Winning an Emmy is rare enough for an actor. But the odds of a Hollywood couple both winning an Emmy Award throughout their careers is even rarer. According to the Television Academy’s Facts and Figures document for 2021, only 10 celebrity couples both have at least one Emmy win. These are the 10 Hollywood couples who have both won Emmys over the award show’s 73-year history.
Anne Bancroft and Mel Brooks Emmy wins
Parody genius Mel Brooks has won 4 Emmys throughout his career. He won Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series for three consecutive years from 1997 to 1999. In 1967, the Blazing Saddles creator won for Outstanding Writing Achievement in Variety.
Brooks was married to Anne Bancroft for 41 years until her death in 2005. Throughout her career, Bancroft won one Emmy in 1999 for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or Movie. She played Gerry Williams in Deep In My Heart.
Bonnie Bartlett and William Daniels Emmy Awards
Most know Bonnie Bartlett for her role in St. Elsewhere. She has three nominations for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series. Bartlett won the Emmy for St. Elsewhere in 1987.
Meanwhile, Barlett’s husband William Daniels boasts five Emmy nominations and two Emmy wins. Daniels won the Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series for St. Elsewhere in 1985 and 1986.
Colleen Dewhurst and George C. Scott Emmys
The late George C. Scott was up for eight Emmy Awards in his lifetime. He won two Emmys for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or Movie (1998) and Outstanding Single Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role (1971).
Scott was married to the late Colleen Dewhurst from 1967 until 1972. Throughout her career, Dewhurst was nominated for 13 Emmys.
In 1986, Dewhurst was recognized with Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries. Later, in 1989, she won Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries and Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series. Dewhurst also won in 1991 for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series.
Lynn Fontanne and Alfred Lunt’s Emmys
Throughout their careers, Lynn Fontanne and Alfred Lunt both won Emmys in 1965 for The Magnificent Yankee. Lunt was also won the Outstanding Individual Achievements in Entertainment in 1965.
William H. Macy has 1 more Emmy than Felicity Huffman
Together, William H. Macy and Felicity Huffman boast 20 Emmy nominations. Huffman won Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series in 2005 for her role as Lynette Scavo in Desperate Housewives. Meanwhile, Macy has two Emmy Awards. In 2003, Macy won Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or Movie and Outstanding Writing for a Miniseries, Movie, or Dramatic Special.
Jessica Tandy and Hume Cronyn’s Emmy wins
Jessica Tandy died in 1994, but she received one Emmy throughout her acting career. Tandy took home the win for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or Special in 1988.
Tandy and Hume Cronyn were together from 1942 until 1994. Throughout his career, Cronyn won Emmys for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or Special (1990, 1994) and Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or Special (1992).
Marlo Thomas and Phil Donahue’s Emmy recognitions
Marlo Thomas has eight Emmy nominations and three wins throughout her acting career. In 1974, Thomas won Outstanding Children’s Program for Free To Be…A Family. She also won in the same category in 1989. Thomas also won Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or Special in 1986.
Thomas’ husband Phil Donahue was inducted into the Emmy Hall of Fame in 1993. Later, the Daytime Emmys presented him with a Lifetime Achievement Award in 1996. The Phil Donahue Show has been nominated for twenty Daytime Emmy Awards over the years, too.
Lynn Whitfield and Brian Gibson’s Emmy Awards
Lynn Whitfield and Brian Gibson both have one Emmy win. In 1991, Whitfield won for The Josephine Baker Story. She won Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or Special, and Gibson won Outstanding Directing in a Miniseries or Special.
Joanne Woodward and Paul Newman Emmy’s
Before he died of cancer in 2008, Paul Newman won the Emmy for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or Movie in 2005. He played Max Roby in the HBO series Empire Falls.
Newman’s wife Joanne Woodward won her first Emmy in 1978. She won for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series for See How She Runs. Woodward won for the same category for Do You Remember Love in 1985.
Carrie Preston and Michael Emerson’s Emmy recognitions
Michael Emerson has five Emmy nominations and two wins: one for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series (The Practice, 2001) and another for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series (Lost, 2009). Emerson’s wife Carrie Preston won an Emmy in 2013 for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series for her appearance on The Good Wife.