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43rd Daytime Emmys: Watch Outstanding Lead Actress In A Drama Series Nominated Performances!

Five women are vying in the Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series category at this year’s 43rd Annual Daytime Emmy Awards to be handed out on May 1st.  Nominated are: Tracey E. Bregman (Lauren) The Young and the Restless,  Mary Beth Evans (Kayla) Days of our Lives, Kassie DePaiva (Ex-Eve) Days of our Lives, Finola Hughes (Anna) General Hospital, and Maura West (Ava/Denise) General Hospital.

In this category, three women have previously taken home the gold:  Tracey E. Bregman in the then Young Ingenue category in 1985 (which eventually turned into the Younger Actress in a Drama Series award), Finola Hughes who has won once as Lead Actress in 1990, and Maura West who has won three times, and was last year’s winner in this category.  West won twice for her role as Carly on ATWT in 2007, and 2010, and once for her role as Ava on GH in 2015.

So this year will it be: Bregman’s Lauren, who when her husband Michael tells her he wants a divorce is overcome with emotion?  DePaiva’s Eve, who grieves the loss of her daughter, Paige?  Evans’ Kayla, who has the daunting task of telling her beloved brother Bo that he is dying?  Hughes’ Anna, who tries to deal with the loss of  the love of her life Duke Lavery in a mob hit, and then emotionally struggles to come to terms with shooting his believed assailant, Carlos?  Or, West’s Ava Jerome and Denise DeMuccio, after Ava begs Silas to let her die from her cancer, she ends up surviving returns to Port Charles posing as Denice to keep from being sent to prison?

Watch the nominated performances after the jump.  Then let us know of the five nominees who you think deserves the Lead Actress Emmy?  Share your thoughts in the comment section below!

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nancy dillingham
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nancy dillingham

Finola Hughes, hands down!

Shay
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Shay

Amen to that! Finola is in a class by herself!

nancy dillingham
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nancy dillingham

AND Mary Beth Evans–a tie (it’s happened before at award shows). I would like to see them both win.–lol!

CeeCee
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CeeCee

All of these ladies brought it home, as far as I’m concerned, nancy…..except for Tracey Bregman. What did she do to blow anybody away?

su0000
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su0000

WHOOOA !!
I was very surprised to see that Tracey Bregman was even nominated- for what?
Her performance, to me, was everyday day normal nothing special.

CeeCee
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CeeCee

@su0000.
I just can’t imagine how Tracey could even come close to these Prima Donnas of Daytime. Kassie and Ava rocked it……I cannot compare Kassie’s heart-wrenching performance when Paige died to anyone I have ever seen on soaps; except for Maura West.

Nanci
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Nanci

Yeah, include me in those confused by Tracey’s inclusion!
At first I thought it must be a mistake. Dont recall any of Lauren’s
scenes warranting a nomination.

James R. Poissant
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James R. Poissant

I always thought Tracey Bregman was the most beautiful lady on soaps next to Kimberlin Brown. That’s what made me love the Lauren/Sheila rivalry so much for years!!! If Tracey is nominated then I am all for it.

CeeCee
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CeeCee

@Nanci.
Hi, Nanci.
I agree. I am not saying Tracey is not a good actress, she is….nor am I disputing her physical attributes. But, she was not given a “blow-my-mind” storyline. I have not been wowed by her for a few years.
I think Melody T Scott deserved a nomination more than she.
Nikkin is acting her role to the hilt. Yes, her drunken stupor is recycled….has been for years, but, she kills it each and every time.
I am not a fan of Nikki’s, but I know what I see….. I love Melody and she is doing the best job ever!!

Soaphound
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Soaphound

This is a tough one for me. Unlike a couple of other categories, this one is an across-the-board winner. Maura West is always fantastic, and Finola has done some of the best work of her extraordinary GH career this year. And I’ve adored Ms. Evans since she played Sierra on ATWT. But when I saw Tracy Bregman sitting at that table letting Michael have it, I knew this would be the performance of the year for me. Whether or not it belongs in the Leading category doesn’t even bother me. This was a stunning, surprising piece of work and gets… Read more »

Jimh(leave it to beaver)
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Jimh(leave it to beaver)

Kassie-Mary Beth-Finola???….these are my top winners…i always liked Tracy-Maura is good too…you couldnt make the choices any more difficult!!!

Patrick
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Patrick

yeah…. this one’s going to bite… no matter how you look at it as a DAYS fan…it’s the worst argh! heart pull… in two directions OK… I only watched 3 of the REELS Kassie DePaiva – Mary Beth Evans – Finola Hughes all three of these FAN’tastic Ladies all three of them… in the worst pain imaginable ??? DAYS’ Eve : the murder of her daughter, Paige DAYS’ Kayla; the death of her brother BO… with a tumor GH Anna: the murder of her “Lover” Duke argh! these three “actress” slay me… day in and day out…..I LOVE THEM !… Read more »

Patrick
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Patrick

Hi, JimH the power… the pull… the magnetic the pull OUT – ALL – the stop by all the production and the cast, alike I can’t get over… the REEL for Kassie DePaiva… it’s riveting.. it’s heart stopping… it’s SHOW… it’s the worst heartache imaginable and YES… i’ll thwart naysay… this was not done… for gamey… for plug… for garnered ACTOR w/pull Kassie DePaiva.. was given script… and if I recall correctly… it’s the FIRST time.. she had ever had to act.. this out she magnified… she wrung out, left ache… it still is further proof… the ache… that DAYS… Read more »

CeeCee
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CeeCee

Yes, Patrick. Very big mistake letting Kassie; that rare gift go.
The character was not very well-received, I get it. It seemed as if Eve had nowhere to go after her daughter was murdered. But, she could have been redeemed somehow….happens all the time. If Sami was redeemed, along with so many others, so could have Eve.
As I indicated, Finola, Mary Beth and Maura are la creme de la creme, but, in my heart of hearts, Kassie stole the show and ran with it. Incomparable!!

4ever DAYS
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4ever DAYS

If they take home the gold, they can “tie” one on together, Jimmy!

Mateo
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Mateo

Finola Hughes hands down has this in the lock. That lady is class and talent personified. In a race with some great actresses she surpasses them all. I love Maura West, in fact I consider her tantamount to a modern day Beverlee McKinsey (forever the QUEEN) but her story line here was not a high point. She still knocked it out of the park but the story bothered me and doesn’t allow me to consider it deserving even though she was flawless in this role. Tracey Bregman from Y&R was very good but again the story was not a high… Read more »

Dan S
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Dan S

Agree that Finola should win! Also on the Maura/Beverly comparison too!

Brian
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Brian

I can’t hear the Finola one but I remember watching it live. I am rooting for Kassie, Finola, or Mary Beth and I really think they could give it to Mary Beth. Her scenes were so natural and not forced. All of these actresses were outstanding and are well deserved to win. The Mary Beth scene made me realize that Peter Reckell was robbed by not being nominated for best actor!

Jeremy
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Jeremy

I’m rooting for Kassie, too. I believe she will win.

su0000
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su0000

It’s a tie !
Finola Hughes (Anna) General Hospital
Maura West (Ava/Denise) General Hospital

4ever DAYS
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4ever DAYS

It could be a tie, su0000, but the winners should be KDP and MBE from DAYS!!

CeeCee
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CeeCee

Oh, yeah…KDP.

Jimh(leave it to beaver)
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Jimh(leave it to beaver)

Hasnt there ‘Ben’ enough ‘ties’ with Days-lol

Patrick
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Patrick

@4ever

“thank you”

this is the worst feeling… I will not exaggerate….

It could be a tie, su0000, but the winners should be KDP and MBE from DAYS!!

Jeremy
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Jeremy

I don’t see a tie happening in this particular category; the Emmy will go to Kassie!

Kevin
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Kevin

I love you su0000, I totally agree with you finally lol.

Jeremy
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Jeremy

Unfortunately, the Denise scenes didn’t do Maura justice. Maura had an excellent year, for the Emmy she won last year.

Dara M
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Dara M

All very worthy submissions But Kassie Depaiva should own this year’s award. With truly wonderful performances from all of them, this year, her performances were just better.

Jack
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Jack

Yes Dara, Kassie has to win the emmy. She is a sassy, classy lady. the lady is a wonderful actress.

Jeremy
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Jeremy

I agree, Kassie DePaiva will win! After watching all the reels in their entirety; Kassie makes the viewer feel Eve’s pain, her loss, and anger. Her reel was by far the best, and most concise.

Joel
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Joel

All so wonderful. Kassie, Finola & Mary Beth had great story to work with…

Aria
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Aria

Finola Hughes or Maura west !

Ricardo
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Ricardo

I predict a tie, Finola and Kassie win The Daytime emmy.

Mo
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Mo

No ties this year, the academy said. They came up with ways to break ties so there are none.

Nikki
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Nikki

I thought they we’re all good but I think Kassie DePaiva was the winner by far.

blake
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blake

Kassie or Mary Beth, they definitely deserve to win.

I love Tracey Bergman but I don’t know why she was lead, she wasn’t on much. She should have been supporting and Gina Tognoni as lead actress.

Kat
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Kat

I started watching dool when I was 6 sitting on my grandmother’s lap. Now my granddaughters watch. The writing is a big part of the story that makes these actresses all so deserving, but a great actress can make bad writing look good. I believe Mary Beth Evans deserves a win. She’s been playing Kayla for years and gets better and better. Let’s see someone who gets overlooked and has it coming to them. There all great but it’s time to recognize Evans. Hope to see lots of new story lines in your future. Danger and excitement

Jamesj75
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Jamesj75

Great acting from most of the women. The most deserving actress, in my opinion, is Kassie DePaiva. How DOOL let this phenom slip between their fingers is inexplicable. Let DePaiva wrap her fingers around the Emmy trophy…

Ces
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Ces

Finola Hughes is a natural. I give it to her every time! I never consider just crying & screeching as good acting but MBE was very good when Bo died. Hated that whole Ava/Denise story. Not a fan of KDP’s style of acting and Tracey was her usual self. Finola gets my pick!

Dan
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Dan

Wow, talk about some heavy emotional scenes across the board. This is a tough category to pick. I’m a GH fan first and foremost, so I’m gonna be pulling for Finola. She brings it every single day, and it’s been 26 years since her last win. She’s long overdue. Maura was also excellent here, as she always is. GH has an embarrassment of riches when it comes to all the phenomenal leading ladies they have. Very impressed by the work of Mary Beth Evans, as well. I don’t watch Days, so the last I saw Mary Beth was when Katherine… Read more »

Llanviewer717
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Llanviewer717

Kassie DePaiva is superb!!!!!!!!!!!!! She definitely gets my vote.

GHFan70007
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GHFan70007

Since I only watch GH I wanted to view all the reels before responding, My first thought is what did Laura Wright submit because on a bad day she’s better than some of these clips. Maura is awesome, GH is lucky to have her but she should have left the Denise stuff out even though it told a story. Kassie’s scenes were top notch, I know nothing about the character of Eve but I felt her pain and got a little misty eyed. Got to love Tracey being recognized, I was a big fan of hers 20 or more years… Read more »

Phil
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Phil

I would hate to be the one judging this category…easily the toughest race. Love Maura, love Kassie, love Mary Beth, and Finola is a goddess….all great…if I had to give someone the edge it would have to be Finola!

Jay Trotter
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Jay Trotter

I just watched all the emmy reels. Maura or Finola are going to win for lead actress so GH will take this category. I didn’t think Kassie, Mary Beth, and Tracey were on the same level as Maura and Finola. Mary Beth and Tracey shouldn’t even be in this category to be honest cause they are supporting actress on their shows and Mary Beth was hardly on in the first half of 2015 and Tracy was hardly on in the second half of 2015. I honestly would give a slight edge to Maura over Finola based on the reels even… Read more »

Derrick
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Derrick

I still don’t know how Tracey Bregman got in over Melissa Claire Egan and Gina Tognoni!

I’m rooting for Kassie DePaiva!

jeremy
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jeremy

For sure FInola Hughes 🙂

Kelly
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Kelly

I say Kassie DePaiva or Mary Beth Evans. However, I leaning more towards Kassie.

Mo
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Mo

Kassie or Mary Beth.

Mary SF
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Mary SF

Personally I would like Fiona to win it, but my gut tells me the Academy members will be going with Maura once again– as I said before often the type of story is just as important as the performance and death bed scenes are popular with Academy members– basically any story with an illness in it usually does well at the Emmy award. But all the ladies did a great job this year and this one might be too close to call.

credo
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credo

My vote goes to eith Kassie or Mary Beth – both are extremely talented, very natural actors. In fact, a tie would be nice.

irene
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irene

Kassie DePaiva Watched all the videos and she was the best. Heartbreaking and so real for so many people. Similar events happening everyday for people. There is nothing else she could have done to show pure breakdown over the death of her daughter.

Anthony
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Anthony

Looks like a close one between Maura West and Finola Hughes. I’m starting to think that Maura may be the “Erika Slezak” of her generation. With that said, as a long-time fan of OLTL, I wouldn’t be upset if Kassie won the Emmy – even if it’s for work on DOOL.

missmeka1987
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missmeka1987

KDP needs this Emmy hands down I like TB as Lauren on YR but KA as Hope on Days was robbed She did some of the best acting of her career ugh..

code85
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code85

Finola , Mary Beth or Kassie are there who stood out. Maura west second episode was good not great, this is not her year .

Mo
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Mo

No lead nominee from B&B. I really think Linsey Godfrey should have submitted in lead actress.

Rose
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Rose

To be fair I looked at each submission since I don’t watch Days. My choice is Finola, all the more so because this is a long standing love story, and she’s BFF with Ian in real life. I would think it’s harder to pull up the understated pain and rage compared to lots of tears, etc when you know someone that well. I also like Maura, but not for the hospital/Silas scenes. It’s a personal thing…I just don’t like those kind of scenes. But what I did like was Denise. I know there’s been mixed reviews about including her as… Read more »

Patrick
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Patrick

I watched Finola Hughes REEL

truly I did… and I thought it lost muster

I was surprised by how long… her REEL was… with just her and Andre

it became staid… and lost it’s emotional pull

as IVE posted … oy! all the fans and ACTORS from GH who were so GRAND in just throwing Ron Carliavati under the bus…. not saying Finola Hughes thought as much

BUT… I truly think… J & S (GH writers) are , in fact, giving Finola Hughes that much more… and better material… I said… Finola Hughes should win, next year

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DAYS OF OUR LIVES: Marlena Becomes Possessed … Again!

On Tuesday’s episode of Days of our Lives, the devil had his way with his favorite person, Dr. Marlena Evans (Deidre Hall)! In story, leave it to Marlena to save Doug (Bill Hayes) by giving herself up to Satan!

As Doug revealed himself to be Satan while in a therapy session with Marlena in her office, a shook Marlena tries to comprehend what is happening! When the devil says if Marlena won’t accept him in, she will punish Doug, he does just that.

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Poor Doug is left writhing in pain and on the floor, crying out for help! When we come back to the scene Marlena is not exactly right near his body, but sort of overlooking what is happening. Julie (Susan Seaforth Hayes) rushes into Marlena’s office to find Doug as Marlena stares blankly. Eventually, she calls for help.

After Doug is put in a hospital room and is monitored, Kayla (Mary Beth Evans) and Tripp (Lucas Adams) can’t find anything wrong with him. Meanwhile, Julie finds Marlena at the nurses station and asks what happened with Doug during their therapy session.  Marlena flashes back to what led to Doug writing on the floor, and clearly something is way off with Marlena, because she has now become possessed.

Later, Julie sits by Doug’s hospital bed as he opens his eyes, as he tells his beloved wife, “He left me and went in to her.”  A confused Julie is left to ponder what on earth Doug could be talking about.

When Marlena comes home to John (Drake Hogestyn) – who is already concerned with Johnny (Carson Boatman) being set on making a movie of Sami’s life story which includes points on Marlena’s original possession – she tells him Doug collapsed in her office. When the two hug, Marlena slowly opens her eyes  revealing that they are glowing yellow.  Yup! We are off to the races. Marlena is now once again possessed.

So, what did you think about the scenes between Deidre Hall and Bill Hayes? Are you enjoying the revisiting of the infamous ‘possession’ storyline thus far? Comment below.

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Days of our Lives Kicks-Off Possession Storyline Revisted with ‘Doug’ Twist Cliffhanger, Followed by Fall Preview

Did the ‘Devil’ make them do it? Doug Williams  (Bill Hayes) is Satan? In what can only be described as major surprise twist on NBC’s Days of our Lives, for weeks, fans have thought they were about to embark on another dementia or Alzheimer’s storyline on the soaps with another beloved character.

However, Days head writer, Ron Carlivati ,and his writing team came up with a way to make it seem like this may be Doug’s fate only to use the long-running character as the impetus to bring the classic possession storyline back on the air some 25 years later.

It all goes down after Kayla (Mary Beth Evans) calls Marlena (Deidre Hall) to ask him to see Doug, after his MRI and other tests proved inconclusive for dementia, etc, to see if Dr. Evans can assess him.  The phone call to Marlena happened after John (Drake Hogestyn) was discussing the past, since Johnny (Carson Boatman) is ramping up to a shoot a movie on Sami’s life, that will include the time that Sami walked in on John and Marlena having sex, which caused Sami to act out for years and years.

 

However, and this is key, John tells Marlena that moment in time also left her alone and vulnerable to the darkest time in her life – alluding to when she became possessed by the devil – and Marlena was clearly having difficulty admitting that or going down that road of remembrance, when the phone call from Kayla saved her from digging deeper into the past.  Well now, John and Marlena may never have that conversation as she is primed to once again become possessed.

Meanwhile, Johnny is reading Will’s script for the Sami movie, and is shocked to read in it that Marlena was once possessed by the devil, as John takes out a dusty box with his Father John collar, a bible, and a news clipping of Marlena being possessed.  John is feeling that this movie will bring bad things on to all those he loves, especially Doc, and he looks to be right!

Now at her office with Doug, he admits he knows something is wrong.  He acts out and does strange things and does not know why.  Marlena brings up why Doug locked Julie (Susan Seaforth Hayes) in a freezer by accident. Doug gets adamant saying: “That was no accident. I locked that bitch in there on purpose.”  Marlena is shocked at his word and tone.  Then as Doug laughs, he says, “I’m not Doug.”  Next thing you know, the lowered voice of Satan comes out of Doug’s mouth and he tells Doc, “It’s been over 25 years Marlena. But did you really think I wouldn’t come back for you?” End of episode.  Great cliffhanger!

Now, check out the fall preview released following the airing of Friday’s episode by NBC below, which teases more demonic moments on Days. Then let us know in the comment section, what you thought of the ‘Doug’ twist as the possession storyline begins?

Plus, make sure to cast your vote in ‘Michael’s Poll’ of the week on the revisiting of this classic tale now in 2021 below the preview.

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