrayal of housekeeper Lilly Harper in the critically lauded series I'll Fly Away, 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 greater strides in recent years as a playwright...
“ 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 ” - jmpatison003
 
24.
Kathy Baker
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, Texas...
“ 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) ” - jmpatison003
 
25.
Angela Lansbury
British character actress, long in the United States. The daughter of an actress and the granddaughter of a high-ranking politician, Lansbury studied acting from her youth, departing for the United States as the Second World War began. She was contracted by MGM while still a teenager and nominated for an Academy Award for her first film...
“ 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) ” - jmpatison003
 
26.
Claire Danes
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 and Architecture. She is of mostly German and British Isles descent...
“ 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) ” - jmpatison003
 
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. She has English, German, and Irish ancestry. Gillian started her career as a member of an amateur actor group while at high school. In 1987...
“ 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) ” - jmpatison003
 
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. She has English, German, and Irish ancestry. Gillian started her career as a member of an amateur actor group while at high school. In 1987...
“ 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 ” - jmpatison003
 
29.
Sarah Michelle Gellar
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 half Russian Jewish and half 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) ” - jmpatison003
 
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 ex-husband Daniel Guerard.
“ 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 ” - jmpatison003
 
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 acting at the prestigious Conservatory of Theatre Arts and Film...
“ 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) ” - jmpatison003
 
32.
Sarah Michelle Gellar
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 half Russian Jewish and half 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) ” - jmpatison003
 
33.
Jennifer Garner
Jennifer Garner, who catapulted into stardom with her lead role on the television series Alias, 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 Garner...
“ 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) ” - jmpatison003
 
34.
Allison Janney
Actress, The West Wing
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. Entertainment Weekly magazine describes Janney's screen presence as "uncommonly beautiful and infinitely expressive"...
“ 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 ” - jmpatison003
 
35.
Allison Janney
Actress, The West Wing
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. Entertainment Weekly magazine describes Janney's screen presence as "uncommonly beautiful and infinitely expressive"...
“ 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) ” - jmpatison003
 
36.
Glenn Close
Six time Academy Award-nominated actress Glenn Close was born and raised in Greenwich, Connecticut. She is the daughter of Elizabeth Mary Hester "Bettine" (Moore) and William Taliaferro Close (William Close), a prominent doctor. Both of her parents were from upper-class northeastern families. Glenn...
“ 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) ” - jmpatison003
 
37.
Mary McDonnell
Mary McDonnell is a two-time Oscar®-nominated actress, who is known for her character portrayals in both period and present-day screen roles. Mary Eileen McDonnell was born on April 28, 1952 in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, to Eileen (Mundy) and John McDonnell, a computer consultant, both of Irish descent...
“ 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 ” - jmpatison003
 
38.
Mary McDonnell
Mary McDonnell is a two-time Oscar®-nominated actress, who is known for her character portrayals in both period and present-day screen roles. Mary Eileen McDonnell was born on April 28, 1952 in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, to Eileen (Mundy) and John McDonnell, a computer consultant, both of Irish descent...
“ 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) ” - jmpatison003
 
39.
Glenn Close
Six time Academy Award-nominated actress Glenn Close was born and raised in Greenwich, Connecticut. She is the daughter of Elizabeth Mary Hester "Bettine" (Moore) and William Taliaferro Close (William Close), a prominent doctor. Both of her parents were from upper-class northeastern families. Glenn...
“ 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) ” - jmpatison003
 
40.
Mary McDonnell
Mary McDonnell is a two-time Oscar®-nominated actress, who is known for her character portrayals in both period and present-day screen roles. Mary Eileen McDonnell was born on April 28, 1952 in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, to Eileen (Mundy) and John McDonnell, a computer consultant, both of Irish descent...
“ 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 ” - jmpatison003
 
41.
Katey Sagal
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. During its lengthy run, she received three Golden Globe and two American Comedy Award nominations...
“ 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 ” - jmpatison003
 
42.
“ 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 ” - jmpatison003
 
43.
Claire Danes
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 and Architecture. She is of mostly German and British Isles descent...
“ 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 ” - jmpatison003
 
44.
Michelle Dockery
Actress, Non-Stop
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 professional stage debut in His Dark Materials in 2004...
“ 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 ” - jmpatison003