Daytime Emmys 2018: Will Maura West or Laura Wright become the first ‘General Hospital’ star to win Best Actress twice?

General Hospital” has long been a Daytime Emmys juggernaut with more victories for Best Drama Series (13) than any other soap opera. But the show has never had as much luck with its leading ladies. To date the show has only won Best Actress three times. That includes a 2011 victory for Laura Wright as strong-willed matriarch Carly Corinthos and a 2015 win for Maura West as mob heiress Ava Jerome. Both women are pre-nominated again this year, and if one of them prevails she will be the first from “GH” to win this award multiple times.

“GH” didn’t win its first Best Actress Emmy until 1991, when the prize went to Finola Hughes as Anna Devane. But after that the show seemed cursed from winning again despite subsequent nominations for Leslie Charleson (1995), Genie Francis (1997), Jacklyn Zeman (1998), Nancy Lee Grahn (2003-2005), Tamara Braun (2004), Kelly Monaco (2006) and Sarah Brown (2010). Wright finally broke the curse in 2011, fittingly for a role that had previously been played by Braun and Brown. Wright has now played Carly for 13 years, which makes her by far the longest running actress in the role, and she’s been nominated three more times since her victory (2012, 2015, 2017), which also makes her “GH’s” most nominated Carly.

West joined “GH” more recently, introducing Ava in 2013. That was three years after the cancellation of “As the World Turns,” where West had played Carly Snyder for 15 years (1995-2010) and won two Best Actress Emmys along the way (2007, 2010). It didn’t take long for West to win again after moving to Port Charles: she won in 2015 on her very first “GH” nom and was nominated again in 2016. If she wins again she would tie Susan Flannery and Kim Zimmer for second place on the list of the most awarded women in this category with four. But she would still trail “One Life to Live” star Erika Slezak, who won a record six times.

“GH” actually has four Best Actress pre-nominees this year: Grahn and Monaco are back in addition to West and Wright. But according to the combined predictions of hundreds of Gold Derby users, West is the front-runner with leading odds of 11/5 odds. That’s based on support from 15 of our Top 24 Users who got the highest scores predicting last year’s Daytime Emmy nominations, and 17 of our All-Star Top 24 who got the highest scores when you combine the last two years’ nominations predictions.

Monaco ranks fifth in our Best Actress predictions with 7/2 odds. Wright is right on the cusp of a nom in sixth place with 4/1 odds. Grahn trails in eighth place with 9/2 odds. Do you agree with our predictions that the Emmys will go West again?

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