Heather Tom has been a staple of daytime television for more than two decades, beginning with her star-making role on “The Young and the Restless” in the 1990s and continuing into “One Life to Live” and currently “The Bold and the Beautiful.” She’s the two-time defending champ for Best Drama Actress, and if she wins again this year she’ll tie soap opera queen Erika Slezak as daytime’s most awarded actress.
Slezak played Victoria Lord on “One Life” for 42 years, from 1971 all the way through to its ill-fated online revival in 2013. For her work she won six Daytime Emmys for Best Drama Actress, more than any other woman. She is tied with Justin Deas as the second most awarded daytime actor overall; they both trail Anthony Geary, who won his seventh Emmy for “General Hospital” in 2012.
At age 38, Tom has already earned 15 Emmy nominations – six more than Slezak – and is the only performer to win at all three acting levels: Lead, Supporting, and Younger. She has won Best Drama Actress for “B&B” for the last two years, and if she wins again she would be the first to prevail in that category three times in a row.
Standing in her way is Eileen Davidson, another daytime veteran and Tom’s former “Y&R” co-star. She returned to “Days of Our Lives” to much fanfare after 14 years away, but despite a career in soaps that goes back 32 years, she has only been nominated twice and never won.
However, according to our predictions center, Davidson is the frontrunner this year with 8/5 odds, while Tom is a close second with 12/5 odds. Will Davidson finally win her first award, or will Tom make her way into Daytime Emmys history? Make your Drama Actress predictions below: