Theatre Folk Win Top Emmys

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The Emmy Awards for achievement in television were given Sept. 8 in Pasadena, CA, and many artists with prime theatrical credits were prominent among the winners -- and losers.

The Emmy Awards for achievement in television were given Sept. 8 in Pasadena, CA, and many artists with prime theatrical credits were prominent among the winners -- and losers.

John Lithgow, who starred on Broadway in The Changing Room, M. Butterfly and other plays, was named best lead actor in a comedy series, for his role as a space alien living in Ohio on "Third Rock From the Sun."

But multiple Tony-winner Angela Lansbury again lost the Emmy for lead actress in a drama series for her Murder, She Wrote, which is in its last season. She has been nominated 16 times, but has never won.

Ray Walston, who built a career on Broadway in musicals including the original Damn Yankees, was named best supporting actor in a drama series for the second year in a role for playing a judge on "Picket Fences."

Helen Mirren, who starred on Broadway two seasons ago in A Month in the Country, won best lead actress in a miniseries or special for playing a detective on PBS' "Prime Suspect: Scent of Darkness." Tom Hulce, who starred on Broadway in Equus, was named best supporting actor for his role as the gay pediatrician in TNT's "Heidi Chronicles," based on Wendy Wasserstein's Pulitzer Prize-winning play.

"Truman," HBO's account of 35 years in the life of President Harry S. Truman, starring Steppenwolf Theatre co-artistic director Gary Sinise, was named best made-for-TV movie.

Tyne Daly, who won the 1990 Tony Award as Best Actress in a Musical for Gypsy, won an Emmy as best supporting actress in a drama series for Christy.

"The Kennedy Center Honors," which honored theatre artists, took two awards. It was named best music, variety or comedy special and took the award for best direction.

-- By Robert Viagas

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