Nugget of Knowledge: History of the Emmys

The winner has to pay to take an Emmy home


YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WYTV) – The Academy of Television Arts and Sciences presents the Emmys.

A television engineer, Lou McManus, created the Emmy statuette, using his wife’s image as a model.

The original name was Immy — an abbreviation for the image orthicon tube, an early camera. “Emmy” seemed more feminine.

The first Emmy Awards were presented on in January 1949, at the Hollywood Athletic Club, and were for Los Angeles programming only.

There were six awards and tickets to the event cost $5.

Cloris Leachman has won the most Emmys ever by a performer (8), and Ed Asner has won the most Emmys ever by a male performer (7), as of 2016.

NBC’s “Frasier” holds the record for the most wins by a series: 37.

Kelsey Grammer is the only actor nominated for the same character on three different shows: “Wings,” “Cheers,” and “Frasier.”

The winners aren’t just given the statuette. They have to buy them if they want to take them home, for a cost of $400.

That yellow first down line you see on TV on NFL games — that won an Emmy.

In 1987, “The Facts of Life” TV sitcom was nominated for Outstanding Achievement in Hairstyling.

“Dynasty” was nominated 24 times and lost 24 times.

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