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Primetime Emmys Fast Facts

Posted July 3, 2013
Updated 9:39 a.m. Tuesday

Here's a look at the Primetime Emmy Awards, which recognize television programs and performers.

September 17, 2017 - The 69th annual Primetime Emmy Awards take place.

July 13, 2017 - The nominations are announced.

Facts: Emmys are presented by the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.

Louis McManus, a television engineer, created the Emmy statuette, using his wife's image as a model.

Emmy Awards are named after "Immy," an abbreviation for the image orthicon tube, an early camera. It was later changed to "Emmy," which seemed more feminine.

The first Emmy Awards were presented on January 25, 1949, at the Hollywood Athletic Club and were for Los Angeles programming only. Six awards were given. Tickets to the event were $5.

The first award ever given was for outstanding personality and went to ventriloquist Shirley Dinsdale, for the children's show, "Judy Splinters."

Cloris Leachman and Julia Louis-Dreyfus are tied for the most Emmys ever by a performer (8). Ed Asner has won the most Emmys ever by a male performer (7), as of 2016.

HBO's "Game of Thrones" holds the record for the most wins by a fictional series: 38.

Betty White was the oldest winner in 2010 at 88 and the oldest nominee in 2012 at 90. She won the Emmy for outstanding guest actress in a comedy series for her work on "Saturday Night Live" and was nominated as outstanding host for a reality or reality-competition program for "Betty White's Off Their Rockers."

The youngest Primetime Emmy winner was Roxana Zal, 14 years, 314 days old when she won the 1984 award for outstanding supporting actress in a limited series or a special for "Something About Amelia."

"The Handmaid's Tale," which was released by Hulu in 2017, was the first online streaming service series to win an Emmy for outstanding drama.

2017 Winners (in selected categories): Outstanding comedy series: "Veep" - HBO

Outstanding lead actor - comedy series:Donald Glover - "Atlanta" - FX

Outstanding lead actress - comedy series:Julia Louis-Dreyfus - "Veep" - HBO

Outstanding supporting actor - comedy series:Alec Baldwin - "Saturday Night Live" - NBC

Outstanding supporting actress - comedy series:Kate McKinnon - "Saturday Night Live" - NBC

Outstanding drama series:"The Handmaid's Tale" - Hulu

Outstanding lead actor - drama series:Sterling K. Brown - "This Is Us" - NBC

Outstanding lead actress - drama series:Elisabeth Moss - "The Handmaid's Tale" - Hulu

Outstanding supporting actor - drama series:John Lithgow - "The Crown" - Netflix

Outstanding supporting actress - drama series:Ann Dowd - "The Handmaid's Tale" - Hulu

Click here for a complete list of nominees and winners.

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