Quotes from the Emmy stage


Jan. 23, 1951
"This is no surprise to me. I deserve it!" -- Groucho Marx ("You Bet Your Life"), receiving his award for most outstanding personality at the third Emmy Awards ceremony. Then, leaving the statuette behind, he picked up "Miss Emmy" Rosemary LaPlanche instead, and
carried her off stage.

Sept. 11, 1977
"I love you, baby!" -- John Travolta, accepting for Diana Hyland, his co-star and the woman he loved, who was named outstanding supporting actress in a comedy or drama special for "The Boy in the Plastic Bubble," just months after her death from breast cancer in March 1977 at the age of 41.

Sept. 21, 1986
"I feel four feet tall!" -- The 5-foot-4-inch Michael J. Fox, who beat out tough competition in the lead actor in a comedy series category -- veterans Harry Anderson ("Night Court"), Ted Danson ("Cheers"), Bob Newhart ("Newhart") and Jack Warden ("Crazy Like a Fox") -- for his role as Alex P. Keaton in "Family Ties."

Sept. 13, 1998
"This is for all the fat girls!" -- Camryn Manheim, named outstanding supporting actress in a drama series for her work as Ellenor Frutt on "The Practice."

Nov. 4, 2001
"What would bug the Taliban more than a gay woman in a suit surrounded by Jews?" -- Ellen DeGeneres, hosting the first post-9/11 Emmy Awards at the Shubert Theatre, which had been delayed until Nov. 4.