January 16, 2024

Quinta Brunson Makes Emmy History

Quinta Brunson had a memorable night on Monday, 15 January, when she became the first black actress in 42 years to win the Comedy Lead category at the delayed 2023 Emmy Awards.

The glitzy proceedings took place in Los Angeles, California and was attended by other well-known iconic actresses, including Christina Applegate, Rachel Brosnahan, Natasha Lyonne and Jenna Ortega.

However, Brunson’s hard work was recognised when she claimed the statuette for her role as Janine Teagues in ABC’s sitcom, “Abbott Elementary,” which she also created, writes for and produces.

“I love making ‘Abbott Elementary’ so much and I am so happy to be able to live my dream and act out comedy,” The 34-year-old starlet said tearfully before she went on to thank her family and colleagues.

Brunson is stepping into big shoes, as the last woman of colour to take home the award was Isabel Sanford in 1981 for her role as Louise “Weezy” Jefferson in “The Jeffersons”.

This will be the second time Brunson received an Emmy, as she claimed silverware for Outstanding Writing in a Comedy Series in 2022 for the same television series.

The workplace mockumentary’s third season will premiere on 7 February.

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