Emmy Awards
Stars Who Won or Were Nominated for Emmys After Their Deaths
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Anthony Bourdain
Three months after his death in 2018, Anthony Bourdain was honored with posthumous Emmys for his CNN series Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown. Bourdain personally won outstanding informational series or special and outstanding writing for a nonfiction program — an award he was said to have “coveted,” Deadline reported. The series also took home awards for its editing, sound editing and sound mixing, as well as its online series.
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Craig Zadan
Influential producer Craig Zadan was awarded a posthumous Emmy in 2018, less than a month after his death, as part of the producing team behind NBC’s production of Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert, which was named outstanding variety music or comedy special. With the award, fellow producers John Legend, Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber each achieved EGOT status (referring to the feat of winning an Emmy, a Grammy, an Oscar and a Tony).
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Carrie Fisher
Beloved actress Carrie Fisher received her third Emmy nomination in 2017, nearly seven months after her death, for her guest appearance in season 3 of Catastrophe. Fisher recurred on the Amazon comedy as Mia, the mother of Rob Delaney’s character. “I revered Carrie until I met her and then I loved her,” Delaney wrote in The Guardian. The award ultimately went to Melissa McCarthy for Saturday Night Live.
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Audrey Hepburn
Iconic film star Audrey Hepburn received a posthumous Emmy Award for her documentary specials Gardens of the World with Audrey Hepburn, which filmed in 1990 but didn't premiere until one day after her death in 1993. That Emmy for individual achievement, along with a posthumous Grammy in 1994, made Hepburn the fifth person ever to become an EGOT winner.
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Ingrid Bergman
For her final role (as Israeli prime minister Golda Meir in A Woman Called Golda), screen legend Ingrid Bergman was awarded the 1982 Emmy for outstanding lead actress in a miniseries or movie. Bergman passed away a month before the ceremony; her daughter Pia accepted the Emmy.
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John Ritter
Ritter, who received his only Emmy Award for Three’s Company in 1984, was honored with a nomination for his sitcom 8 Simple Rules in 2004, a little under a year after his death. It was Ritter’s sixth total Emmy nomination. The award ultimately went to Kelsey Grammer for Frasier.
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Farrah Fawcett
Three weeks after her death in 2009, onetime Charlie’s Angels star Farrah Fawcett was nominated for an Emmy for her work as a producer on Farrah’s Story, the documentary chronicling her experience with cancer. It was her fourth Emmy nomination. The award ultimately went to 102 Minutes That Changed America.
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Kathryn Joosten
West Wing actress Kathryn Joosten was nominated for four Emmys, winning two, for her role as Karen McCluskey on Desperate Housewives. Her final nomination — her first as a supporting actress, rather than guest actress, in a comedy — came a month and a half after her death in 2012. Julie Bowen (Modern Family) ultimately won the award.
Nancy Marchand
Marchand’s performance as Tony Soprano’s manipulative mother Livia on The Sopranos was recognized with an Emmy nomination after her death in 2000. It was her seventh nomination overall; Marchand was nominated five times, winning four, for her role on Lou Grant. The award ultimately went to Allison Janney for The West Wing.
Nicholas Colasanto
For his endearing performance as the lovably clueless Coach on Cheers, Nicholas Colasanto received three consecutive Emmy nominations for supporting actor in a comedy series. The final nomination, in 1985, came months after his death. The award ultimately went to John Larroquette for Night Court.
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Phil Hartman
Months after his 1998 murder made headlines, Phil Hartman was honored with his fourth Emmy nomination. The talented Canadian actor, writer and comedian, who also had numerous voice roles on The Simpsons, had won an Emmy for his writing on Saturday Night Live, but this was his first nomination for his work on NewsRadio, which was preparing to enter its fifth season. The award ultimately went to David Hyde Pierce for Frasier.
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Richard Burton
Welsh stage and screen icon Richard Burton received his first and only Emmy nomination in 1985, a year after his death. The Oscar-nominated Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? actor was honored for his final role, in 1984 miniseries Ellis Island, but lost the Emmy to Karl Malden (Fatal Vision).
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Ossie Davis
Months after his death in 2005, actor, director, writer and civil rights activist Ossie Davis received his fourth Emmy nomination — for his guest role on The L Word, on which his character also died. (The episode featuring his character’s death, which aired after Davis’ death, was dedicated to him.) He lost the Emmy to Ray Liotta (ER).
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Danny Thomas
Comedian and actor Danny Thomas, who won an Emmy for Make Room for Daddy in 1955, was nominated months after his death in 1991 for his guest role on Empty Nest. He lost that award to Murphy Brown’s Jay Thomas (no relation). In 2004, Danny — who also founded St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital — posthumously received the Bob Hope Humanitarian Award.
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Raul Julia
Puerto Rican actor Raúl Juliá overcame illness to complete production on 1994 TV movie The Burning Season but passed away months later. The next year, Juliá was honored with an Emmy — his first — for outstanding lead actor in a miniseries or movie.
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Diana Hyland
For her role in The Boy in the Plastic Bubble, Diana Hyland was posthumously awarded an Emmy in 1977, months after she died from breast cancer. John Travolta, her costar and boyfriend, delivered a memorably emotional speech when he accepted the award on her behalf, saying, “Wherever you are, Diana, I love you and we did it, baby.”
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Alice Pearce
Pearce, who played nosy neighbor Gladys Kravitz on the classic sitcom Bewitched, was nominated for and later won her first Emmy in 1966, just months after her death from ovarian cancer.
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Marion Lorne
Bewitched suffered a second loss when Marion Lorne, who played the bumbling Aunt Clara, passed away just 10 days before the Emmy ceremony in 1968. Lorne went on to win the award for outstanding supporting actress in a comedy, which was accepted on her behalf by series star Elizabeth Montgomery.
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