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

This list contains my alternate choices for the Emmy Award for Best Supporting 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 5-8 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.
Gail Fisher
Actress, Mannix
A classy, smart-looking, spectacularly beautiful African-American actress who broke racial barriers in 1970s Hollywood but suffered greatly in her private life years after her TV glory days, award-winning actress Gail Fisher was born on August 18, 1935, in Orange, New Jersey, the youngest of five children...
“ Year: 1970
Series: Mannix
Role: Peggy Fair
Nominated for Award, and if so, Won?: Yes; Yes
Age in Award Year: 35
Episode Submission:
Nominees: *Barbara Anderson as Eve Whitfield in Ironside; Nyree Dawn Porter as Irene Heron Forsyte in The Forsyte Saga; Susan *Saint James as Peggy Maxwell in The Name of the Game; Margaret Tyzack as Winifred Dartie in The Forsyte Saga; Lesley Ann Warren as Dana Lambert in Mission: Impossible ” - jmpatison003
 
2.
Susan Saint James
Actress, Kate & Allie
Susan Saint James was a lovely and loony TV successor to Shirley MacLaine, her mildly kooky and clumsy free spirits came into vogue in the "free love" era of the late 60s. Saint James was born Susan Jane Miller in Los Angeles, California, to Constance (Geiger), a teacher, and Charles Daniel Miller, a businessman...
“ Year: 1971
Series: The Name of the Game
Role: Peggy Maxwell
Nominated for Award, and if so, Won?: Yes; No
Age in Award Year: 25
Episode Submission:
Nominees: Sharon Acker as Erin Stowe in The Bold Ones: The Senator; Barbara Anderson as Eve Whitfield in Ironside; *Gail Fisher as Peggy Fair in Mannix; Margaret Tyzack as Queen Anne of the United Kingdom in The First Churchills; *Elena Verdugo as Consuelo Lopez in Marcus Welby, M.D. ” - jmpatison003
 
3.
Gail Fisher
Actress, Mannix
A classy, smart-looking, spectacularly beautiful African-American actress who broke racial barriers in 1970s Hollywood but suffered greatly in her private life years after her TV glory days, award-winning actress Gail Fisher was born on August 18, 1935, in Orange, New Jersey, the youngest of five children...
“ Year: 1972
Series: Mannix
Role: Peggy Fair
Nominated for Award, and if so, Won?: Yes; No
Age in Award Year: 37
Episode Submission:
Nominees: Annette Crosbie as Catherine of Aragon in The Six Wives of Henry VIII (Catherine of Aragon); Anne Stallybrass as Jane Seymour in The Six Wives of Henry VIII (Jane Seymour); Audrey Totter as Nurse Eve Wilcox in Medical Center; Dorothy Tutin as Anne Boleyn in The Six Wives of Henry VIII (Anne Boleyn); *Elena Verdugo as Consuelo Lopez in Marcus Welby, M.D. ” - jmpatison003
 
4.
Ellen Corby
Actress, The Waltons
Ellen Corby was born Ellen Hansen on June 3, 1911, in Racine, Wisconsin. She began her career as a bit player in the film Speed Limited in 1940. Ellen would not be seen on the big screen again until 1945 in Cornered. In 1946, she appeared in 14 films, although mostly in small, minor roles. One of them was in the Christmas classic It's a Wonderful Life...
“ Year: 1973
Series: The Waltons
Role: Grandma Esther Walton
Nominated for Award, and if so, Won?: Yes; Yes
Age in Award Year: 62
Episode Submission:
Nominees: *Gail Fisher as Peggy Fair in Mannix; Diana Muldaur as Chris Coughlin in McCloud; Audrey Totter as Nurse Eve Wilcox in Medical Center; *Elena Verdugo as Consuelo Lopez in Marcus Welby, M.D.; *Nancy Walker as Mildred in McMillan & Wife ” - jmpatison003
 
5.
Ellen Corby
Actress, The Waltons
Ellen Corby was born Ellen Hansen on June 3, 1911, in Racine, Wisconsin. She began her career as a bit player in the film Speed Limited in 1940. Ellen would not be seen on the big screen again until 1945 in Cornered. In 1946, she appeared in 14 films, although mostly in small, minor roles. One of them was in the Christmas classic It's a Wonderful Life...
“ Year: 1974
Series: The Waltons
Role: Grandma Esther Walton
Nominated for Award, and if so, Won?: Yes; No
Age in Award Year: 63
Episode Submission:
Nominees: Angela Baddeley as Mrs. Kate Bridges in Upstairs, Downstairs; Lee Meriwether as Betty Jones in Barnaby Jones; Diana Muldaur as Chris Coughlin in McCLoud; Elena Verdugo as Consuelo Lopez in Marcus Welby, M.D.; *Nancy Walker as Mildred in McMillan & Wife ” - jmpatison003
 
6.
“ Year: 1975
Series: Upstairs, Downstairs
Role: Mrs. Kate Bridges
Nominated for Award, and if so, Won?: Yes; No
Age in Award Year: 71
Episode Submission:
Nominees: **Ellen Corby as Grandma Esther Walton in The Waltons; Susan Howard as Maggie Petrocelli in Petrocelli; Lee Meriwether as Betty Jones in Barnaby Jones; Jacqueline Tong as Daisy Peel Barnes in Upstairs, Downstairs; *Nancy Walker as Mildred in McMillan & Wife ” - jmpatison003
 
7.
Ellen Corby
Actress, The Waltons
Ellen Corby was born Ellen Hansen on June 3, 1911, in Racine, Wisconsin. She began her career as a bit player in the film Speed Limited in 1940. Ellen would not be seen on the big screen again until 1945 in Cornered. In 1946, she appeared in 14 films, although mostly in small, minor roles. One of them was in the Christmas classic It's a Wonderful Life...
“ Year: 1976
Series: The Waltons
Role: Grandma Esther Walton
Nominated for Award, and if so, Won?: Yes; Yes
Age in Award Year: 65
Episode Submission:
Nominees: *Angela Baddeley as Mrs. Kate Bridges in Upstairs, Downstairs; *Susan Howard as Maggie Petrocelli in Petrocelli; Lee Meriwether as Betty Jones in Barnaby Jones; Jacqueline Tong as Daisy Peel Barnes in Upstairs, Downstairs; Nancy Walker as Mildred in McMillan & Wife ” - jmpatison003
 
8.
“ Year: 1977
Series: Upstairs, Downstairs
Role: Daisy Peel Barnes
Nominated for Award, and if so, Won?: Yes; No
Age in Award Year: 26
Episode Submission:
Nominees: Angela Baddeley as Mrs. Kate Bridges in Upstairs, Downstairs; *Meredith Baxter-Birney as Nancy Lawrence in Family; *Ellen Corby as Grandma Esther Walton in The Waltons; **Kristy McNichol as Buddy Lawrence in Family; *Lee Meriwether as Betty Jones in Barnaby Jones ” - jmpatison003
 
9.
Nancy Marchand
Actress, Lou Grant
Nancy Marchand's mother, a pianist, sent her shy daughter to acting classes in hopes of breaking her out of her shell. As a student at Carnegie Tech (Carnegie Mellon University), she studied the works of William Shakespeare and the other great playwrights and, upon graduation, set off to New York City....
“ Year: 1978
Series: Lou Grant
Role: Margaret Pynchon
Nominated for Award, and if so, Won?: Yes; Yes
Age in Award Year: 50
Episode Submission:
Nominees: *Meredith Baxter-Birney as Nancy Lawrence in Family; *Linda Kelsey as Billie Newman in Lou Grant; *Kristy McNichol as Buddy Lawrence in Family; Siân Phillips as Livia Drusilla in I, Claudius; Margaret Tyzack as Antonia Minor in I, Claudius ” - jmpatison003
 
10.
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: 1979
Series: Family
Role: Buddy Lawrence
Nominated for Award, and if so, Won?: Yes; Yes
Age in Award Year: 17
Episode Submission:
Nominees: Melissa Sue Anderson as Mary Ingalls in Little House on the Prairie; Meredith Baxter-Birney as Nancy Lawrence in Family; *Linda Kelsey as Billie Newman in Lou Grant; *Nancy Marchand as Margaret Pynchon in Lou Grant; Victoria Principal as Pamela Barnes Ewing in Dallas ” - jmpatison003
 
11.
Nancy Marchand
Actress, Lou Grant
Nancy Marchand's mother, a pianist, sent her shy daughter to acting classes in hopes of breaking her out of her shell. As a student at Carnegie Tech (Carnegie Mellon University), she studied the works of William Shakespeare and the other great playwrights and, upon graduation, set off to New York City....
“ Year: 1980
Series: Lou Grant
Role: Margaret Pynchon
Nominated for Award, and if so, Won?: Yes; Yes
Age in Award Age: 52
Episode Submission: Dogs
Nominees: Melissa Sue Anderson as Mary Ingalls Kendall in Little House on the Prairie; Karen Grassle as Caroline Quiner Ingalls in Little House on the Prairie; *Linda Kelsey as Billie Newman in Lou Grant; Victoria Principal as Pamela Barnes Ewing in Dallas; *Jessica Walter as Melanie McIntyre in Trapper John, M.D. ” - jmpatison003
 
12.
Barbara Bosson
Barbara Bosson, who earned an Emmy Award nomination for her performance on Murder One, was raised in Belle Vernon, Pennsylvania, a small coal-mining town about 30 miles south of Pittsburgh. When she was a teenager, she and her family moved to Florida, where she attended Boca Ciega High School in Gulfport...
“ Year: 1981
Series: Hill Street Blues
Role: Fay Furillo
Nominated for Award, and if so, Won?: Yes; No
Age in Award Age: 42
Episode Submission: Hill Street Station
Nominees: *Linda Kelsey as Billie Newman in Lou Grant; **Nancy Marchand as Margaret Pynchon in Lou Grant (Stroke); Victoria Principal as Pamela Barnes Ewing in Dallas; *Betty Thomas as Sergeant Lucille Bates in Hill Street Blues; Jessica Walter as Melanie McIntyre in Trapper John, M.D. ” - jmpatison003
 
13.
Barbara Bosson
Barbara Bosson, who earned an Emmy Award nomination for her performance on Murder One, was raised in Belle Vernon, Pennsylvania, a small coal-mining town about 30 miles south of Pittsburgh. When she was a teenager, she and her family moved to Florida, where she attended Boca Ciega High School in Gulfport...
“ Year: 1982
Series: Hill Street Blues
Role: Fay Furillo
Nominated for Award, and if so, Won?: Yes; No
Age in Award Age: 43
Episode Submission:
Nominees: *Julie Harris as Lilimae Clements in Knots Landing; *Linda Kelsey as Billie Newman in Lou Grant; **Nancy Marchand as Margaret Pynchon in Lou Grant (Review); Victoria Principal as Pamela Barnes Ewing in Dallas; *Betty Thomas as Sergeant Lucille Bates in Hill Street Blues ” - jmpatison003
 
14.
Betty Thomas
Betty Thomas was born July 27, 1947 in St. Louis, Missouri, graduating from Ohio University with a BA in fine arts. Initially sidetracked, Betty first taught school in Chicago but found herself restricted and needing more of an open forum for self-expression than a classroom. She found herself drawn inextricably to comedy...
“ Year: 1983
Series: Hill Street Blues
Role: Sergeant Lucille Bates
Nominated for Award, and if so, Won?: Yes; No
Age in Award Age: 35
Episode Submission:
Nominees: *Barbara Bosson as Fay Furillo in Hill Street Blues; Pamela Sue Martin as Fallon Carrington Colby in Dynasty; *Christina Pickles as Nurse Helen Rosenthal in St. Elsewhere; Cynthia Sikes as Dr. Annie Cavanero in St. Elsewhere; *Madge Sinclair as Nurse Ernestine Shoop in Trapper John, M.D. ” - jmpatison003
 
15.
“ Year: 1984
Series: St. Elsewhere
Role: Nurse Helen Rosenthal
Nominated for Award, and if so, Won?: Yes; No
Age in Award Age: 49
Episode Submission: N/A
Nominees: Pamela Bellwood as Claudia Blaisdel in Dynasty; *Barbara Bosson as Fay Furillo in Hill Street Blues; Diahann Carroll as Dominique Deveraux in Dynasty; Cynthia Sikes as Dr. Annie Cavanero in St. Elsewhere; *Betty Thomas as Sergeant Lucille Bates in Hill Street Blues ” - jmpatison003
 
16.
Betty Thomas
Betty Thomas was born July 27, 1947 in St. Louis, Missouri, graduating from Ohio University with a BA in fine arts. Initially sidetracked, Betty first taught school in Chicago but found herself restricted and needing more of an open forum for self-expression than a classroom. She found herself drawn inextricably to comedy...
“ Year: 1985
Series: Hill Street Blues
Role: Sergeant Lucille Bates
Nominated for Award, and if so, Won?: Yes; Yes
Age in Award Age: 37
Episode Submission: N/A
Nominees: *Barbara Bosson as Fay Furillo in Hill Street Blues; Diahann Carroll as Dominique Deveraux in Dynasty; *Christina Pickles as Nurse Helen Rosenthal in St. Elsewhere; *Doris Roberts as Mildred Krebs in Remington Steele; Cynthia Sikes as Dr. Annie Cavanero ” - jmpatison003
 
17.
Bonnie Bartlett
Actress, Twins
Bonnie Bartlett grew up in Moline, Illinois. Her father E.E. was a failed Shakespearean actor who became an insurance salesman. Her mother Carrie was a homemaker. At an early age, Bonnie became determined to fulfill her father's failed acting career. She went to Northwestern University to study acting...
“ Year: 1986
Series: St. Elsewhere
Role: Ellen Craig
Nominated for Award, and if so, Won?: Yes; Yes
Age in Award Age: 57
Episode Submission: Haunted
Nominees: *Allyce Beasley as Agnes DiPesto in Moonlighting; *Christina Pickles as Nurse Helen Rosenthal in St. Elsewhere; Madge Sinclair as Nurse Ernestine Shoop in Trapper John, M.D.; *Betty Thomas as Sergeant Lucille Bates in Hill Street Blues; Alfre Woodard as Dr. Roxanne Turner in St. Elsewhere ” - jmpatison003
 
18.
“ Year: 1987
Series: L.A. Law
Role: Roxanne Melman
Nominated for Award, and if so, Won?: Yes; No
Age in Award Age: 39
Episode Submission: N/A
Nominees: **Bonnie Bartlett as Ellen Craig in St. Elsewhere; *Allyce Beasley as Agnes DiPesto in Moonlighting; *Christina Pickles as Nurse Helen Rosenthal in St. Elsewhere; Julie Sommars as Julie March in Matlock; *Betty Thomas as Sergeant Lucilles Bates in Hill Street Blues ” - jmpatison003
 
19.
“ Year: 1988
Series: L.A. Law
Role: Roxanne Melman
Nominated for Award, and if so, Won?: Yes; No
Age in Award Age: 40
Episode Submission: Leaping Lizards
Nominees: *Bonnie Bartlett as Ellen Craig in St. Elsewhere (Their Town); *Polly Draper as Ellyn Warren in thirtysomething (Nice Work If You Can Get It); Michele Greene as Abby Perkins in L.A. Law; *Christina Pickles as Nurse Helen Rosenthal in St. Elsewhere; **Patricia Wettig as Nancy Krieger Weston in thirtysomething (Therapy) ” - jmpatison003
 
20.
“ Year: 1989
Series: thirtysomething
Role: Melissa Steadman
Nominated for Award, and if so, Won?: Yes; Yes
Age in Award Age: 37
Episode Submission: Be a Good Girl OR Trust Me OR Success
Nominees: Polly Draper as Ellyn Warren in thirtysomething; *Michele Greene as Abby Perkins in L.A. Law; *Lois Nettleton as Joanne St. John in In the Heat of the Night; *Susan Ruttan as Roxanne Melman in L.A. Law; Julie Sommars as Julie March in Matlock ” - jmpatison003
 
21.
Sherilyn Fenn
Her childhood was filled with change. Sheryl Ann (later "Sherilyn") was the youngest of 3 kids. She and her two older brothers were raised by their musician mom, Arlene Quatro, who moved the family around Michigan. She and her mom went to L.A. when Sherilyn was 17. Within a couple of years, Sherilyn was working in TV and film...
“ Year: 1990
Series: Twin Peaks
Role: Audrey Horne
Nominated for Award, and if so, Won?: Yes; No
Age in Award Year: 25
Episode Submission: Pilot OR Traces to Nowhere OR Realization Time
Nominees: Lara Flynn Boyle as Donna Hayward in Twin Peaks (Pilot); Jackie Burroughs as Hetty King in Road to Avonlea; **Marg Helgenberger as K.C. Koloski in China Beach (The Unquiet Earth OR Skin Deep OR Nightfall); Piper Laurie as Catherine Martell in Twin Peaks (The One-Armed Man); *Diana Muldaur as Rosalind Shays in L.A. Law (Watts the Matter? OR The Pay's Lousy, but the Lips Are Great OR Whatever Happened to Hannah?) ” - jmpatison003
 
22.
Diana Muldaur
Actress, The Other
Diana Muldaur is known for L.A. Law, Star Trek: The Next Generation, McCloud, Born Free, The Other and McQ. In the eighties, Diana became the president of the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (the academy handing out the Emmy awards). Diana's L.A. Law character, Rosalind Shays, was a widely discussed character in the nineties...
“ Year: 1991
Series: L.A. Law
Role: Rosalind Shays
Nominated for Award, and if so, Won?: Yes; No
Age in Award Year: 53
Episode Submission: He's a Crowd OR The Beverly Hills Hangers
Nominees: Jackie Burroughs as Hetty King in Road to Avonlea; Sherilyn Fenn as Audrey Horne in Twin Peaks (Coma); *Marg Helgenberger as K.C. Koloski in China Beach (History, Part II-She Sells More Than Sea Shells OR 100 Klicks Out); *Piper Laurie as Catherine Martell in Twin Peaks (Demons OR Masked Ball OR Variations on Relations); *Melanie Mayron as Melissa Steadman in thirtysomething (Melissa and Men OR Melissa in Wonderland); **Madge Sinclair as Josephine in Gabriel's Fire (The Great Waldo OR 'Tis the Season) ” - jmpatison003
 
23.
Marg Helgenberger
Marg Helgenberger is an established dramatic actress whose prominence has been steadily increasing. Her work has been noted on stage, film and TV. Most of her career has been spent in dramatic roles on television, but she has also had a noteworthy presence in feature films. Helgenberger earned a degree in drama at Northwestern University...
“ Year: 1992
Series: China Beach
Role: K.C. Koloski
Nominated for Award, and if so, Won?: Yes; No
Age in Award Year: 34
Episode Submission: 100 Klicks Out OR The Always Goodbye
Nominees: *Mary Alice as Marguerite Peck in I'll Fly Away (Hard Lessons OR A Dangerous Comfort); Jackie Burroughs as Hetty King in Road to Avonlea; *Conchata Ferrell as Susan Bloom in L.A. Law (P.S. Your Shrink Is Dead OR Spleen It to Me Lucy); *Cynthia Geary as Shelly Tambo in Northern Exposure (Get Real OR Oy, Wilderness); **Valerie Mahaffey as Eve in Northern Exposure (The Bumpy Road to Love OR Lost & Found OR Our Wedding) ” - jmpatison003
 
24.
“ Year: 1993
Series: I'll Fly Away
Role: Marguerite Peck
Nominated for Award, and if so, Won?: Yes; Yes
Age in Award Year: 52
Episode Submission: The Third Man OR Ruler of My Heart
Nominees: Jackie Burroughs as Hetty King in Road to Avonlea; *Cynthia Geary as Shelly Tambo in Northern Exposure (Kaddish for Uncle Manny OR Mud and Blood); *Kay Lenz as Maggie Zombro in Reasonable Doubts (Two Women OR Wish You Were Here); *Kellie Martin as Rebecca Thatcher in Life Goes On (Visions OR Last Wish); *Peg Phillips as Ruth-Anne Miller in Northern Exposure (Blowing Bubbles OR Revelations) ” - jmpatison003
 
25.
Leigh Taylor-Young
Actress, Soylent Green
Leigh Taylor-Young was born in Washington, DC, to a diplomat father and raised in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, the older sister of future actress Dey Young and writer/director Lance Young. She studied classical ballet and, following high school, attended Northwestern University where she initially majored in economics...
“ Year: 1994
Series: Picket Fences
Role: Rachel Harris
Nominated for Award, and if so, Won?: Yes; Yes
Age in Award Year: 49
Episode Submission: Remote Control OR Divine Recall
Nominees: *Amy Brenneman as Detective Janice Licalsi in NYPD Blue (4B or Not 4B OR Guns 'N' Roses); Tyne Daly as Alice Henderson in Christy; *Sharon Lawrence as Sylvia Costas in NYPD Blue (Steroid Roy OR Good Time Charlie); Melissa Leo as Detective Kay Howard in Homicide: Life on the Street (Bop Gun); *Gail O'Grady as Donna Abandando in NYPD Blue (Ice Follies OR Abandando Abandoned) ” - jmpatison003
 
26.
Julianna Margulies
Actress, The Good Wife
Julianna Margulies was born on June 8, 1966 in Spring Valley (near New York City), as the youngest of three daughters of Francesca (Goldberg), a teacher and dancer in American Ballet, and Paul Margulies, an advertising writer and philosopher. She is of Ashkenazi Jewish heritage (from Romania, Austria...
“ Year: 1995
Series: ER
Role: Nurse Carol Hathaway
Nominated for Award, and if so, Won?: Yes; Yes
Age in Award Year: 29
Episode Submission: Sleepless in Chicago OR Make of Two Hearts
Nominees: *Barbara Babcock as Dorothy Jennings in Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman (Ladies' Night, Part I OR Part II); Lacey Chabert as Claudia Salinger in Party of Five; *Tyne Daly as Alice Henderson in Christy; *Sharon Lawrence as Sylvia Costas in NYPD Blue (Travels with Andy OR UnAmerican Graffiti); *Gail O'Grady as Donna Abandando in NYPD Blue (UnAmerican Graffiti OR A Murder with Teeth in It) ” - jmpatison003
 
27.
Julianna Margulies
Actress, The Good Wife
Julianna Margulies was born on June 8, 1966 in Spring Valley (near New York City), as the youngest of three daughters of Francesca (Goldberg), a teacher and dancer in American Ballet, and Paul Margulies, an advertising writer and philosopher. She is of Ashkenazi Jewish heritage (from Romania, Austria...
“ Year: 1996
Series: ER
Role: Nurse Carol Hathaway
Nominated for Award, and if so, Won?: Yes; No
Age in Award Year: 30
Episode Submission: Home OR The Healers
Nominees: *Barbara Bosson as Miriam Grasso in Murder One (Chapter Eighteen OR Chapter Twenty); Lacey Chabert as Claudia Salinger in Party of Five; **Tyne Daly as Alice Henderson in Christy (Echoes OR The Road Home); *Sharon Lawrence as Sylvia Costas in NYPD Blue (Auntie Maimed OR Closing Time); *Gail O'Grady as Donna Abandando in NYPD Blue (Auntie Maimed OR A Death in the Family) ” - jmpatison003
 
28.
Alyson Hannigan
Alyson Hannigan was born in Washington, D.C., to Emilie (Posner), a real estate agent, and Al Hannigan, a truck driver. She began her acting career in Atlanta at the young age of 4 in commercials sponsoring such companies as McDonald's, Six Flags, and Oreos. She is a seasoned television actress veteran...
“ Year: 1997
Series: Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Role: Willow Rosenberg
Nominated for Award, and if so, Won?: No
Age in Award Year: 23
Episode Submission: Welcome to the Hellmouth
Nominees: **Kim Delaney as Detective Diane Russell in NYPD Blue; Jennifer Love Hewitt as Sarah Reeves Merrin in Party of Five; *Laura Innes as Dr. Kerry Weaver in ER; *Della Reese as Tess in Touched by an Angel; *Gloria Reuben as Jeanie Boulet in ER ” - jmpatison003
 
29.
Alyson Hannigan
Alyson Hannigan was born in Washington, D.C., to Emilie (Posner), a real estate agent, and Al Hannigan, a truck driver. She began her acting career in Atlanta at the young age of 4 in commercials sponsoring such companies as McDonald's, Six Flags, and Oreos. She is a seasoned television actress veteran...
“ Year: 1998
Series: Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Role: Willow Rosenberg
Nominated for Award, and if so, Won?: No
Age in Award Year: 24
Episode Submission: Phases
Nominees: Charisma Carpenter as Cordelia Chase in Buffy the Vampire Slayer (Bewitched, Bothered, and Bewildered); *Kim Delaney as Detective Diane Russell in NYPD Blue; *Laura Innes as Dr. Kerry Weaver in ER; **Camryn Manheim as Ellenor Frutt in The Practice (Axe Murderer OR Checkmate); *Gloria Reuben as Jeanie Boulet in ER ” - jmpatison003
 
30.
Alyson Hannigan
Alyson Hannigan was born in Washington, D.C., to Emilie (Posner), a real estate agent, and Al Hannigan, a truck driver. She began her acting career in Atlanta at the young age of 4 in commercials sponsoring such companies as McDonald's, Six Flags, and Oreos. She is a seasoned television actress veteran...
“ Year: 1999
Series: Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Role: Faith Lehane
Nominated for Award, and if so, Won?: No
Age in Award Year: 19
Episode Submission: Doppelgangland
Nominees: *Lara Flynn Boyle as Helen Gamble in The Practice; *Kim Delaney as Detective Diane Russell in NYPD Blue; *Camryn Manheim as Ellenor Frutt in The Practice; *Nancy Marchand as Livia Soprano in The Sopranos (Pilot (The Sopranos) OR 46 Long); **Holland Taylor as Roberta Kittleson in The Sopranos (End Games OR N/A) ” - jmpatison003
 
31.
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: 2000
Series: The West Wing
Role: C.J. Cregg
Nominated for Award, and if so, Won?: Yes; Yes
Age in Award Year: 41
Episode Submission: Celestial Navigation
Nominees: Lara Flynn Boyle as Helen Gamble in The Practice; Alyson Hannigan as Willow Rosenberg in Buffy the Vampire Slayer (Restless); *Nancy Marchand as Livia Soprano in The Sopranos (Do Not Resuscitate OR Funhouse); Janel Moloney as Donna Moss in The West Wing (Take This Sabbath Day); *Holland Taylor as Roberta Kittleson in The Practice ” - jmpatison003
 
32.
“ Year: 2001
Series: The West Wing
Role: Donna Moss
Nominated for Award, and if so, Won?: No
Age in Award Year: 32
Episode Submission: N/A
Nominees: Charisma Carpenter as Cordelia Chase in Angel (Belonging); Alyson Hannigan as Willow Rosenberg in Buffy the Vampire Slayer (The Weight of the World); **Allison Janney as C.J. Cregg in The West Wing (In the Shadow of Two Gunmen, Part II); Michelle Trachtenberg as Dawn Summers in Buffy the Vampire Slayer (The Body); *Aida Turturro as Janice Soprano in The Sopranos (Proshai, Livushka OR Employee of the Month) ” - jmpatison003
 
33.
Amber Benson
Amber Benson was born on January 8, 1977 in Birmingham, Alabama. As a young girl, she studied singing, dancing as well as acting. While still in her teens, she was involved in productions at the local community theatre. Her family moved to Los Angeles soon afterwards in 1992 so she could pursue a career in acting...
“ Year: 2002
Series: Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Role: Tara Maclay
Nominated for Award, and if so, Won?: No
Age in Award Year: 25
Episode Submission: Once More, with Feeling
Nominees: Charisma Carpenter as Cordelia Chase in Angel (Birthday); Emma Caulfield as Anya Jenkins in Buffy the Vampire Slayer (Hell's Bells); **Stockard Channing as Dr. Abbey Bartlet in The West Wing (Dead Irish Writers); Alyson Hannigan as Willow Rosenberg in Buffy the Vampire Slayer (Grave); *Janel Moloney as Donna Moss in The West Wing (War Crimes) ” - jmpatison003
 
34.
Summer Glau
Actress, Serenity
Summer is a native of San Antonio, Texas. She's been a ballerina most of her life. Her debut was in various commercials and a guest appearance on the WB's Angel. She has gone on to star on the TV series Firefly as well as its follow-up movie Serenity and the TV series Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles.
“ Year: 2003
Series: Firefly
Role: River Tam
Nominated for Award, and if so, Won?: No
Age in Award Year: 22
Episode Submission: Objects in Space
Nominees: Emma Caulfield as Anya Jenkins in Buffy the Vampire Slayer (Selfless); *Rachel Griffiths as Brenda Chenowith in Six Feet Under (Timing & Space OR The Opening); Alyson Hannigan as Willow Rosenberg in Buffy the Vampire Slayer (Conversations with Dead People); Janel Moloney as Donna Moss in The West Wing (Twenty Five); *Lena Olin as Irina Derevko in Alias ” - jmpatison003
 
35.
Drea de Matteo
Actress, The Sopranos
Andrea Donna de Matteo, called Drea (pronounced "dray"), was born on January 19, 1972 in Queens, New York, into an affluent family, the youngest of three children and the only girl. She is the daughter of Donna, a playwright and playwriting teacher at HB Studio in New York, and Albert A. De Matteo, a furniture manufacturer...
“ Year: 2004
Series: The Sopranos
Role: Adriana La Cerva
Nominated for Award, and if so, Won?: Yes; Yes
Age in Award Year: 32
Episode Submission: Irregular Around the Margins OR Long Term Parking
Nominees: Amy Acker as Winifred "Fred" Burkle (Time Bomb); *Stockard Channing as Dr. Abbey Bartlet in The West Wing (No Exit); *Tyne Daly as Maxine Gray in Judging Amy (Ex Parte of Five OR Roadhouse Blues); *Janel Moloney as Donna Moss in The West Wing (Gaza); *Robin Weigert as Calamity Jane in Deadwood (Deep Water OR No Other Sons or Daughters) ” - jmpatison003
 
36.
“ Year: 2005
Series: Battlestar Galactica
Role: Number Six
Nominated for Award, and if so, Won?: No
Age in Award Year: 31
Episode Submission: Six Degrees of Separation
Nominees: *Stockard Channing as Dr. Abbey Bartlet in The West Wing (The Wake-Up Call); **Blythe Danner as Izzy Huffstodt in Huff (Christmas Is Ruined OR Is She Dead?); *Sandra Oh as Dr. Cristina Yang in Grey's Anatomy (Save Me); *C.C.H. Pounder as Captain Claudette Wyms in The Shield (Dog House OR Tar Baby); Katee Sackhoff as Lieutenant Kara "Starbuck" Thrace in Battlestar Galactica (Act of Contrition) ” - jmpatison003
 
37.
“ Year: 2006
Series: Battlestar Galactica
Role: Lieutenant Kara "Starbuck" Thrace
Nominated for Award, and if so, Won?: No
Age in Award Year: 26
Episode Submission: Scar
Nominees: **Blythe Danner as Izzy Huffstodt in Huff (Maps Don't Talk, Part II OR So... What Brings You to Armageddon); Tricia Helfer as Number Six in Battlestar Galactica (Downloaded); *Sandra Oh as Dr. Cristina Yang in Grey's Anatomy (Deny, Deny, Deny); Polly Walker as Atia of the Julii in Rome; *Chandra Wilson as Dr. Miranda Bailey in Grey's Anatomy ((As We Know It)) ” - jmpatison003
 
38.
Sandra Oh
Sandra Oh was born to Korean parents in the Ottawa suburb of Nepean, Ontario, Canada. Her father, Oh Junsu, a businessman, and her mother, Oh Young-nam, a biochemist, were married in Seoul, South Korea. They both attended graduate school at the University of Toronto. Sandra began her career as a ballet dancer and eventually studied drama at the National Theatre School in Montreal...
“ Year: 2007
Series: Grey's Anatomy
Role: Dr. Cristina Yang
Nominated for Award, and if so, Won?: Yes; No
Age in Award Year: 36
Episode Submission: From a Whisper to a Scream
Nominees: *Lorraine Bracco as Dr. Jennifer Melfi in The Sopranos (The Blue Comet); Tricia Helfer as Number Six in Battlestar Galactica (The Eye of Jupiter); Felicia Pearson as Felicia "Snoop" Pearson in The Wire; Sara Ramirez as Dr. Callie Torres in Grey's Anatomy (Desire); Katee Sackhoff as Lieutenant Kara "Starbuck" Thrace in Battlestar Galactica (Maelstrom) ” - jmpatison003
 
39.
Dianne Wiest
One of three children (she has two brothers, Greg and Don), Dianne Wiest was born in Kansas City, Missouri, USA. Her mother, Anne Stewart (Keddie), was a nurse from Auchtermuchty, Scotland, and her father, Bernard John Wiest, was a college dean and social worker who was born in Pennsylvania, of German and Croatian descent...
“ Year: 2008
Series: In Treatment
Role: Gina Toll
Nominated for Award, and if so, Won?: Yes; Yes
Age in Award Year: 60
Episode Submission: Paul and Gina: Week 1
Nominees: Melissa George as Laura Hill in In Treatment; *Rachel Griffiths as Sarah Walker in Brothers & Sisters (Domestic Issues); Tricia Helfer as Number Six in Battlestar Galactica (Six of One); Christina Hendricks as Joan Holloway in Mad Men; Katee Sackhoff as Lieutenant Kara "Starbuck" Thrace in Battlestar Galactica (Six of One) ” - jmpatison003
 
40.
“ Year: 2009
Series: Battlestar Galactica
Role: Lieutenant Kara "Starbuck" Thrace
Nominated for Award, and if so, Won?: No
Age in Award Year: 29
Episode Submission: Someone to Watch Over Me
Nominees: *Rose Byrne as Ellen Parsons in Damage (Trust Me); *Hope Davis as Mia Nesky in In Treatment (Mia: Week 6); Grace Park as Sharon "Boomer" Valerii/Sharon "Athena" Agathon/Number Eight in Battlestar Galactica (Islanded in a Stream of Stars); Alison Pill as April in In Treatment; *Dianne Wiest as Gina Toll in In Treatment (Gina: Week 6) ” - jmpatison003
 
41.
Christina Hendricks
Actress, Mad Men
Christina Rene Hendricks was born in Knoxville, Tennessee, and grew up in Twin Falls, Idaho. Her father, Robert, originally from England, worked for the U.S. Forest Service, while her mother, Jackie Sue (Raymond), was a psychologist. At the age of 13 her father transferred to the Forest Service Washington...
“ Year: 2010
Series: Mad Men
Role: Joan Harris
Nominated for Award, and if so, Won?: Yes; No
Age in Award Year: 35
Episode Submission: Guy Walks Into an Advertising Agency
Nominees: *Christine Baranski as Diane Lockhart in The Good Wife (Bang); *Rose Byrne as Ellen Parsons in Damages (Your Secrets Are Safe); Anna Gunn as Skyler White in Breaking Bad (Half Measures); *Elisabeth Moss as Peggy Olson in Mad Men (Love Among the Ruins); **Archie Panjabi as Kalinda Sharma in The Good Wife (Hi) ” - jmpatison003
 
42.
Margo Martindale
Margo Martindale was born July 18, 1951 in Jacksonville, Texas, to Margaret (Pruitt) and William Everett Martindale, a lumber company owner and dog handler. She is the youngest of three children, and the only daughter. Margo attended Lon Marris College, and later transferred to University of Michigan at Ann Arbor...
“ Year: 2011
Series: Justified
Role: Mags Bennett
Nominated for Award, and if so, Won?: Yes; Yes
Age in Award Year: 61
Episode Submission: Brother's Keeper
Nominees: Michelle Fairley as Lady Catelyn Stark in Game of Thrones; *Michelle Forbes as Mitch Larsen in The Killing (Pilot); *Christina Hendricks as Joan Harris in Mad Men (The Summer Man); *Kelly Macdonald as Margaret Schroeder in Boardwalk Empire (Family Limitation); *Archie Panjabi as Kalinda Sharma in The Good Wife (Getting Off) ” - jmpatison003
 
43.
Maggie Smith
One of the world's most famous and distinguished actresses, Dame Maggie Smith was born Margaret Natalie Smith in Essex. Her Scottish mother, Margaret (Hutton), worked as a secretary, and her English father, Nathaniel Smith, was a teacher at Oxford University. Smith has been married twice: to actor Robert Stephens and to playwright Beverley Cross...
“ Year: 2012
Series: Downton Abbey
Role: Lady Violet Crawley, Dowager Countess of Grantham
Nominated for Award, and if so, Won?: Yes; Yes
Age in Award Year: 78
Episode Submission: Episode One
Nominees: *Anna Gunn as Skyler White in Breaking Bad (Cornered); Lena Headey as Queen Cersei Lannister in Game of Thrones; *Christina Hendricks as Joan Harris in Mad Men (The Other Woman); Regina King as Detective Lydia Adams in Southland; Kelly Macdonald as Margaret Schroeder in Boardwalk Empire; Maisie Williams as Arya Stark in Game of Thrones ” - jmpatison003
 
44.
Anna Gunn
Actress, Breaking Bad
An actress on both stage and screen, Anna Gunn has portrayed a vast array of complex and powerful characters throughout her career. Anna grew up in Santa Fe, New Mexico after her parents transplanted the family from Cleveland, Ohio to the Southwest in the late seventies. She discovered acting in a...
“ Year: 2013
Series: Breaking Bad
Role: Skyler White
Nominated for Award, and if so, Won?: TBA
Age in Award Year: 45
Episode Submission: Fifty-One
Nominees: Morena Baccarin as Jessica Brody in Homeland; Emilia Clarke as Daenerys "Dany" Targaryen in Game of Thrones (And Not His Watch Is Ended); Maggie Smith as Lady Violet Crawley, Dowager Countess of Grantham in Downton Abbey; Christina Hendricks as Joan Harris in Mad Men; Regina King as Detective Lydia Adams in Southland; Elizabeth McGovern as Lady Cora Crawley, Countess of Grantham in Downton Abbey; Olivia Munn as Sloane Sabbith in The Newsroom (Bullies); Monica Potter as Kristina Braverman in Parenthood; Abigail Spencer as Amantha Holden in Rectify ” - jmpatison003