Cloris Leachman is in the record books among performers for winning a whopping eight trophies at the Primetime Emmys, plus one more at the Daytime Emmys. Will she extend her Emmy record this year as Best Drama Guest Actress for Starz’s “American Gods”? On the 2017 Emmy ballot Leachman has been submitted for the episode “The Secret Of Spoons,” in which she plays Zorya Vechernyaya, the eldest of three sisters and one of the old gods who watches over the constellations.
Four of Gold Derby’s Emmy experts predict that Leachman will earn yet another Primetime nomination (her 23rd in all), while Kerr Lordygan (Rotten Tomatoes) thinks she’ll actually prevail. It’s a fantastic role, as she gets to chew the scenery with fellow thespian Ian McShane who plays Mr. Wednesday. Leachman appears in two episodes early in the show’s run, so if Emmy voters only watch a few of hours they’re sure to see her shine.
But who are we kidding? The real reason Leachman is earning Emmy buzz is because the TV academy simply loves her. The 91-year-old legend is the kind of performer who can get nominated just for showing up, whether it’s in comedy, drama, movie/mini, variety — you name it, she’s done it. Leachman is also an Oscar champ, which never hurts, winning Best Supporting Actress for “The Last Picture Show” (1971).
Should Leachman prevail for “American Gods” that would put her even further ahead of her nearest competitors, including Julia Louis-Dreyfus (“Veep”) and Allison Janney (“Mom”). Both of these actresses currently have seven performance Emmys apiece (while Louis-Dreyfus has another two for producing), so they’re hoping to inch closer to Leachman’s eponymous record this year.
Below, see the breakdown of Leachman’s eight Primetime Emmy triumphs from her 22 total nominations. She also took home the Daytime Emmy for Best Performer in Children’s Programming for “The Woman Who Willed a Miracle” in 1983.
Emmy #1 = “A Brand New Life” (1973) — Best Single Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role
Emmy #2 = “The Mary Tyler Moore Show” (1974) — Best Comedy Supporting Actress
Emmy #3 = “Cher” (1975) — Best Continuing or Single Performance by a Supporting Actress in Variety or Music
Emmy #4 = “The Mary Tyler Moore Show” (1975) — Best Single Performance by a Supporting Actress in a Comedy or Drama Series
Emmy #5 = “Screen Actors Guild 50th Anniversary Celebration” (1984) — Best Individual Performance in a Variety or Music Program
Emmy #6 = “Promised Land” (1998) — Best Drama Guest Actress
Emmy #7 = “Malcolm in the Middle” (2002) — Best Comedy Guest Actress
Emmy #8 = “Malcolm in the Middle” (2006) — Best Comedy Guest Actress
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