The women of ‘Grey’s Anatomy’

Cast of femme fatales wins WIF's Lucy Award

If anyone ever needed a 36-hour day, it’s the ladies of “Grey’s Anatomy.”

Performing brain surgery, planning weddings and trying to mend failed relationships are part and parcel of a typical shift for the interns at Seattle Grace Hospital. For actresses Ellen Pompeo, Chandra Wilson, Sandra Oh, Kate Walsh, Katherine Heigl and Sara Ramirez — who will be sharing WIF’s Lucy Award with “Grey’s” creator Shonda Rhimes — the constant tumult gives them a chance to bring their characters to the edge of believability, all the while keeping their hardcore audience tuned in for more each Thursday night.

All seem to be benefiting from “Grey’s'” good fortune, especially Walsh, who has been given a spinoff, “Private Practice,” that landed a place on ABC’s fall schedule. On the kudos front, Oh has been nominated twice for an Emmy, and Wilson took home a SAG Award last year for her role as stern but soulful Dr. Bailey.

Bailey remains the show’s most stabilizing presence among her fellow high-strung characters. She offers them guidance and perspective when chaos rules the roost.

“I took what was there on the page and tried to breathe as much life into it as I could,” Wilson says. “I never sat down with anyone to discuss it.”

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