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THE DAYTIME EMMY AWARDS
Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series
Following is a complete listing of each of the winners in the Outstanding Lead Actress category. This category was introduced in 1973-1974, and has undergone several name changes. Until the creation of the Supporting Actor and Actress categories in 1978, the category was named Outstanding Actress in a Daytime Drama Series.


  • 1972-1973; Mary Fickett (Ruth Brent, All My Children)
  • 1973-1974; Elizabeth Hubbard (Althea Davis, The Doctors)
  • 1974-1975; Susan Flannery (Laura Horton, Days of our Lives)
  • 1975-1976; Helen Gallagher (Maeve Ryan, Ryan's Hope)
  • 1976-1977; Helen Gallagher (Maeve Ryan, Ryan's Hope)
  • 1977-1978; Laurie Heinemann (Sharlene Frame, Another World)
  • 1978-1979; Irene Dailey (Liz Matthews, Another World)
  • 1979-1980; Judith Light (Karen Wolek, One Life to Live)
  • 1980-1981; Judith Light (Karen Wolek, One Life to Live)
  • 1981-1982; Robin Strasser (Dorian Lord, One Life to Live)
  • 1982-1983; Dorothy Lyman (Opal Gardner, All My Children)
  • 1983-1984; Erika Slezak (Victoria Lord Buchanan, One Life to Live)
  • 1984-1985; Kim Zimmer (Reva Shayne, Guiding Light)
  • 1985-1986; Erika Slezak (Victoria Lord Buchanan, One Life to Live)
  • 1986-1987; Kim Zimmer (Reva Shayne, Guiding Light)
  • 1987-1988; Helen Gallagher (Maeve Ryan, Ryan's Hope)
  • 1988-1989; Marcy Walker (Eden Capwell, Santa Barbara)
  • 1989-1990; Kim Zimmer (Reva Shayne, Guiding Light)
  • 1990-1991; Finola Hughes (Anna Devane, General Hospital)
  • 1991-1992; Erika Slezak (Viki Buchanan, One Life to Live)
  • 1992-1993; Linda Dano (Felicia Gallant, Another World)
  • 1993-1994; Hillary B. Smith (Nora Gannon, One Life to Live)
  • 1994-1995; Erika Slezak (Viki Buchanan, One Life to Live)
  • 1995-1996; Erika Slezak (Viki Buchanan, One Life to Live)
  • 1996-1997; Jess Walton (Jill Abbott, The Young and the Restless)
  • 1997-1998; Cynthia Watros (Annie Dutton, Guiding Light)
  • 1998-1999; Susan Lucci (Erica Kane, All My Children)
  • 1999-2000; Susan Flannery (Stephanie Forrester, The Bold and the Beautiful)
  • 2000-2001; Martha Byrne (Lily Snyder and Rose D'Angelo, As the World Turns)
  • 2001-2002; Susan Flannery (Stephanie Forrester, The Bold and the Beautiful)
  • 2002-2003; Susan Flannery (Stephanie Forrester, The Bold and the Beautiful)
  • 2003-2004; Michelle Stafford (Phyllis Summers, The Young and the Restless)
  • 2004-2005; Erika Slezak (Victoria Davidson, One Life to Live)
  • 2005-2006; Kim Zimmer (Reva Shayne, Guiding Light)
  • 2006-2007; Maura West (Carly Tenney, As the World Turns)
  • 2007-2008; Jeanne Cooper (Katherine Chancellor, The Young and the Restless)
  • 2008-2009; Susan Haskell (Marty Saybrooke, One Life to Live)
  • 2009-2010; Maura West (Carly Tenney, As the World Turns)
  • 2010-2011; Laura Wright (Carly Jacks, General Hospital)
  • 2011-2012; Heather Tom (Katie Logan, The Bold and the Beautiful)
  • 2012-2013; Heather Tom (Katie Logan, The Bold and the Beautiful)
  • 2013-2014; Eileen Davidson (Kristen DiMera, Days of our Lives)
  • 2014-2015; Maura West (Ava Jerome, General Hospital)



    THE TALLY


    One Life to Live; 11 wins
    The Bold and the Beautiful; 5 wins
    Guiding Light; 5 wins
    All My Children; 3 wins
    Another World; 3 wins
    Ryan's Hope; 3 wins
    As The World Turns; 3 wins
    The Young and the Restless; 3 wins
    General Hospital; 3 wins
    Days of our Lives; 2 wins
    The Doctors; 1 win
    Santa Barbara; 1 win

    - This program is no longer in production.


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