Daytime Emmy Awards’ Most Memorable Moments

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Throughout its virtually 50-year historical past, the Daytime Emmy Awards have delivered as heartfelt and, at instances, humorous moments because the reveals the ceremony itself celebrates. This yr, in honor of the upcoming 47th annual kudofest, Variety is trying again on a few of the most memorable elements of occasions previous.

15. Alex Trebek’s first post-cancer win
(46th annual ceremony)
Although later admitting a few of the battle he has confronted whereas present process therapy for pancreatic most cancers, right here “Jeopardy” host Trebek was all gratitude and his signature wit, joking that it was a “sympathy” win and quoting Sally Field’s, “You like me, you really like me.” Seeing him step on stage trying so wholesome felt like a win in and of itself.

14. Dick Clark & "American Bandstand" tribute
(37th annual ceremony)
What began out as a clip bundle of highlights from “American Bandstand’s” spectacular multi-decade run was a reside and in-person stroll down music historical past lane when acts from the collection’ previous, the Spinners and the solid of “Jersey Boys,” stunned Clark with performances on stage in entrance of him. It elevated the expertise and supplied extra, emotional leisure.

13. Celebrity charity journey to Kenya
(36th annual ceremony)
Awards reveals might be quite a lot of pomp and circumstance, however in 2009, the Daytime Emmys additionally shined a lightweight on the significance of charitable giving by means of a featurette on a visit to Kenya to learn Feed the Children. Soap legends Susan Lucci, Anthony Geary and Kelly Monaco have been a part of the group that delivered some actually touching footage to remind everybody of the significance of doing their half to make the world a greater place.

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12. George Lucas’ first Emmy win
(40th annual ceremony)
Lucas had been lauded for many years (although he had solely gained one main prize: the Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award on the Oscars) by the point he took residence a Daytime Emmy in 2013 for the animated “Star Wars” collection “Clone Wars.” What made it further particular was that Carrie Fisher offered Lucas and the “Clone Wars” crew with the statue, and the real pleasure in her voice made it clear what lasting influence he has on all with whom he works.

11. Bob Barker's Lifetime Achievement Award
(26th annual ceremony)
The long-time “Price Is Right” host had already snagged a dozen Daytime Emmys earlier than accepting the Lifetime Achievement Award in 1999, and his tenure on the syndicated recreation present was nonetheless going sturdy. But he genuinely appeared simply as gracious about receiving it as the primary time he stood on that stage. He turned the eye to those that helped him alongside the best way, together with his mom and his spouse, and naturally, he ended with a name to assist management the pet inhabitants.

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10. Barbara Walters' Lifetime Achievement Award
(27th annual ceremony)
Oprah Winfrey mentioned all of it when she offered journalist, speak present host and “living legend” Walters with the Lifetime Achievement Award in 2000: “Only Barbara could be like Barbara.” Walters proved her poise even beneath probably the most nerve-wracking moments when she got here ready with a speech that touched on her household, together with her late sister who had lived with psychological challenges, her storied profession and the significance of tv typically.

9. Aretha Franklin is a "Y&R" Super Fan
(24th annual ceremony)
The Queen of Soul turned one thing of a fixture on the Daytime Emmy Awards nevertheless it all actually began in 1997 when she launched the yr’s montage for nominee “The Young & the Restless.” She wasn’t there in particular person this time, however her beforehand taped video message was simply as passionate, saying she watches the present on a regular basis, even when she’s in live performance, and particularly expressing her love for Eric Braeden’s Victor.

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8. "Sesame Street" tribute / Caroll Spinney's Lifetime Achievement (tied)
(36th annual ceremony / 45th annual ceremony)
In 2009, “Sesame Street” celebrated its 40th anniversary with a star-studded, huge band quantity that introduced out the child in everybody once more. There was nothing extra thrilling than seeing Big Bird, Grover and even Oscar the Grouch (to not point out their human neighbors) carry out reside. Then, rather less than a decade later, the person behind Big Bird lastly obtained his personal second to shine when he took residence the Lifetime Achievement Award, as energetic and full of sunshine and love as his character.

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7. Betty White's Lifetime Achievement Award
(42nd annual ceremony)
The presentation of White’s Lifetime Achievement Award was a manufacturing in and of itself, with different tv icons from Marie Osmond to Regis Philbin enjoying a recreation of Password after which speaking at size all concerning the acclaimed actor. But White knew learn how to hold the celebration and the laughs going, even doing just a little dance with Charo when she took the stage.

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6. Joan Rivers tribute
(42nd annual ceremony)
When the legendary comedian died in fall 2014, the Daytime Emmys mentioned goodbye to her with a three-minute lengthy tribute that featured her emotional acceptance speech from 1990 and her daughter, Melissa Rivers, reflecting on her life and profession. It was greater than sufficient to trigger teary eyes within the reside and at-home viewers, and it was solely the beginning of the ceremony’s In Memoriam part for the yr, which featured Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds singing Michael Jackson’s “Gone Too Soon.”

5. Al Freeman Jr. is the primary African American man to win lead actor
(sixth Annual ceremony)

Freeman portrayed Lt. Ed Hall on ABC’s “One Life to Live” starting in 1972 and gained the lead actor Daytime Emmy for the efficiency in 1979. He made historical past by being the primary performer from that present to take residence that trophy, to not point out the primary African American performer to take action. This was an essential, historic feat that carries much more weight in hindsight: While it made strides towards inclusion early on, it was one other six years earlier than a Black man (“All My Children’s” Darnell Williams) would prime this class once more, and it was lower than a decade after the win that the Powers That Be at “One Life to Live” let Freeman, amongst different Black actors, go from the present.

4. Oprah Winfrey Lifetime Achievement Award / Goodbye to the 'Oprah Winfrey Show' (tied)
(25th Annual ceremony / 38th Annual ceremony)

A dozen years into her profitable “The Oprah Winfrey Show” run, the titular speak present host gained the Lifetime Achievement Award. It was one thing presenter Barbara Walters would look again on and be aware that Winfrey was “just a baby” on the time, nevertheless it proved simply how essential her message and attain already was on the small display. Her energy and standing solely continued to develop, and in 2011, when her self-titled present had come to a detailed, it was despatched off in a spectacular approach, with everybody from Wayne Brady to Gladys Knight to Celine Dion paying tribute to the beacon of sunshine and hope it had symbolized for 25 years.

3. Lee Phillip Bell Lifetime Achievement
(34th Annual ceremony)

Bell, in some ways, was a First Lady of Daytime. The former journalist and speak present host co-created two of the longest working hit daytime dramas, CBS’ “The Bold and the Beautiful” and “The Young & the Restless.” It wasn’t till 2007 that her lengthy record of accomplishments in tv have been acknowledged with a Lifetime Achievement Award, regardless of her husband and co-creator of these two soaps profitable his in 1992. It was a second lengthy overdue, and it was thrilling to see her have her second of celebration.

2. Susan Lucci breaks her shedding streak
(26th Annual ceremony)

Every daytime fan remembers the place they have been after they heard Shemar Moore yell, “The streak is over” when asserting the winner of the 1999 lead actress Daytime Emmy Awards. It was “All My Children” star Lucci’s 19th nomination however first-ever win, and it garnered her a standing ovation and real cheers from even her competitors within the class. Lucci herself was extraordinarily emotional. It took a couple of minute and a half of her standing on stage to raucous applause earlier than she may even start her acceptance speech, which she did by saying, “I truly believed that this would never happen.” And when the producers instructed her to wrap it up, the viewers booed loudly so Lucci may lastly have her full second within the highlight.

1. Fred Rogers Lifetime Achievement Award
(24th Annual ceremony)

Almost three many years after Rogers’ NET-turned-PBS youngsters’s present debuted, the person who educated and impressed numerous youngsters (and fairly just a few dad and mom) stepped on stage to just accept a Lifetime Achievement Award on the Daytime Emmys. Always one to place others forward of himself, Rogers yielded a few of his time to permit the viewers a second of silence to consider the individuals who have helped them alongside their journeys, taking his message of “looking for the helpers” off the display of his present and right into a apply in his actual life. For so many, Rogers was the helper — and he proved it once more right here.


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