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Lucci loses again; Donahue Wins Lifetime Achievement Award

May 23, 1996

NEW YORK (AP) _ The 16th time wasn’t the charm for soap opera star Susan Lucci, who watched Erika Slezak of ``One Life to Live″ win the best actress award for a second straight year Wednesday at the 23rd Annual Daytime Emmy Awards.

Phil Donahue, the departing dean of daytime talk shows, also lost out, to Montel Williams, in the Emmy competition for best talk show host. But he collected an award for lifetime achievement during a ceremony in which the Rev. Jesse Jackson, Shirley MacLaine and other celebrities honored him.

``We as a people, as a nation, are better off because you came into our lives,″ Jackson said.

Lucci, who has played campy temptress Erica Kane on ``All My Children″ for more than two decades, has been nominated nearly ever year but never won.

Slezak, meanwhile, picked up her fifth daytime Emmy.

Oprah Winfrey, whose program beat out Donahue’s for best talk show, presented his lifetime achievement award to him. ``Personally, I want to thank you for opening the door so wide,″ she said. ``Wide enough for me to walk through.″

Williams thanked Donahue as well, saying, ``I hope that I can only carry on the legacy that he began.″

It was Williams’ first win as best talk show host; Winfrey had won the award the previous five years.

Donahue, who taped the final episode of his 29-year-old show this month, said his wish for those who remain in daytime TV was ``a long, long list of sponsors who refuse to be intimidated or terrorized by outside pressure groups who know what you ought to see.″

Bob Barker of ``The Price is Right″ was honored for his 40 years in television, and his program won best game show.

Charles Keating of ``Another World″ won the best actor Emmy, his first.

Jerry Ver Dorn won best supporting actor for ``Guiding Light″ and Anna Holbrook won best supporting actress for ``Another World.″

Shari Lewis won outstanding performer in a children’s series for ``Lamb Chop’s Play-Along.″

``General Hospital″ won outstanding drama series. The award was poignant, as Rosalind Cash, nominated for best supporting actress for her role as Mary Mae Ward, died of cancer last October.

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