Daytime Emmys: Alyvia Alyn Lind (‘Young and Restless’) may become youngest soap opera acting winner

Alyvia Alyn Lind (“The Young and the Restless”) could make history at the 2017 Daytime Emmy Awards. She’s nominated for Best Younger Actress for her role as Faith Newman, the daughter of Nick and Sharon Newman (played by longtime “Y&R” stars Joshua Morrow and Sharon Case). This is her first nomination, and at age nine she would be the youngest soap opera acting winner in history.

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The current record holder as the youngest Daytime Emmy acting winner is Camryn Grimes, also from “Y&R,” who was 10 years old when she prevailed in 2000. Grimes actually played Faith Newman’s older sister Cassie from 1997 until 2005, when Cassie was killed in a car accident. Faith was born in 2009, four years after her on-screen sister’s death. Grimes eventually returned to the CBS soap in 2014 as Mariah Copeland, as Cassie lookalike who was eventually revealed to be Cassie’s long-lost twin sister.

The Emmys for Best Younger Actress and Best Younger Actor have been given out since 1985, but they’re usually reserved for adults. The cut-off age for eligibility is 25, so we typically see the prizes go to mature older teens and young adults. But children haven’t been completely shut out. In addition to Grimes, Kimberly McCullough won for “General Hospital” as a pre-teen — she prevailed in 1989 at age 11 and earned five more nominations, winning again in 1996.

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“Y&R” has won Best Younger Actress eight times, more than any other soap, which could be good news for Lind, though she does face off against her co-star, 23-year-old Hunter King, who has already won this award twice (2014-2015). But if Lind does win she will join an impressive list of young women who have prevailed, including Julianne Moore (“As the World Turns,” 1988), Anne Heche (“Another World,” 1991), Sarah Michelle Gellar (“All My Children,” 1995) and Jennifer Finnigan (“The Bold and the Beautiful,” 2002-2004).

Just by earning a nomination Lind has joined an auspicious list of past Younger Actress contenders, including Melissa Leo (“All My Children,” 1985), Jane Krakowski (“Search for Tomorrow,” 1986-1987) and Robin Wright (“Santa Barbara,” 1986-1988).

Regardless of the outcome, Lind may be a star in the making. Her resume already includes recurring roles in an impressive array of shows, including “Revenge,” “Transparent” and “Masters of Sex.” and she has played a young Dolly Parton twice, in the TV movies “Coat of Many Colors” (2015) and “Christmas of Many Colors” (2016) — the first of those telefilms earned her a Critics’ Choice nomination for Best Movie/Limited Series Actress.

Do you think Lind will make history with her first Emmy Award at such a young age?

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