10 Primetime and Film Stars Who Won Daytime Emmys
No. 6: Dorothy Lyman, All My Children
While famed actress/director/producer Dorothy Lyman has appeared on several daytime soap operas (A World Apart, Another World, The Edge of Night, Generations, The Bold and the Beautiful), it was her work as the original Opal Gardner on All My Children which won her back-to-back Daytime Emmy Awards. In 1982, Lyman took home the award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series for her portrayal of Tad Martin's (Michael E. Knight) wacky bio mama.The following year, she snagged the Outstanding Lead Actress trophy.
While still appearing as Opal, Lyman began playing another scene-stealing, on-the-make character, Thelma Harper's (Vicki Lawrence) jezebel of a daughter-in-law Naomi on Mama's Family. A spinoff of The Carol Burnett Show, Mama's Family premiered on NBC in 1983, and was quickly cancelled. In 1986, a retooled version of the laffer premiered in first-run syndication, staying in production until 1990.
Following the end of Mama's Family, Lyman briefly returned to her sudsy roots, appearing as a recast for the role of Rebecca Whitmore in NBC's Generations (1990-91) and later as Bonnie Roberts on The Bold and The Beautiful (1991-92). In 1993, Lyman decided to go behind the lens, as a producer and director on Fran Drescher's hit CBS sitcom The Nanny.
Lyman still keeps her acting chops sharp, however, appearing as Socrata Thrace in the space opera Battlestar Galactica in 2007 and as a judge in Law & Order in 2009.
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