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Lucci shut out again

'General Hospital' takes
top honor at Daytime Emmys

May 23, 1996
Web posted at: 6:20 a.m. EDT

NEW YORK (CNN) -- The 23rd Annual Daytime Emmy Awards ended on time Wednesday night, but the real drama came more than 20 minutes earlier, when the winner of the statuette for outstanding actress in a drama series was named.

List of winners

And the winner was ... not Susan Lucci, for the 16th consecutive year.

Erika Slezak of "One Life to Live" took the award for the fifth time, leaving Lucci, a sentimental favorite for her role as Erica Kane in "All My Children," out of the winner's circle again.

The cast and crew of the long-running "General Hospital" accepted the award for outstanding daytime drama en masse, in a salute to cast member Rosalind Cash, who died of cancer last October.

Charles Keating won the outstanding actor for his role in "Another World." Jerry ver Dorn of "The Guiding Light" won for supporting actor, and Anna Holbrook of "Another World" won for supporting actress.


Talk show host Phil Donahue, who announced his retirement earlier this year, was presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award during the ceremony. Fellow host Oprah Winfrey presented the award to the 29-year television veteran.

In the talk show category, Montel Williams ended Winfrey's five-year reign as outstanding talk show host, but Winfrey's show took its third consecutive award for outstanding talk show.

Both Williams and Winfrey acknowledged Donahue's legacy in talk show history.

Game show host Bob Barker was honored during the two-hour ceremony for his 40 years in television. His program, "The Price is Right," captured the outstanding game show award.

"Sesame Street" won the award for outstanding pre-school program, while longtime kids show host Shari Lewis took the award for top performer in a children's series.

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