Chloe Lanier exited “General Hospital” last fall, but she might not be done with the soap just yet, at least not at the Daytime Emmys. She won Best Younger Actress last year for her role as the scheming Nelle Benson, and she’s pre-nominated again for that performance. Will she win again for her conniving ways? “GH” is the most awarded soap in this category’s history with nine victories, and Lanier would be the third from the show to win back-to-back.
Sarah Brown was the first consecutive winner for “GH,” prevailing in 1997 and 1998 for playing Carly Benson, who turned out to be Nelle’s adoptive sister. Brown won a third Emmy for Best Supporting Actress in 2000 when she aged out of the younger category (the cutoff is 26), and she left “GH” shortly thereafter. The role of Carly was then played by Tamara Braun (2001-2005) and Jennifer Bransford (2005). Then Laura Wright took over in 2005 and has been playing Carly ever since.
Julie Berman was the next to win twice in a row for the ABC soap, and she kept it in the family. She played Carly’s cousin Lulu Spencer, which won her Best Younger Actress prizes in 2009 and 2010. And just like Brown she aged out of the younger category and then won Best Supporting Actress in 2013. Berman left “GH” that same year, after which Emme Rylan assumed the role.
Now Lanier is hoping to double up, and she’s doing it in the most dastardly way possible. Nelle was busy in her last year on the soap, gaslighting Carly into believing her dead son was alive, falsely accusing Carly of trying to kill her, plotting to kill Carly’s son Michael (Chad Duell) and then secretly giving away her and Michael’s baby to be adopted unknowingly by Carly’s brother Lucas. She was locked up after her crimes were finally revealed.
Does crime pay? It just might at the Emmys, where Lanier is the front-runner to win Best Younger Actress again according to the combined predictions of Gold Derby users. She gets leading odds of 17/5. Not a bad way to serve out her sentence.
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