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  • FreemanGriffin
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    Here are the seven nominees from 1978:

    Mary Fickett as Ruth Martin, AMC – I’m pretty sure this was the year Ruth was raped by Ray Gardner.
    (2nd competitive nomination; she had won for Inidividual Achievement in 1973)

    Jennifer Harmon as Cathy Craig, OLTL – pretty sure this was the year that Cathy went nuts when her baby was taken from her, and she accused Vicki of the crime (only nomination; she left the show in 1978 after 3 years)

    Laurie Heinemann as Sharlene Frame, AW – she was on the show for only 6 weeks during the eligibility period and it was the end of her split personality storyline (only nomination, she had left the show after 2 1/2 years)

    Susan Lucci as Erica Kane, AMC – the first of her 21 nominations, this was the year that she was involved with Nick Davis

    Beverlee McKinsey as Iris Cory, AW – Iris was up to her usual scheming and love fixation on her father Mac and rivalry with her stepmother Rachel (2nd of 4 nominations)

    Susan Seaforth Hayes as Julie Williams, Days – pretty sure Julie was torn between Don Craig and Doug Williams during the eligiblity period (3rd of 4 nominatons)

    Victoria Wyndham as Rachel Cory, AW – ups and downs with Mac and rivalry with Iris (1st of 2 nominations)

    So how did Laurie Heinemann win over these legendary powerhouses? with the exception of Ms. Harmon, the other five nominees are all legendary. The fact that Ms. McKinsey and Ms. Wyndham, her co-stars, never won Emmys seems criminal.

    But here’s a few names that were NOT nominated: Nancy Addison, Helen Gallagher, Catherine Hicks, Ilene Kristen, Karen Morris-Gowdy and Kate Mulgrew, for Ryan’s Hope; Judith Barcroft, Francesca James and Kathleen Noone, for All My Children; Kathryn Hays and Barbara Rodell, for As The World Turns; Suzanne Rogers (who had major stories), for Days; Maureen Garrett (the height of the Roger and Holly years, part 1), for GL; Jada Rowland, superb on The Doctors; Frances Fisher and Holland Taylor (one of the most memorable villainesses ever!), for The Edge Of Night; Tudi Wiggins (another really memorable villainess), for Love Of Life; Jeanne Cooper for Y&R, just to name a few!

    So to sum it up, for me, Laurie Heinemann definitely did not deserve her Emmy – but the blue ribbon panel judged hers the best REEL that they saw… again, I prefer consistency over flashy!

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    Johnkaery
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    Jessica
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    Where most of those ladies considered legends in 1978 or on their way to becoming legends?

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    robbalto
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    Freeman, I love your post! In my study of daytime award history, I have always found Heinemann’s win surprising. By way of full disclosure, I was not watching any of the nominated shows and performers in this category back in 1979. At that point, my viewership was limited primarily to Search for Tomorrow, Love of Life, and The Young and the Restless. But what strikes me in retrospect is the longevity and relative legend status of most of the other nominated actresses. In contrast, Heinemann’s daytime tenure was comparatively short-lived. I think this was before the blue ribbon panel started, and that nominations were based more on industry reputation.

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    FreemanGriffin
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    robbalto, you make a good point. The first five winners – Elizabeth Hubbard was in the movie I Never Sang For My Father and had been married to a famous fashion designer; Susan Flannery had already appeared in The Towering Inferno; Helen Gallagher had been in movies such as Strangers When We Meet but was also a legendary broadway performer with the Tony awards; Laurie Heinemann had been in movies such as Harry & Tonto; and Irene Dailey had done alot of primetime and was a broadway actress in such plays as The Subject Was Roses. It wasn’t until Judith Light’s win that daytime performers started winning in the category (even though Oscar winner Kim Hunter deserved that Emmy!) (; (Mary Fickett won for Individual Achievement in 1973; she had been on broadway playing Eleanor Roosevelt in Sunrise At Campobello and had appeared in a few movies as well)….

    I wish one of Ms. Heinemann’s co-stars, either Beverlee McKinsey or Victoria Wyndham, had won the 1978 Emmy – they both deserved an Emmy on their mantels! (: (although I really wish the RH ladies had been nominated; Kate Mulgrew deserved an Emmy – too bad they didn’t have a younger actress – under 25 category then, she surely would have won! She was only 23 when she left RH in her original run on the show).

    I was only a child in 1977-78 but I did watch some soaps then, esp. AMC and RH. But I have seen episodes on YouTube over the years.

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    DS0816
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    FreemanGriffin,

    I think you answered your question as to what explains Laurie Heineman having won the 1977-78 Daytime Emmy for Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series.

    She played opposite Jack Lemmon, in his best-actor Oscar winning performance, in 1973’s Save the Tiger.

     

    Also: With addressing Ryan’s Hope and Kate Mulgrew—she would have been nominated for Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series.

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    DramaKing
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    I love this topic!  I was such a huge Another World fan!  What is even more odd to me is the following year when Irene Dailey won and she was also up against Victoria Wyndham, Beverlee McKinsey, Susan Seaforth Hayes, Helen Gallahger and Nancy Addison.  Wyndham, McKinsey and Seaforth Hayes were such strong leads on their respective shows.  I think Irene Dailey is a wonderful actress but I always considered Aunt Liz to be a supporting part at best.  It shocks me that she not only made the final line up but ended up winning against such powerhouses! 

    Does anyone one know what episodes were submitted by both Heineman and Dailey?? 

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    Berlin2002
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    That’s incorrect about Laurie Heinemman. Her Sharlene Frame never had a split personality. The split personality
    storyline was introduced when the brilliant Anna Holbrook assumed the role decades later. Heinemman’s storyline
    involved her being blackmailed by her brother Willis for having slept around on the army base while her soldier
    husband was off fighting in Vietnam. She benefited greatly coming off the heels of her leading role in ” Save The Tiger “
    wiith Jack Lemon in his Academy Award winning opus. Her win is still a moot point in the annals of soap and
     probably always be. That said, she justified her win by turning in absolutely mesmerizing work during her contract
    run.

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    Berlin2002
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    I love this topic!  I was such a huge Another World fan!  What is even more odd to me is the following year when Irene Dailey won and she was also up against Victoria Wyndham, Beverlee McKinsey, Susan Seaforth Hayes, Helen Gallahger and Nancy Addison.  Wyndham, McKinsey and Seaforth Hayes were such strong leads on their respective shows.  I think Irene Dailey is a wonderful actress but I always considered Aunt Liz to be a supporting part at best.  It shocks me that she not only made the final line up but ended up winning against such powerhouses! 

    Does anyone one know what episodes were submitted by both Heineman and Dailey?? 

    I answered this question years ago on this site. Here goes. Irene Daily sumitted three reels, as did all the nominees.
    Her first reel was of her gossiping in church. Second one was her brother in law Jim Matthews inviting her to lunch.
    Liz the busybody was actually touched that Jim did it because she always got on his nerves. The third, if I remember
    correctly ( and this is where my memory gets shakey ) was the higly charged confrontation scene between Aunt Liz
    and Rachael. Alice was on the verge of a nervous breakdown and Rachael was hell bent on sending her over the
    edge. Aunt Liz physically tried to stop Rachael from going after Alice. All three actresses, Daily, Jacqueline Courtney
    and the best actress in the history of daytime Victoria Wyndham delivered tour de force performances. Again, I’m
    not completely sure that was Dailey’s third submission.

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    barryt60
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    i think you may be a little off on that third submission for Daily…  Alice and Steve weren’t even involved at that stage of the game…
    My guess is that it may have been a scene where Liz and Mac were having a conversationand she was cryoing over his assumption that she had been meddling… 
    Liz wept, mac comforted her…  a very sweet scene indeed.
    That said – it was nothing compared to the powerhouse scenes for Mac and rachel, Rachel and Ada – Rachel and Iris – and a particulrly good one with Rachel and Jaimie during those years. 
    Which begs the question….  dies anyone know what clips were submitted for Wyndham – or McKinsey?

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