Quinta Brunson Makes History: First Black Actress in Over 40 Years To Win Best Comedic Actress Emmy For ‘Abbott Elementary’

by Gee NY
Image Credit: Quinta Brunso on Instagram

Quinta Brunson has made history by becoming the first Black actress to win the Emmy for best actress in a comedy series in over 40 years.

The last Black actress to achieve this feat was Isabel Sanford in 1981 for her role in “The Jeffersons.”

Brunson, known for her multifaceted role as an actress, creator, and writer, secured the prestigious award for her performance in the ABC sitcom “Abbott Elementary,” a show she not only stars in but also created.

Fighting back tears during her emotional acceptance speech, Brunson expressed her profound love for the comedy genre and the joy of living her dream.

“I love making ‘Abbott Elementary’ so much, and I am so happy to be able to live my dream and act out comedy,” said an elated Brunson.

Clutching her well-deserved Emmy, she continued to express gratitude, saying:

“I am so happy to be able to get this.” Brunson extended her love to her family, husband, and the entire cast of “Abbott Elementary.”

This historic win adds another accolade to Brunson’s impressive career. Not only is she the first Black woman to win the Emmy for best comedic actress in over four decades, but she is also a two-time Emmy winner.

In 2022, she previously won the Emmy for Outstanding Writing in a Comedy Series for her work on “Abbott.”

Brunson’s groundbreaking achievements have also earned her additional nominations at the 75th Emmy Awards. She is nominated for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series for hosting an episode of “Saturday Night Live,” and “Abbott Elementary” is in the running for the outstanding comedy series Emmy.

“Abbott Elementary” is a workplace comedy that revolves around a group of dedicated teachers at a public school in Philadelphia.

Despite facing challenges and resource constraints, the teachers work tirelessly to ensure the success of their students, making the show a poignant and humorous exploration of the education system.

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