SallyfieldCan’t help but notice in this year’s Emmy noms that the lead drama actress category is dominated by vets. Not that it matters — two of the five are Oscar winners, one’s a five-time Oscar nominee and all are good at their craft — but I was curious about the age spread.

According to the IMDB, "The Closer’s" Kyra Sedgwick is the youngest, born the year that President Johnson signed the Voting Rights Act. "Law & Order: SVU’s" Mariska Hargitay arrived the same year the Beatles first played "The Ed Sullivan Show."

Holly Hunter made her debut the year Chuck Berry landed Johnny B. Goode" on the charts. Glenn Close of "Damages" was born the year the Central Intelligence Agency was established (coincidence?). And "Brothers and Sisters" Sally Field (pictured left), the reigning champ in the category, was born the year Winston Churchill famously warned of an "iron curtain" descending across Europe.

Solid as this list is, it’s still hard to believe that there wasn’t any room for the incredible Connie Britton of "Friday Night Lights" (who was born the year of the Monterey Pop Festival).

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