10 Primetime and Film Stars Who Won Daytime Emmys
No. 2: Judith Light, One Life to Live
Acclaimed actress Judith Light swore she'd never do a soap opera or a sitcom. Luckily for the millions of fans who adored her during her Daytime Emmy-winning stint as Karen Wolek on One Life to Live, and later as Angela Bower on the hit 80's sitcom Who's The Boss?, someone convinced Light to eat those words!
Light dominated the Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series category two years running (1980-81), with her legendary portrait of a housewife-turned-hooker. She left the serial in 1983 and headed straight for primetime, where she starred opposite Tony Danza in Who's The Boss? for eight seasons.
The 1990's saw Light cast in a slew of female-centric Made-For-TV movies. Along the way, she continued to work on the stage. In 2000, she appeared on Broadway in the Pulitzer Prize-winning play Wit.
Light began a lengthy association with NBC's Law & Order franchise in 2002, recurring as Judge Elizabeth Donnelly on Law & Order: SVU. From 2006-10, Light returned to her Mouse House roots in the primetime hit Ugly Betty, playing boozing matriarch Claire Meade. The role allowed Light to draw on both her sudsy and sitcom pasts at the same time.
This Daytime Emmy winner is currently celebrating being nominated for another award, a Tony, for her work in Other Desert Cities on Broadway in 2011.