Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series

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Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series
Awarded for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series
Country United States
Presented by Academy of Television Arts & Sciences
Currently held by Julia Louis-Dreyfus,
Veep (2014)
Official website http://www.emmys.com/

This is a list of winners of the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series. Beginning with the 18th Emmys, leading actresses in comedy have competed alone. However, these comedic performances included actresses from miniseries, telefilms, and guest performers competing against main cast competitors. Such instances are marked below.

Award winners and nominations[edit]

1950s[edit]

Year Actress Program Role Network
1953
(6th)
[note 1]
Eve Arden Our Miss Brooks Connie Brooks CBS
Lucille Ball I Love Lucy Lucy Ricardo CBS
Imogene Coca Your Show of Shows Various Characters NBC
Dinah Shore The Dinah Shore Show Herself
Loretta Young The Loretta Young Show Various Characters
1954
(7th)
[note 1]
Loretta Young The Loretta Young Show Various Characters CBS
Gracie Allen The George Burns and Gracie Allen Show Gracie Allen CBS
Eve Arden Our Miss Brooks Connie Brooks
Lucille Ball I Love Lucy Lucy Ricardo
Ann Sothern Private Secretary Susie McNamara
1955
(8th)
[note 1]
Lucille Ball I Love Lucy Lucy Ricardo CBS
Gracie Allen The George Burns and Gracie Allen Show Gracie Allen CBS
Eve Arden Our Miss Brooks Connie Brooks
Jean Hagen Make Room for Daddy Margaret Williams ABC
Ann Sothern Private Secretary Susie McNamara CBS
1956
(9th)
Nanette Fabray Caesar's Hour Various Characters NBC
Edie Adams The Ernie Kovacs Show Herself NBC
Gracie Allen The George Burns and Gracie Allen Show Gracie Allen CBS
Lucille Ball I Love Lucy Lucy Ricardo
Ann Sothern Private Secretary Susie MacNamara
1957
(10th)
[note 1]
Jane Wyatt Father Knows Best Margaret Anderson NBC
Eve Arden The Eve Arden Show Liza Hammond CBS
Spring Byington December Bride Lily Ruskin
Jan Clayton Lassie Ellen Miller
Ida Lupino Mr. Adams and Eve Eve Drake
1958-1959
(11th)
Jane Wyatt Father Knows Best Margaret Anderson CBS NBC
Gracie Allen The George Burns and Gracie Allen Show Gracie Allen CBS
Spring Byington December Bride Lily Ruskin
Ida Lupino Mr. Adams and Eve Eve Adams CBS
Donna Reed The Donna Reed Show Donna Stone ABC
Ann Sothern The Ann Sothern Show Katy O'Connor CBS

1960s[edit]

Year Actor Program Role Network
1959-1960
(12th)
[note 1]
Jane Wyatt Father Knows Best Margaret Anderson CBS
Donna Reed The Donna Reed Show Donna Stone ABC
Loretta Young The Loretta Young Show Various Characters NBC
1960-1961
(13th)
[note 1]
Barbara Stanwyck The Barbara Stanwyck Show Various Characters NBC
Donna Reed The Donna Reed Show Donna Stone ABC
Loretta Young The Loretta Young Show Various Characters NBC
1961-1962
(14th)
[note 1]
Shirley Booth Hazel Hazel Burke NBC
Gertrude Berg The Gertrude Berg Show Sarah Green CBS
Donna Reed The Donna Reed Show Donna Stone ABC
Mary Stuart Search for Tomorrow Joanne Gardner CBS
Cara Williams Pete and Gladys Gladys Porter
1962-1963
(15th)
[note 1]
Shirley Booth Hazel Hazel Burke NBC
Lucille Ball The Lucy Show Lucy Carmichael CBS
Shirl Conway The Nurses Liz Thorpe
Mary Tyler Moore The Dick Van Dyke Show Laura Petrie
Irene Ryan The Beverly Hillbillies Granny
1963-1964
(16th)
[note 1]
Mary Tyler Moore The Dick Van Dyke Show Laura Petrie CBS
Shirley Booth Hazel Hazel Burke NBC
Patty Duke The Patty Duke Show Cathy Lane ABC
Irene Ryan The Beverly Hillbillies Granny CBS
Inger Stevens The Farmer's Daughter Katy Holstrum ABC
1964-1965
(17th)
No Award
1965-1966
(18th)
Mary Tyler Moore The Dick Van Dyke Show Laura Petrie CBS
Lucille Ball The Lucy Show Lucy Carmichael CBS
Elizabeth Montgomery Bewitched Samantha Stephens ABC
1966-1967
(19th)
Lucille Ball The Lucy Show Lucy Carmichael CBS
Elizabeth Montgomery Bewitched Samantha Stephens ABC
Agnes Moorehead Endora
Marlo Thomas That Girl Ann Marie
1967-1968
(20th)
Lucille Ball The Lucy Show Lucy Carmichael CBS
Barbara Feldon Get Smart Agent 99 NBC
Elizabeth Montgomery Bewitched Samantha Stephens ABC
Paula Prentiss He & She Paula Hollister CBS
Marlo Thomas That Girl Ann Marie ABC
1968-1969
(21st)
Hope Lange The Ghost & Mrs. Muir Carolyn Muir NBC
Diahann Carroll Julia Julia Baker NBC
Barbara Feldon Get Smart Agent 99
Elizabeth Montgomery Bewitched Samantha Stephens ABC

1970s[edit]

Year Actor Program Role Network
1969-1970
(22nd)
Hope Lange The Ghost & Mrs. Muir Carolyn Muir ABC
Elizabeth Montgomery Bewitched Samantha Stephens ABC
Marlo Thomas That Girl Ann Marie
1970-1971
(23rd)
Jean Stapleton All in the Family Edith Bunker CBS
Marlo Thomas That Girl Ann Marie ABC
Mary Tyler Moore The Mary Tyler Moore Show Mary Richards CBS
1971-1972
(24th)
Jean Stapleton All in the Family Edith Bunker CBS
Sandy Duncan Funny Face Sandy Stockton CBS
Mary Tyler Moore The Mary Tyler Moore Show Mary Richards
1972-1973
(25th)
Mary Tyler Moore The Mary Tyler Moore Show Mary Richards CBS
Jean Stapleton All in the Family Edith Bunker CBS
Bea Arthur Maude Maude Findlay
1973-1974
(26th)
Mary Tyler Moore The Mary Tyler Moore Show Mary Richards CBS
Bea Arthur Maude Maude Findlay CBS
Jean Stapleton All in the Family Edith Bunker
1974-1975
(27th)
Valerie Harper Rhoda Rhoda Morgenstern CBS
Jean Stapleton All in the Family Edith Bunker CBS
Mary Tyler Moore The Mary Tyler Moore Show Mary Richards
1975-1976
(28th)
Mary Tyler Moore The Mary Tyler Moore Show Mary Richards CBS
Lee Grant Fay Fay Stewart NBC
Bea Arthur Maude Maude Findlay CBS
Cloris Leachman Phyllis Phyllis Lindstrom
Valerie Harper Rhoda Rhoda Morgenstern
1976-1977
(29th)
Bea Arthur Maude Maude Findlay CBS
Jean Stapleton All in the Family Edith Bunker CBS
Valerie Harper Rhoda Rhoda Morgenstern
Suzanne Pleshette The Bob Newhart Show Emily Hartley
Mary Tyler Moore The Mary Tyler Moore Show Mary Richards
1977-1978
(30th)
Jean Stapleton All in the Family Edith Bunker CBS
Bea Arthur Maude Maude Findlay CBS
Valerie Harper Rhoda Rhoda Morgenstern
Cathryn Damon Soap Mary Campbell ABC
Katherine Helmond Jessica Tate
Suzanne Pleshette The Bob Newhart Show Emily Hartley CBS
1978-1979
(31st)
Ruth Gordon § Taxi Dee Wilcox ABC
Linda Lavin Alice Alice Hyatt CBS
Jean Stapleton All in the Family Edith Bunker
Katherine Helmond Soap Jessica Tate ABC
Isabel Sanford The Jeffersons Louise "Weezy" Jefferson CBS

1980s[edit]

Year Actor Program Role Network
1979-1980
(32nd)
Cathryn Damon Soap Mary Campbell ABC
Katherine Helmond Soap Jessica Tate ABC
Polly Holliday Flo Flo Castleberry CBS
Sheree North § Archie Bunker's Place Dotty Wertz
Isabel Sanford The Jeffersons Louise Jefferson
1980-1981
(33rd)
Isabel Sanford The Jeffersons Louise Jefferson CBS
Eileen Brennan § Taxi Mrs. McKenzie ABC
Cathryn Damon Soap Mary Campbell
Katherine Helmond Jessica Tate
Lynn Redgrave House Calls Ann Atkinson CBS
1981-1982
(34th)
Carol Kane § Taxi Simka Dahblitz ABC
Nell Carter Gimme a Break! Nellie Harper NBC
Bonnie Franklin One Day at a Time Ann Romano CBS
Swoosie Kurtz Love, Sidney Laurie Morgan NBC
Charlotte Rae The Facts of Life Edna Garrett
Isabel Sanford The Jeffersons Louise Jefferson CBS
1982-1983
(35th)
Shelley Long Cheers Diane Chambers NBC
Nell Carter Gimme a Break! Nellie Harper NBC
Mariette Hartley Goodnight, Beantown Jennifer Barnes CBS
Swoosie Kurtz Love, Sidney Laurie Morgan NBC
Rita Moreno 9 to 5 Violet Newstead ABC
Isabel Sanford The Jeffersons Louise Jefferson CBS
1983-1984
(36th)
Jane Curtin Kate & Allie Allie Lowell CBS
Joanna Cassidy Buffalo Bill Jo Jo White NBC
Shelley Long Cheers Diane Chambers
Susan Saint James Kate & Allie Kate McArdle
Isabel Sanford The Jeffersons Louise Jefferson CBS
1984-1985
(37th)
Jane Curtin Kate & Allie Allie Lowell CBS
Phylicia Ayers-Allen The Cosby Show Clair Huxtable NBC
Shelley Long Cheers Diane Chambers
Susan Saint James Kate & Allie Kate McArdle
Isabel Sanford The Jeffersons Louise Jefferson CBS
1985-1986
(38th)
Betty White The Golden Girls Rose Nylund NBC
Bea Arthur The Golden Girls Dorothy Zbornak NBC
Shelley Long Cheers Diane Chambers
Rue McClanahan The Golden Girls Blanche Devereaux
Phylicia Rashād The Cosby Show Clair Huxtable
1986-1987
(39th)
Rue McClanahan The Golden Girls Blanche Devereaux NBC
Bea Arthur The Golden Girls Dorothy Zbornak NBC
Blair Brown The Days and Nights of Molly Dodd Molly Bickford Dodd
Jane Curtin Kate & Allie Allie Lowell CBS
Betty White The Golden Girls Rose Nylund NBC
1987-1988
(40th)
Bea Arthur The Golden Girls Dorothy Zbornak NBC
Kirstie Alley Cheers Rebecca Howe NBC
Blair Brown The Days and Nights of Molly Dodd Molly Bickford Dodd
Rue McClanahan The Golden Girls Blanche Devereaux
Betty White Rose Nylund
1988-1989
(41st)
Candice Bergen Murphy Brown Murphy Brown CBS
Bea Arthur The Golden Girls Dorothy Zbornak NBC
Blair Brown The Days and Nights of Molly Dodd Molly Bickford Dodd Lifetime
Rue McClanahan The Golden Girls Blanche Devereaux NBC
Betty White Rose Nylund

1990s[edit]

Year Actor Program Role Episode Network
1989-1990
(42nd)
Candice Bergen Murphy Brown Murphy Brown "Brown Like Me" CBS
Kirstie Alley Cheers Rebecca Howe "The Improbable Dream, Part 1" NBC
Blair Brown The Days and Nights of Molly Dodd Molly Bickford Dodd N/A Lifetime
Delta Burke Designing Women Suzanne Sugarbaker "They Shoot Fat Women, Don't They?" CBS
Betty White The Golden Girls Rose Nylund "Rose Fights Back" NBC
1990-1991
(43rd)
Kirstie Alley Cheers Rebecca Howe "The Days of Wine and Neurosis" NBC
Candice Bergen Murphy Brown Murphy Brown "On Another Plane" CBS
Blair Brown The Days and Nights of Molly Dodd Molly Bickford Dodd "Here's a Pregnant Pause" Lifetime
Delta Burke Designing Women Suzanne Sugarbaker "The Bachelor Auction" CBS
Betty White The Golden Girls Rose Nylund "Once, in St. Olaf" NBC
1991-1992
(44th)
Candice Bergen Murphy Brown Murphy Brown "Birth 101" CBS
Kirstie Alley Cheers Rebecca Howe "An Old Fashioned Wedding" NBC
Roseanne Arnold Roseanne Roseanne Conner "A Bitter Pill to Swallow" ABC
Tyne Daly § Wings Mimsy Borogroves "My Brother's Keeper" NBC
Marion Ross Brooklyn Bridge Sophie Berger "Brave New World" CBS
Betty White The Golden Girls Rose Nylund "Dateline: Miami" NBC
1992-1993
(45th)
Roseanne Barr Roseanne Roseanne Conner "Wait 'Til Your Father Gets Home" ABC
Kirstie Alley Cheers Rebecca Howe "One for the Road" NBC
Candice Bergen Murphy Brown Murphy Brown "Games Mothers Play" CBS
Helen Hunt Mad About You Jamie Buchman "Pilot" NBC
Marion Ross Brooklyn Bridge Sophie Berger "Brave New Worlds" CBS
1993-1994
(46th)
Candice Bergen Murphy Brown Murphy Brown "It's Just Like Riding a Bike" CBS
Roseanne Barr Roseanne Roseanne Conner "The Driver's Seat" ABC
Helen Hunt Mad About You Jamie Buchman "Cold Feet" NBC
Annie Potts Love & War Dana Palladino "I've Got a Crush on You" CBS
Patricia Richardson Home Improvement Jill Taylor "The Colonel" ABC
1994-1995
(47th)
Candice Bergen Murphy Brown Murphy Brown "Requiem for a Crew Guy" CBS
Roseanne Barr Roseanne Roseanne Conner "Thanksgiving 1994" ABC
Ellen DeGeneres Ellen Ellen Morgan "The Spa"
Helen Hunt Mad About You Jamie Buchman "The Ride Home" NBC
Cybill Shepherd Cybill Cybill Sheridan "Virgin, Mother, Crone" CBS
1995-1996
(48th)
Helen Hunt Mad About You Jamie Buchman "The Finale" NBC
Ellen DeGeneres Ellen Ellen Morgan "Witness" ABC
Fran Drescher The Nanny Fran Fine "The Hockey Show" CBS
Patricia Richardson Home Improvement Jill Taylor "The Longest Day" ABC
Cybill Shepherd Cybill Cybill Sheridan "When You're Hot, You're Hot" CBS
1996-1997
(49th)
Helen Hunt Mad About You Jamie Buchman "The Birth" NBC
Ellen DeGeneres Ellen Ellen Morgan "The Puppy Episode" ABC
Fran Drescher The Nanny Fran Fine "The Facts of Lice" CBS
Patricia Richardson Home Improvement Jill Taylor "Family Unties" ABC
Cybill Shepherd Cybill Cybill Sheridan "In Her Dreams" CBS
1997-1998
(50th)
Helen Hunt Mad About You Jamie Buchman "Moody Blue's" NBC
Kirstie Alley Veronica's Closet Veronica Chase "Pilot" NBC
Ellen DeGeneres Ellen Ellen Morgan "Neighbors" ABC
Jenna Elfman Dharma & Greg Dharma Montgomery "Haus Arrest"
Calista Flockhart Ally McBeal Ally McBeal "One Hundred Tears Away" Fox
Patricia Richardson Home Improvement Jill Taylor "Bright Christmas" ABC
1998-1999
(51st)
Helen Hunt Mad About You Jamie Buchman "The Final Frontier" NBC
Jenna Elfman Dharma & Greg Dharma Montgomery "Are You Ready for Some Football?" ABC
Calista Flockhart Ally McBeal Ally McBeal "Sideshow" Fox
Patricia Heaton Everybody Loves Raymond Debra Barone "Be Nice" CBS
Sarah Jessica Parker Sex and the City Carrie Bradshaw "The Drought" HBO

2000s[edit]

Year Actor Program Role Episode Network
1999-2000
(52nd)
Patricia Heaton Everybody Loves Raymond Debra Barone "Bad Moon Rising" CBS
Jenna Elfman Dharma & Greg Dharma Montgomery "Lawyers, Beer, and Money" ABC
Jane Kaczmarek Malcolm in the Middle Lois "Red Dress" Fox
Debra Messing Will & Grace Grace Adler "Das Boob" NBC
Sarah Jessica Parker Sex and the City Carrie Bradshaw "Ex and the City" HBO
2000-2001
(53rd)
Patricia Heaton Everybody Loves Raymond Debra Barone "The Canister" CBS
Calista Flockhart Ally McBeal Ally McBeal "Falling Up" Fox
Jane Kaczmarek Malcolm in the Middle Lois "Flashback"
Debra Messing Will & Grace Grace Adler "Lows in the Mid-Eighties" NBC
Sarah Jessica Parker Sex and the City Carrie Bradshaw "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" HBO
2001-2002
(54th)
Jennifer Aniston Friends Rachel Green "The One Where Rachel Has a Baby" NBC
Patricia Heaton Everybody Loves Raymond Debra Barone "A Vote for Debra" CBS
Jane Kaczmarek Malcolm in the Middle Lois "Poker" Fox
Debra Messing Will & Grace Grace Adler "Bed, Bath, and Beyond" NBC
Sarah Jessica Parker Sex and the City Carrie Bradshaw "The Real Me" HBO
2002-2003
(55th)
Debra Messing Will & Grace Grace Adler "The Kids Stays Out of the Picture" NBC
Jennifer Aniston Friends Rachel Green "The One Where Monica Sings" NBC
Patricia Heaton Everybody Loves Raymond Debra Barone "Baggage" CBS
Jane Kaczmarek Malcolm in the Middle Lois "Baby" Fox
Sarah Jessica Parker Sex and the City Carrie Bradshaw "Anchors Away" HBO
2003-2004
(56th)
Sarah Jessica Parker Sex and the City Carrie Bradshaw "An American Girl in Paris: Part Deux" HBO
Jennifer Aniston Friends Rachel Green "The One with Rachel's Going Away Party" NBC
Patricia Heaton Everybody Loves Raymond Debra Barone "Fun with Debra" CBS
Bonnie Hunt Life With Bonnie Bonnie Malloy "Ironing Out Our Differences" ABC
Jane Kaczmarek Malcolm in the Middle Lois "Block Party" Fox
2004-2005
(57th)
Felicity Huffman Desperate Housewives Lynette Scavo "Pilot" ABC
Marcia Cross Desperate Housewives Bree Van de Kamp "Running to Stand Still" ABC
Teri Hatcher Susan Mayer "Move On"
Patricia Heaton Everybody Loves Raymond Debra Barone "The Finale" CBS
Jane Kaczmarek Malcolm in the Middle Lois "Lois Battles Jamie" Fox
2005-2006
(58th)
Julia Louis-Dreyfus The New Adventures of Old Christine Christine Campbell "Supertramp" CBS
Stockard Channing Out of Practice Lydia Barnes "And I'll Cry If I Want To" CBS
Jane Kaczmarek Malcolm in the Middle Lois "Lois Strikes Back" Fox
Lisa Kudrow The Comeback Valerie Cherish "Valerie Does Another Classic Leno" HBO
Debra Messing Will & Grace Grace Adler "The Finale" NBC
2006-2007
(59th)
America Ferrera Ugly Betty Betty Suarez "Pilot" ABC
Tina Fey 30 Rock Liz Lemon "Up All Night" NBC
Felicity Huffman Desperate Housewives Lynette Scavo "Bang" ABC
Julia Louis-Dreyfus The New Adventures of Old Christine Christine Campbell "Playdate with Destiny" CBS
Mary-Louise Parker Weeds Nancy Botwin "Mrs. Botwin's Neighborhood" Showtime
2007-2008
(60th)
Tina Fey 30 Rock Liz Lemon "Sandwich Day" NBC
Christina Applegate Samantha Who? Samantha Newly "The Restraining Order" ABC
America Ferrera Ugly Betty Betty Suarez "Odor in the Court"
Julia Louis-Dreyfus The New Adventures of Old Christine Christine Campbell "One and a Half Men" CBS
Mary-Louise Parker Weeds Nancy Botwin "Bill Sussman" Showtime
2008-2009
(61st)
Toni Collette United States of Tara Tara Gregson "Pilot" Showtime
Christina Applegate Samantha Who? Samantha Newly "The Pill" ABC
Tina Fey 30 Rock Liz Lemon "Reunion" NBC
Julia Louis-Dreyfus The New Adventures of Old Christine Christine Campbell "Everybody Says I Love You Except Richie" CBS
Mary-Louise Parker Weeds Nancy Botwin "Lady's a Charm" Showtime
Sarah Silverman The Sarah Silverman Program Sarah Silverman "There's No Place Like Homeless" Comedy Central

2010s[edit]

Year Actor Program Role Episode(s) Network
2009-2010
(62nd)
Edie Falco Nurse Jackie Jackie Peyton "Pilot" Showtime
Toni Collette United States of Tara Tara Gregson "Torando!" Showtime
Tina Fey 30 Rock Liz Lemon "Dealbreakers Talk Show #0001" NBC
Julia Louis-Dreyfus The New Adventures of Old Christine Christine Campbell "I Love What You Do for Me" CBS
Lea Michele Glee Rachel Berry "Sectionals" Fox
Amy Poehler Parks and Recreation Leslie Knope "Telethon" NBC
2010-2011
(63rd)
Melissa McCarthy Mike & Molly Molly Flynn "First Date" CBS
Edie Falco Nurse Jackie Jackie Peyton "Rat Falls" Showtime
Tina Fey 30 Rock Liz Lemon "Double-Edged Sword" NBC
Laura Linney The Big C Cathy Jamison "Pilot" Showtime
Martha Plimpton Raising Hope Virginia Chance "Say Cheese" Fox
Amy Poehler Parks and Recreation Leslie Knope "Flu Season" NBC
2011-2012
(64th)
Julia Louis-Dreyfus Veep Selina Meyer "Tears" HBO
Zooey Deschanel New Girl Jessica Day "Bad in Bed" Fox
Lena Dunham Girls Hannah Horvath "She Did" HBO
Edie Falco Nurse Jackie Jackie Peyton "Disneyland Sucks" Showtime
Tina Fey 30 Rock Liz Lemon "The Tuxedo Begins" NBC
Melissa McCarthy Mike & Molly Molly Flynn "The Dress" CBS
Amy Poehler Parks and Recreation Leslie Knope "Win, Lose, or Draw" NBC
2012-2013
(65th)
Julia Louis-Dreyfus Veep Selina Meyer "Running" HBO
Laura Dern Enlightened Amy Jellicoe "All I Ever Wanted" HBO
Lena Dunham Girls Hannah Horvath "Bad Friend"
Edie Falco Nurse Jackie Jackie Peyton "Luck of the Drawing" Showtime
Tina Fey 30 Rock Liz Lemon "Hogcock!" + "Last Lunch" NBC
Amy Poehler Parks and Recreation Leslie Knope "Emergency Response" + "Leslie and Ben"
2013-2014
(66th)
Julia Louis-Dreyfus Veep Selina Meyer "Crate" HBO
Lena Dunham Girls Hannah Horvath "Beach House" HBO
Edie Falco Nurse Jackie Jackie Peyton "Super Greens" Showtime
Melissa McCarthy Mike & Molly Molly Flynn "Mind Over Molly" CBS
Amy Poehler Parks and Recreation Leslie Knope "Recall Vote" NBC
Taylor Schilling Orange Is the New Black Piper Chapman "The Chickening" Netflix

Total awards[edit]

  • CBS: 26
  • NBC: 16
  • ABC: 7
  • HBO: 4
  • Showtime: 2

Multiple wins[edit]

Multiple nominations[edit]

Notes
  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i Early Emmy ceremonies did not have genre specific acting categories

See also[edit]

References[edit]