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Nominated for: Guest Actress in a Comedy, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
Much like Ellie Kemper's titular character in the hit Netflix series (which Fey created), the Emmy nominee is totally unbreakable, despite going through "a pretty rough puberty" that led to a "deadly combination of greasy skin and getting your boobs at 10." Fey has come out on top, however: not only has she gone on to win Emmys and Golden Globes for her show 30 Rock, but also is the brilliant mind behind the greatest movie of our time, Mean Girls.
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Nominated for: Lead Actress in a Comedy, Parks and Recreation
Even before her laugh-out-loud role on the NBC comedy, which ended last season, Poehler has never taken herself too seriously. Case in point: her gravity-defying hair, which she opened up about on Conan. "Every day I would walk into school and just be, like, 'You're welcome, fellas,' " she joked. "I drove all the way there with the windows down."
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Nominated for: Lead Actress in a Drama, Mad Men
Before Peggy, there was mini Moss, a pint-sized blonde with a love of music and overalls.
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Nominated for: Lead Actress in a Limited Series or Movie, American Crime
It's always humbling to take a look back at the early years. For Huffman, the nostalgia came in the form of one of her first headshots. "Ahhh, youth," she captioned the vintage photo.
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Nominated for: Lead Actress in a Limited Series or Movie, The Honorable Woman
Much like she is now, the Golden Globe winner has always been relatable – especially when it comes to experimenting. Case in point: her early days of accessorizing. "I wore loads of ribbons in my hair and let them fall in my eyes," she has said. We've so been there.
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Nominated for: Lead Actress in a Drama, Homeland
Despite the dozens of accolades and awards Danes has won through the years, we will always remember her as the angst-ridden, redheaded Angela Chase in My So-Called Life.
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Nominated for: Lead Actress in a Drama, House of Cards
Sure, she gives orders on House of Cards, but nothing compares to the response the ever-loyal Westley would provide Wright's character in The Princess Bride. We doubt Claire Underwood has heard "as you wish" yet.