Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or Movie

Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or Movie
Awarded for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or Movie
Country United States
Presented by Academy of Television Arts & Sciences
First awarded 1975
Currently held by Regina King,
American Crime (2016)
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This is a list of winners and nominees of the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or Movie.

Winners and nominations


Year Actor Program Role Network
Juliet Mills QB VII Samantha Cady ABC
Eileen Heckart Wedding Band Herman's Mother ABC
Charlotte Rae Queen of the Stardust Ballroom Helen
Lee Remick QB VII Lady Margaret
Rosemary Murphy Eleanor and Franklin Sara Roosevelt ABC
Lois Nettleton Fear on Trial Nan Claybourne CBS
Lilia Skala Eleanor and Franklin Mlle. Souvestre ABC
Irene Tedrow Mary Hall
Diana Hyland The Boy in the Plastic Bubble Mickey Lubitch ABC
Ruth Gordon The Great Houdini Cecilia Weiss ABC
Rosemary Murphy Eleanor and Franklin: The White House Years Sara Roosevelt
Patricia Neal Tail Gunner Joe Sen. Margaret Chase Smith NBC
Susan Oliver Amelia Earhart Neta “Snookie” Snook
Eva Le Gallienne The Royal Family Fanny Cavendish PBS
Tyne Daly Intimate Strangers Karen Renshaw ABC
Patty Duke A Family Upside Down Wendy NBC
Mariette Hartley The Last Hurrah Clare Gardiner
Cloris Leachman It Happened One Christmas Clara Oddbody ABC
Viveca Lindfors A Question of Guilt Dr. Rosen CBS
Esther Rolle Summer of My German Soldier Ruth NBC
Ruby Dee Roots: The Next Generations Queen Haley ABC
Colleen Dewhurst Silent Victory: The Kitty O'Neil Story Mrs. O'Neil CBS
Eileen Heckart Backstairs at the White House Eleanor Roosevelt NBC
Celeste Holm Florence Harding


Year Actor Program Role Network
Mare Winningham Amber Waves Marlene Burkhardt ABC
Eileen Heckart F.D.R.: The Last Year Eleanor Roosevelt NBC
Patricia Neal All Quiet on the Western Front Mrs. Baumer CBS
Carrie Nye Moviola: The Scarlett O'Hara War Tallulah Bankhead NBC
Jane Alexander Playing for Time Alma Rose CBS
Colleen Dewhurst The Women's Room Val ABC
Patty Duke Lily
Shirley Knight Playing for Time Frau Lagerfuhrerin Maria Mandel CBS
Piper Laurie The Bunker Magda Goebbels
Penny Fuller The Elephant Man Mrs. Kendal ABC
Claire Bloom Brideshead Revisited Lady Marchmain PBS
Judy Davis A Woman Called Golda Young Golda Meir Syndicated
Vicki Lawrence Eunice Thelma “Mama” Harper CBS
Rita Moreno Portrait of a Showgirl Rosella DeLeon
Jean Simmons The Thorn Birds Fee Cleary ABC
Judith Anderson Kennedy Center Tonight: Medea Nurse PBS
Polly Bergen The Winds of War Rhoda Henry ABC
Bette Davis Little Gloria... Happy at Last Alice Gwynnne Vanderbilt NBC
Piper Laurie The Thorn Birds Anne Mueller ABC
Roxana Zal Something About Amelia Amelia Bennett ABC
Beverly D'Angelo A Streetcar Named Desire Stella DuBois Kowalski ABC
Patty Duke George Washington Martha Washington CBS
Cloris Leachman Ernie Kovacs: Between the Laughter Mary Kovacs ABC
Tuesday Weld The Winter of Our Discontent Margie Young-Hunt CBS
Kim Stanley Cat on a Hot Tin Roof Big Mama PBS
Penny Fuller Cat on a Hot Tin Roof Mae PBS
Ann Jillian Ellis Island Nellie Byfield CBS
Deborah Kerr A Woman of Substance Emma Harte OPT
Alfre Woodard Words by Heart Claudie Sills PBS
Colleen Dewhurst Between Two Women Barbara Petherton ABC
Phyllis Frelich Love Is Never Silent Janice Ryder NBC
Dorothy McGuire Amos Hester Farrell CBS
Vanessa Redgrave Peter the Great Tsarevna Sophia NBC
Sylvia Sidney An Early Frost Beatrice McKenna
Piper Laurie Promise Annie Gilbert CBS
Claudette Colbert The Two Mrs. Grenvilles Alice Grenville NBC
Olivia de Havilland Anastasia: The Mystery of Anna Dowager Empress Maria
Christine Lahti Amerika Althea Milford ABC
Elizabeth Wilson Nutcracker: Money, Madness and Murder Berenice Bradshaw NBC
Jane Seymour Onassis: The Richest Man in the World Maria Callas ABC
Stockard Channing Echoes in the Darkness Susan Reinert CBS
Ruby Dee Lincoln Elizabeth Keckley NBC
Julie Harris The Woman He Loved Alice CBS
Lisa Jacobs The Attic: The Hiding of Anne Frank Anne Frank
Colleen Dewhurst Those She Left Behind Margaret Page NBC
Peggy Ashcroft A Perfect Spy Miss Duber PBS
Polly Bergen War and Remembrance Rhoda Henry ABC
Glenne Headly Lonesome Dove Elmira Johnson CBS
Paula Kelly The Women of Brewster Place Theresa ABC


Year Actor Program Role Network
Eva Marie Saint People Like Us Lil Van Degan Altemus NBC
Stockard Channing Perfect Witness Liz Sapperstein HBO
Colleen Dewhurst Lantern Hill Hepzibah Disney Channel
Swoosie Kurtz The Image Joanne Winstow-Darvish HBO
Irene Worth The Shell Seekers Dolly Keeling ABC
Ruby Dee Decoration Day Rowena NBC
Olympia Dukakis Lucky Day Katherine Campbell ABC
Vanessa Redgrave Young Catherine Empress Elizabeth TNT
Doris Roberts The Sunset Gang Mimi Finklestein PBS
Elaine Stritch An Inconvenient Woman Rose ABC
Amanda Plummer Miss Rose White Lusia NBC
Anne Bancroft Broadway Bound Kate Jerome ABC
Bibi Besch Doing Time on Maple Drive Lisa Carter TCFTV
Penny Fuller Miss Rose White Miss Kate Ryan NBC
Maureen Stapleton Tanta Perla
Mary Tyler Moore Stolen Babies Georgia Tann Lifetime
Ann-Margret Alex Haley's Queen Sally Jackson CBS
Lee Grant Citizen Cohn Dora Cohn HBO
Peggy McCay Woman on the Run: The Lawrencia Bembenek Story Virginia Bembenek NBC
Joan Plowright Stalin Olga HBO
Cicely Tyson Oldest Living Confederate Widow Tells All Castalia CBS
Anne Bancroft Oldest Living Confederate Widow Tells All Lucy Marsden (age 99–100) CBS
Swoosie Kurtz And the Band Played On Mrs. Johnstone HBO
Lee Purcell Secret Sins of the Father Ann Theilman NBC
Lily Tomlin And the Band Played On Dr. Selma Dritz HBO
Judy Davis Serving in Silence: The Margarethe Cammermeyer Story Diane NBC
Shirley Knight Indictment: The McMartin Trial Peggy Buckey HBO
Sonia Braga The Burning Season Regina de Catrvalho HBO
Sissy Spacek The Good Old Boys Spring Renfro TNT
Sada Thompson Indictment: The McMartin Trial Virginia McMartin HBO
Greta Scacchi Rasputin Tsarina Alexandra HBO
Kathy Bates The Late Shift Helen Kushnick HBO
Diana Scarwid Truman Bess Truman
Mare Winningham The Boys Next Door Sheila CBS
Alfre Woodard Gulliver's Travels Queen of Brobdingnag NBC
Diana Rigg Rebecca Mrs. Danvers PBS
Kirstie Alley The Last Don Rose Marie Clericuzio CBS
Bridget Fonda In the Gloaming Anne HBO
Glenne Headly Bastard out of Carolina Aunt Ruth Showtime
Frances McDormand Hidden in America Gus
Mare Winningham George Wallace Lurleen Wallace TNT
Helena Bonham Carter Merlin Morgan le Fay NBC
Julie Harris Ellen Foster Leonora Nelson CBS
Judith Ivey What the Deaf Man Heard Lucille
Angelina Jolie George Wallace Cornelia Wallace TNT
Anne Bancroft Deep in My Heart Gerry Eileen Cummins CBS
Jacqueline Bisset Joan of Arc Isabelle d'Arc CBS
Olympia Dukakis Mother Babette
Bebe Neuwirth Dash and Lilly Dorothy Parker A&E
Cicely Tyson A Lesson Before Dying Tante Lou HBO
Dianne Wiest The Simple Life of Noah Dearborn Sarah McClellan CBS


Year Actor Program Role Network
Vanessa Redgrave If These Walls Could Talk 2 Edith Tree HBO
Kathy Bates Annie Agatha Hannigan ABC
Elizabeth Franz Death of a Salesman Linda Loman Showtime
Melanie Griffith RKO 281 Marion Davies HBO
Maggie Smith David Copperfield Betsey Trotwood PBS
Tammy Blanchard Life with Judy Garland: Me and My Shadows Young Judy Garland ABC
Anne Bancroft Haven Mama Gruber CBS
Brenda Blethyn Anne Frank: The Whole Story Auguste Van Pels ABC
Holly Hunter Things You Can Tell Just by Looking at Her Rebecca Waynon Showtime
Audra McDonald Wit Susie Monahan HBO
Stockard Channing The Matthew Shepard Story Judy Shepard NBC
Joan Allen The Mists of Avalon Morgause TNT
Anjelica Huston Viviane
Diana Rigg Victoria and Albert Baroness Lehzen A&E
Sissy Spacek Last Call Zelda Fitzgerald Showtime
Gena Rowlands Hysterical Blindness Virginia Miller HBO
Kathy Baker Door to Door Gladys Sullivan TNT
Anne Bancroft The Roman Spring of Mrs. Stone Contessa Showtime
Juliette Lewis Hysterical Blindness Beth Tocyznski HBO
Helen Mirren Door to Door Mrs. Porter TNT
Mary-Louise Parker Angels in America Harper Pitt HBO
Julie Andrews Eloise at Christmastime Nanny ABC
Anne Heche Gracie's Choice Rowena Larson Lifetime
Anjelica Huston Iron Jawed Angels Carrie Chapman Catt HBO
Angela Lansbury The Blackwater Lightship Dora CBS
Jane Alexander Warm Springs Sara Roosevelt HBO
Kathy Bates Warm Springs Helena Mahoney HBO
Camryn Manheim Elvis Gladys Presley CBS
Charlize Theron The Life and Death of Peter Sellers Britt Ekland HBO
Joanne Woodward Empire Falls Francine Whiting
Kelly Macdonald The Girl in the Café Gina HBO
Ellen Burstyn Mrs. Harris Gerda Stedman HBO
Shirley Jones Hidden Places Aunt Batty Hallmark Channel
Cloris Leachman Mrs. Harris Pearl Schwartz HBO
Alfre Woodard The Water Is Wide Mrs. Brown CBS
Judy Davis The Starter Wife Joan McAllister USA Network
Toni Collette Tsunami: The Aftermath Kathy Graham HBO
Samantha Morton Longford Myra Hindley
Anna Paquin Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee Elaine Goodale
Greta Scacchi Broken Trail Mrs. Nola Johns AMC
Eileen Atkins Cranford Deborah Jenkyns PBS
Laura Dern Recount Katherine Harris HBO
Ashley Jensen Extras: The Extra Special Series Finale Maggie Jacobs
Audra McDonald A Raisin in the Sun Ruth Younger ABC
Alfre Woodard Pictures of Hollis Woods Edna Reilly CBS
Shohreh Aghdashloo House of Saddam Sajida Talfah HBO
Marcia Gay Harden The Courageous Heart of Irena Sendler Janina Krzyżanowska CBS
Janet McTeer Into the Storm Clementine Churchill HBO
Jeanne Tripplehorn Grey Gardens Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis
Cicely Tyson Relative Stranger Pearl Hallmark Channel


Year Actor Program Role Episode Network
Julia Ormond Temple Grandin Eustacia Grandin HBO
Kathy Bates Alice The Queen of Hearts Syfy
Catherine O'Hara Temple Grandin Aunt Ann HBO
Susan Sarandon You Don't Know Jack Janet Good
Brenda Vaccaro Margo Janus
Maggie Smith Downton Abbey Violet Crawley PBS
Eileen Atkins Upstairs, Downstairs Maud, Lady Holland PBS
Melissa Leo Mildred Pierce Lucy Gessler HBO
Mare Winningham Ida Corwin
Evan Rachel Wood Veda Pierce
Jessica Lange American Horror Story Constance Langdon FX
Frances Conroy American Horror Story Moira O'Hara FX
Judy Davis Page Eight Jill Tankard PBS
Sarah Paulson Game Change Nicolle Wallace HBO
Mare Winningham Hatfields & McCoys Sally McCoy History
Ellen Burstyn Political Animals Margaret Barrish USA
Sarah Paulson American Horror Story: Asylum Lana Winters FX
Charlotte Rampling Restless Sally Gilmartin / Eva Delectorskaya (older) Sundance
Imelda Staunton The Girl Alma Reville HBO
Alfre Woodard Steel Magnolias Louisa "Ouiser" Boudreaux Lifetime
Kathy Bates American Horror Story: Coven Delphine LaLaurie FX
Angela Bassett American Horror Story: Coven Marie Laveau FX
Ellen Burstyn Flowers in the Attic Olivia Foxworth Lifetime
Frances Conroy American Horror Story: Coven Myrtle Snow FX
Julia Roberts The Normal Heart Dr. Emma Brookner HBO
Allison Tolman Fargo Deputy Molly Solverson FX
Regina King American Crime Aliyah Shadeed "Episode Four" ABC
Angela Bassett American Horror Story: Freak Show Desiree Dupree "Show Stoppers" FX
Kathy Bates Ethel Darling "Edward Mordrake" (Part 1)
Zoe Kazan Olive Kitteridge Denise Thibodeau "Pharmacy" HBO
Mo'Nique Bessie Ma Rainey
Sarah Paulson American Horror Story: Freak Show Bette and Dot Tattler "Tupperware Party Massacre" FX
Regina King American Crime Terri LaCroix "Season Two: Episode Eight" ABC
Kathy Bates American Horror Story: Hotel Iris "Battle Royale" FX
Olivia Colman The Night Manager Angela Burr "Episode 6" AMC
Melissa Leo All the Way Lady Bird Johnson HBO
Sarah Paulson American Horror Story: Hotel Sally McKenna "The Ten Commandments Killer" FX
Jean Smart Fargo Floyd Gerhardt "Fear and Trembling"

Multiple awards

2 awards

Multiple nominations

See also

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