Heather Tom has been a staple of daytime television for almost three decades, beginning with her star-making role as Victoria Newman on “The Young and the Restless” in the 1990s. She then assumed the role of Kelly Cramer on “One Life to Live” in the 2000s. And since 2007 she has played Katie Logan on “The Bold and the Beautiful.” She’s pre-nominated once again this year for Best Actress, which she has won twice before (2012, 2013), and if she wins again she’ll tie soap opera queen Erika Slezak as daytime’s most awarded actress.
Slezak played Victoria Lord on “OLTL” for 42 years, from 1971 all the way to its ill-fated online revival in 2013. For her work she won six Daytime Emmys for Best 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 eighth Emmy for “General Hospital” in 2015.
But if Slezak could be considered the Meryl Streep of daytime TV, Tom could be its Kate Winslet: she’s an actress with a remarkable awards track record, yet she’s only 41. She has already earned 16 Emmy nominations – seven more than Slezak – and is the only performer to win at all three acting levels: younger, supporting and lead. In addition to her two aforementioned Best Actress wins for “B&B” she also claimed Best Supporting Actress for the series in 2011, and before that won Best Younger Actress for “Y&R” in 1993 and 1999. With five total victories to date, she’s one away from tying Slezak’s record and becoming by far the youngest actor to win six or more Daytime Emmys.
According to our racetrack odds, Tom will indeed win Emmy number-six. She leads the Best Actress race with 23/10 odds, followed by two “GH” actresses, Nancy Lee Grahn (3/1 odds) and Laura Wright (7/2 odds), who are also previous Emmy winners. Do you agree that Tom is the frontrunner to win?
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