Amelia Heinle won Best Supporting Actress at the 2014 Daytime Emmys for “The Young and the Restless,” a victory that came as a surprise to most of our predictors, who had favored either her co-star Elizabeth Hendrickson or Jane Elliot (“General Hospital“). Heinle is pre-nominated again this year, but can she overcome this category’s curse against repeat winners?
Only three women have ever won this award twice: Julia Barr (“All My Children,” 1990, 1998), Gina Tognoni (“Guiding Light,” 2006, 2008), and Nancy Lee Grahn (“Santa Barbara,” 1989; “General Hospital,” 2012). None have won it three times, and none have won consecutively.
That’s not to say winners in this category are doomed. A few others have won as lead actresses after prevailing once in the supporting contest, like Heather Tom (“The Bold and the Beautiful“), Susan Haskell (“One Life to Live“), and Jess Walton (“Y&R”). But this category is nevertheless an anomaly, with fewer repeat winners than any other acting race.
The remaining “Y&R” candidates were both nominated last year, but have never won: Hendrickson could pick up her third nod in four years for her role as Chloe Fisher, while Kelly Sullivan is actually aiming for her first “Y&R” nomination; her bid last year was for her previous role on “GH.”
Meanwhile, “GH” also has four pre-nominations, including one actress who made the opposite soap swap last year: Michelle Stafford earned 10 nominations and two wins (supporting in 1997, lead in 2004) for her role as Phyllis Summers on “Y&R,” but she moved to “GH” last May.
Two-time winner Grahn is also back in the running; she could make history as this category’s first three-time champ. Finola Hughes is jockeying for her first supporting bid after earning four nominations and one win (1991) in the lead race. And Lisa LoCicero is still waiting for her first Emmy nod despite playing Olivia Falconeri on the series since 2008.
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