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

by jmpatison003 | created - 04 Jan 2013 | updated - 03 Jul 2013 | Public

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!

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 ...

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

2. Susan Saint James

Actress | McMillan & Wife

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, ...

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.

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 ...

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.

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 (1935) in 1940. Ellen would not be seen on the big screen again until 1945 in Cornered (1945). In 1946, she appeared in 14 films, although mostly in small, minor ...

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

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 (1935) in 1940. Ellen would not be seen on the big screen again until 1945 in Cornered (1945). In 1946, she appeared in 14 films, although mostly in small, minor ...

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

6. Angela Baddeley

Actress | Upstairs, Downstairs

Angela Baddeley was born on July 4, 1904 in West Ham, London, England as Madeline Angela Clinton-Baddeley. She was an actress, known for Upstairs, Downstairs (1971), The Speckled Band (1931) and Arms and the Man (1932). She was married to Glen Byam Shaw and Stephen Thomas. She died on February 22, ...

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

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 (1935) in 1940. Ellen would not be seen on the big screen again until 1945 in Cornered (1945). In 1946, she appeared in 14 films, although mostly in small, minor ...

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

8. Jacqueline Tong

Actress | Upstairs, Downstairs

Jacqueline Tong was born on May 21, 1951 in Bristol, England. She is an actress, known for Upstairs, Downstairs (1971), Spearhead (1978) and Growing Rich (1992). She has been married to Nicholas, Gordon Roberts since May 28, 1983.

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

9. Nancy Marchand

Actress | The Sopranos

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 ...

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

10. 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: 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

11. Nancy Marchand

Actress | The Sopranos

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 ...

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.

12. Barbara Bosson

Actress | Hill Street Blues

Barbara Bosson, who earned an Emmy Award nomination for her performance on Murder One (1995), 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 ...

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.

13. Barbara Bosson

Actress | Hill Street Blues

Barbara Bosson, who earned an Emmy Award nomination for her performance on Murder One (1995), 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 ...

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

14. Betty Thomas

Self | Howard Stern

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...

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.

15. Christina Pickles

Actress | Break a Hip

Christina Pickles was born on February 17, 1935 in Halifax, Yorkshire, England as Christine Pickles. She is an actress and producer, known for Break a Hip (2015), Friends (1994) and Romeo + Juliet (1996). She has been married to Ian Masters since 2005. She was previously married to Victor Lobl.

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

16. Betty Thomas

Self | Howard Stern

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...

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

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 ...

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

18. Susan Ruttan

Actress | L.A. Law

Susan Ruttan was born on September 16, 1948 in Oregon City, Oregon, USA as Susan Dunrud. She is an actress, known for L.A. Law (1986), Dead Air (2009) and Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1996). She was previously married to Randy McDonald and Melven Ruttan.

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

19. Susan Ruttan

Actress | L.A. Law

Susan Ruttan was born on September 16, 1948 in Oregon City, Oregon, USA as Susan Dunrud. She is an actress, known for L.A. Law (1986), Dead Air (2009) and Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1996). She was previously married to Randy McDonald and Melven Ruttan.

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)

20. Melanie Mayron

Actress | Thirtysomething

Melanie Mayron was born on October 20, 1952 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA. She is an actress and director, known for Thirtysomething (1987), Snapshots (2018) and Girlfriends (1978).

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

21. Sherilyn Fenn

Actress | Of Mice and Men

The sultry, versatile, petite (5' 4") beauty Sherilyn Fenn was born Sheryl Ann Fenn into a family of musicians of Italian and Hungarian descent on her mother's side and of Irish and French descent on her father's. The youngest of three children, her mother, Arlene Quatro, played keyboard in rock ...

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?)

22. Diana Muldaur

Actress | McCloud

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 ...

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)

23. Marg Helgenberger

Actress | CSI: Crime Scene Investigation

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 ...

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)

24. Mary Alice

Actress | The Matrix Revolutions

Mary Alice was born on December 3, 1941 in Indianola, Mississippi, USA as Mary Alice Smith. She is an actress, known for The Matrix Revolutions (2003), Awakenings (1990) and I'll Fly Away (1991).

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)

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 ...

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)

26. Julianna Margulies

Actress | ER

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, ...

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)

27. Julianna Margulies

Actress | ER

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, ...

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)

28. Alyson Hannigan

Actress | American Pie

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 ...

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

29. Alyson Hannigan

Actress | American Pie

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 ...

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

30. Alyson Hannigan

Actress | American Pie

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 ...

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)

31. 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: 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

32. Janel Moloney

Actress | The West Wing

Janel Moloney was born on October 3, 1969 in Woodland Hills, Los Angeles, California, USA as Janel Wallace Moloney. She is an actress, known for The West Wing (1999), The Adventures of Brisco County Jr. (1993) and The Leisure Seeker (2017).

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)

33. Amber Benson

Actress | Chance

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 ...

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)

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 (1999). She has gone on to star on the TV series Firefly (2002) as well as its follow-up movie Serenity (2005) and the TV series ...

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

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,...

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)

36. Tricia Helfer

Actress | Battlestar Galactica

Tricia Helfer is a Canadian cover girl model-turned-actress who has developed her resume beyond the catwalk to include many diverse roles highlighting her versatile and natural screen presence. Best known as the face of the series, and for her Leo award-winning lead performance as the humanoid, ...

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)

37. Katee Sackhoff

Actress | Battlestar Galactica

Katee Sackhoff was born on April 8, 1980 in Portland, Oregon, USA as Kathryn Ann Sackhoff. She is an actress and producer, known for Battlestar Galactica (2004), Riddick (2013) and Oculus (2013).

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))

38. Sandra Oh

Actress | Grey's Anatomy

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 ...

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)

39. Dianne Wiest

Actress | Hannah and Her Sisters

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 ...

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)

40. Katee Sackhoff

Actress | Battlestar Galactica

Katee Sackhoff was born on April 8, 1980 in Portland, Oregon, USA as Kathryn Ann Sackhoff. She is an actress and producer, known for Battlestar Galactica (2004), Riddick (2013) and Oculus (2013).

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)

41. Christina Hendricks

Actress | Ginger & Rosa

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 ...

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)

42. Margo Martindale

Actress | August: Osage County

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 ...

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)

43. Maggie Smith

Actress | Gosford Park

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 ...

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

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



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