Daytime Emmy History: A Glimpse At The Past.

Monday, June 16th, 2014

    Carey (NBC)

    A look back in time.

    This Sunday at 8:00 PM EST the 41st Annual Daytime Emmy Awards will stream live online for the very first time. Comedian Kathy Griffin will host this year's ceremony but the details are still being ironed out as to which actors will present the awards, and it seems as though such details including finding a network to televise on have become harder with each passing year. will be on the red carpet in Los Angeles, California and will live blog the ceremony to bring our readers highlights and winners from the show as it happens. But that's not all… We'll follow the actors as they are getting ready and deliver video interviews surrounding their Emmy experience and plan to bring you scoops on what's ahead for their characters as well.

    Pritchett (NBC)

    While we wait for the big night let's take a look back at some Emmy ceremonies from the past to include their major wins...

    The very first Emmy broadcast was held at the Rockefeller Plaza in New York City on May 28, 1974 on NBC. Barbara Walters and Peter Marshall hosted the show, where "The Doctors" won for Outstanding Drama Series against "Days Our Of Lives" and "General Hospital." Macdonald Carey (Dr. Tom Horton, "Days Of Our Lives") won Outstanding Actor in a Daytime Drama Series over "General Hospital's" John Beradino (Dr. Steve Hardy) and Peter Hansen (Lee Baldwin). Elizabeth Hubbard (Dr. Althea Davis, "The Doctors") took home the award for Outstanding Actress in a Daytime Drama Series against Mary Fickett (Ruth Martin, "All My Children"), Rachel Ames (Audrey Hardy, "General Hospital") and Mary Stuart (Joanne Gardner, "Search For Tomorrow").

    Take a look back at the first ever Daytime Emmy Awards:

    Fast forwarding five years, the 5th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards ceremony aired on ABC, hosted by "Family Feud's" Richard Dawson on June 7, 1978. "Days Of Our Lives" was honored in the Outstanding Drama Series category over "All My Children," "Ryan's Hope" and "The Young And The Restless."

    Lyman (Ann Limongello/ABC)

    James Pritchett (Dr. Matt Powers, "The Doctors") took home the Outstanding Actor in a Daytime Drama Series award against "All My Children's" Matthew Cowles (Billy Clyde Tuggle, who recently passed away on May 22) and Lawrence Keith (Nick Davis), "One Life To Live's" Michael Storm (Dr. Larry Wolek) and "Ryan's Hope's" Michael Levin (Jack Fenelli) and Andrew Robinson (Frank Ryan). Laurie Heineman (Sharlene Frame, "Another World") won for Outstanding Actress in a Daytime Drama Series against "All My Children's" Mary Fickett (Ruth Martin) and Susan Lucci (Erica Kane), "Another World's" Beverlee McKinsey (Iris Carrington) and Victoria Wyndham (Rachel Davis), "Days Of Our Lives'" Susan Seaforth Hayes (Julie Olson) and "One Life To Live's" Jennifer Harmon (Cathy Craig Lord).

    Woods (ABC)

    The 10th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards were celebrated on June 6, 1983. "The Young And The Restless" scored the Outstanding Drama Series award over "All My Children," "Days Of Our Lives," "General Hospital" and "One Life To Live." Llanview favorite Robert S. Woods (Bo Buchanan, "One Life To Live") accepted the Outstanding Actor in a Daytime Drama Series over "All My Children's" Peter Bergman (Cliff Warner) and James Mitchell (Palmer Cortlandt) and "General Hospital's" Stuart Damon (Alan Quartermaine) and Anthony Geary (Luke Spencer). Dorothy Lyman (Opal Cortlandt, "All My Children") won for Outstanding Actress in a Daytime Drama Series against fellow actresses "All My Children's" Susan Lucci (Erica Kane), "General Hospital's" Leslie Charleson (Monica Quartermaine) and "One Life To Live's" Erika Slezak (Victoria Lord) and Robin Strasser (Dorian Lord).

    Dano (NBC)

    Upon the milestone of the 20th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards many gathered on May 26, 1993 at the Marriott Marquis Hotel in New York City to honor those in daytime. ABC televised the event with "All My Children's" Susan Lucci (Erica) and Walt Willey (Jack) as hosts. Again, "The Young And The Restless" took home the Outstanding Drama Series award against "All My Children," "As The World Turns" and "Guiding Light." David Canary (Adam/Stuart Chandler, "All My Children") won the Outstanding Lead Actor award, up against "Guiding Light's" Mark Derwin (A.C. Mallet) and Michael Zaslow (Roger Thorpe), "One Life To Live's" Robert S. Woods (Bo Buchanan), "Santa Barbara's" A Martinez (Cruz Castillo) and "The Young And The Restless'" Peter Bergman (Jack Abbott). The Outstanding Lead Actress award went to Linda Dano (Felicia Gallant, "Another World"), who competed against "All My Children's" Julia Barr (Brooke English) and Susan Lucci (Erica Kane), "As The World Turns'" Ellen Dolan (Margo Hughes) and "Guiding Light's" Maeve Kinkead (Vanessa Chamberlain).

    Needless to say, one of the most memorable moments in Daytime Emmy Awards Show history was during the 26th Annual ceremony on May 21, 1999 when after 19 nominations Susan Lucci won her very first Daytime Emmy for her "All My Children" role of Erica Kane for Outstanding Lead Actress. Relive the special moment as "Y&R's" Shemar Moore (Malcolm Winters) announced the award and the actresses Lucci was up against.

    As the years went on more categories were added and with the popularity of various web series these days, online actors and actresses are able to celebrate along with their shows in the web series category. Dick Clark ("American Bandstand"), who won the Lifetime Achievement Award in 1994, produced the show for many years. In 1991 the live television event switched from daytime airings to primetime. Back before the switch the soaps were all pre-empted in order to air the annual daytime ceremony during the day. Would you rather watch the Daytime Emmys during the day with soaps pre-empted or televised/live-streamed in the evening? Vote below: looks forward to celebrating the daytime tradition and bringing our readers scoops from the red carpet, photos and interviews, as well as spending the evening along with you live blogging from the event. Take a look back at our 40th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards live blog and visit our Daytime Emmy Coverage section, as we bring you past Emmy coverage, fashion highlights, our Sudzies winners, predictions and more leading up to Sunday night's event!

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    - Amy Mistretta

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