Emmys: 9 Married Couples Who Both Won Statuettes

8:30 AM 9/6/2017

by Victoria Berggren

Felicity Huffman and William H. Macy — both nominated again this year — are just one of several couples who have each taken home the golden statuette.

Felicity Huffman and William H. Macy
Felicity Huffman and William H. Macy
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Throughout the years, some of the biggest names in Hollywood have coupled up to be partners in life and in craft. On and off screen, these couples have made a big showing at the Emmy Awards, some even winning multiple awards in one night.

This year, married couple William H. Macy and Felicity Huffman have a chance to go home again with the golden statuette. Both previous winners, Shameless star Macy is nominated for best lead actor in a comedy series, while American Crime's Huffman is up for best lead actress in a limited series or movie.

Read below to see what else Macy and Huffman have won, plus eight other performer couples who have each taken home an Emmy.

  • Anne Bancroft and Mel Brooks

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    Anne Bancroft and Mel Brooks got married in 1964 and remained together until her death in 2005.

    In their time as a couple, the duo combined won five Emmys and earned 17 nominations.

    Bancroft won her first Emmy in 1970 for best variety or musical program, variety and popular music, for her role in Annie, the Women in the Life of a Man. In 1999, she won best supporting actress in a miniseries or a special for her role as Gerry Eileen Cummins in Deep in my Heart.

    Brooks received three consecutive Emmys — in 1997, 1998 and 1999 — for guest actor in a comedy series for his role as Uncle Phil in Mad About You

  • Bonnie Bartlett and William Daniels

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    The two played husband and wife on and off screen. In 1986, they both won Emmys for their roles as husband and wife in the series St. Elsewhere and became the second couple to win Emmys on the same night, after Lynne Fontanne and Alfred Lunt.

    Bartlett won two consecutive Emmys, in 1986 and 1987, for best supporting actor in a drama series for her role as Ellen Craig in St. Elsewhere.

    Daniels also won two consecutive Emmys, in 1985 and 1986, for best lead in a drama series for his role as Mark Craig in St. Elsewhere. 

  • Colleen Dewhurst and George C. Scott

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    Dewhurst and Scott married each other twice, once in 1960, which lasted five years, and then two years after their divorce, they remarried for another five years.

    Dewhurst won four Emmys in her career. Her first win, for best supporting actress in a miniseries or special, was in 1986 when she played Barbra Petherton in Between Two Women. In 1989, she won two Emmys: best guest actress in a comedy series for Murphy Brown and best supporting actress in a miniseries or a special for Those She Left Behind. Later in 1991, Dewhurst won the Emmy for best guest actress in a comedy series, again for her role as Murphy's mom in Murphy Brown.

    Scott won his first Emmy in 1971, for best single performance by an actor in a leading role for ITV Saturday Night Theatre. He received his second Emmy, as best supporting actor in a miniseries or a movie, for 12 Angry Men in 1997.

      

     

  • Lynn Fontanne and Alfred Lunt

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    Lynn Fontanne and Alfred Lunt were married for 55 years and were the first couple to both win Emmys on the same night.

    Both Fontanne and Lunt won Emmys for outstanding individual achievements in entertainment, actors and performers, in 1965 for their roles in The Magnificent Yankee.  

  • Felicity Huffman and William H. Macy

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    Huffman and Macy tied the knot in 1997.

    Huffman won the Emmy for best lead actress in a comedy series in 2005 for her role as Lynette in Desperate Housewives

    Macy won two Emmys in 2003, for best lead actor in a miniseries or a movie and best writing for a miniseries or a movie for his work on Door to Door

     

  • Jessica Tandy and Hume Cronyn

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    Cronyn and Tandy worked alongside one another on several projects and were married for more than 50 years.

    In 1988, Tandy won the Emmy for best lead actress in a miniseries or a special for her role as Annie Nations in Foxfire.

    In 1990, Cronyn won his first the Emmy, for best lead actor in a miniseries or a special, for his role as Cooper in Age-Old Friends. Two years later, he won best supporting actor in a miniseries or special for his role as Ben in Broadway Bound. Finally, in 1994, he was named best lead actor in a miniseries or special for his role in To Dance With the White Dog

  • Marlo Thomas and Phil Donahue

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    Marlo Thomas and Phil Donahue have been married 37 years.

    Thomas won a total of three Emmys in her career. In 1974, she won the Emmy for best children's special for her work on the series Free to Be … You and Me. Twelve years later, she won the Emmy for best lead actress in a miniseries or a special for her role as Marie Balter in Nobody's Child. Thomas won her third Emmy in 1987 for best children's program for her work on Free to Be … A Family.  

    Donahue won 11 Emmys for best talk show host for his work on The Phil Donahue Show

  • Lynn Whitfield and Brian Gibson

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    The couple got married in 1990 worked together on several projects together during their marriage.

    Just one year into their marriage, both received Emmys for their work in The Josephine Baker Story.

    Whitfield received the Emmy in for best lead actress in a miniseries or a special for her starring role, and Gibson won best directing in a miniseries or a special.

  • Joanne Woodward and Paul Newman

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    The couple was married for 50 years until Newman's death in 2008.

    Woodward was nominated for nine Emmys and won three.

    Her first win was in 1978, for best lead actress in a drama or comedy ,for her role in See How She Runs; her second was in 1985 for best lead actress in a limited series or special for her role in Do You Remember Love; and finally, in 1990, she won an Emmy for best informational special for her work on American Masters.

    Newman won the Emmy for outstanding supporting actor in a miniseries or a movie in 2005 for his role as Max Roby in Empire Falls.  

     

     

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