Youth and turmoilMichelle Morgan made Friday Night Emmys history, as the first black woman to win an outstanding actress in a daytime dramafor her role as Amanda Sinclair.
Morgan originally played Hilary Curtis on CBS Sudser, but dropped out in 2018 due to unsuccessful contract negotiations; Hillary, in turn, died after a car accident. A year later, Morgan returned to Y&R As Hillary’s twin sister Amanda.
“I don’t do anything in my life without thinking of God first,” Morgan said at the top of her emotional Emmy acceptance speech. “I thank you very much…. It’s a heroic act.”
Morgan continued to thank her parents, sisters, and husband “who dragged him here [to L.A.] Which allowed me to work and follow my dream, as well as the agent who met me years ago and believed in me at times when I could not believe myself. “
Morgan then took a moment to acknowledge, “I’m in shock…”, before thanking the drama’s hard-working daytime crew, then delving into the significance of her win.
“I am very proud of our generation. We are breaking glass ceilings left, right and center,” she said. “I am very honored to be on a ship and to experience this moment, and that is because everyone out there today is proving to the world that we are Can and we will Do this thing called equality and unity together. “
In closing, she said: “I was born on a small island, Trinidad and Tobago, in the Caribbean, and now I stand on an international podium and be honored no matter what color my skin is, no matter what my passport is for being the best at what I do. Now there are little girls in all all over the world watching one step further and knowing that no matter what industry, no matter profession, no matter what, they can strive to be the best at what they can’t just achieve, but they will be celebrate So.”
See the full list of Friday’s winners here.