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Jean Smart joins Betty White as the only performers to complete the comedy Emmy trifecta

Jean Smart joins Betty White as the only performers to complete the comedy Emmy trifecta

As expected, “Hacks” star Jean Smart took home the Emmy for Best Comedy Actress during Sunday’s 73rd Primetime Emmy Awards. In doing so, the 11-time nominee became just the second person in history to win an Emmy in the comedy lead, supporting and guest categories — and all for different shows. The only other person to complete the trifecta is the legendary Betty White.

On the HBO Max comedy, Smart portrays Deborah Vance, a comedy pioneer with a long-running Vegas show who reluctantly takes a young writer (newcomer and Emmy nominee Hannah Einbinder) under her wing. It’s an unforgettable and quite possibly career-best performance from Smart, who was also nominated this year for her supporting role as the mother of Kate Winslet’s titular character on the HBO limited series “Mare of Easttown.”

Previously, Smart — who now has four Emmys to her name — scored back-to-back Best Comedy Guest Actress

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