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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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Watch Live: PEOPLE EN ESPAÑOL's Most Beautiful Red Carpet Arrivals

PEOPLE EN ESPAÑOL's Most Beautiful Live-Streaming Red Carpet Arrivals

Originally posted 05/12/2014 09:15PM

PEOPLE EN ESPAÑOL celebrates its "50 Most Beautiful" issue at a star-studded event Monday at Capitale in New York City. Catch all the red carpet action on live-streaming video starting at 9:30 p.m. ET.

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Ricky Martin to Present Rita Moreno with PEOPLE En Español Honor

Ricky Martin to Present Rita Moreno with PEOPLE En Español Honor

Originally posted 04/25/2014 09:00AM

Ricky Martin will present Rita Moreno with People En Español's lifetime achievement award in the arts next month.

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Watch: 2014 Is the Year of the Sung Acceptance Speech

Watch: 2014 Is the Year of the Sung Acceptance Speech

Originally posted 01/19/2014 09:00AM

When it comes to accepting awards, more than a few 2014 recipients clearly had a song in their heart.

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Flirty Rita Moreno's F-Bomb and Song-Filled Acceptance of Her SAG Life Award

Rita Moreno on Her SAG Life Award: I've Only Begun Act III (VIDEO)

Originally posted 01/18/2014 10:30PM

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What We're Reading This Weekend: Oscars Edition

Originally posted 02/23/2013 11:30AM

Oscar weekend is here, and we've got movies on the brain – and on our Kindles, iPads and nightstands. Aside from watching Hollywood, we're reading about it, and catching up on some of the books that have inspired it.

Look below to see some of our recent staff favorites, and let us know what you're reading in the comments. After all, a book club's no fun without a good conversation.

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