June 28, 2015 at 11:01 am #429482
I will start with my subjective top ten list of actresses never nominated, in my own order of preference:
1. Kathryn Hays (Kim Reynolds Dixon Stewart Andropolous Hughes), ATWT – Oh, how I loved Kim! And how disappointed I was year after year to see her name left off the Lead or Supporting Actress list. The year she most deserved to win was 1990-91 for the Kim/Bob/Susan triangle. How I wish I could hear her now saying “Kiddo!” once more! Just loved her, Kim was my fantasy mom!
2. Kate Mulgrew (Mary Ryan Fenelli, RH) – she was only 20 years old when she began on the show and played Mary brilliantly for the first 2 1/2 years of Ryan’s Hope. (She returned as the ghost of Mary and as a character named Maura later in the show’s run). She seemed older than 20 – she had a maturity to her acting evident from the very first episode. She did great work with Michael Levin’s Jack and her screen parents, Helen Gallagher (Maeve) and da (Bernard Barrow). And of course, all those fiery scenes with sister-in-law Delia! (Ilene Kristen)
3. Constance Ford (Ada, Another World) Ada brighted every scene she was in. Arguing with daughter Rachel, middle-aged romances, she always brought so much zing to her role!
4. Karen Morris-Gowdy (Faith Coleridge, Ryan’s Hope). She was the third actress to play Faith. She did great drunk scenes (the best I’ve ever seen from any actor or actress). She especially deserved a nomination for her great work during her final year (1983-84) but was superb throughout her 6 year run.
5. Nada Rowand (Kate Rescott, Loving) I was always extremely surprised when her name wasn’t among the Supporting Actress nominations, particularly the two years her on-screen love (Bernard Barrow) was nominated – and he even won in 1991. She brought great conviction to her role, especially her arguments with bad girl daughter Ava!
6. Anna Stuart (Donna Love Hudson, Another World) Boy, did she deliver powerful performances! When she mowed down one daughter mistakingly believing it was the other; her cougar romance with Matthew Cory; her great scenes with Anne Heche’s Marley and Victoria. Great chemistry with everyone, too.
7. Margaret Colin (Margo Montgomery Hughes, ATWT) I used to run home to catch the last 15 minutes of ATWT specifically for Ms. Colin’s Margo. She worked with her husband-to-be Justin Deas (as Tom Hughes), did great work with Larry Bryggman’s John, Anne Sward’s Lylah, Anthony Herrera’s nefarious James, and everyone else. I miss her.
8. Kate Collins (Natalie and Janet, AMC) Specifically, the 1991-92 season, when she played both roles, but she was great earlier as well. She did a great job differentiating the roles and making each special.
9. Nancy Frangione (Cecile, Another World) She would come on the show, usually for brief periods, and dazzle in her villainess role as the fiery feisty Cecile.
10. Marie Masters (Susan Stewart, ATWT) Susan was a favorite. She especially deserved a nomination for the Kim/Bob/Susan triangle, but she was always special. Just loved her.
10. (tie) Tamara Tunie (Jessica Griffin, ATWT) She was dazzling! Perhaps better known as the M.E. on Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, she really deserved Emmy nominations for her complicated and fascinating turn as Jessica Griffin, lady lawyer extraordinaire!
Julie Adams, Capitol
Mary Kay Adams, Guiding Light
Jennifer Ashe, As The World Turns
Gail Brown, Another World
Maree Cheatham, Search For Tomorrow
Marilyn Chris, One Life To Live
Alicia Coppola, Another World
Carmen Duncan, Another World
Candice Earley, All My Children
Sarah Felder, Ryan’s Hope
Frances Fisher, The Edge Of Night
Marg Helgenberger, Ryan’s Hope
Catherine Hicklnad, One Life To Live
Catherine Hicks, Ryan’s Hope
Renee Jones, Days Of Our Lives
Mina Kolb, Generations
Lauren Koslow, Days Of Our Lives
Felicity LaFortune, Ryan’s Hope
Florencia Lozano, One Life To Live
Marcia McCabe, Search For Tomorrow
Jada Rowland, The Doctors
Tina Sloan, Guiding Light
Anne Sward, As The World Turns
Helen Wagner, As The World Turns
Tudi Wiggins, Love Of Life
Seven who were nominated, but should have also been nominated for another show:
1. Hillary B. Smith (Margo Montgomery Hughes, ATWT) She won her her Nora on OLTL, but she was fantastic as Margo as well. Particularly memorable was her deaf storyline.
2. Beverlee McKinsey (Alexandra Spaulding, GL) Four nominations for playing Iris on Another World, she was never nominated for her other iconic role – as the powerful Alexandra.
3. Lisa Brown (Nola Reardon, Guiding Light) She stole the show during her four years as Nola! Great movie fantasies, triangles, and bravura acting!
4. Jane Elliot (Carrie, Guiding Light) She was only on the show for one year, but her split personality story was one of the best ever, proving she is one of the greatest daytime actresses ever.
5. Ilene Kristen (Delia Reid Ryan Ryan Coleridge, Ryan’s Hope) Nominated twice for OLTL, her signature role is Delia. She played the role as a schemer (Randall Edwards, who did get a nomination, played Delia as a dreamer).
6. Judi Evans (Paulina, Another World) She was brilliant on AW. She won for GL and was nominated for Days, but I think her best work was actually on AW.
7. Robin Mattson (Janet, All My Children) My memory is that she played “Janet from another planet” for four years in the 1990’s (1994-98?). She was memorable. She received one nomination for her role as Heather on GH, and 3 for her role as Gina on Santa Barbara.
So, who have I missed in your opinion??? I know I’ve missed some great actresses…June 28, 2015 at 6:29 pm #429484
Catherine Hickland always comes to my mind first. She was never a showy performer, but always consistently good. I’m also a little suprised that Hunter Tylo was never nominated. I wouldn’t consider her among the Daytime greats, but she has always been high profile and I can think of at least a handful of stories where she should have been competitive for a nomination.June 28, 2015 at 7:22 pm #429485
Great list, Freeman! I especially agree with Kathryn Hays and Kate Mulgrew! They were both so good. Getting down to specific roles, Lisa Brown was amazing as Nola.
Catherine Hickland is a great addition to the list, gdfl.
I can’t think of anyone else offhand. Your list is very thorough!June 28, 2015 at 10:44 pm #429486
I was definitely thinking of Catherine Hickland as well. I always loved her. And thanks for making me remember Cecile from Another World!June 28, 2015 at 11:04 pm #429487
I remember the unrecognized performances of Grayson Hall as Dr. Julia Hoffman on Dark Shadows. Only screen legend Joan Bennett received a nomination for the soap opera set in Collinsport, Maine and addressing the supernatural occurrences there. Hall was nominated for an Oscar as Best Supporting Actress only two years prior to joining the soap opera for a five year run. As the time traveling story dictated, Hall played a number of roles. No matter how extreme the scenario, Hall grounded the story with a strong sense of reality. She went to brief runs on All My Children and One Life to Live before dying far too early from lung cancer.June 29, 2015 at 2:15 am #429488
I forgot and thanks for reminding me about Catherine Hickland’s Lindsay – she was terrific! I knew I forgot a few. I also really like Hunter Tylo.
Two other actresses I thought about who had small supporting roles that were really strong were Bethel Leslie as Ceara’s (Genie Francis) mother and Lynne Thigpen as Grace Keefer both on All My Children – they both delivered powerful supporting performances. Also: Marilyn Chris was phenomenal for many years on OLTL.
In addition to her role on As The World Turns, Jennifer Ashe was quite good on Loving – a younger actress nomination would have been warranted. (I wonder whatever became of her?)
I loved Susan Marie Snyder’s Julie Wendell on As The World Turns. There are so many soap actors and actresses that just plain disappeared after their work on their soap who were phenomenally talented but never made it to films and primetime (or other soaps).
I watched more east coast soaps back in the day (I am in my forties, but I started watching soaps when I was four years old!), which is why I’m not so sure about some of the west coast soaps. I’m sure there were even more who deserved nominations – perhaps if they had more categories like some of the other soap opera awards, such as Mature Actress, Villiainess, Short-term Guest Actress, etc., more deserving nominees would have occured over the years.June 29, 2015 at 6:10 am #429489
It’s criminal that Catherine Hickland wasn’t nominated for the Woman of the Year scenes where she confessed to murdering Spencer Truman. She should have been an easy winner that year.
Florencia Lozano should have multiple lead and supporting noms and at least one win for her work as Tea Delgado.
I’m not a huge fan of this actress, but Melissa Archer would have made a deserving younger actress nominee for the first few years of her run on OLTL.
Multiple winner Gina Tognoni should have been nominated at least once for her work as Kelly Cramer as well.June 29, 2015 at 11:20 am #429490
I’ll add the following never-nominated names:
Brenda Brock, as Brenda McGillis, in One Life to Live (ABC)
Alicia Coppola, as Lorna Devon, in Another World (NBC)
Brenda Dickson, as Jill Foster, in The Young and the Restless (CBS)
Emma Samms, as Holly Scorpio, in General Hospital (ABC)
Tina Sloan, as Lillian Raines, in Guiding Light (CBS)June 29, 2015 at 12:28 pm #429491
How did I ever forget Florencia Lozano? And thanks for reminding me about Alicia Coppola – she was magnificent! Also: Denise Alexander (nominated for GH) was superb as Mary McKinnon on Another World…. the list is endless, because the acting on daytime is so often more superb than acting in any other medium (:June 29, 2015 at 6:40 pm #429492
I have to add the ever amazing Louise sorel as vivian alamain, as Days of our lives’s best character of all time to this list, she’s the best villian and comedian ever, and should have at least one emmy nomination if not win in the supporting actress category for her on and off 10 years on the show.,June 30, 2015 at 5:29 am #429493
^What’s been fun about this thread are the great memories of the actresses I have forgotten. Louise Sorel was fantastic as Vivian on Days but also great as Augusta Lockridge on Santa Barbara! (:
Another actress I think was Emmy-worthy: Pamela Payton-Wright as Addie Cramer on One Life To Live (:
I don’t remember ‘Brenda McGillis’ or Brenda Brock, the actress, on One Life To Live? When was she on the show? What was her storyline? (I watched OLTL between 1980-87 and 1992-2013, so perhaps she was on the show during the five years I was away from the show? I returned for Billy Douglas and Nora Hanen Gannon (Buchanan Rappaport Buchanan) and then less than a year later my beloved Dorian returned spectacularly in ’93!)June 30, 2015 at 10:08 am #429494
Fully agree with the incredibly talented Florencia Lozano, Tina Sloan, Renee Jones, Kathryn Hayes and Louise Sorel. A travesty that they were never nominated.June 30, 2015 at 2:50 pm #429495
I don’t remember ‘Brenda McGillis’ or Brenda Brock, the actress, on One Life To Live? When was she on the show? What was her storyline? (I watched OLTL between 1980-87 and 1992-2013, so perhaps she was on the show during the five years I was away from the show? I returned for Billy Douglas and Nora Hanen Gannon (Buchanan Rappaport Buchanan) and then less than a year later my beloved Dorian returned spectacularly in ’93!)
Brenda Brock started on One Life to Live in the 1988 story that had Clint [Clint Ritchie] having gone back to in time and to the wild west. She played a different character. The show warmed to her and had her play the new character of Brenda McGillis. She gave a very pure, warm, good-hearted performance as Brenda fell in love with Max Holden’s brother, Steve [Russ Anderson], but lost him and later found love with Dr. Larry Wolek [cast veteran Michael Storm]. Brock left the show in 1991 and later switched careers. But her performance, which garnered a Soap Opera Digest nomination for supporting actress, was damn good acting.
I didn’t notice that Guiding Light‘s Tina Sloan was mentioned. And I didn’t want to repeat any one name. I wanted to cite another name but didn’t want to double up for one series having more than one slot. But, for the hell of it, I will offer another name: Patricia Elliott, who played Renee Divine, on One Life to Live (ABC). Her chance at nomination came in the same period Thom Christopher won the 1991-92 supporting-actor Emmy as Carlo Hesser. (Carlo and Renee used to be lovers. And he tried to come between Renee and her husband Asa played by also-denied-for-at-least-one-nomination Phil Carey.) Elliot won the 1972-73 Tony Award for supporting actress in a musical for A Little Night Music, that year’s top Tony winner which also resulted in a lead-actress statue for Glynis Johns. It’s really a shame that Elliot didn’t get a single Daytime Emmy nomination.July 1, 2015 at 1:58 am #429496
Totally agree about Patricia Elliot!!! God I loved her!
Adding also Liz Keifer as Blake on “Guiding Light,” especially during the Ben Warren storyline.