Three decades after winning her first Emmy for her starring role in the ABC movie “The Dollmaker,” Jane Fonda earned her second acting nomination for her guest performance in the HBO drama series “The Newsroom.” She eventually appeared in 10 of the show’s 25 episodes as Atlantis World Media CEO Leona Lansing, whose reign over fictional network ACN’s news team has been characterized by a no-nonsense attitude. Many viewers drew comparisons between Lansing and the CNN founder Ted Turnerwho Fonda was married to for 10 years.
Fonda’s portrayal of Lansing earned her a total of two offers for Best Dramatic Guest Actress, the second of which she received at age 76. At the time, she was the seventh oldest woman to ever compete for the award, and she now sits in 10th place. . All three women who have been added to the list in the past eight years are over 79, with one making history as the category’s first nonagenarian nominee.
The television academy has recognized the work of guest actresses on continuing drama programs since the seventh Emmys in 1955. The first recipients of the award were Glenda Farrell and Kim Stanley (“Ben Casey”), while the most recent was Claire Foy (“The crown”). The honor has been awarded on an annual basis since 1993 and has been awarded occasionally before then.
Check out our photo gallery to see who ranks ahead of Fonda on the list of 10 oldest Emmy nominees for Best Guest Actress.
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