“The women are the unsung heroes,” says Kim Delaney about the characters in Lifetime’s drama series “Army Wives.” As she explains to Gold Derby, “Obviously, the soldiers are over there fighting for all of us. The spouses are the ones at home taking care of everything else.” Delaney just wrapped her fifth season as Claudia Joy Holden, wife of General Michael Holden (Brian McNamara). “She’s always been the heart of the show … kind of the central nucleus. The way she has progressed is that she’s had some tough things to get through on her own. She’s lost a daughter, she was diagnosed with diabetes … and still to stay strong as the general’s wife. You can’t let them see you sweat.”
Delaney is vying for a spot in the competive Drama Actress category at the Emmy Awards. If she is nominated, her episode submission to the Emmys judging panel will be either “On Behalf of a Grateful Nation” (the other wives support Denise Sherwood (Catherine Bell) following the death of her son) or “Soldier On” (the follow-up episode that has life-changing decisions for many of them).
Back in 1997, Kim Delaney won the Supporting Drama Actress race for her role as Detective Diane Russell on “NYPD Blue.” That night, she defeated three “E.R.” actresses (Laura Innes, CCH Pounder, and Gloria Reuben) plus Della Reese (“Touched by an Angel”). She went on to contend again the following two years but lost to featured players on “The Practice” — first Camryn Manheim and then Holland Taylor.