Emmys fun facts and trivia: Comedy Guest Actress

All of this year’s Comedy Guest Actress nominees have contended for at least one other Emmy in their careers.

Elaine Stritch (“30 Rock”) won this award for playing this same part in 2007.

Melissa McCarthy (“Saturday Night Live”) claimed Comedy Actress for the freshman season of “Mike & Molly” two years ago. 

Since 2009, “Saturday Night Live” guest hosts have been allowed to compete in this category. Two have won: Tina Fey (2009) and Betty White (2010). McCarthy and Kristen Wiig are nominated this year.

Melissa Leo (“Louie”) is the only Oscar winner nominated for a comedy acting Emmy this year. Alec Baldwin (“30 Rock”), Don Cheadle (“House of Lies”), Laura Dern (“Enlightened”), McCarthy, and Wiig are past Academy Award nominees.

Dot-Marie Jones (“Glee”) has been nominated in this category three consecutive years.

If Stritch wins, she would be the second oldest winner ever in this category. White was 88 years, 8 months. Stritch would be 88 years, 7 months.

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Most Comedy Guest Actress wins (2): Colleen Dewhurst (“Murphy Brown”), Kathryn Joosten (“Desperate Housewives”), Cloris Leachman (“Malcolm in the Middle”), Jean Smart (“Frasier”), Tracey Ullman (“Ally McBeal,” “Love and War”), Betty White (“The John Larroquette Show,” “Saturday Night Live”).

Most Comedy Guest Actress nominations (7): Cloris Leachman (“Malcolm in the Middle,” “Raising Hope”).

Most Comedy Guest Actress nominations with no wins (3): Christine Baranski (“The Big Bang Theory,” “Frasier”), Georgia Engel (“Everybody Loves Raymond”), Laurie Metcalf (“Desperate Housewives,” “Monk,” “3rd Rock from the Sun”).

Program with most Comedy Guest Actress nominations (11): “30 Rock” (Jennifer Aniston, Elizabeth Banks, Margaret Cho, Edie Falco, Carrie Fisher, Elaine Stritch).

Emmy career nominations and wins for 2013 contenders: Elaine Stritch (3 wins; 8 noms), Melissa McCarthy (1 win; 4 noms), Kristen Wiig (0 wins; 6 noms), Dot-Marie Jones (0 wins; 3 noms), Melissa Leo (0 wins, 2 noms), Molly Shannon (0 wins, 2 noms).

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6 thoughts on “Emmys fun facts and trivia: Comedy Guest Actress

  1. Also for acting – Oscar winners nominated this yr: Ellen Burstyn, Jessica Lange, Kevin Spacey, Matt Damon, Maggie Smith, Jane Fonda, Michael Douglas, Al Pacino, Helen Mirren. Oscar nominees nominated this yr: Joan Cusack, Sigourney Weaver, Laura Linney, James Cromwell, Imelda Staunton, Alfre Woodard.

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