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

Update 08/21/2014 02:00 PM Originally posted 08/20/2014 05:10 PM

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

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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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Jill and Derick Dillard's Families React to Their Surprise Pregnancy News

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Good news travels fast.

Though they'd only been married for a couple of months, Jill Dillard, 23, and husband Derick, 25, knew they couldn't keep their pregnancy news from their families for long.

The stars of TLC's hit reality show 19 Kids and Counting, whose new season starts Sept. 2 at 9 p.m., got busy spreading the word almost as soon as they saw the positive pregnancy test – one they swiped from Jill's mom, Michelle Duggar's, stash.

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Which Emmy Winner Was Rejected for a Role in Rent?

Originally posted 08/21/2014 10:00 AM

Emmy Winner Uzo Aduba Was Rejected for a Role in Rent

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She may be an Emmy winner, but the road to fame for Orange Is the New Black actress Uzo Aduba didn't always come easy.

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Jared Leto Gets an On-Air Beard Trim from Jimmy Fallon (VIDEO)

Originally posted 08/21/2014 09:40 AM

Jared Leto Gets an On-Air Beard Trim from Jimmy Fallon (VIDEO)

Jimmy Fallon is a man of many talents. He's funny, a decent Pictionary player and deadlier than James Bond – at James Bond-related video games.

You can now add "beard trimmer" to Fallon's résumé after Wednesday night's Tonight Show.

The host took guest Jared Leto's beard to task: It was apparently not up to Fallon's standards and needed a trim, so that's just what it got.

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Julianne Hough to Become 4th Judge on Dancing with the Stars

Originally posted 08/21/2014 08:25 AM

Julianne Hough to Become 4th Judge on Dancing with the Stars | Julianne Hough

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Julianne Hough is trading in her dancing shoes for a judging paddle.

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Can You Guess the Best Series Emmy Nominations?

Originally posted 08/20/2014 09:50 PM

Can You Guess the Best Series Emmy Nominations?

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Say, which shows are nominated at the Emmys this year?

You may be able to name a few, but we're betting you can't remember every single series nominated in the Outstanding Drama, Outstanding Comedy and Outstanding Miniseries categories this year.

So, we've built this infographic to test your TV knowledge. Can you get the names of all 18 shows just from one object or symbol? It's harder than it looks, so to help you out, we've listed each show's network underneath.

Happy guessing! (The answers are at the bottom, if you want to cheat.)

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Meet the Hairstylist Who Spends His Day Off Giving Haircuts to the Homeless

Update 08/20/2014 01:45 PM Originally posted 08/20/2014 01:05 PM

Meet the Hairstylist Who Spends His Day Off Giving Haircuts to the Homeless

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In many ways, Mark Bustos is like a lot of New York City hairstylists. He's tattooed and fashionable and works six-day weeks. It's what Mark does on his one day off, though, that sets him apart from the rest of the city's salon workers.

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Jersey Shore Stars Ronnie and Sammi Call It Quits

Originally posted 08/20/2014 01:05 PM

Jersey Shore's Ronnie Magro and Sammi Giancola Break Up for Good

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After a tumultuous five-year romance, which played out on MTV's smash hit reality show Jersey Shore, Ronnie Ortiz-Magro, 28, and Sammi "Sweetheart" Giancola, 27, have called it quits for good, he tells PEOPLE.

"We were drifting apart and not really spending any time together," Magro told PEOPLE at the premiere of former costar Jenni "JWoww" Farley's new film, Jersey Shore Massacre, out Aug. 22.

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Are you part of the Breaking Bad fan base that already wants a reunion? Are you also such a big Julia Louis-Dreyfus fan that you'd want her in on it, just for kicks?

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The Most OMG Moments in VMA History – as Told by Emojis

Update 08/20/2014 10:00 AM Originally posted 08/19/2014 02:30 PM

The Most OMG Moments in MTV VMA History as Told by Emojis

The MTV Video Music Awards may pass out Moonmen to its winners, but the award show is better known for giving music fans unforgettably shocking moments.

It's been 30 years since Madonna popped out of a wedding cake and rolled around on the stage, but her VMA performance is still fresh in our minds. And it was only last year that Miley Cyrus twerked up a storm of controversy with Robin Thicke – certainly no one's forgotten that. While viewers can depend on MTV to deliver the OMGs to kick off awards season, some things have changed.

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