Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series

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Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series
Awarded for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series
Country United States
Presented by Academy of Television Arts & Sciences
Currently held by Merritt Wever,
Nurse Jackie (2013)
Official website http://www.emmys.com

This is a list of winners of the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series. In early Emmy ceremonies, the supporting categories were not always genre, or even gender, specific. Beginning with the 22nd Emmys, supporting actresses in comedy have competed alone. However, these comedic performances often included actors from miniseries, telefilms, and guest performers competing against main cast competitors. Such instances are marked below.


Superlatives[edit]

Superlative Lead Actress – Comedy Series Supporting Actress
Comedy Series
Guest Actress – Comedy Series Overall
Actress with most awards Mary Tyler Moore,
Candice Bergen
5 Rhea Perlman,
Doris Roberts
4 Cloris Leachman 3 Mary Tyler Moore,
Candice Bergen, Betty White
5
Actress with most nominations Mary Tyler Moore 10 Loretta Swit, Rhea Perlman 10 8 Betty White 16
Actress with most nominations
(without ever winning)
Jane Kaczmarek 7 Julia Duffy 7 Georgia Engel,
Laurie Metcalf,
Christine Baranski,
Dot-Marie Jones
3 Julia Duffy, Jane Kaczmarek, Katherine Helmond 7
Television program with most awards Murphy Brown 5 The Mary Tyler Moore Show, Cheers 6 Frasier The Mary Tyler Moore Show 10
Television program with most nominations The Golden Girls 15 Cheers 13 30 Rock 11 The Golden Girls 28
Television program with most nominations
(without ever winning)
Malcolm in the Middle 7 Newhart 7 Cheers, Will & Grace 5 Newhart 8

Winners and nominees[edit]

Winners in each year are denoted by bold text.

1950s[edit]

Year Actor Program Role Network
19531954
(6th)
[note 1]
Vivian Vance I Love Lucy Ethel Mertz CBS
Bea Benaderet The George Burns and Gracie Allen Show Blanche Morton CBS
Ruth Gilbert The Milton Berle Show Max NBC
Marion Lorne Mister Peepers Mrs. Gurney
Audrey Meadows The Jackie Gleason Show Alice Kramden CBS
19541955
(7th)
[note 1]
Audrey Meadows The Jackie Gleason Show Alice Kramden CBS
Bea Benaderet The George Burns and Gracie Allen Show Blanche Morton CBS
Jean Hagen Make Room for Daddy Margaret Williams ABC
Marion Lorne Mister Peepers Mrs. Gurney NBC
Vivian Vance I Love Lucy Ethel Mertz CBS
19551956
(8th)
[note 1]
Nanette Fabray Caesar's Hour Various Characters NBC
Ann B. Davis The Bob Cummings Show Charmaine Schultz CBS
Jean Hagen Make Room for Daddy Margaret Williams ABC
Audrey Meadows The Honeymooners Alice Kramden CBS
Thelma Ritter # The Catered Affair Aggie Hurley NBC
19561957
(9th)
[note 1]
Pat Carroll Caesar's Hour Various Characters NBC
Ann B. Davis The Bob Cummings Show Charmaine Schultz CBS
Audrey Meadows The Jackie Gleason Show Alice Kramden
Mildred Natwick # Blithe Spirit Madame Arcati
Vivian Vance I Love Lucy Ethel Mertz
19571958
(10th)
[note 1]
Ann B. Davis The Bob Cummings Show Charmaine Schultz CBS
Pat Carroll Caesar's Hour Various Characters NBC
Verna Felton December Bride Hilda Crocker CBS
Marion Lorne Sally Myrtle Banford
Vivian Vance I Love Lucy Ethel Mertz
19581959
(11th)
Ann B. Davis The Bob Cummings Show Charmaine Schultz CBS
Rosemary DeCamp The Bob Cummings Show Margaret MacDonald NBC
Elinor Donahue Father Knows Best Betty CBS, NBC
Verna Felton December Bride Hilda Crocker CBS
Kathleen Nolan The Real McCoys Kate McCoy ABC
Zasu Pitts The Gale Storm Show Susanna Pomeroy CBS

1960s[edit]

Year Actor Program Role Network
19591960
(12th)
No Award
19601961
(13th)
[note 1]
Abby Dalton Hennesey Lt. Martha Hale CBS
Barbara Hale Perry Mason Della Street
19611962
(14th)
[note 1]
Pamela Brown # Victoria Regina The Duchess of Kent NBC
Jeanne Cooper § Ben Casey Anna Medalle ABC
Colleen Dewhurst # Focus Gertrude Hart NBC
Joan Hackett § Ben Casey Ellen Parker ABC
Mary Wickes The Gertrude Berg Show Maxfield CBS
19621963
(15th)
[note 1]
Glenda Farrell § Ben Casey Martha Morrison ABC
Davey Davison § The Eleventh Hour Laura Hunter NBC
Nancy Malone Naked City Libby Kingston ABC
Rose Marie The Dick Van Dyke Show Sally Rogers CBS
Kate Reid # The Invincible Mr. Disraeli Queen Victoria NBC
19631964
(16th)
[note 1]
Ruth White # Little Moon of Alban Shelagh Mangan NBC
Martine Bartlett § Arrest and Trial Miranda Ledoux Porter ABC
Anjanette Comer § Annabelle Selinsky
Rose Marie The Dick Van Dyke Show Sally Rogers CBS
Claudia McNeil § The Doctors and the Nurses Mrs. Hill
19641965
(17th)
No Award
19651966
(18th)
Alice Pearce Bewitched Gladys Kravitz ABC
Rose Marie The Dick Van Dyke Show Sally Rogers CBS
Agnes Moorehead Bewitched Endora ABC
19661967
(19th)
Frances Bavier The Andy Griffith Show Aunt Bee CBS
Nancy Kulp The Beverly Hillbillies Jane Hathaway CBS
Marion Lorne Bewitched Aunt Clara ABC
19671968
(20th)
Marion Lorne (posthumous) Bewitched Aunt Clara ABC
Agnes Moorehead Bewitched Endora ABC
Marge Redmond The Flying Nun Sister Jacqueline
Nita Talbot § Hogan's Heroes Marya CBS
19681969
(21st)
[note 1]
Susan Saint James The Name of the Game Peggy Maxwell NBC
Barbara Anderson Ironside Officer Eve Whitfield NBC
Agnes Moorehead Bewitched Endora ABC

1970s[edit]

Year Actor Program Role Network
19691970
(22nd)
Karen Valentine Room 222 Miss Alice Johnson ABC
Agnes Moorhead Bewitched Endora ABC
Lurene Tuttle Julia Hannah Yarby NBC
19701971
(23rd)
Valerie Harper The Mary Tyler Moore Show Rhoda Morgenstern CBS
Agnes Moorhead Bewitched Endora ABC
Karen Valentine Room 222 Miss Alice Johnston
19711972
(24th)
Valerie Harper TIE
Sally Struthers
The Mary Tyler Moore Show
All in the Family
Rhoda Morgenstern
Gloria Stivic
CBS
Cloris Leachman The Mary Tyler Moore Show Phyllis Lindstrom CBS
19721973
(25th)
Valerie Harper The Mary Tyler Moore Show Rhoda Morgenstern CBS
Cloris Leachman The Mary Tyler Moore Show Phyllis Lindstrom CBS
Sally Struthers All in the Family Gloria Stivic
19731974
(26th)
Cloris Leachman The Mary Tyler Moore Show Phyllis Lindstrom CBS
Sally Struthers All in the Family Gloria Stivic CBS
Loretta Swit M*A*S*H Maj. Margaret Houlihan
Valerie Harper The Mary Tyler Moore Show Rhoda Morgenstern
19741975
(27th)
Betty White The Mary Tyler Moore Show Sue Ann Nivens CBS
Julie Kavner Rhoda Brenda Morgenstern CBS
Loretta Swit M*A*S*H Maj. Margaret Houlihan
Nancy Walker Rhoda Ida Morgenstern
19751976
(28th)
Betty White The Mary Tyler Moore Show Sue Ann Nivens CBS
Georgia Engel The Mary Tyler Moore Show Georgette Franklin CBS
Julie Kavner Rhoda Brenda Morgenstern
Loretta Swit M*A*S*H Maj. Margaret Houlihan
Nancy Walker Rhoda Ida Morgenstern
19761977
(29th)
Mary Kay Place Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman Loretta Haggers Syndicated
Georgia Engel The Mary Tyler Moore Show Georgette Franklin CBS
Julie Kavner Rhoda Brenda Morgenstern
Loretta Swit M*A*S*H Maj. Margaret Houlihan
Betty White The Mary Tyler Moore Show Sue Ann Nivens
19771978
(30th)
Julie Kavner Rhoda Brenda Morgenstern CBS
Polly Holliday Alice Florence Jean Castleberry CBS
Sally Struthers All in the Family Gloria Stivic
Loretta Swit M*A*S*H Maj. Margaret Houlihan
Nancy Walker Rhoda Ida Morgenstern
19781979
(31st)
Sally Struthers All in the Family Gloria Stivic CBS
Polly Holliday Alice Florence Jean Castleberry CBS
Marion Ross Happy Days Marion Cunningham ABC
Loretta Swit M*A*S*H Maj. Margaret Houlihan CBS

1980s[edit]

Year Actor Program Role Network
19791980
(32nd)
Loretta Swit M*A*S*H Maj. Margaret Houlihan CBS
Loni Anderson WKRP in Cincinnati Jennifer Marlowe CBS
Polly Holliday Alice Florence Jean Castleberry
Inga Swenson Benson Gretchen Kraus ABC
19801981
(33rd)
Eileen Brennan Private Benjamin Cpt. Doreen Lewis CBS
Loni Anderson WKRP in Cincinnati Jennifer Marlowe CBS
Marla Gibbs The Jeffersons Florence Johnston
Anne Meara Archie Bunker's Place Veronica Rooney
Loretta Swit M*A*S*H Maj. Margaret Houlihan
19811982
(34th)
Loretta Swit M*A*S*H Maj. Margaret Houlihan CBS
Eileen Brennan Private Benjamin Cpt. Doreen Lewis CBS
Marla Gibbs The Jeffersons Florence Johnston
Andrea Martin SCTV Network 90 Various Characters NBC
Anne Meara Archie Bunker's Place Veronica Rooney CBS
Inga Swenson Benson Gretchen Kraus ABC
19821983
(35th)
Carol Kane Taxi Simka Dahblitz ABC
Eileen Brennan Private Benjamin Cpt. Doreen Lewis CBS
Marla Gibbs The Jeffersons Florence Johnston
Rhea Perlman Cheers Carla Tortelli NBC
Loretta Swit M*A*S*H Maj. Margaret Houlihan CBS
19831984
(36th)
Rhea Perlman Cheers Carla Tortelli NBC
Julia Duffy Newhart Stephanie Vanderkellen CBS
Marla Gibbs The Jeffersons Florence Johnston
Paula Kelly Night Court Liz Williams NBC
Marion Ross Happy Days Marion Cunningham ABC
19841985
(37th)
Rhea Perlman Cheers Carla Tortelli NBC
Selma Diamond (posthumous) Night Court Selma Hacker NBC
Julia Duffy Newhart Stephanie Vanderkellen CBS
Marla Gibbs The Jeffersons Florence Johnston
Inga Swenson Benson Gretchen Kraus ABC
19851986
(38th)
Rhea Perlman Cheers Carla Tortelli NBC
Justine Bateman Family Ties Mallory Keaton NBC
Lisa Bonet The Cosby Show Denise Huxtable
Julia Duffy Newhart Stephanie Vanderkellen CBS
Estelle Getty The Golden Girls Sophia Petrillo NBC
Keshia Knight Pulliam The Cosby Show Rudy Huxtable
19861987
(39th)
Jackée Harry 227 Sandra Clark NBC
Justine Bateman Family Ties Mallory Keaton NBC
Julia Duffy Newhart Stephanie Vanderkellen CBS
Estelle Getty The Golden Girls Sophia Petrillo NBC
Rhea Perlman Cheers Carla Tortelli
19871988
(40th)
Estelle Getty The Golden Girls Sophia Petrillo NBC
Julia Duffy Newhart Stephanie Vanderkellen CBS
Jackée Harry 227 Sandra Clark NBC
Katherine Helmond Who's the Boss? Mona Robinson ABC
Rhea Perlman Cheers Carla Tortelli NBC
19881989
(41st)
Rhea Perlman Cheers Carla Tortelli NBC
Julia Duffy Newhart Stephanie Vanderkellen CBS
Faith Ford Murphy Brown Corky Sherwood
Estelle Getty The Golden Girls Sophia Petrillo NBC
Katherine Helmond Who's the Boss? Mona Robinson ABC

1990s[edit]

Year Actor Program Role Network
19891990
(42nd)
Bebe Neuwirth Cheers Lilith Sternin NBC
Julia Duffy Newhart Stephanie Vanderkellen CBS
Faith Ford Murphy Brown Corky Sherwood
Estelle Getty The Golden Girls Sophia Petrillo NBC
Rhea Perlman Cheers Carla Tortelli
19901991
(43rd)
Bebe Neuwirth Cheers Lilith Sternin NBC
Elizabeth Ashley Evening Shade Frieda Evans CBS
Faith Ford Murphy Brown Corky Sherwood
Estelle Getty The Golden Girls Sophia Petrillo NBC
Rhea Perlman Cheers Carla Tortelli
19911992
(44th)
Laurie Metcalf Roseanne Jackie Harris ABC
Faith Ford Murphy Brown Corky Sherwood CBS
Estelle Getty The Golden Girls Sophia Petrillo NBC
Alice Ghostley Designing Women Bernice Clifton CBS
Julia Louis-Dreyfus Seinfeld Elaine Benes NBC
Frances Sternhagen § Cheers Esther Clavin
19921993
(45th)
Laurie Metcalf Roseanne Jackie Harris ABC
Shelley Fabares Coach Christine Armstrong-Fox ABC
Sara Gilbert Roseanne Darlene Conner
Julia Louis-Dreyfus Seinfeld Elaine Benes NBC
Rhea Perlman Cheers Carla Tortelli
19931994
(46th)
Laurie Metcalf Roseanne Jackie Harris ABC
Shelley Fabares Coach Christine Armstrong-Fox ABC
Faith Ford Murphy Brown Corky Sherwood CBS
Sara Gilbert Roseanne Darlene Conner ABC
Julia Louis-Dreyfus Seinfeld Elaine Benes NBC
Liz Torres The John Larroquette Show Mahalia Sanchez
19941995
(47th)
Christine Baranski Cybill Maryann Thorpe CBS
Lisa Kudrow Friends Phoebe Buffay NBC
Julia Louis-Dreyfus Seinfeld Elaine Benes
Laurie Metcalf Roseanne Jackie Harris ABC
Liz Torres The John Larroquette Show Mahalia Sanchez NBC
19951996
(48th)
Julia Louis-Dreyfus Seinfeld Elaine Benes NBC
Christine Baranski Cybill Maryann Thorpe CBS
Janeane Garofalo The Larry Sanders Show Paula HBO
Jayne Meadows High Society Alice Morgan-DuPont-Sutton-Cushing-Ferruke CBS
Renée Taylor The Nanny Sylvia Fine
19961997
(49th)
Kristen Johnston 3rd Rock from the Sun Sally Solomon NBC
Christine Baranski Cybill Maryann Thorpe CBS
Janeane Garofalo The Larry Sanders Show Paula HBO
Lisa Kudrow Friends Phoebe Buffay NBC
Julia Louis-Dreyfus Seinfeld Elaine Benes
19971998
(50th)
Lisa Kudrow Friends Phoebe Buffay NBC
Christine Baranski Cybill Maryann Thorpe CBS
Kristen Johnston 3rd Rock from the Sun Sally Solomon NBC
Jane Leeves Frasier Daphne Moon
Julia Louis-Dreyfus Seinfeld Elaine Benes
19981999
(51st)
Kristen Johnston 3rd Rock from the Sun Sally Solomon NBC
Lisa Kudrow Friends Phoebe Buffay NBC
Lucy Liu Ally McBeal Ling Woo Fox
Wendie Malick Just Shoot Me! Nina Van Horn NBC
Doris Roberts Everybody Loves Raymond Marie Barone CBS

2000s[edit]

Year Actor Program Role Episode Network
19992000
(52nd)
Megan Mullally Will & Grace Karen Walker "To Serve and Disinfect" & "Polk Defeats Truman" NBC
Jennifer Aniston Friends Rachel Green "The One With Rachel's Sister" & "The One Where Chandler Can't Cry" NBC
Kim Cattrall Sex and the City Samantha Jones "The Awful Truth" & "The Freak Show" HBO
Lisa Kudrow Friends Phoebe Buffay "The One that Could Have Been (Parts 1 & 2)" NBC
Doris Roberts Everybody Loves Raymond Marie Barone "Sex Talk" & "Robert's Divorce" CBS
20002001
(53rd)
Doris Roberts Everybody Loves Raymond Marie Barone "Ray's Journal" & "The Sneeze" CBS
Jennifer Aniston Friends Rachel Green "The One with Rachel's Assistant" & "The One Where They All Turn Thirty" NBC
Kim Cattrall Sex and the City Samantha Jones "Where There's Smoke" & "Running with Scissors" HBO
Lisa Kudrow Friends Phoebe Buffay "The One with Phoebe's Cookies" & "The One with Joey's New Brain" NBC
Megan Mullally Will & Grace Karen Walker "Husbands and Trophy Wives" & "Reasons to Believe"
20012002
(54th)
Doris Roberts Everybody Loves Raymond Marie Barone "Marie's Sculpture" & "Lucky Suit" CBS
Kim Cattrall Sex and the City Samantha Jones "Belles of the Balls" & "I Heart NY" HBO
Wendie Malick Just Shoot Me! Nina Van Horn "Nina Van Grandma" & "The Boys in the Band" NBC
Megan Mullally Will & Grace Karen Walker "Grace in the Hole" & "A.I.: Artificial Insemination"
Cynthia Nixon Sex and the City Miranda Hobbes "My Motherboard, Myself" & "Change of a Dress" HBO
20022003
(55th)
Doris Roberts Everybody Loves Raymond Marie Barone "Marie's Vision" & "Robert's Wedding" CBS
Kim Cattrall Sex and the City Samantha Jones "Cover Girl" & "Critical Condition" HBO
Cheryl Hines Curb Your Enthusiasm Cheryl David "The Terrorist Attack" & "Krazee-Eyez Killa"
Megan Mullally Will & Grace Karen Walker "The Honeymoon's Over!" & "23" NBC
Cynthia Nixon Sex and the City Miranda Hobbes "Anchors Away" & "Cover Girl" HBO
20032004
(56th)
Cynthia Nixon Sex and the City Miranda Hobbes "One" & "The Ick Factor" HBO
Kim Cattrall Sex and the City Samantha Jones "Out of the Frying Pan" & "An American Girl in Paris: Part Une" HBO
Kristin Davis Charlotte York Goldenblatt "Hop, Skip, and a Week" & "Splat!"
Megan Mullally Will & Grace Karen Walker "Heart Like a Wheelchair" & "Speechless" NBC
Doris Roberts Everybody Loves Raymond Marie Barone "Thank You Notes" & "Liars" CBS
20042005
(57th)
Doris Roberts Everybody Loves Raymond Marie Barone "Tasteless Frank" & "The Finale" CBS
Conchata Ferrell Two and a Half Men Berta "Can You Eat Human Flesh with Wooden Teeth?" & "Woo-Hoo, a Hernia Exam!" CBS
Megan Mullally Will & Grace Karen Walker "The Birds and the Bees" & "Saving Grace, Again" NBC
Holland Taylor Two and a Half Men Evelyn Harper "Those Big Pink Things with Coconuts" & "A Sympathetic Crotch to Cry On" CBS
Jessica Walter Arrested Development Lucille Bluth "Motherboy XXX" & "Spring Breakout" Fox
20052006
(58th)
Megan Mullally Will & Grace Karen Walker "The Finale" NBC
Cheryl Hines Curb Your Enthusiasm Cheryl David "The Bowtie" & "The Korean Bookie" HBO
Elizabeth Perkins Weeds Celia Hodes "You Can't Miss the Bar" & "The Punishment Light" Showtime
Jaime Pressly My Name Is Earl Joy Turner "Joy's Wedding" & "Bounty Hunter" NBC
Alfre Woodard Desperate Housewives Betty Applewhite "You'll Never Get Away from Me" & "I Know Things Now" ABC
20062007
(59th)
Jaime Pressly My Name Is Earl Joy Turner "Jump for Joy" NBC
Conchata Ferrell Two and a Half Men Berta "Repeated Blows to His Unformed Head" CBS
Jenna Fischer The Office Pam Beesly "The Job" NBC
Elizabeth Perkins Weeds Celia Hodes "Pittsburgh" Showtime
Holland Taylor Two and a Half Men Evelyn Harper "The Sea is a Harsh Mistress" CBS
Vanessa Williams Ugly Betty Wilhelmina Slater "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" ABC
20072008
(60th)
Jean Smart Samantha Who? Regina Newly "The Girlfriend" ABC
Kristin Chenoweth Pushing Daisies Olive Snook "Girth" ABC
Amy Poehler Saturday Night Live Various Characters "Host: Tina Fey" NBC
Holland Taylor Two and a Half Men Evelyn Harper "Media Room Slash Dungeon" CBS
Vanessa Williams Ugly Betty Wilhelmina Slater "Bananas for Betty" ABC
20082009
(61st)
Kristin Chenoweth Pushing Daisies Olive Snook "Bad Habits" ABC
Jane Krakowski 30 Rock Jenna Maroney "The Ones" NBC
Elizabeth Perkins Weeds Celia Hodes "No Man is Pudding" Showtime
Amy Poehler Saturday Night Live Various Characters "Host: Josh Brolin" NBC
Kristen Wiig "Host: Neil Patrick Harris"
Vanessa Williams Ugly Betty Wilhelmina Slater "The Fall Issue" ABC

2010s[edit]

Year Actor Program Role Episode Network
20092010
(62nd)
Jane Lynch Glee Sue Sylvester "The Power of Madonna" Fox
Julie Bowen Modern Family Claire Dunphy "My Funky Valentine" ABC
Jane Krakowski 30 Rock Jenna Maroney "Black Light Attack!" NBC
Holland Taylor Two and a Half Men Evelyn Harper "Give Me Your Thumb" CBS
Sofía Vergara Modern Family Gloria Delgado-Pritchett "Not in My House" ABC
Kristen Wiig Saturday Night Live Various Characters "Host: James Franco" NBC
20102011
(63rd)
Julie Bowen Modern Family Claire Dunphy "Strangers on a Treadmill" ABC
Jane Krakowski 30 Rock Jenna Maroney "Queen of Jordan" NBC
Jane Lynch Glee Sue Sylvester "Funeral" Fox
Sofía Vergara Modern Family Gloria Delgado-Pritchett "Slow Down Your Neighbors" ABC
Betty White Hot in Cleveland Elka Ostrovsky "Free Elka" TV Land
Kristen Wiig Saturday Night Live Various Characters "Host: Jane Lynch" NBC
20112012
(64th)
Julie Bowen Modern Family Claire Dunphy "Go Bullfrogs!" ABC
Mayim Bialik The Big Bang Theory Dr. Amy Farrah Fowler "The Shiny Trinket Maneuver" CBS
Kathryn Joosten (posthumous) Desperate Housewives Karen McCluskey "Give Me the Blame" / "Finishing the Hat" ABC
Sofía Vergara Modern Family Gloria Delgado-Pritchett "Tableau Vivant"
Merritt Wever Nurse Jackie Zoey Barkow "One-Armed Jacks" Showtime
Kristen Wiig Saturday Night Live Various Characters "Host: Mick Jagger" NBC
20122013
(65th)
Merritt Wever Nurse Jackie Zoey Barkow "Teachable Moments" Showtime
Mayim Bialik The Big Bang Theory Dr. Amy Farrah Fowler "The Fish Guts Displacement" CBS
Julie Bowen Modern Family Claire Dunphy "My Hero" ABC
Anna Chlumsky Veep Amy Brookheimer "First Response" HBO
Jane Krakowski 30 Rock Jenna Maroney "Hogcock!" / "Last Lunch" NBC
Jane Lynch Glee Sue Sylvester "Feud" Fox
Sofía Vergara Modern Family Gloria Delgado-Pritchett "Yard Sale" ABC

Actors with multiple wins[edit]