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Quinta Brunson Makes Emmy History as First Black Actress to Win Best Comedy Actress Since 1981


Quinta Brunson made history on Monday, securing an Emmy for Best Actress in a Comedy Series—an achievement marking the first time a Black actress has clinched the category since Isabel Sanford in 1981 for “The Jeffersons.” Brunson’s triumph was attributed to her performance in ABC’s sitcom “Abbott Elementary,” a show she not only starred in but also created and contributed as a writer.

Overwhelmed with emotion during her acceptance speech, Brunson expressed her deep affection for the creation of “Abbott Elementary” and her fulfilment in realizing her dream of comedic acting. Clutching the prestigious statuette, she conveyed her joy at attaining this milestone and extended gratitude to her family, husband, and the cast of “Abbott Elementary.”

This marks Brunson’s second Emmy win, having previously secured the award in 2022 for Outstanding Writing in a Comedy Series for her work on “Abbott.” Despite a nomination for Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series that same year, she faced competition from “Hacks” star Jean Smart.

Additionally, Brunson’s talents extend beyond “Abbott Elementary,” as she garnered another Emmy nomination for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series for her hosting role on “Saturday Night Live.” Meanwhile, “Abbott Elementary” itself is in the running for the coveted title of Outstanding Comedy Series at the 75th Emmy Awards.

Set in a public school in Philadelphia, “Abbott Elementary” is a workplace comedy that follows a group of teachers navigating challenges, resource constraints, and their unwavering commitment to helping students succeed. Brunson’s success not only highlights her individual accomplishments but also underscores the impact of diverse representation in the entertainment industry.

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