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The Emmys, then and now

September 30, 2012
The Leader Herald

When I watched the Prime Time Emmy Awards Sept. 23, I couldn't help but remember back when I was living in Los Angeles and trying out for parts in TV shows.

I've actually been watching awards shows like the Emmys since childhood, and I was always fascinated by the excitement and the whole scene of Hollywood stars receiving the accolades of other actors.

When I was living out in L.A. and trying out for parts that could be nominated and even knew some of the actors who were up for awards, it was even more exciting.

For example, I tried out for the part of Elaine Benis on "Seinfeld," which eventually was played by Julia Luis Dreyfus. I see she just won an Emmy for her part in the new cable show "Veep." I haven't seen it, since I don't subscribe to Showtime, so I can't comment on it or the drama winner "Homeland."

One of my favorite shows, "Modern Family," was a big winner at the Emmys again this year. Besides Best Comedy Series, the Best Comedic Supporting Actress award went to Julie Bowen, with Best Comedic Supporting Actor going to Eric Stonestreet.

(When Julie Bowen was announced as the Best Supporting Comedy actress, her castmate and category competitor Sofia Vergara could be heard shouting her support from the Emmy audience.) Stonestreet's three male co-stars on the show also were nominated.

Bowen's comment about her show being liked by both wives of the Republican and Democratic presidential nominees in this contentious political season was interesting. She said it shows there's "a place on the couch where people can sit down together" despite political differences.?

Jon Stewart was tackled by Jimmy Fallon and company on the way to get the Best Comedy Variety Show Award, showing the friendly rivalry that goes on. His remarks were both hilarious and a bit off-color when he received it. He said he could hardly believe his show was going into its 15th year despite the fact that topical humor had the "shelf life of egg salad."

When I was in L.A. trying out for parts, I was always hopeful I would get that special part that would bring me to the Emmys, and I would practice my acceptance speech in the mirror holding a telephone, pretending it was the actual Emmy.

Holding that phone was about as much acting prize as I will ever get, but there are still plenty of fond memories.

Kathryn Spira, a native of Cleveland who pursued an acting career in New York City and Los Angeles, now pursues free lance writing from Caroga Lake in Fulton County. Her previous columns and contact information can be accessed at



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