Emmy history: First nom in this category, plus five others for movie/miniseries lead actress, movie/miniseries guest actress, comedy guest actress and drama guest actress.
The case: As TV’s first enviro-crusader anti-heroine, Dern had to invent a completely new contemporary icon for the smallscreen — an emotional and somewhat naive woman fighting not to be crushed by an indifferent world. Her idealistic Amy Jellicoe caught fire in season two (the show’s last) in her affair with an investigative reporter and her triumphant confrontation with a corporate exec.
Trivia: Dern’s real-life mom, Diane Ladd, played her mother in the series. The two have played mother/daughter in several other projects.