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Primetime Emmys Fast Facts


Read CNN’s Fast Facts about the Primetime Emmy Awards.
Facts: Emmys are presented by the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.
Louis McManus, a television engineer, created the Emmy statuette, using his wife’s image as a model.
Emmy Awards are named after „Immy,“ an abbreviation for the image orthicon tube, an early camera. It was later changed to „Emmy,“ which seemed more feminine.
The first Emmy Awards were presented on January 25,1949, at the Hollywood Athletic Club and were for Los Angeles programming only. Six awards were given. Tickets to the event were $5.
The first award ever given was for outstanding personality and went to ventriloquist Shirley Dinsdale, for the children’s show, „Judy Splinters.“
Cloris Leachman and Julia Louis-Dreyfus are tied for the most Emmys ever by a performer (8). Ed Asner has won the most Emmys ever by a male performer (7), as of 2018.
HBO’s „Game of Thrones“ holds the record for the most wins by a fictional series: 38.
Betty White was the oldest winner in 2010 at 88 and the oldest nominee in 2012 at 90.

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