Primetime Emmy Winners: Comedy Actress

Note: The names of award categories have changed dramatically through the years. Where the difference is significant, the actual title is cited in parentheses below. If the series also won another major program award — like Outstanding New Series, back in the days when there was such a category — it’s also noted. Missing years indicate that the award categories were dropped.

1952 Lucille Ball (Best Comedienne)

1955 Nanette Fabray

1956 Nanette Fabray, Caesar’s Hour

1957 Jane Wyatt, Father Knows Best (Best Actress, Drama or Comedy)

1958-59 Jane Wyatt, Father Knows Best

1959-60 Jane Wyatt, Father Knows Best (Best Actress in a Series)

1961-62 Shirley Booth, Hazel (Outstanding Actress in a Series)

1962-63 Shirley Booth, Hazel (Outstanding Actress in a Series)

1963-64 Mary Tyler Moore, The Dick Van Dyke Show

1965-66 Mary Tyler Moore, The Dick Van Dyke Show

1966-67 Lucille Ball, The Lucy Show

1967-68 Lucille Ball, The Lucy Show

1968-69 Hope Lange, The Ghost & Mrs. Muir

1969-70 Hope Lange, The Ghost & Mrs. Muir

1970-71 Jean Stapleton, All in the Family

1971-72 Jean Stapleton, All in the Family

1972-73 Mary Tyler Moore, The Mary Tyler Moore Show

1973-74 Mary Tyler Moore, The Mary Tyler Moore Show

1974-75 Valerie Harper, Rhoda

1975-76 Mary Tyler Moore, The Mary Tyler Moore Show

1976-77 Beatrice Arthur, Maude

1977-78 Jean Stapleton, All in the Family

1978-79 Ruth Gordon, Taxi

1979-80 Cathryn Damon, Soap

1980-81 Isabel Sanford, The Jeffersons

1981-82 Carol Kane, Taxi

1982-83 Shelley Long, Cheers

1983-84 Jane Curtin, Kate & Alley

1984-85 Jane Curtin, Kate & Alley

1985-86 Betty White, The Golden Girls

1986-87 Rue McClanahan, The Golden Girls

1987-88 Beatrice Arthur, The Golden Girls

1988-89 Candice Bergen, Murphy Brown

1989-90 Candice Bergen, Murphy Brown

1990-91 Kirstie Alley, Cheers

1991-92 Candice Bergen, Murphy Brown

1992-93 Roseanne Arnold, Roseanne

1993-94 Candice Bergen, Murphy Brown

1994-95 Candice Bergen, Murphy Brown

1995-96 Helen Hunt, Mad About You

1996-97 Helen Hunt, Mad About You

1997-98 Helen Hunt, Mad About You

1998-99 Helen Hunt, Mad About You

1999-00 ?????

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