Uh oh, Jane Lynch: Betty White, Cloris Leachman & Kathryn Joosten are in Emmys race

Three of Emmys‘ favorite ladies — Cloris Leachman, Betty White, and Kathryn Joosten — should start dusting off their mantels, because one of them could well win another statue this September as Best Supporting Comedy Actress. Together, this trio of sassy dames has racked up a staggering 41 Emmy nominations and 15 wins over their lengthy careers.

Cloris Leachman leads with 21 nominations and a record 8 victories (and that’s not even counting her single Daytime Emmy award). While she is billed as a “Special Guest Star” on “Raising Hope,” her over-the-top character Maw Maw has become such a fixture on the Fox laffer that she should be entered in the supporting category come Emmy time.

Betty White, a 17-time nominee, picked up her fifth statue last year as Guest Comedy Actress for her much-viewed stint hosting “Saturday Night Live.” Last month, White was as suprised as the pundits when she won the Comedy Actress award from SAG for “Hot in Cleveland.” While the actors guild doesn’t distinguish between lead and featured performances, the TV academy does and White will likely go supporting for this TV Land hit sitcom.

Longtime TV academy governor Kathryn Joosten has two wins to show for her three Guest Comedy Actress bids for “Desperate Housewives.” After six seasons playing grouchy neighbor Karen McCluskey, the ABC comedy staple finally promoted Joosten to a full-fledged series regular this year, so she’ll be entering her name as a supporting actress.

Last year’s nominees in the Supporting Comedy Actress category are all in the running again this time around: Julie Bowen (“Modern Family”), Jane Krakowski (“30 Rock”), Jane Lynch (“Glee”), Holland Taylor (“Two And A Half Men”), Sofia Vergara (“Modern Family”), and Kristen Wiig (“Saturday Night Live”). Three of those ladies will surely hear their names called again this year — the two “Modern Family” gals and the unstoppable Lynch, who won her first career bid last year for playing “Glee’s” Sue Sylvester. The other three are not locks to receive another nomination.

While we will have to wait and see whether one of Leachman, White, or Joosten can overtake Lynch to win the award, their extensive Emmy resumes should be enough to make it quite the race.

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