The Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series category originally made its debut in 1954. Smart won last year’s award, beating out Aidy Bryant for Shrill, Kaley Cuoco for The Flight Attendant, Allison Janney for Mom and Tracee Ellis Ross for Black-ish.
Other previous winners include Phoebe Waller-Bridge for Fleabag, Brosnahan for The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, Louis-Dreyfus for Veep and The New Adventures of Old Christine, Melissa McCarthy for Mike & Molly, Edie Falco for Nurse Jackie, Toni Collette for United States of Tara, Tina Fey for 30 Rock, America Ferrera for Ugly Betty, Felicity Huffman for Desperate Housewives, Sarah Jessica Parker for Sex and the City, Debra Messing for Will & Grace, Jennifer Aniston for Friends, Patricia Heaton for Everybody Loves Raymond, Helen Hunt for Mad About You and Candice Bergen for Murphy Brown.
Louis-Dreyfus currently holds the record for most wins in this category, with six statuettes for Veep and one for The New Adventures of Old Christine, making a total of seven.
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