Julia Louis-Dreyfus is the only person to win this category twice in the past 12 years. However, those Emmys came for different programs (“New Adventures of Old Christine,” 2006; “Veep,” 2012), leaving Patricia Heaton as the last multiple champ for the same character (Debra Barone on “Everybody Loves Raymond” in 2000 and 2001).
Following Heaton on the roster of champs were Jennifer Aniston (“Friends”), Debra Messing (“Will and Grace”), Sarah Jessica Parker (“Sex and the City”), Felicity Huffman (“Desperate Housewives”), Louis-Dreyfus, America Ferrera (“Ugly Betty”), Tina Fey (“30 Rock”), Toni Collette (“United States of Tara”), Edie Falco (“Nurse Jackie”), Melissa McCarthy (“Mike and Molly”), and Louis-Dreyfus.
Amy Poehler has submitted her wedding episode (“Emergency Response/Leslie and Ben”) from “Parks and Recreation.” The only person to win this category with a wedding episode was Valerie Harper (“Rhoda’s Wedding”) for “Rhoda” (1975).
Fey has submitted her final episodes (“Hogcock!/Last Lunch”) from “30 Rock.” The two most recent people to win this category for final seasons are Helen Hunt for “Mad About You” (1999) and Parker for “Sex and the City” (2004).
Falco is the only woman to win both comedy and drama lead acting Emmys. She won for “Nurse Jackie” (2010) and “The Sopranos” (1999, 2001, 2003).
If Lena Dunham ("Girls") prevails, she will be the second youngest winner after America Ferrara (“Ugly Betty”) who was 23 years old in 2007. Dunham would be 27 years, 5 months. Mary Tyler Moore (“The Dick Van Dyke Show”) was 27 years, 6 months.
Dunham, Fey, and Louis-Dreyfus are also nominated as producers in the Best Comedy Series category this year.
Louis-Dreyfus is now the overall leader among women for comedy performance nominations with 14 (“Seinfeld,” “The New Adventures of Old Christine,” “Veep”). Next in line are Lucille Ball (13), Cloris Leachman (12), and Moore (11). These totals do not include bids for performances in other genres or for producing.
Most wins in this category (5): Candice Bergen (“Murphy Brown”) and Mary Tyler Moore (“The Dick Van Dyke Show” and “The Mary Tyler Moore Show”).
Most nominations in this category (10): Mary Tyler Moore (“The Dick Van Dyke Show” and “The Mary Tyler Moore Show”).
Most nominations in this category with no wins (7): Jane Kaczmarek (“Malcolm in the Middle”).
Program with most nominations in this category (15): “The Golden Girls” (Bea Arthur, Rue McClanahan, Betty White).
Nomination totals for 2013 contenders as Best Comedy Actress: Tina Fey (7), Julia Louis-Dreyfus (7), Edie Falco (4), Amy Poehler (4), Lena Dunham (2), Laura Dern (1).
Emmy career nominations and wins for 2013 contenders: Tina Fey (7 wins; 30 noms), Julia Louis-Dreyfus (3 wins; 16 noms), Edie Falco (4 wins; 11 noms), Amy Poehler (0 wins; 9 noms), Lena Dunham (0 wins, 7 noms), Laura Dern (0 wins, 5 noms).
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Bob Newhart has earned a nomination as Best Comedy Guest Actor for his role as Arthur Jeffries/Professor Proton on "The Big Bang Theory". Even though he is a member of the TV Academy Hall of Fame, he has never won an Emmy in seven career nominations.
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