Soap actresses come together to celebrate their place in daytime television.
On Monday April 16, soap opera actresses who received a 45th Daytime Emmy nomination in the category of Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series gathered with last year’s winner Young and the Restless’ Gina Tognoni (Phyllis Abbott) for the Leading Ladies Lunch at the A.O.C Wine Bar and Restaurant at 8700 West 3rd Street in Los Angeles, California. In attendance were this year’s nominees Days of our Lives' Marci Miller (Abigail DiMera), General Hospital's Nancy Lee Grahn (Alexis Davis), Maura West (Ava Jerome) and Laura Wright (Carly Corinthos) and The Young and the Restless' Eileen Davidson (Ashley Abbott). Soaps.com has some cute photos and videos that capture the time shared together during this annual tradition filled with memories and laughs among the daytime stars.
Host Gina Tognoni highlighted various photos from the event through a video on Instagram and expressed, “Today made me proud to be a part of this beautiful community we all belong to thank you for sharing it with me. Congratulations and Good luck Leading ladies.”
Miller showed her appreciation for being in the company of some of daytime’s biggest vets and stated, “Lunch with incredible human beings. Wildly intelligent, passionate, and talented with hearts of gold. Teared up a couple times out of gratitude for my life and the opportunity to sit among them. I'm a lucky gal.”
Grahn posted a photo of the ladies with the caption, “Leading lady lunch @aocla hosted by GinaTognoni.” She then shared a shot, and a laugh, with co-star Maura West.
Wright gave a shout out to her daytime sisters, “Thank You @ginatognoni for hosting a Beautiful Leading Ladies Luncheon!!! So much fun with this talented group! Grateful for this long standing tradition.”
Davidson chimed in with a photo, “It’s the annual daytime Emmys lead actress nominee luncheon! So happy and thrilled to be a part of this group of amazing women! Thank you!”
#yr45 Today made me proud to be apart of this beautiful community we all belong to thank you for sharing it with me . Congratulations and Good luck Leading ladies ❤️Living from the #insideout #inspired #emmylunch @daytimeemmys @cbsdaytime @generalhospitalabc @cbsdaytime @nbcdays @eileendavidsonofficial @youngandrestlesscbs @welcometolaurasworld @nancyleegrahn @_marcimiller_ @maurawest @aocla
Lunch with incredible human beings. Wildly intelligent, passionate, and talented with hearts of gold. Teared up a couple times out of gratitude for my life and the opportunity to sit among them. I'm a lucky gal. 🖤 #DaytimeEmmys #LeadingLadiesLuncheon #Days @eileendavidsonofficial @maurawest @welcometolaurasworld @ginatognoni @nancyleegrahn
Photo credit: Howard Wise, Jill Johnson, John Paschal/JPI
- Amy Mistretta