Emmy Winners for Best Actress - Comedyby slash388 | created - 19 Feb 2017 | updated - 4 weeks ago | Public
Actress | Ordinary People
Mary Tyler Moore was born on December 29, 1936, in Flatbush, Brooklyn, to Marjorie (Hackett) and George Tyler Moore, a clerk. Her maternal grandparents were English immigrants, and her father was of English, Irish, and German descent. Moore's family relocated to California when she was eight. Her ...
Roles: Laura Petrie on The Dick Van Dyke Show (1966) and Mary Richards on The Mary Tyler Moore Show (1973, 1974, 1976)
2. Lucille Ball
Actress | I Love Lucy
The woman who will always be remembered as the crazy, accident-prone, lovable Lucy Ricardo was born Lucille Desiree Ball on August 6, 1911 in Jamestown, New York. Her father died before she was four, and her mother worked several jobs, so she and her younger brother were raised by their ...
Role: Lucy Carmichael on The Lucy Show (1967, 1968)
3. Hope Lange
Actress | Death Wish
One of the most natural beauties of the 1960s with a gentle voice and personality to match, blonde Hope Lange was born in Redding Ridge, Connecticut, and performed on stage from the age of nine. She studied both drama and dance under Martha Graham, did some modeling and then worked in stock ...
Role: Carolyn Muir on The Ghost & Mrs. Muir (1969, 1970)
Actress | All in the Family
Jean Stapleton was born Jeanne Murray in Manhattan, New York City, to Marie A. (Stapleton), an opera singer, and Joseph Edward Murray, a billboard advertising salesman. Her paternal grandparents were Irish. She was a cousin of actress Betty Jane Watson. Other relatives in show business were her ...
Role: Edith Bunker on All in the Family (1971, 1972, 1978)
Actress | Mary Tyler Moore
Making people laugh was only one facet of Valerie Harper's career, which extended from the stage to television and feature films. A native of Suffern, New York -- "I was born to suffer" -- Harper began her career as a dancer with the corps de ballet at Radio City Hall during its spectacular heyday....
Role: Rhoda Morgenstern on Rhoda (1975)
6. Bea Arthur
Actress | The Golden Girls
Actress-comedienne Bea Arthur was born Bernice Frankel on May 13, 1922 in New York City to a Jewish family. She grew up in Maryland, where her parents ran a dress shop. At 12 years old, she was the tallest girl in her school at 5'9".
She earned the title of "Wittiest Girl" in her school, and her ...
Roles: Maude Findlay on Maude (1977) and Dorothy Zbornak on The Golden Girls (1987)
7. Ruth Gordon
Actress | Rosemary's Baby
When Ruth Gordon convinced her father, a sea captain, to let her pursue acting she came to New York and studied at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts. She acted in a few silents made at Fort Lee, New Jersey, in 1915. She made her Broadway debut in "Peter Pan" as Nibs the same year. The next 20 ...
Role: Dee Wilcox on Taxi (1979)
Actress | Soap
Cathryn Damon was born on September 11, 1930 in Seattle, Washington, USA as Cathryn Lee Damon. She was an actress, known for Soap (1977), She's Having a Baby (1988) and Webster (1983). She died on May 4, 1987 in Los Angeles, California, USA.
Role: Mary Campbell on Soap (1980)
9. Carol Kane
Actress | The Princess Bride
American stage, screen and television actress, and comedian Carol Kane (b. Carolyn Laurie Kane, June 18, 1952, in Cleveland, Ohio), was born to Elaine Joy (née Fetterman), a jazz singer and pianist, and Michael Myron Kane, an architect. Her family is Jewish (from Russia, Poland, and Austria). Due ...
Role: Simka Dahblitz on Taxi (1981)
10. Shelley Long
Actress | Cheers
Shelley Lee Long was born at 7:15 am on Tuesday, August 23, 1949 in Indian Village, Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA, the only child of Ivadine (Williams), a schoolteacher, and Leland Long, a teacher who had previously worked in the rubber industry. Shelley attended school at Kekionga Junior High for ...
Role: Diane Chambers on Cheers (1982)
11. Jane Curtin
Actress | 3rd Rock from the Sun
Jane Therese Curtin was born September 6th, 1947. Years later, a 27-year-old Jane auditioned for a comedy variety show. which turned out to be the the thing that would first expose her to fame, Saturday Night Live (1975). Jane won the audition against Mimi Kennedy, a tough competitor. Also in the ...
Role: Allison Lowell on Kate & Allie (1983, 1984)
12. Betty White
Actress | The Proposal
Betty White was born in Oak Park, Illinois, to Christine Tess (Cachikis), a homemaker, and Horace Logan White, a lighting company executive for the Crouse-Hinds Electric Company. She is of Danish, Greek, English, and Welsh descent.
Although best known as the devious Sue Ann Nivens on the classic ...
Role: Rose Nylund on The Golden Girls (1985)
13. Rue McClanahan
Actress | The Golden Girls
A New York stage actress in the 1950s, McClanahan was plucked from the stage by Norman Lear for roles on All in the Family (1971) and later Maude (1972). For two years (1982 - 1984), she played "Aunt Fran" on Mama's Family (1983) until her character was killed off and she joined the cast of Golden ...
Role: Blanche Devereaux on The Golden Girls (1986)
14. Candice Bergen
Actress | Murphy Brown
One cool, eternally classy lady, Candice Bergen was elegantly poised for trendy "ice princess" stardom when she first arrived on the '60s screen, but she gradually reshaped that débutante image in the '70s, both on- and off-camera. A staunch, outspoken feminist with a decisive edge, she went on to ...
Role: Murphy Brown on Murphy Brown (1988, 1989, 1990, 1992, 1994, 1995)
15. Kirstie Alley
Actress | Drop Dead Gorgeous
Kirstie Alley was born on January 12, 1951 in Wichita, Kansas, USA as Kirstie Louise Alley. She is an actress and producer, known for Drop Dead Gorgeous (1999), Look Who's Talking (1989) and Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (1982). She was previously married to Parker Stevenson and Robert Alley.
Role: Rebecca Howe on Cheers (1991)
16. Roseanne Barr
Producer | Roseanne
Firebrand Roseanne Barr has long been one of America's funniest and most controversial comedians.
She was born in Salt Lake City, Utah, to Helen (Davis), a cashier and bookkeeper, and Jerome Hershel "Jerry" Barr, a salesman. Her family was Jewish, and had moved to the U.S. from Russia, Lithuania, ...
Role: Roseanne Connor on Roseanne (1993)
17. Helen Hunt
Actress | As Good as It Gets
Helen Hunt began studying acting at the age of eight with her father, respected director and acting coach Gordon Hunt. A year later she made her professional debut and afterwards worked steadily in films, theatre and television.
Role: Jamie Buchman on Mad About You (1996, 1997, 1998, 1999)
18. Patricia Heaton
Actress | Everybody Loves Raymond
While studying acting in New York with drama teacher William Esper, Heaton made her Broadway debut in the gospel musical "Don't Get God Started". She and her fellow students then formed Stage Three, an acting company that produced plays Off-Broadway. They took one production, "The Johnstown ...
Role: Debra Barone on Everybody Loves Raymond (2000, 2001)
19. Jennifer Aniston
Actress | Friends
Jennifer Aniston was born in Sherman Oaks, California, to actors John Aniston and Nancy Dow. Her father is Greek, and her mother was of English, Irish, Scottish, and Italian descent. Jennifer spent a year of her childhood living in Greece with her family. Her family then relocated to New York City ...
Role: Rachel Green on Friends (2002)
20. Debra Messing
Actress | Will & Grace
Messing was born in the New York City borough of Brooklyn, the daughter of Jewish American parents, Sandra (née Simons), who has worked as a professional singer, banker, travel and real estate agent, and Brian Messing, a sales executive for a jewelry manufacturer. When Messing was three, she moved ...
Role: Grace Adler on Will & Grace (2003)
Actress | Sex and the City
Sarah Jessica Parker was born March 25, 1965, in Nelsonville, Ohio, to Barbra Forste (née Keck), a teacher who ran a nursery school, and Stephen Parker, a journalist. Her parents divorced, and her mother later remarried to Paul Forste and had four more children, bringing the total to eight. Sarah ...
Role: Carrie Bradshaw on Sex and the City (2004)
22. Felicity Huffman
Actress | Transamerica
Felicity toiled away for 20 years in ill fated television shows, Broadway plays, and independent films in the shadow of her successful husband, actor William H. Macy. Then she got the part of Lynette Scavo in the television series Desperate Housewives (2004) and Bree in the film Transamerica (2005)...
Role: Lynette Scavo on Desperate Housewives (2005)
Actress | Seinfeld
Julia Louis-Dreyfus was born on January 13, 1961, in the New York City borough of Manhattan, to Judith (LeFever), a special needs tutor and author, and Gérard Louis-Dreyfus, a billionaire businessman. Her parents divorced when she was young, and she spent her childhood in Washington, D.C., and New ...
Roles: Christine Campbell on The New Adventures of Old Christine (2006) and President Selina Meyer on Veep (2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017)
24. America Ferrera
Actress | The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants
America Georgine Ferrera (born April 18, 1984) is an American actress. She is known for her leading role as Betty Suarez on the American Broadcasting Company's comedy-drama television series Ugly Betty (2006-10). Her acting garnered critical acclaim, and she won the Golden Globe Award for Best ...
Role: Betty Suarez on Ugly Betty (2007)
25. Tina Fey
Actress | Date Night
Elizabeth Stamatina Fey was born in 1970 in Upper Darby, Pennsylvania, just west of Philadelphia, to Xenobia "Jeanne" (Xenakes), a brokerage employee, and Donald Henry Fey, who wrote grant proposals for universities. Her mother is Greek, born in Piraeus, while her father had German, Northern Irish,...
Role: Liz Lemon on 30 Rock (2008)
26. Toni Collette
Actress | Little Miss Sunshine
Toni Collette is an Academy Award-nominated Australian actress, best known for her roles in The Sixth Sense (1999) and Little Miss Sunshine (2006).
Collette was born Toni Collett (she later added an "e") on November 1, 1972, in Blacktown, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. She is the first of three...
Role: Tara Gregson on United States of Tara (2009)
27. Edie Falco
Actress | The Sopranos
Edith Falco, called Edie, was born on July 5, 1963 in Brooklyn, New York, to Judith Anderson, an actress, and Frank Falco, a jazz drummer. She is of Italian (father) and Swedish, English, and Cornish (mother) descent. Edie grew up on Long Island and attended SUNY Purchase, where she was trained in ...
Role: Jackie Peyton on Nurse Jackie (2010)
28. Melissa McCarthy
Actress | The Heat
Melissa McCarthy was born in Plainfield, Illinois, to Sandra and Michael McCarthy, and was raised on her family's corn and soybean farm. She began her performing career as a stand-up comedian in New York where she appeared at the famous clubs, Stand Up New York and The Improv. She worked on her ...
Role: Molly Flynn on Mike & Molly (2011)
29. Rachel Brosnahan
Actress | House of Cards
Rachel Brosnahan was born in in Milwaukee, Wisconsin in 1990 and is an American actress. She is best known for her role as 'Midge' Maisel in the Amazon Prime Video series The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel (2017) for which she has won two Golden Globes for Best Performance by an Actress in a Television ...
Role: Miriam 'Midge' Maisel on The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel (2018)
Actress | Solo: A Star Wars Story
Phoebe Waller-Bridge was born on July 14, 1985 in London, England as Phoebe Mary Waller-Bridge. She is an actress and writer, known for Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018), Fleabag (2016) and Killing Eve (2018). She is married to Conor Woodman.
Role: Fleabag on Fleabag (2019)