Daytime Emmys spotlight: Laura Wright

Laura Wright was only 21 years old when she made her television debut as Ally Rescott on the low-rated soap opera “Loving” in 1991. At the time, she was inexperienced but has since grown into a skilled and masterful actress and has emerged as one this year’s most worthy Emmy contenders.  

Playing Cassie Layne Winslow, the younger sister of soap icon Kim Zimmer, on “Guiding Light” from 1997 to 2005 earned her much praise. She impressed by holding her own against the multiple Emmy winner and became a fan favorite. While Wright reaped multiple Emmy pre-nominations, she never earned a nomination.

In 2005, she left “Guiding Light” to take on one of the most complex characters in daytime — Carly Corinthos on “General Hospital.” The role had won three Emmys for originator Sarah Brown, and a nomination for her replacement, the uber-popular Tamara Braun. As the role changed, so did the category in the which the actresses contended, Brown won Younger Actress in 1997 and 1998 and then Supporting Actress in 2000. Braun was nominated as Best Actress in 2004 but was beaten by perennial nominee Michelle Stafford from “The Young & The Restless.”

Industry insiders wondered if Laura had the chops to pull off this multi-faceted part but she proved her doubters wrong and she has earned Emmy pre-nominations in each of the past four years.   

This year, Wright is one of the leading contenders for the Best Actress prize. She has turned a character once known for impulsive choices and childish fits of anger into a woman who realizes how her past choices have affected her children. Over the past year, Carly has had to question the relationships with the two men in her life — Sonny Corinthos and Jason Morgan — whose mobster lifestyles have done permanent damage to her children.

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