Before landing her most well-known role as Michaela Quinn on “Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman” in 1993, Jane Seymour had over three dozen TV credits to her name, most of which were movies or limited series. In 1988, her supporting turn in one of them – “Onassis: The Richest Man in the World” – brought her what remains her only Primetime Emmy award. The film, which focuses on Aristotle Onassis‘s life and career, features Seymour as his longtime romantic partner, Maria Callas, who he left to marry Jacqueline Kennedy.
Seymour, who began her acting career at age 19, was 37 when she took home the Emmy for Best TV Movie/Limited Series Supporting Actress. At the time, she was the sixth youngest woman to ever win the award, and she now ranks 10th. Of the actresses who place higher than her, two nabbed their prizes as teenagers.
Since 1962, a total of 48 actresses have won Emmys for their supporting roles on non-continuing programs, beginning with Pamela Brown (“Victoria Regina”). Five of the winners have bagged two or more trophies.
Scroll through our photo gallery to find out who ranks ahead of Seymour on the list of 10 youngest Best TV Movie/Limited Series Supporting Actress Emmy winners.
10. Jane Seymour (‘Onassis: The Richest Man in the World,’ 1988)
Role: Maria Callas
Seymour also earned nominations for her lead roles on “Captains and the Kings” (1977) and “War and Remembrance” (1989).
Stockard Channing (“Echoes in the Darkness”)
Ruby Dee (“Lincoln”)
Julie Harris (“The Woman He Loved”)
Lisa Jacobs (“The Attic: The Hiding of Anne Frank”)
9. Greta Scacchi (‘Rasputin: Dark Servant of Destiny,’ 1996)
Role: Tsarina Alexandra Feodorovna
Scacchi’s first Emmy nomination and win came for her portrayal of the empress consort of Nicholas II of Russia. Over a decade later, she received a second bid in this category for “Broken Trail.”
Kathy Bates (“The Late Shift”)
Diana Scarwid (“Truman”)
Mare Winningham (“The Boys Next Door”)
Alfre Woodard (“Gulliver’s Travels”)
8. Amanda Plummer (‘Miss Rose White,’ 1992)
This was Plummer’s first of three Emmy wins. Her next two came for her guest appearances on the drama series “The Outer Limits” (1996) and “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” (2005).
Anne Bancroft (“Broadway Bound”)
Bibi Besch (“Doing Time on Maple Drive”)
Penny Fuller (“Miss Rose White”)
Maureen Stapleton (“Miss Rose White”)
7. Joanna Miles (‘The Glass Menagerie,’ 1974)
Role: Laura Wingfield
This remains the only role for which Miles has received Emmy recognition. She also holds the distinction of being the only winner of the Super Emmy for Best Supporting Actress of the Year, as the controversial superlative awards were immediately retired after one year.
Ellen Corby (“The Waltons”)
Nancy Walker (“McMillan & Wife”)
6. Juliet Mills (‘QB VII,’ 1975)
Role: Samantha Cady
Mills earned her only Emmy nomination and win for playing the wife of a Jewish World War II veteran who is taken to court for writing a book that expressly names a Polish doctor as a Nazi collaborator.
Eileen Heckart (“Wedding Band”)
Charlotte Rae (“Queen of the Stardust Ballroom”)
Lee Remick (“QB VII”)
5. Kelly Macdonald (‘The Girl in the Café,’ 2006)
Five years after prevailing on her first Emmy outing, Macdonald received a second nomination for her supporting role on the drama series “Boardwalk Empire,” on which she appeared for five seasons.
Ellen Burstyn (“Mrs. Harris”)
Shirley Jones (“Hidden Places”)
Cloris Leachman (“Mrs. Harris”)
Alfre Woodard (“The Water is Wide”)
4. Tammy Blanchard (‘Life with Judy Garland: Me and My Shadows,’ 2001)
Role: Judy Garland
Blanchard’s sole Emmy bid came for playing Garland during her teenage years as a rising film star. Judy Davis, who plays an older version of Garland, won the same year’s corresponding lead acting prize.
Anne Bancroft (“Haven”)
Brenda Blethyn (“Anne Frank: The Whole Story”)
Holly Hunter (“Things You Can Tell Just By Looking at Her”)
Audra McDonald (“Wit”)
3. Mare Winningham (‘Amber Waves,’ 1980)
Role: Marlene Burkhardt
Winningham has vied for this award a total of six times. Her work on “George Wallace” brought her a second win 18 years after this one.
Eileen Heckart (“F.D.R.: The Last Year”)
Patricia Neal (“All Quiet on the Western Front”)
Carrie Nye (“The Scarlett O’Hara War”)
2. Jenny Agutter (‘The Snow Goose,’ 1972)
Agutter’s only Emmy win was also the only one this “Hallmark Hall of Fame” movie scored from nine nominations.
Gail Fisher (“Mannix”)
Elena Verdugo (“Marcus Welby, M.D.”)
1. Roxana Zal (‘Something About Amelia,’ 1984)
Role: Amelia Bennett
Nearly four decades ago, Zal broke the record set seven years earlier by 15-year-old Kristy McNichol (“Family”) and became the youngest champion in any acting category. It is a distinction she still holds today.
Beverly D’Angelo (“A Streetcar Named Desire”)
Patty Duke (“George Washington”)
Cloris Leachman (“Ernie Kovacs: Between the Laughter”)
Tuesday Weld (“The Winter of Our Discontent”)