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Daytime Emmy Awards History: Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series

Marcy Walker
Five talented ladies are nominated in the Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series category for the 43rd Daytime Emmy Awards-- Nominated are: Finola Hughes (Anna) General Hospital, Mary Beth Evans (Kayla) Days of our Lives, Maura West (Ava) General Hospital, Tracey Bregman (Lauren) The Young and the Restless, and Kassie DePaiva (Eve) Days of our Lives. Only one will end up winning the coveted trophy.  The Outstanding Lead Actress category is always an exciting one. And we have proof!

The clips below feature the winning actresses from previous years accepting their awards:

* Kim Zimmer as Reva Shayne on Guiding Light in 1985
* Marcy Walker as Eden Capwell Castillo on Santa Barbara in 1989
* Linda Dano as Felicia Gallant on Another World in 1993
* Hillary B.Smith as Nora Gannon on One Life to Live in 1994
* Erika Slezak as Victoria Lord Carpenter on One Life to Live in 1995
* Jess Walton as Jill Abbott on The Young and the Restless in 1997
* Cynthia Watros as Annie Dutton on Guiding light in 1998
* Susan Lucci finally winning the Emmy as Erika Kane on All My Children in 1999
* Susan Flannery as Stephanie Forrester on The Bold and the Beautiful in 2000
* Michelle Stafford as Phyllis Summers Abbott on The Young and the Restless in 2004
* Kim Zimmer as Reva Shayne Lewis on Guiding Light in 2006
* The late Jeanne Cooper as Katherine Chancellor on The Young and the Restless in 2008
* Maura West as Carly Tenney on As the World Turns in 2010
* Heather Tom as Katie Logan on The Bold and the Beautiful in 2013
* Eileen Davidson as Kristen DiMera on Days of our Lives in 2014
* Maura West as Ava Jerome on General Hospital in 2015

That's a lot of talent! Who do you think will go home with this year's Lead Actress award?


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