NEW YORK — After 18 nominations and 18 losses, hard-luck soap star Susan Lucci finally came up a winner.

Lucci, whose status as a longtime loser often overshadowed her work, won the Daytime Emmy award for best actress for portraying the villainous Erica Kane on “All My Children” Friday.

She sobbed as she received a standing ovation.

“Thank you very much. I truly never believed that this would happen,” she said.

A tearful Rosie O’Donnell swept the major talkshow awards, winning her third straight honor as best talkshow host and also for best talkshow. It was a boost for O’Donnell, who had a tense fight with actor Tom Selleck over gun control on her show this week.

She twice paid tribute to Oprah Winfrey, who shared the award with her last year. Winfrey, who has won seven of the awards, took herself out of the running after getting a lifetime achievement award last year.

“I one day hope to move through life with the grace and dignity of that woman — Oprah Winfrey,” said O’Donnell, as tears streamed down her face.

The 26th annual Daytime Emmy Awards were given out during a ceremony at New York’s Theater at Madison Square Garden, televised on CBS.

A list of winners follows:

TALKSHOW HOST: Rosie O’Donnell

YOUNGER ACTOR, DRAMA SERIES: Jonathan Jackson, “General Hospital”

YOUNGER ACTRESS, DRAMA SERIES: Heather Tom, “The Young and the Restless”

GAMESHOW: “Win Ben Stein’s Money”


PERFORMER, ANIMATED PROGRAM: Rob Paulsen, “Steven Spielberg Presents: Pinky and the Brain”

SUPPORTING ACTRESS, DRAMA SERIES: Sharon Case, “The Young and the Restless”

CHILDREN’S SERIES: “Disney Presents Bill Nye the Science Guy”

SUPPORTING ACTOR, DRAMA SERIES: Stuart Damon, “General Hospital”


CHILDREN’S SPECIAL: “The Island on Bird Street”

GAMESHOW HOST: Ben Stein and Jimmy Kimmel, “Win Ben Stein’s Money”

DRAMA SERIES DIRECTING TEAM: “The Young and the Restless”

TALKSHOW: “The Rosie O’Donnell Show”

LEAD ACTOR, DRAMA SERIES: Anthony Geary, “General Hospital”

LEAD ACTRESS, DRAMA SERIES: Susan Lucci, “All My Children”

DRAMA SERIES: “General Hospital”