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9 Famous Emmy Firsts: How Bill Cosby, Laverne Cox and More Made TV History

UpdatePosted 08/25/2014 05:30PM

9 Famous Emmy Firsts: How Bill Cosby, Laverne Cox and More Made TV History

Originally posted 08/20/2014 05:10PM

This year's Emmy nominations saw a historic first: Orange Is the New Black star Laverne Cox was nominated for the outstanding guest actress in a comedy series award, making her the first openly transgender person nominated in an acting category. (Conductor Angela Morley won several Emmys for music direction.)

The award ultimately went to Cox's Orange costar, Uzo "Crazy Eyes" Aduba – the win was announced during the Creative Arts portion of the awards, which took place on Aug. 16 – but Cox's nomination is a first nonetheless. Now in their 66th year, the Emmy Awards have seen many famous firsts. Have a look back at other celebrated performers who scored one of these firsts in the Primetime Emmy acting categories.

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Lee Chamberlin, The Electric Company Star, Dies at 76 | Bill Cosby, Morgan Freeman, Rita Moreno

Lee Chamberlin, The Electric Company Star, Dies at 76

Originally posted 06/04/2014 08:15AM

Lee Chamberlin, an original cast member of the 1970s PBS children's show The Electric Company, and who then went on to a decades-long acting career on stage and screen, died Monday in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, of metastatic cancer, The New York Times reports. She was 76.

The actress, who was living in Paris, had been visiting her son Matthew at the time of her death.

Chamberlin – who starred on The Electric Company alongside Bill Cosby, Rita Moreno and then-newcomer Morgan Freeman – played the character Vi, who owned a diner and sang duets with Freeman.

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Are You Smarter Than a Celebrity? See These Stars' SAT Scores | Ben Affleck

Are You Smarter Than a Celebrity? See These Stars' SAT Scores

Originally posted 03/07/2014 08:00AM

Ninth-graders across America are sighing in relief: In 2016, the SAT exam will scrap its mandatory essay component, tone down its highfalutin vocabulary questions and return to its iconic top score of 1600.

Besides attempting to open up the SAT to students of all backgrounds – scores on the current SAT are highly correlated with family income – the new move helps today's students in another unexpected way.

Once again, it will be very easy for them to compare their own SAT scores with those of their favorite celebrities.

To celebrate the occasion, we've done some research on stars' reported SAT scores, all of which came on the old 1600 test. Besides Oscar winner Ben Affleck, who the New York Times says earned "almost perfect" SAT scores, did you beat any of these celebs?

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Bill Cosby to Make TV Comeback in NBC Comedy – Will You Watch?

Bill Cosby to Make TV Comeback in NBC Family Comedy – Will You Watch?

Originally posted 01/22/2014 04:15PM

Bill Cosby is returning to TV in a new family comedy for NBC.

The beloved star, who played sweater-clad Cliff Huxtable on The Cosby Show, has signed a deal to develop and star in a new half-hour sitcom that is being produced by Tom Werner, whose company produced the '80s hit, Deadline reports.

The 76-year-old will play the head of a multi-generational family, and Cosby and Werner are reportedly in the process of meeting with writers for the project.

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Ultimate '80s Bracket Game: Vote for Your Favorite Cosby Sweater!

Bill Cosby Launches Cliff Huxtable-Inspired Sweater Poll

Originally posted 07/05/2013 02:00PM

It may be far from sweater weather, but fans of The Cosby Show are facing off on Cliff Huxtable's favorite fibers.

And behind it all is Bill Cosby himself.

This week, the actor, 75, launched a comprehensive March Madness-style face-off on BillCosby.com, asking fans to vote for their favorite sweater worn by Cliff Huxtable on the iconic television series that ran from 1984-92.

With 32 knits battling it out for top honors – to be crowned the "Champion Stitch" – categories start with "The Crew," then narrow down to 16 in "The Sweat," the top 8 will be named "The Fleecy" and the final four will be "The Warmest."

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A Different World Actor Dies

Lou Myers, A Different World Actor, Dies

Originally posted 02/21/2013 08:25AM

TV, film and stage actor Lou Myers, best known for playing Mr. Gaines on the sitcom A Different World in the '80s and early '90s, has died at 77.

Myers passed away at the Charleston Area Medical Center in his native state of West Virginia after battling pneumonia for several months, TMZ.com reported.

Myers was born in Chesapeake, W.V., the son of a Cabin Creek coal miner, according to the Charleston Gazette. After attending West Virginia State University, he got his first acting break as an understudy in the Broadway play The First Breeze of Summer.

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Mariah Carey, Jamie Foxx Set for Apollo Fete | Mariah Carey

Mariah Carey, Jamie Foxx Set for Apollo Fete

Originally posted 04/07/2009 08:00AM

Good show: Mariah Carey and Jamie Foxx will help celebrate the 75th Anniversary of Harlem's historic Apollo Theater at a June 8 gala, PEOPLE has learned. The pair will induct Patti Labelle and Quincy Jones into the Apollo Legends Hall of Fame at the celebration, where Anita Baker and the O'Jays will also perform. Steve Harvey will host the evening, which will feature a presentation of the Ruby Dee & Ossie Davis Arts and Humanitarian Award to Bill Cosby and his wife, Camille. For more information about the event, visit www.apollotheater.org.
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Baby Girl for Newsman George Stephanopoulos | Alexandra Wentworth

Baby Girl for Newsman George Stephanopoulos

Originally posted 06/03/2005 08:40AM

BORN: ABC This Week anchor George Stephanopoulos and his wife, actress-comedian Ali Wentworth, welcomed a new daughter, Harper Andrea, Thursday morning in a Washington, D.C.-area hospital, reports The Washington Post. The arrival weighed 6 lbs. 9 oz. and measured 19" long – the same arrival weight and length of Harper's older sister, Elliott, who is 2, says the paper, which adds that the expectant dad helped fuel the delivery process by picking up a burrito from a local Tex-Mex restaurant called Austin Grill. "People should just save the trouble of inducing labor and eat there," said Stephanopoulous.

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Jessica Simpson Steps into Sinatra's Boots | Jessica Simpson

Jessica Simpson Steps into Sinatra's Boots

Originally posted 05/19/2005 08:00AM

RECORDED: Jessica Simpson has recorded a cover version of the '60s Nancy Sinatra hit "These Boots Are Made for Walkin'" with her Dukes of Hazzard costar Willie Nelson. "Loretta Lynn also did a version, so we took elements of both (Lynn and Sinatra's) and funk-defied it a little bit," producer Jimmy Jam tells MTV News. "And Jessica wrote a whole new set of lyrics that put her in the Daisy Duke character in the movie." Next week, Simpson will shoot the video for the single, which reportedly will feature her as a waitress at the Boar's Nest, a bar where Nelson is quietly drinking. The premise includes her accidentally inciting a bar fight that evolves into a choreographed hoe-down. In between, says MTV, there will be shots of a bikini-clad Simpson washing the car, the General Lee.

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Clinton Feels 'Good' Before New Surgery | Bill Clinton

Clinton Feels 'Good' Before New Surgery

Originally posted 03/09/2005 08:50AM

REASSURED: Former President Bill Clinton, who will undergo a low-risk medical procedure on Thursday to remove fluid and scar tissue from the left side of his chest, told reporters in Washington on Tuesday: "It'll knock me out of commission for a week or two, and then I'll be back to normal. I'm not in too bad a shape," he added. "I feel good." The procedure, to take place at New York-Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Medical Center, comes six months after he underwent quadruple bypass surgery. Clinton, 58, will remain hospitalized for three to 10 days and is expected to make a "full functional recovery," doctors said.

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