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    <p style=”text-align: left;”>Since Anthony Geary has most Emmy wins in lead category I wanted to do a thread on his female counterpart Erika Slezak who has the most wins in  the lead actress category</p>

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    Erika Slezak’s 1996 win was IMO was probably the best reel I’ve seen of any category

    The media made it seem like Susan Lucci had a legitimate shot, but it was clear cut who was the winner

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    I have never been as crazy about Erika Slezak as others. I would have only given her ONE of her Emmys: 1991-92, and that is it. In 1984 I would have gone with Sharon Gabet for The Edge Of Night, although I also loved Deidre Hall for Days Of Our Lives that year (and Robin Strasser ought to have bee nominated). In 1986 I would have definitely gone with Elizabeth Hubbard for As The World Turns. In 1995 there is no question I would have gone with Leslie Charleson for General Hospital. For 1996 my real choice was definitely Robin Strasser but she wasn’t nominated so I was torn between Jensen Buchanan and Linda Dano for Another World. For 2004 I would have gone with Kassie DePaiva but I do wish Maura West was nominated that year. Scenery chewers tend to win Emmys, particularly ES, Kim Zimmer and crocodile tears Heather Tom.

    I believe that Robin Strasser should have at least 6 Emmys and is the better actress of the two. She is one of my two all-time favorite actresses – along with Kathryn Hays – in all of daytime television history.

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    Emmy 1- (83/84) Clint cheats on Viki with Echo diSavoy

    Emmy 2- (85/86) Niki comes out when Viki learns that Tina is Irene and Victor’s love child.

    Emmy 3- (91/92) Viki cries at Megan’s deathbed and can’t accept her daughter’s death/ Viki is overcome with emotion when Llanfair is rebuilt after a fire.

    Emmy 4- (94/95) Viki is furious about Joey’s affair with Dorian, Viki marries a severely ill Sloan in the hospital, Dorian tells Viki that Victor raped Viki, Viki can’t handle the truth, Tommy comes out and throws Dorian down the stairs at La Boule, Jean Randolph comes out and takes care of the situation.

    Emmy 5- (95/96) In a therapy session with Susannah Hanen (Nora’s sister) Tori comes out and admits she killed Victor, then Victor comes out and is furious the truth is out. Viki learns the truth and rushes to the chapel where she tells Clint, Tina and her kids that Dorian didn’t kill Victor, Viki’s altar did. Finally, Viki goes to the police station to tell Dorian and to get her released from jail.

    Emmy 6- (04/05) Ben briefly wakes up from his coma on Valentine’s Day, Viki needs a heart transplant and Ben is a match, Viki agonizes over the decision to take his heart.

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    For Emmys 1,2,4 and 5, Slezak’s reels were undeniable and it really didn’t matter what her fellow nominees submitted, there was no way she could lose.

    For Emmys 3 and 6, her reels were amazing but not unbeatable. Tuck and Grahn could have won those Emmys if they had submitted their best episodes. But they totally screwed up their submissions while Slezak submitted perfectly, so I’d say she deserved those wins too!

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    I would argue yes and no. If one isn’t familiar with with her work nor the other nominees and storylines, then yes. In the days of the Blue Ribbon panel, Erika Slezak hands down proved that submission tapes matter. Out of all the leading actresses to ever ascend to the podium, she is the best strategist in all of daytime. Her submissions always told a complete story and never played out of context as disjointed as some of her fellow nominees submissions sometimes did.

    I contend that poor tape selections by her fellow competitors propelled Slezak to some Emmy victories. In 1992 when critics and fans declared her co-star Jessica Tuck the odds on favorite to win, Slezak was a surprise upset. I argue no. Tuck did herself no favors by submitting the party episode of Meagan acting out due to her impending death. I would have gone with the beautifully written, acted and directed episode of Meagan and Andrew in the park when she comes to terms with her mortality. Slezak looses a daughter to Lupus and Llanfair burns down.She doesn’t play for sympathy in her last reel ( when most actresses would have ) when going through the ashes of Llanview and everything she’s lost. Instead Slezak played to Vicki’s strengths which makes the loss of her home even more heartbreaking. That Emmy was hers win she speaks of the charred remains of the invitation from Jaqueline Kennedy to visit The White House when she was sixteen. Had the voters watched the entire year’s work of both actresses, Jessica Tuck would have won, but three standout tapes deemed Slezak the winner.

    1995 I would have gone with the expected winner Leslie Charleston of GH for her stellar work of Monica dealing with breast cancer. However if you’ve never seen Slezak’s work you’ll be blown away watching her regal strength and control dealing with the death of her husband one minute and watching her transform into a rage filled boy the next. I argue it was her last 10 minutes of her reel that brought her the Emmy. Her acting was a force of nature. It was spellbinding to watch her range.

    1996 the year of Lucci. That was the year that Susan Lucci proved she was worth her million dollar paycheck by delivering ( up to that time ) the performance of her career with Erica’s descent into hell via pill addiction. Viewers and critics knew that Slezak was capable of jaw dropping greatness, but we had no idea that Lucci was as well. Unlike her almost perennial co-nominee, Susan can’t pick winning tape selections. Slezak got to dazzle playing three people in her submissions a remorseful Viki, a vengeful Tori and an almost demonic Victor Lord. Lucci was on equal footing playing every emotion in the alphabet in her first eppy. She totally drops the ball with her second reel by submitting the weakest performance she’d given in a spectacular year of work. Erica going through withdrawals with the equally wretched Keith Hamilton Cobb totally tanked her chance for a win so of course the winner would be Slezak.

    2005. I remember when the Valentines Day episode aired. It was a stand alone episode. Erika got to play against the best actor in daytime – herself. Just her for an hour and I said to friends Sleazk has just won her next Emmy. That episode along with the hospital heart transplant eppy was pure Emmy gold. However those episodes aired the first few months of the year and after that Slezak had nothing to play for the remaining nine months. She was pretty much a supporting actress and not a lead thereafter. My choice for that year would have been the constantly overlooked Kassie DePaiva or Nancy Lee Grahn of GH, but based upon tape submissions alone, it’s Erika Slezak for the win hands down.

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    In 82/83, she submitted scenes where Clint marries Viki and adopts her sons with Joe Reilly. She lost to Dorothy Lyman.

    In 87/88, she submitted scenes where Viki/Niki went to Heaven and scenes where Viki went back in time and stopped Clint and Ginny’s wedding(Slezak played Viki, Niki and Ginny). She lost to Helen Gallagher.

    In 11/12, she submitted her 40th anniversary episode where Viki fights Niki and Jean for control so she can fight Tess for custody of the baby. She lost to Heather Tom.

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    Emmy 1- (83/84) Clint cheats on Viki with Echo diSavoy

    Emmy 2- (85/86) Niki comes out when Viki learns that Tina is Irene and Victor’s love child.

    (83/84 ) There were three submissions on Slezak’s reel. Clint admitting that he’d slept with Echo DiSavoy. The second reel was Viki telling a young Kevin and Joey that Jenny had been kidnapped and I’m having senior moment, I forgot her third reel.Dang.

    (85/86 ) Reel one- Vicki has a therapy session with Dr.Polk and she reveals her fears of Niki growing stronger and becoming the host personality. At the end of the reel Niki struggles to come out while Dr. Polk commands Viki to fight.

    Reel Two- Clint brings Niki (now the host personality ) home to Llanview after testifying at Tina’s trial. Niki over hears Clint telling Dr. Polk that he wants to have her committed to Mountain View Sanitarium. Niki flees to Clover Wild’s bar looking for help until Clint tracks her down and Niki reluctantly gives in to be committed. In this episode Slezak delivers what I consider to be one of the top three performances in the history of daytime. There was no way on earth she was losing that Emmy thanks to this submission.

    Reel Three- Clint stages a setup of Niki catching him in bed with Tina to bring out Viki. It works and Viki returns. I still call this Slezak’s ” The Exorcist ” performance.Watch it and you’ll see why.

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    I would argue yes and no. If one isn’t familiar with with her work nor the other nominees and storylines, then yes. In the days of the Blue Ribbon panel, Erika Slezak hands down proved that submission tapes matter. Out of all the leading actresses to ever ascend to the podium, she is the best strategist in all of daytime. Her submissions always told a complete story and never played out of context as disjointed as some of her fellow nominees submissions sometimes did. I contend that poor tape selections by her fellow competitors propelled Slezak to some Emmy victories. In 1992 when critics and fans declared her co-star Jessica Tuck the odds on favorite to win, Slezak was a surprise upset. I argue no. Tuck did herself no favors by submitting the party episode of Meagan acting out due to her impending death. I would have gone with the beautifully written, acted and directed episode of Meagan and Andrew in the park when she comes to terms with her mortality. Slezak looses a daughter to Lupus and Llanfair burns down.She doesn’t play for sympathy in her last reel ( when most actresses would have ) when going through the ashes of Llanview and everything she’s lost. Instead Slezak played to Vicki’s strengths which makes the loss of her home even more heartbreaking. That Emmy was hers win she speaks of the charred remains of the invitation from Jaqueline Kennedy to visit The White House when she was sixteen. Had the voters watched the entire year’s work of both actresses, Jessica Tuck would have won, but three standout tapes deemed Slezak the winner. 1995 I would have gone with the expected winner Leslie Charleston of GH for her stellar work of Monica dealing with breast cancer. However if you’ve never seen Slezak’s work you’ll be blown away watching her regal strength and control dealing with the death of her husband one minute and watching her transform into a rage filled boy the next. I argue it was her last 10 minutes of her reel that brought her the Emmy. Her acting was a force of nature. It was spellbinding to watch her range. 1996 the year of Lucci. That was the year that Susan Lucci proved she was worth her million dollar paycheck by delivering ( up to that time ) the performance of her career with Erica’s descent into hell via pill addiction. Viewers and critics knew that Slezak was capable of jaw dropping greatness, but we had no idea that Lucci was as well. Unlike her almost perennial co-nominee, Susan can’t pick winning tape selections. Slezak got to dazzle playing three people in her submissions a remorseful Viki, a vengeful Tori and an almost demonic Victor Lord. Lucci was on equal footing playing every emotion in the alphabet in her first eppy. She totally drops the ball with her second reel by submitting the weakest performance she’d given in a spectacular year of work. Erica going through withdrawals with the equally wretched Keith Hamilton Cobb totally tanked her chance for a win so of course the winner would be Slezak. 2005. I remember when the Valentines Day episode aired. It was a stand alone episode. Erika got to play against the best actor in daytime – herself. Just her for an hour and I said to friends Sleazk has just won her next Emmy. That episode along with the hospital heart transplant eppy was pure Emmy gold. However those episodes aired the first few months of the year and after that Slezak had nothing to play for the remaining nine months. She was pretty much a supporting actress and not a lead thereafter. My choice for that year would have been the constantly overlooked Kassie DePaiva or Nancy Lee Grahn of GH, but based upon tape submissions alone, it’s Erika Slezak for the win hands down.

    nice analysis

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    I have never been as crazy about Erika Slezak as others. I would have only given her ONE of her Emmys: 1991-92, and that is it. In 1984 I would have gone with Sharon Gabet for The Edge Of Night, although I also loved Deidre Hall for Days Of Our Lives that year (and Robin Strasser ought to have bee nominated). In 1986 I would have definitely gone with Elizabeth Hubbard for As The World Turns. In 1995 there is no question I would have gone with Leslie Charleson for General Hospital. For 1996 my real choice was definitely Robin Strasser but she wasn’t nominated so I was torn between Jensen Buchanan and Linda Dano for Another World. For 2004 I would have gone with Kassie DePaiva but I do wish Maura West was nominated that year. Scenery chewers tend to win Emmys, particularly ES, Kim Zimmer and crocodile tears Heather Tom. I believe that Robin Strasser should have at least 6 Emmys and is the better actress of the two. She is one of my two all-time favorite actresses – along with Kathryn Hays – in all of daytime television history.

    Slezak wasn’t my favorite also, but I’ll take her over Kim Zimmer and Susan Lucci all day

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    Emmy #6 there were like 7 nominees in that category

    I would’ve gave it to DePavia, but watching the reel I understand why Slezak won

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    2005. I remember when the Valentines Day episode aired. It was a stand alone episode. Erika got to play against the best actor in daytime – herself. Just her for an hour and I said to friends Sleazk has just won her next Emmy. That episode along with the hospital heart transplant eppy was pure Emmy gold. However those episodes aired the first few months of the year and after that Slezak had nothing to play for the remaining nine months. She was pretty much a supporting actress and not a lead thereafter. My choice for that year would have been the constantly overlooked Kassie DePaiva or Nancy Lee Grahn of GH, but based upon tape submissions alone, it’s Erika Slezak for the win hands down.

    She was an absolutely brilliant submitter! I remember she had an hourlong, all Viki episode that ended with her crying at Ben’s hospital bed and then having a massive heart attack. I would have paired that episode with the transplant scenes. But back then, when an actor selected an episode for an Emmy reel, he/she would have to include every single scene they were in so it would have been a 45 minute reel with a ton of filler. Instead she paired the Valentine’s Day episode with the transplant scenes and won with a short, killer reel. She was so smart to realize voters wouldn’t have had the patience to sit through such a long reel. I never would have thought to submit the Valentine’s scenes but they played beautifully with the transplant scenes.

    Even in 95, I would have submitted the two back to back episodes of Dorian and Viki’s fight that ended with Tommy and Jean coming out. Instead she paired one of those episodes with the much softer hospital wedding episode which had the brilliant and emotional Viki/Joey scenes right after Viki discovered him in bed with Dorian. So smart to pair those subtle scenes with the over the top, melodramatic ones. I’m sure that amazing range is how she beat front runner Leslie Charleson!

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    They should rename the award: “Outstanding Emmy Reel by a Lead Actress in a Daytime Drama Series” and stop pretending it’s for the whole year’s worth of work. Subtle consistent performances lose or great performances where they didn’t vary their reel lose.

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    They should rename the award: “Outstanding Emmy Reel by a Lead Actress in a Daytime Drama Series” and stop pretending it’s for the whole year’s worth of work. Subtle consistent performances lose or great performances where they didn’t vary their reel lose.

    lol

    they really should reconsider the Emmy reel system

    A actor/actress’s work is narrowed down to12 minutes of work out of a whole year

     

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    Even though my general view of someone with that many Emmys is the same for Erika Slezak as it was for Anthony Geary — it’s hard for me to really be convinced one person deserves so many Emmys for the same role — I’m much less bothered in Slezak’s case for a few reasons. For one, Slezak was always Viki, but she was also playing numerous characters within that with Niki, Jean, Tommy, Tori, Victor and whoever else there may have been. She also has fewer Emmys, didn’t rise to prominence playing a character who raped her show’s young heroine, and never (at least as far as I’ve seen) gave off the impression that she was trying to dictate her character and story direction while also taking half the year off. So even if I don’t think she necessarily “deserved” the wins in the strict sense of having been the best lead actress over those years, I’m happy for her that she’s got them. And as OLTLfan, Berlin2002, and others have pointed out, she was a queen at picking submissions. The system may be flawed (and honestly, I think the old system of submitting all of your scenes from three entire episodes is a good deal more representative than the rules that have been in place more recently), but probably the nomination system was probably a bigger issue in terms of the same people popping up over and over in certain categories while others are ignored.

    I will also say that I should probably watch some of Slezak’s old reels. I don’t think I’ve seen any of them. I’ve seen a few clips of older stuff with the multiple personalities and thought it was well performed, but any time they were using the multiple personalities on episodes I was watching (and this would only have been in the 2000s), the performances were, I’m very sorry to say, horrendous. Niki by that time had become a very over-the-top put-on of a character who didn’t seem meant to be taken seriously in any way. This doesn’t impact how much she did or didn’t deserve awards for other performances, of course, but has always colored my opinion.

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