Kate Mansi won the Daytime Emmy for Best Supporting Actress in 2017 for playing Abigail Deveraux in “Days of Our Lives,” but that was after she had already left the show in 2016. The role was taken over later that year by Marci Miller, who is now pre-nominated for the first time for Best Actress. Can she pick up where Mansi left off?
It’s not uncommon for multiple actors to win Emmys for the same role. Just last year Gina Tognoni won Best Actress for playing Phyllis on “The Young and the Restless” after that role had won two Emmys for her previous portrayer Michelle Stafford. “Y&R” also had two Emmy winners as the characters of Billy Abbott (David Tom and Billy Miller) and Victoria Newman (Heather Tom and Amelia Heinle). There have also been two actors to win for playing “General Hospital’s” Lucky Spencer (Jonathan Jackson and Jacob Young) and Carly Corinthos (Sarah Brown and Laura Wright). And two women won Best Younger Actress for playing twin sisters Marley and Vicky on “Another World” (Ellen Wheeler and Anne Heche).
A Best Actress victory for Mansi would also be significant as it would be only the fourth for “Days of Our Lives” in the history of the Daytime Emmys. This award previously went to Susan Flannery (1975), Eileen Davidson (2014) and Mary Beth Evans (2016). But those two wins in the last four years indicate that the show is now favored by the TV academy in a way it never used to be. And of course there’s also the fact that there are far fewer soaps on the air to compete for awards nowadays.
But as of this writing Miller is an Emmy underdog, ranked 11th in our Best Actress predictions with 5/1 odds based on the combined forecasts of hundreds of Gold Derby users. However, even if she doesn’t make the cut this year she could have another shot in the 2019 race as “Days” has introduced a multiple-personalities storyline for her this year. Dual roles have won Daytime Emmys for many actors including Erika Slezak (“One Life to Live”), David Canary (“All My Children”), Anthony Geary (“General Hospital”) and even Julianne Moore (“As the World Turns”).
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